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Top Permit Fishing Charters in Key West


Permit

  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Reef, Flats, Backcountry

Permit Fishing in Key West

Discover the “Permit capital of the world” with a Key West Permit fishing guide. At the southernmost point of the US, the warm, shallow waters are ideal for Permit. Head to the inshore flats or beyond to “The Lakes” and Marquesas Island Toll and discover some of the best Permit fishing in the world.  

What to Expect

Permit put up an incredible fight but catching their bite isn’t straightforward. These spooky fish need a lot of attention, skill, and carefulness to land.
 
While Permit eat a range of different crustaceans, they’ll flee at the hint that they’re being hunted. Fishing enthusiasts will love this game of cat and mouse, while beginners may not find it to their taste.
 
You want a light vessel with a shallow hull for these flats. A skiff or a flats boat will do the job. Light and agile, your captain will pole you along. This will get you on top of the spooky fish without causing a disturbance.
 
The beauty of fishing out of Key West is that it's right there! Within minutes, you’ll be on the productive flats, casting away. Even on a four-hour trip, you’ll still get to test your angling skills.
 
On six and eight-hour trips, you’ll explore a range of fishing grounds. Head to “the lakes” and Marquesas Island Toll, where you’ll find some of the largest Permit around. Along the sand flats and grassy-bottomed shallows, you’ll sight cast for the tailing fish. You can also try fly fishing here!
 
You could combine a trip to target Permit with hunting Tarpon and Bonefish to complete the inshore “Grand Slam.” Take a Key West Permit fishing guide from early spring through summer and for the best chance of the prize.

How to Prepare

Key West Permit fishing guides will have everything set up ready for you. There’s no need for a fishing license, and all rods and reels will be provided. Just check with your captain if he provides live bait. If you fancy going fly fishing, then you may also need to bring your own gear. 
 
Bottled water may be provided, but you should bring your own drinks and snacks. Stay refreshed and make the most of your time on the crystal clear waters. Get ready to battle it out with prized Permit in Key West, and see why this is one of the best spots in the world!
 

Permit

  • Size 10 to 30lbs
  • Food Value Good
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Reef, Flats, Backcountry

Key West Permit Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Permit fishing in Key West varies moderately throughout the year. High season is March to July. Low season is January. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Permit Fishing in Key West

"great 1/2 day w Capt Jimmy and !st Mate Sean"

Robert Moon fished with Cowboy Charters - Irish Cowboy on November 14, 2019

GREAT day --- both Capt Jimmy and Sean are 1st-class guys, know everything about the water, and very interesting to talk to, as both grew up on KW.... know the water inside-out.... always had the rigs ready and hunting fish... take this trip!

"Eight hour trip with Captain Brad"

Thomas Gruber fished with Southpaw Fishing Charters on November 14, 2019

Amazing trip with a great Captain and an excellent first mate Mick Would definitely use these guys again and again and again! What a great day. Sail fish mahi and yellow tail, trifecta.

"Half day with Ray!"

Daniel Howard fished with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on November 13, 2019

Great time chasing the big ones while filling the box with a ton of keepers. Recommend Ray and the Coolcast to anyone up for a great day on the Fl. Keys coastline.

"3/4 day tripWas awesome"

Terry Decker fished with Charter Boat Sea-Clusion on November 12, 2019

The captain Was great! The 1st mate Shawn was always on top of keeping the lines baited and everything ready for the bite! Would defiantly use them again!!

"Awesome day with the family. "

Russell Calderone fished with Good Times Key West on November 10, 2019

We had an amazing experience with Justin. He was very knowledgeable and great with kids. I would highly recommend his boat! Great guy with a beautiful family give him a shot he deserves your business .

"Fishing with John"

Bruce Chadick fished with Reel Easy Charters on November 9, 2019

Jerrod could not have been a better Captain. Great Charter and had us on the fish all day!

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