Key West Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Key West Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Best Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 33 fishing charters available
Key West
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(97 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $1,100
Excellent
4.5 / 5
(113 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(71 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $250
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(52 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(31 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $1,100

Blue Marlin Fishing in Key West

Blue Marlin
  • 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 Blue Marlin Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Blue Marlin 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.
Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,691 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Blue Marlin Fishing in Key West

Don’t cut yourself short on time. Our fishing trip was amazing. The waters around here are beautiful and for the most part extremely calm. Definitely a trip we will take again!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t cut yourself short on time. Our fishing trip was amazing. The waters around here are beautiful and for the most part extremely calm. Definitely a trip we will take again!
Richard  M.
Richard M. Greenbackville, VA
Had an amazing experience and caught a boatload of fish! Highlight of our trip to the Keys.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had an amazing experience and caught a boatload of fish! Highlight of our trip to the Keys.
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Know the fish are there but sometimes not biting. That’s way it’s called fishing not catching. Know Captain Dave is trying everything to get you fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fish are there but sometimes not biting. That’s way it’s called fishing not catching. Know Captain Dave is trying everything to get you fish
Christine  H.
Christine H. Stuart, Florida
Check the charters for what you want to do. There are many very experienced captains and crews waiting to make your day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the charters for what you want to do. There are many very experienced captains and crews waiting to make your day.
John  J.
John J. Scituate, Massachusetts
I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.
Jerome  R.
Jerome R.
End of the year for a bit cooler weather, a little breeze definitely helped keep cool. Lots of water and sunscreen applied
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of the year for a bit cooler weather, a little breeze definitely helped keep cool. Lots of water and sunscreen applied
Ben  L.
Ben L. Wilder, ID
Make sure to bring a hat, sun glasses and some water/Gatorade. Consider motion sickness pills if you have never been out on the water. Bring sun screen. Relax, have fun and enjoy your experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring a hat, sun glasses and some water/Gatorade. Consider motion sickness pills if you have never been out on the water. Bring sun screen. Relax, have fun and enjoy your experience!
David  C.
David C.
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.
Gina  F.
Gina F.
I have been fishing the lower Florida keys for over 20 years an Key West is my favorite
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I have been fishing the lower Florida keys for over 20 years an Key West is my favorite
Bill  G.
Bill G. Vero Beach, FL
You are in good hands with the Capt. and Mate on the Corsair II. They were awesome and made the entire experience enjoyable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are in good hands with the Capt. and Mate on the Corsair II. They were awesome and made the entire experience enjoyable.
Judith  A.
Judith A.
It's very exciting and challenging. If you are a fisherman you know what I mean? ?
Very good
3.7 / 5
It's very exciting and challenging. If you are a fisherman you know what I mean? ?
Parvlakis  M.
Parvlakis M. Westlake, FL
Do a half day and get to understand the ropes. Then if you get what you expect go do more. Just do it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a half day and get to understand the ropes. Then if you get what you expect go do more. Just do it!
James  L.
James L. Rossford, OH
April is a great time to go fish Key West. Message your captain. They know how to cater to your wants and needs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
April is a great time to go fish Key West. Message your captain. They know how to cater to your wants and needs
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Shinglehouse, PA
Mahi Mahi is one of the most beautiful fish to catch and incredibly great eating!! Look up Capt. Anthony Del Valle of the Sea Rebel. Great down to earth, knowledgeable captain!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mahi Mahi is one of the most beautiful fish to catch and incredibly great eating!! Look up Capt. Anthony Del Valle of the Sea Rebel. Great down to earth, knowledgeable captain!!
Ken  F.
Ken F. Ashburn, Virginia
Always get a captain that is very knowledgeable with the fishing conditions and puts the clients first.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Always get a captain that is very knowledgeable with the fishing conditions and puts the clients first.
John  C.
John C. Tangier, IN
Anglers should check with various charters and pick who fits their fishing style best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Anglers should check with various charters and pick who fits their fishing style best.
Kris  K.
Kris K.
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.
Ted  R.
Ted R. Norwich, CT
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!
Erik  T.
Erik T. Chicago, IL
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S. Belle River, ON
Be prepared for high winds - let you captain know if you prefer flatter water or are good with some rollers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for high winds - let you captain know if you prefer flatter water or are good with some rollers.
Paul  G.
Paul G. Westwood, NJ

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