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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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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!
July fishing trip
Mary B. fished with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on July 21, 2021
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Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
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.
Fishing with Jim
Jon B. fished with Reel Therapy Fishing Charters on July 20, 2021
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Great trip! My son and Captain Jim bonded immediately. After trying to make me a fisherman, Captain Jim accepted failure with dignity . Luc and Captain Jim were able to catch enough Mahi to satisfy our taste for fish. If you want to learn about the ocean and learn how to catch fish, then Captain Jim is the charter to book. It was a pleasure to spend the day fishing with a man with similar old fashioned American values as myself. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS CAPTAIN JIM.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

According to customer reviews, Salt Creek Fishing Charters, Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33', and Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30' 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 33', and Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30' 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.

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

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Florida Keys.