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Top Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Destinations


Top Offshore Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Offshore Fishing in Florida Keys

When your mind wanders to the Keys, you picture golden beaches and tropical reefs. But there’s plenty more on offer. Florida Keys offshore fishing charters will take you to some of the most prestigious deep sea fishing grounds in the world. With the Gulf Stream passing by, get ready to battle it out with monster pelagic fish. 

What to Expect

Situated at the crossroads of the Gulf and Atlantic, you can target migrating fish year round. With deep waters just 5 miles offshore, you can even catch a trophy on a half day trip. 
 
You’ll troll for majestic Marlin and stunning Sailfish, along with delicious Mahi Mahi and Tuna. While trips to the deeper waters may see you deep drop for some of the best-tasting fish around. 
 

The Upper Keys

The Upper Keys are mostly known for their rich inshore fishing opportunities. But there’s much more than that! Out of Islamorada and Key Largo, there’s plenty of prized offshore fishing. 
 
Summer through fall is the ideal time for a northern Florida Keys offshore fishing charter. This is Swordfish season. These deep-dwelling beasts put up one of the best battles in the ocean. Get ready for the fight of your life and a well-deserved treat at the end of the day. 
 

The Middle Keys

Within 30 minutes from Marathon, you’ll hit “The Humps.” These underwater canyons are a favorite haunt of numerous prized fish. Get your fish on as you troll for the usual suspects, while deep dropping may see you land a stunning Tilefish. 
 
Out of Big Pine Key, you’ll enjoy peace and tranquility in crystal clear waters. Relax before the bite of a Marlin, Sailfish, or Tuna brings you crashing back to earth with a splash, bang, and much fanfare when you land the catch of your dreams. 
 

The Lower Keys

Thanks to Hemmingway, Key West is synonymous with Marlin fishing. It’s no surprise, then, that some of the best offshore fishing comes out of the lower Keys. Within minutes, you can be in some of the deepest spots in US waters. 
 
Aboard a Florida Keys offshore fishing charter you can explore the Marquesas and Tortugas islands. The Marquesas are famed for their Shark fishing, giving you the chance to land anything from a Bull to a Mako on a full day trip. Head to the Tortugas on an overnight charter and spend as long as you want battling it out with a range of pelagic beasts. 

How to Prepare

Most Florida Keys offshore fishing charters will provide all the necessary fishing tackle and either bait or lures. Some captains may provide water to stay refreshed, but you should bring your own drinks and snacks, too. 
 
Offshore fishing in the Florida Keys is not for the faint-hearted. Beginners may be better off on a shorter trip, while avid anglers will love the chance of spending a full day or more at sea! One thing’s for sure, though: you’re in for a thrilling adventure no matter how long you spend aboard!

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What People Are Saying About Offshore Fishing in Florida Keys

"Full day "

Allen Schultz fished with Costa Morada Fishing Charters on July 16, 2018

Great trip, crew was helpful. Offshore troll was slow so switched gears to yellowtail and had a blast

Top Targeted Offshore Fishing Species in Florida Keys

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Sailfish

Wahoo

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

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