Key West Permit Fishing Charters

Key West Permit Fishing Charters

Best Permit Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 45 fishing charters available

Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(156 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $750

Fish Key West - The Coolcast

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(429 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500

Fish Key West – The Coolwater II

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(226 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500

Reel Smoker

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(46 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650

Reel Easy Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(637 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650

Hook 1 Charters – Stock Island

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(50 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $450

Capt. David Lamb – Chasin' Tails

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650

Key West Backwater Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(120 reviews)
Stock Island
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trips from $450

Permit Fishing in Key West

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

(Trachinotus falcatus)

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!
 

Key West Permit Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

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.
Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Permit Fishing in Key West

Bring over the counter motion sickness medicine, even if you don’t get motion sickness. We caught fish in the afternoon, but we heard the morning is the best time to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring over the counter motion sickness medicine, even if you don’t get motion sickness. We caught fish in the afternoon, but we heard the morning is the best time to fish.
Margie  M.
Margie M. Littleton, CO
I’d highly recommend going with an experienced crew like the Cora Beth. They know exactly where to go and what to do to guarantee you catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I’d highly recommend going with an experienced crew like the Cora Beth. They know exactly where to go and what to do to guarantee you catch fish!
Alison  C.
Alison C. Lake Worth, FL
Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions
Robert  M.
Robert M. St. Petersburg, Florida
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

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