Key West Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Key West Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

Best Blue Marlin Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 31 fishing charters available

Fish Inc.

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(68 reviews)
Key West
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Charter Boat Sea-Clusion

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(102 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900

Anytime Outlaw Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(45 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $950

Koko Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $1,100

Key West Sea Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(57 reviews)
Stock Island
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Color Change Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(43 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $950

Blind Squirrel Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(52 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $1,600

Cowboy Charters - Irish Cowboy

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(101 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $950

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 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Blue Marlin Fishing in Key West

If you are fishing in February plan on the temperature being cooler and possibly very windy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are fishing in February plan on the temperature being cooler and possibly very windy.
Donald  P.
Donald P. Rifle, CO
Take Dramamine if anyone is prone to motion sucky, and Call Cowboy fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take Dramamine if anyone is prone to motion sucky, and Call Cowboy fishing!
Kristen  H.
Kristen H. Sugar Creek, MO
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
Brandon  S.
Brandon S. Britton, MI
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Timothy  L.
Timothy L. Chelsea, ME
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
Angel  S.
Angel S. Thompsontown, PA
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Mary  B.
Mary B. Granite Quarry, NC
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
Christian  C.
Christian C. Orange Park, FL
Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
Patrick  M.
Patrick M. Church Hill, MD
We did a snorkel and sightseeing trip with this charter and they did the most amazing trip for us could not have asked for a better trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We did a snorkel and sightseeing trip with this charter and they did the most amazing trip for us could not have asked for a better trip.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Chicago, IL
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Matt  S.
Matt S. Key West, FL
Sunscreen!!!! Also, have an idea of what type of fishing you’d like to do before booking and heading out, that way your captain can get you to the best spot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sunscreen!!!! Also, have an idea of what type of fishing you’d like to do before booking and heading out, that way your captain can get you to the best spot!
Kate  Z.
Kate Z. Perrysburg, OH
Be ready to catch some fish. By hiring a guide, you have everything you need at your fingertips.... Bait, tackle, water and a nice boat to get you onto the water. Morning fishing is probably the best, as the afternoons can be extra steamy and fish may be sluggish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to catch some fish. By hiring a guide, you have everything you need at your fingertips.... Bait, tackle, water and a nice boat to get you onto the water. Morning fishing is probably the best, as the afternoons can be extra steamy and fish may be sluggish.
Judy  O.
Judy O. Savannah, GA
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Asterios  H.
Asterios H. Miami, FL
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Tony  D.
Tony D. Boca Raton, Florida
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Rebecca  M.
Rebecca M. St. Petersburg, FL
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know
Stephen  T.
Stephen T. Austin, TX
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.
Christian  B.
Christian B. Richmond, CA
the only thing I can say is book the right charter.....cowboy sportfishing charters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
the only thing I can say is book the right charter.....cowboy sportfishing charters
Scott  H.
Scott H. New Smyrna Beach, FL
Yes, great experience! We really enjoyed our time on the water and highly recommend it for anyone looking to spend some time on the water and catch some fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, great experience! We really enjoyed our time on the water and highly recommend it for anyone looking to spend some time on the water and catch some fish!
Ann  L.
Ann L. United States
Book a Salty Goat fishing charter . Crew was excellent Price was right . And had a great fish dinner that my family caught ourselves .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a Salty Goat fishing charter . Crew was excellent Price was right . And had a great fish dinner that my family caught ourselves .
Alan  C.
Alan C. Toano, VA

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