Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Charters

Top Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Destinations

Best 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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Based on 27,721 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Florida Keys

Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Piper  H.
Piper H. Orlando, Florida
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Mary  K.  D.
Mary K. D.
Water water water and big hats. And marathon bait and tackle is really a good shop.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water water water and big hats. And marathon bait and tackle is really a good shop.
AMy  N.
AMy N. Zionville, NC
Plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to hunt for fish on the move. Offshore definitely preferable to bottom fishing this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to hunt for fish on the move. Offshore definitely preferable to bottom fishing this time of year.
Bocas  M.
Bocas M. Lake Monticello, VA
Amazing time of the year to go fishing here in the Florida keys, Islamorada. Very quiet on the island as not many tourists are here. Weather is beautiful with little to no wind. Seas have started to cool down and the abundance of bait and fish is outstanding.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Amazing time of the year to go fishing here in the Florida keys, Islamorada. Very quiet on the island as not many tourists are here. Weather is beautiful with little to no wind. Seas have started to cool down and the abundance of bait and fish is outstanding.
Phill  B.
Phill B. Key Largo, Florida
Go with the locals - alot of them grew up here & know the waters, tides & gear best! Many are generation fishermen so they have lots of knowledge!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with the locals - alot of them grew up here & know the waters, tides & gear best! Many are generation fishermen so they have lots of knowledge!
Tamera  J.
Tamera J. Fort Myers, FL
Easy to get to dock vs down town plenty of parking brand new dock and facilities
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Easy to get to dock vs down town plenty of parking brand new dock and facilities
Jerry  B.
Jerry B.
Let the captain do his thing if the fish will bite you will do a lot of reeling had a great time ! My sons and I
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Let the captain do his thing if the fish will bite you will do a lot of reeling had a great time ! My sons and I
Dan  H.
Dan H. Bethel Park, PA
The sun and heat are brutal. You may think you want to wear short sleeves and shorts but don’t. Long breathable pants and a breathable shirt would be best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The sun and heat are brutal. You may think you want to wear short sleeves and shorts but don’t. Long breathable pants and a breathable shirt would be best.
Aaron  L.
Aaron L. Tell City, IN
Reason its called the fishing capital of the world! What an amazing area full of life and different species. the fisherman's dream!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reason its called the fishing capital of the world! What an amazing area full of life and different species. the fisherman's dream!
Dan  G.
Dan G. Key Largo, Florida
Fishing is awesome and restaurants expertly cool up your fish! Can’t beat key largo for good fighters that are also delicious!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is awesome and restaurants expertly cool up your fish! Can’t beat key largo for good fighters that are also delicious!
John  W.
John W. United States
Inquire to what fish are in season and what fish you will be after as it depends on how long of a trip you book.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Inquire to what fish are in season and what fish you will be after as it depends on how long of a trip you book.
Tim  W.
Tim W. Thorold, ON
Don't eat breakfast or a meal before, wear sunscreen, bring drinks, use the bathroom before.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't eat breakfast or a meal before, wear sunscreen, bring drinks, use the bathroom before.
Gregory  L.
Gregory L. Mahopac, NY
Make sure you hydrate before you head out! Coconut water or electrolytes! The heat will get ya!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you hydrate before you head out! Coconut water or electrolytes! The heat will get ya!
Zachary  O.
Zachary O. Carrollton, TX
One of the toughest months to catch fish so you need an experienced captain and mate.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
One of the toughest months to catch fish so you need an experienced captain and mate.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Weissport, PA
Book a trip with Captain Wayne this was our second trip with him very professional down the Earth expert cleaning fish there were no bones in it when I ate it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a trip with Captain Wayne this was our second trip with him very professional down the Earth expert cleaning fish there were no bones in it when I ate it
Robert  D.
Robert D. Punta Gorda, FL
He's an excellent skipper you make sure you have a good time. Couldn't ask for better
Excellent
5.0 / 5
He's an excellent skipper you make sure you have a good time. Couldn't ask for better
Mortgan  M.
Mortgan M. Auburn, WA
It was well worth it! We had a blast for our first deep sea fishing experience. Would definitely do it again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was well worth it! We had a blast for our first deep sea fishing experience. Would definitely do it again.
Shannon  M.
Shannon M. Fordsville, KY
The islands are historically good for fishing. Water is beautiful and there are plenty of fish. Many choices of accommodations and restaurants. Very "laid back" beach town vibe. WE will definitely go back!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The islands are historically good for fishing. Water is beautiful and there are plenty of fish. Many choices of accommodations and restaurants. Very "laid back" beach town vibe. WE will definitely go back!
Randall  S.
Randall S. Estero, FL
I think a two hours trip is too short. Better go for the half day one. And be fast when you got something on the hook. Water and sun screen are vital.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I think a two hours trip is too short. Better go for the half day one. And be fast when you got something on the hook. Water and sun screen are vital.
Martin  S.
Martin S. Zurich, Zurich

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