Key West Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters

Key West Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters

Best Marlin (Blue) Fishing Charters in Key West

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Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Key West

Marlin (Blue)
  • Size 200 to 400lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Offshore

(Makaira nigricans)

Thanks to Ernest Hemingway, the Marlin fishing Key West has to offer is truly legendary. The hardest fighting of this species is Blue Marlin, just as depicted in The Old Man and the Sea. Specimens around here typically reach 11 feet and 200-400 lbs. The best part is, you don’t have to travel far to find them.

When and Where to Find Blue Marlin

Perched at southernmost tip of the United States, Key West gives you access to the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re fishing for Marlin, chances are you’ll head south into the warm waters of the Caribbean. Six miles from the coast is the Florida Reef, and just beyond that lie the deep, clear waters of the Gulf Stream. This is Blue Marlin territory.

Heading 19 miles south will bring you to a sharp drop off known as “The Wall.” Here, the seafloor takes a dive, dropping down to 2,000 feet below. This is the best place to fish for Blue Marlin in all of Florida. You can catch majestic Blues here year-round, but the most productive months tend to run from late spring until fall. October and November are especially productive if the weather has been cold recently.

In warmer months, you can also catch White Marlin in these waters. Smaller than Blues, this species generally reaches 9 feet and a little over 200 lbs in size.

How to Catch Blue Marlin

While the Marlin fishing in Key West is fantastic, keep in mind that this fish is few and far between. Trolling is the primary method of choice, since this allows anglers to cover more water in search of their target. Depending on the season, weather, and other factors, your captain will decide how fast to troll and what bait is most effective.

Count on using heavy tackle, usually a 130 lb outfit. You will also want to have a fighting chair at hand, or a fighting harness at the very least. Many anglers like to fast troll with dead bait (fresh, whole Mackerel) or lures. You might troll up to 16 knots with lures. At the Wall, tried and true color combinations include orange and yellow, red and white, and all black.

On a day when the current is strong the Gulf Stream is clear, you might slow troll with live bait such as Little Tunny or small Mahi Mahi. You won’t cover as much water this way, but live bait is certainly the most effective choice if you know Marlin are in the area.

Bold and experienced fishermen have been known to catch Blue Marlin on fly rods, as well. If this is a challenge you’re ready for, try using a 12 or 13-weight rod with a reel that can hold at least 600 yards of micron backing. Marlin will bite popping bugs and flies.

Key West Marlin (Blue) Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Marlin (Blue) fishing in Key West varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April to October. Low season is January to February and December. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Key West

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.
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.
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.
Great time!
Frank W. fished with Boa Vida Charters on March 15, 2021
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Prepare to have fun and enjoy the beauty of the sea.
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.

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