Key West Shark (Bull) Fishing Charters

Key West Shark (Bull) Fishing Charters

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Shark (Bull) Fishing in Key West

Shark (Bull)
  • Size 100 to 300lbs
  • Food Value Average
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore

(Carcharhinus leucas)

Key West Shark fishing will get your heart rate up like nothing else can. This is the world’s premier Shark fishing destination, where anglers land 400 lb Bull Sharks in water as shallow as 3 feet.

Bull Sharks are one of the most aggressive species, ready to eat pretty much anything you throw their way. You can fish for these bad boys in Key West any day of the year, along with Lemon, Blacktip, Hammerhead, Bonnethead, Spinner, and Tiger Sharks.

Many anglers claim that this sport is best at night, but you’ll hook into plenty of bruisers during the day, too. They cruise the shallow water of the flats and backcountry, hunting for many of the same fish people do. So heads up! Chances are you’re going to catch a Shark here even when you’re not fishing for one.

Where to Fish for Sharks

Flats and Backcountry
When you think of Jaws, you picture wide open waters far out at sea. While there are certainly Sharks out there, there’s also plenty right off the dock. The flats and backcountry of Key West are perfect for Shark fishing. Calm waves allow you to fish without getting seasick, while the clear, shallow water gives you an up-close view of all the action. You might also target Sharks in the channels and near bridges.
If you think these shallow inshore waters are only home to smaller Sharks, guess again: it’s common to catch plenty of brutes weighing 200 lbs and above. 
Marquesas Keys
If you’re ready to step it up a notch, look for a trip to the Marquesas Keys. Twenty-six miles west and a 45-minute boat ride away, this atoll features pristine waters and lots of Shark fishing action. Here you can hook into bigger, feistier Sharks.
More world record Sharks are caught here than anywhere else. It’s not uncommon to find Bull and Lemon Sharks around 500 lbs in size, along with monster Hammerheads and Tiger Sharks exceeding 1,000 lbs. From time to time, anglers even hook into Wide Tooth Sawfish Sharks. All this, with just a thin layer of fiberglass between you and them. Sound exciting?

How to Fish for Sharks

There are many ways to catch a Shark, but the classic method of choice is chumming. After tossing live bait or cut bait into the water and waiting for the scent to draw Sharks close to the boat, you’ll cast a baited hook into the fray.

Conventional rods with 30 lb test line are generally recommended for inshore Shark fishing. Having fresh bait on hand is the key to success. On your way out, you’ll catch Ladyfish, Bluefish, Jacks, Barracuda, and other baitfish to use.

You might also fish for Sharks using artificials, or even by fly fishing.

Need to Know

Most Shark fishing guides in Key West promote catch and release to help keep local Shark populations healthy.

Some species are strictly catch and release in Florida state waters. Size and bag limits apply to some other species. You can read more online about Shark fishing regulations as stated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Bear in mind that Shark fishing is not for the timid. Large predatory species will be circling the boat and eating live fish. This can make some passengers uncomfortable. While your guide will always make your safety the highest priority, it’s important to keep your wits about you.

If you’ve never tried Shark fishing before, we recommend starting with a half day trip so you can get comfortable first.

Key West Shark (Bull) Fishing Seasons

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Shark (Bull) fishing in Key West varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April to September. Low season is January. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Shark (Bull) Fishing in Key West

Half Day Fishing on the Flats with Sean O'Keefe
Scott C. fished with Key West Backwater Fishing on February 5, 2021
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Watch the weather. We had just gotten through a cold front, and, not unexpectedly, it took a little hunting to get on the fish. An experienced Captain is a must. Sean O'Keefe at Key West Backwater Fishing knows where to find the fish and how to catch them.
Full day with Hugh
Edward H. fished with Reel Easy Charters on February 4, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Listen to the captain, he knows how to fish.
December fishing trip
Richard F. fished with Good Times Key West on December 13, 2020
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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.
Fishing with Mike
Matt S. fished with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
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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
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
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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
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The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.

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