Key West Permit Fishing Charters

Key West Permit Fishing Charters

Best Permit Fishing Charters in Key West

Top Permit Fishing Charters in Key West

Permit Fishing in Key West

  • 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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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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Permit Fishing in Key West

Fishing with Mike
Matt S. fished with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Evening half day trip with Ryan
Kate Z. fished with Good Times Key West on July 26, 2020
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!
Half Day with captain Hugh
Karl Z. fished with Reel Easy Charters on July 16, 2020
Just be watch, learn and enjoy being out on the water.
Yellow Jacks!!
Judy O. fished with Good Times Key West on July 6, 2020
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.
Great Yellow Jack Fishing with Captain JJ
Asterios H. fished with Reel A Salt on June 26, 2020
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Half Day with Captain Russ
Tony D. fished with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on August 14, 2019
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Half day trip with Ryan
Rebecca M. fished with Good Times Key West on August 2, 2019
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Fishing with Damon
Stephen T. fished with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on August 1, 2019
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know

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