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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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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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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Fishing with Pete
Liz F. fished with Keys Affordable Fishing on February 20, 2021
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Captain Pete is friendly and helpful. We caught snapper, sharks and a barracuda
Half day trip with caption Pete
Travis S. fished with Keys Affordable Fishing on February 18, 2021
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Uv fishing shirts, sunscreen, hat, dramameen.
Half Day Fishing on the Flats with Sean O'Keefe
Scott C. fished with Key West Backwater Fishing on February 5, 2021
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Watch the weather. We had just gotten through a cold front, and, not unexpectedly, it took a little hunting to get on the fish. An experienced Captain is a must. Sean O'Keefe at Key West Backwater Fishing knows where to find the fish and how to catch them.
Full day with Hugh
Edward H. fished with Reel Easy Charters on February 4, 2021
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Listen to the captain, he knows how to fish.
4hr trip with captain J
Zach K. fished with Captain Jay Charters on February 4, 2021
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If you're set on catching one species of fish in particular make sure its the correct season.
6 Hr. trip with Captain Armandeo
GARY W. fished with A-Squared Charters on January 9, 2021
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Be ready to have a good time with this very knowledgeable fisherman!
3/4 day with Captain Mark
John S. fished with Dauntless Fishing Charters on January 6, 2021
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Love fishing in south Florida in the winter.
December fishing trip
Darryl W. fished with Dee Cee on December 24, 2020
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Be ready for an exciting time with seasoned professional captains and crew.