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Best Permit Fishing Charters in Key West

Top Permit Fishing Charters in Key West



  • 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!


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

What People Are Saying About Permit Fishing in Key West

"Fathers Day excursion "

Heather Phillips fished with Reel Easy Charters on June 14, 2019

Captain John made my day with my Dad unforgettable!! My dad and I have been fishing for 40 yrs and this was our first time deep sea! We did the 8hr and it was unbelievable! Permit 30lbs or more, shark, snapper, jack, and tarpon chasing all in one day! I won’t use anyone else here! Thanks Captain J!!! We will see you in a month!

"Split Day Trip"

Edward Walsh fished with Easy Does It on September 26, 2018

Captain Jerod did a nice job with Permit fishing and putting us on some fish. We also did a bit of wreck fishing and Tarpon fishing at the end of the day. Hooked into some very large Tarpon which was a lot of fun. These guys do a great job and know the waters well.

"Full day with Captain Jared"

Betsy Young fished with Reel Easy Charters on July 22, 2018

Amazing day ! Caught a variety of big fish including the sought after Permit fish! Captain Jared was friendly and informative! Put us on great fishing - he knows what he is doing! Highly recommend! We will be back!

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