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A tropical climate, stunning beaches, and amazing wildlife – these are the makings of a premier fishing place. Hop on one of many Florida Keys fishing charters and explore some of the most beautiful natural habitats in the US. Featuring 800 coral cay islands, the Keys are a unique ecosystem that’s sure to leave you breathless.

When it comes to fishing, the Florida Keys can deliver! This is a true year-round fishery where you can target pretty much any saltwater species from this part of the world. Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Jacks, are all awaiting inshore. The reefs hold great numbers of Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack, while heading offshore will see you reeling in Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Cobia, and many more.

Depending on what you want to do, there’s a whole host of fishing trips you can choose from. Half day trips are a wonderful way to spend time with your family and introduce your kids to fishing, while full day offshore trips are typically reserved for the more experienced anglers. Don’t hesitate to explore some of the specialized trips on offer, and make your own Florida Keys fishing adventure!

Fishing is a big industry in the Florida Keys, so it’s no surprise that you can find charters dotted along the islands from Key Largo all the way to Key West. In between, you’ll find them in Islamorada, Marathon, and Big Pine Key. Just drive down, and you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Rules & Regulations

Fishing in the Florida Keys is great year-round, but there are specific regulations when it comes to certain species. The best way to go about it is to book a trip with a reputable captain who’ll make sure you’re informed and always fishing within the law.

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January

Average temperatures in the Keys are around 70°F in January. Bonefish and Permit are biting on the flats so long as a cold front doesn’t scare them off. Offshore, it's time for the annual Key Largo Sailfish Challenge.

February

February is a great time to fish inshore for Redfish, Permit, Sharks, and Barracuda. Offshore, you’ll catch Sailfish and Kingfish. For a mixed bag and some guaranteed success, try hitting a few reefs close to shore.

March

Tourist season is in full swing in the Keys by March. The waters will be just as crowded, with Tarpon making their entrance inshore while Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi occupy the deep sea.

April

The backcountry is loaded with Tarpon, Redfish, Cobia, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, and much more at this time of year. Meanwhile, the deep sea is full of Wahoo, Tuna, large Mahi, and Marlin.

May

Flats and backcountry fishing are all the rage, with Tarpon taking center stage. Offshore, anglers are gearing up for the Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, the largest Mahi Mahi fishing tournament in the world.

June

Florida Keys flats fishing is spectacular in June. By now, the Grouper season is open in both Atlantic and Gulf waters, so get ready to fill your freezer! Offshore, you’ll hook into Tuna, Wahoo, and Marlin.

July

July keeps anglers busy with competitions like the Poor Boys Tarpon Fly Tournament and the Bacardi Key West Marlin Tournament. With clear waters and fair weather, this is an ideal time for long runs offshore.

August

Come August, things tend to quiet down in the Keys. Lobster season will be opening soon, and crustacean lovers everywhere are invited to come and celebrate at the Annual Key West Lobsterfest.

September

Fall is one of the best times for flats fishing in the Keys, with Bonefish, Barracuda, Snook, Redfish, and more biting vigorously. The reefs are bustling with Snapper, Grouper, and other bottom fish.

October

Many guides in the Keys take a vacation in October, so be sure to book a charter months ahead if you plan on fishing. Inshore fishing is outstanding in autumn, while winter game fish are arriving offshore.

November

November marks the beginning of The Key West Fishing Tournament, one of the most popular fishing tournaments in the Keys. This event lasts 8 months, open to anglers of any age or skill level.

December

Winter is a great time to set your sights on offshore big game fishing, with Kingfish, Sailfish, and Blackfin Tuna reaching their peak seasons. Or try fishing the flats between cold fronts.

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4 hour trip with capt tony and Jordan
Charles E. fished with Fish Inc. on May 13, 2021
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Bring your sunscreen, muscles. These fish fight hard.
Half day trip with capt. Steve
Samuel B. fished with Light Tackle Sportfishing With Capt. Steve on May 7, 2021
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Beautiful crystal clear water, fish are plentiful but Mother Nature is not to be messed with. We saw a huge water spout touchdown not far from us for about 6-7 minutes. Storms come out of nowhere and the currents are strong. If you are inexperienced hire a guide
Fishing with Captain Morgan
Kim R. fished with Reel Easy Charters on May 7, 2021
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Literally one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced! Do iiiiiiit.
Half day with Justin
Patrick M. fished with Good Times Key West – 19' on May 4, 2021
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Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
2 day trip with Captain Jeff
Stoney R. fished with Tight Lines Charter – Keys on April 30, 2021
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Go to the No Name Pub while there. the food is good and the place has a great vibe to it. Tarpon fishing under the bridge was excellent as well!!!
6hr trip with Captain Joe
Donna O. fished with Manicsportfishing – Pontoon on April 21, 2021
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With this company you cant go wrong. Captain Joe will make sure you have a great time. Expect to catch fish you might never have seen before.
Sibling fishing trip
Roberto M. fished with Salty Goat Fishing Charters on April 8, 2021
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Key west has the best fishing weather I love it ?
Spring break trip
Kyle H. fished with Good Times Key West on April 5, 2021
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Just give it a try. Lovely way to see a different part of Key West.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

According to customer reviews, Salt Creek Fishing Charters, Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30', and Florida Backcountry Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Florida Keys. Full list of top fishing charters in Florida Keys.

Salt Creek Fishing Charters, Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30', and Florida Backcountry Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Florida Keys.

The best way to experience fishing in Florida Keys 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 Keys.

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Flats and backcountry fishing are all the rage, with Tarpon taking center stage. Offshore, anglers are gearing up for the Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, the largest Mahi Mahi fishing tournament in the world. Check availability for local fishing charters in Florida Keys.