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Fishing in Florida Bay can be summed up in one word: endless. Located between Florida’s mainland and the Keys, this bay has over 1,000 square miles waiting to be explored. With countless fish species, a season that never ends, and gorgeous shallows stretching for miles, it's no wonder this estuary is a go-to spot for many anglers. And you won’t be the only one who’s fishing here – the area has lots of birds wading the shallows in search of a snack.
 
There’s way too many fish species in the area to be listed in one text, so we can only scratch the surface. The most desirable ones are Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Tarpon, Snapper, Bonefish, Snook, and Permit. Since the average depth of the bay is 3 feet, the tide must be right for a successful trip. This is why fishing with a local guide is crucial. Your guide can also recommend how long your trip should be in order to catch your favorite fish.
 
Even offshore species are common in the area, such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Marlin, Barracuda, or Tuna. Fishing guides can help you catch these too, they’ll just go in a different direction than usual. You’ll still depart from the Florida Keys but go south instead of north.
 
There are lots of departure points you can choose, from Key Largo, Tavernier, and Islamorada,  all the way to Marathon. Fishing guides will cover your license and equipment, but double-check whether this also includes fly fishing equipment if you’re a fly angler. 
 
The best way to explore Florida Bay is by fishing. Get familiar with the magic of endless mangroves, basins, and backcountry, and catch some tasty fish on the way.
 
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January
Snappers all around! Mangrove, Mutton, and Yellowtail Snapper make for good sport and an even better lunch after the trip.
 
February
Do Cobia, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, or Jack Crevalle sound like a challenge? Take a nearshore trip and catch one of these.
 
March
Barracuda and Sailfish are waiting offshore if you’re up for some big game fishing. Inshore trips can bring lots of Redfish and Spotted Seatrout.
 
April
The Silver King is back on the throne! Tarpon fishing is amazing, so don’t miss out! You can also catch some Bonefish and Permit on the way.
 
May
Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and Swordfish are just what you need for some good trolling action. Book a full day trip if you’re after these trophies, because they won’t make it easy for you!
 
June
Tarpon and Snook are ruling the waters of Florida Bay. If you want to level up your game, try catching them on a fly.
 
July
Snapper, Bonito, Tarpon, and Permit can be caught even on a short fishing trip. You’ll be back at the marina with some tasty fish in the cooler before lunch. 
 
August
Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, and Wahoo are yours to catch...but not without a fight! If you’re up for some bottom fishing action, go after Gag Grouper.
 
September
Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish can be found in the crystal clear water. Just look for a glistening reflection of the sun beneath the surface – these fish are like mirrors.
 
October
Go after Snapper, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, or Bonefish. It’s hard to pick just one, so take a longer trip and catch them all!
 
November
Kingfish and Spanish Mackerel are anglers’ favorites! Even if you’re a beginner, you have good chances of landing one.
 
December
Inshore fishing is as good as ever but don’t forget the offshore spots! Sailfish, Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna will give you amazing fishing action.
 

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Tammy M. fished with Infinite Blue Charters on September 12, 2021
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Know that the weather can be unpredictable on the water and change quickly.
1:00pm Half Day trip with Captain Troy
Meghan I. fished with Miller Time Sportfishing on August 8, 2021
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Morning trips are the beer time for fishing.
Half day trip
Mark F. fished with Coastal Outfitters Sport Fishing on August 7, 2021
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Book ahead because charters fill up fast
Great Experience
Tom R. fished with Pirate For Hire Charters on July 30, 2021
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If fishing in July like we did, plan a morning half day trip. A full day trip will be extremely hot and fishing becomes more difficult as the day heats up. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Perfect day on the water
Tammy K. fished with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters on July 26, 2021
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You can never have a bad fishing day in Islamorada. Paradise and fishing...come on now. Highly recommend hitting the water and enjoying the sites and fishing!
Sharks
Melissa Y. fished with All Hanns On Deck on July 20, 2021
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Fishing was great I would definitely bring bug spray though lol.
July fishing trip
Bryan S. fished with Pirate For Hire Charters on July 17, 2021
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Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
Successful half day trip
SCOTT F. fished with Overtime Sportfishing Charters on July 13, 2021
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You can't go wrong with Overtime SportbFishing

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Florida Bay

According to customer reviews, Florida Backcountry Fishing, Ivory Keys Charters, and High Seas Charters LLC are some of the most popular fishing charters in Florida Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Florida Bay.

Florida Backcountry Fishing and High Seas Charters LLC received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Florida Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Florida Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Florida Bay.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Florida Bay are:

Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish can be found in the crystal clear water. Just look for a glistening reflection of the sun beneath the surface – these fish are like mirrors.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Florida Bay.