Key West Offshore Fishing Charters

Key West Offshore Fishing Charters

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 100 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(130 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $950
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(158 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(679 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(87 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $1,150
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(99 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(131 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(234 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(177 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900

Offshore Fishing in Key West

A Key West offshore fishing experience is one you'll remember for the rest of your life. Located right between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, you can head out of the dock in any direction and you’re sure to hook into massive big game fish—and lots of them. Come aboard and see what makes this place one of Florida’s top fishing destinations.

What to Catch

Everything from Barracuda to Blue Marlin can be caught out of Key West, with your only limitations being the season of your trip and how far you're ready to travel. Whether it's a short family trip for Yellowtail Snappers over the reef or a fully fledged offshore adventure for Swordfish, there's something here for you.

Where to Go

The waters surrounding Key West are rich with opportunity, from extreme depths in the Straits of Florida to the scattered islands of the Dry Tortugas out west. So, where to?

The Florida Reef

Stretching along the south of Key West is the Florida Reef, a natural barrier extending 6 miles into the Straits of Florida. Bottom fishing here will bring up a variety of species throughout the year, including Snapper, Grouper, and other bottom feeders. You can also catch King Mackerel and Barracuda cruising around, or even Sailfish on occasion.

The Straits of Florida

Just beyond the reef, fishing takes on a new persona. Here the seafloor plummets a thousand feet below. Now you’re truly fishing offshore. Swordfish and an array of Snapper and Grouper species cruise the depths below. Up above, the warm waters of the Gulf Stream carry a steady parade of Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin. With any luck, you could catch some of these species on a trip as short as 4-6 hours.

The Gulf of Mexico

Fishing offshore in Key West might also take you north into the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf is home to many of the same game fish you’ll find in the Straits of Florida and the Atlantic, including Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, and Wahoo. Countless wrecks and reefs in the Gulf hold Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Triggerfish, Hogfish, and more. Bear in mind that you’ll have to travel a lot father if you plan on catching big game fish like Sailfish and Tuna in the Gulf (a full day trip, at the very least). 

The Dry Tortugas and Marquesas Keys

Even more offshore fishing possibilities lie to the west. The Marquesas Keys are famous for holding massive Sharks, including Tiger, Bull, Lemon, and Hammerhead Sharks. Located 26 miles west, these fishing grounds are just a 45 minute boat ride away.

For excellent shallow water bottom fishing, head to the Dry Tortugas. Trips to these islands 75 miles away from Key West are extremely weather dependent. While you can find 8-9 hour trips, an overnight charter is recommended to make sure you get plenty of fishing time.

How to Fish

  • Depending on your target species, fishing offshore could have you trolling, kite fishing, jigging, bottom fishing, and so much more. You’re likely to troll for big game pelagics like Wahoo, Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, and King Mackerel. Ambitious anglers take some of these species by fly fishing, including Marlin.

  • You’re likely to lure Tuna, Sharks, and even King Mackerel by chumming and then casting a live or dead bait.

  • Bottom fishing and jigging will help you catch pretty much any bottom species on the reef and in the deep waters offshore. In water thousands of feet deep, you’re likely to deep drop for Swordfish, Tilefish, and colossal Snapper and Grouper.

When to go

Sailfish, Tuna, and Wahoo tend to peak in these waters between winter and spring. Other pelagic fish reach their peak seasons in warmer months. Charter a boat between spring and fall for a chance to catch the widest variety of species.

Whatever time of year you go offshore fishing in Key West, a true adventure awaits. And with a huge range of experienced charter boats waiting for you, all you need to do is hop aboard!

Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 26,616 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Key West

Don’t cut yourself short on time. Our fishing trip was amazing. The waters around here are beautiful and for the most part extremely calm. Definitely a trip we will take again!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t cut yourself short on time. Our fishing trip was amazing. The waters around here are beautiful and for the most part extremely calm. Definitely a trip we will take again!
Richard  M.
Richard M. Greenbackville, VA
Had an amazing experience and caught a boatload of fish! Highlight of our trip to the Keys.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had an amazing experience and caught a boatload of fish! Highlight of our trip to the Keys.
Michael  S.
Michael S.
Know the fish are there but sometimes not biting. That’s way it’s called fishing not catching. Know Captain Dave is trying everything to get you fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fish are there but sometimes not biting. That’s way it’s called fishing not catching. Know Captain Dave is trying everything to get you fish
Christine  H.
Christine H. Stuart, Florida
Check the charters for what you want to do. There are many very experienced captains and crews waiting to make your day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the charters for what you want to do. There are many very experienced captains and crews waiting to make your day.
John  J.
John J. Scituate, Massachusetts
I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.
Jerome  R.
Jerome R.
End of the year for a bit cooler weather, a little breeze definitely helped keep cool. Lots of water and sunscreen applied
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of the year for a bit cooler weather, a little breeze definitely helped keep cool. Lots of water and sunscreen applied
Ben  L.
Ben L. Wilder, ID
Make sure to bring a hat, sun glasses and some water/Gatorade. Consider motion sickness pills if you have never been out on the water. Bring sun screen. Relax, have fun and enjoy your experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure to bring a hat, sun glasses and some water/Gatorade. Consider motion sickness pills if you have never been out on the water. Bring sun screen. Relax, have fun and enjoy your experience!
David  C.
David C.
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.
Gina  F.
Gina F.
I have been fishing the lower Florida keys for over 20 years an Key West is my favorite
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I have been fishing the lower Florida keys for over 20 years an Key West is my favorite
Bill  G.
Bill G. Vero Beach, FL
You are in good hands with the Capt. and Mate on the Corsair II. They were awesome and made the entire experience enjoyable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are in good hands with the Capt. and Mate on the Corsair II. They were awesome and made the entire experience enjoyable.
Judith  A.
Judith A.
It's very exciting and challenging. If you are a fisherman you know what I mean? ?
Very good
3.7 / 5
It's very exciting and challenging. If you are a fisherman you know what I mean? ?
Parvlakis  M.
Parvlakis M. Westlake, FL
Do a half day and get to understand the ropes. Then if you get what you expect go do more. Just do it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a half day and get to understand the ropes. Then if you get what you expect go do more. Just do it!
James  L.
James L. Rossford, OH
April is a great time to go fish Key West. Message your captain. They know how to cater to your wants and needs
Excellent
5.0 / 5
April is a great time to go fish Key West. Message your captain. They know how to cater to your wants and needs
Jeff  M.
Jeff M. Shinglehouse, PA
Mahi Mahi is one of the most beautiful fish to catch and incredibly great eating!! Look up Capt. Anthony Del Valle of the Sea Rebel. Great down to earth, knowledgeable captain!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Mahi Mahi is one of the most beautiful fish to catch and incredibly great eating!! Look up Capt. Anthony Del Valle of the Sea Rebel. Great down to earth, knowledgeable captain!!
Ken  F.
Ken F. Ashburn, Virginia
Always get a captain that is very knowledgeable with the fishing conditions and puts the clients first.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Always get a captain that is very knowledgeable with the fishing conditions and puts the clients first.
John  C.
John C. Tangier, IN
Anglers should check with various charters and pick who fits their fishing style best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Anglers should check with various charters and pick who fits their fishing style best.
Kris  K.
Kris K.
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.
Ted  R.
Ted R. Norwich, CT
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!
Erik  T.
Erik T. Chicago, IL
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.
Kevin  S.
Kevin S. Belle River, ON
Be prepared for high winds - let you captain know if you prefer flatter water or are good with some rollers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for high winds - let you captain know if you prefer flatter water or are good with some rollers.
Paul  G.
Paul G. Westwood, NJ

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Key West