Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Charters

Top Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Destinations

Best Offshore Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Florida Keys: 215 fishing charters available

All Hanns On Deck

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(162 reviews)
Key Largo
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800

My Ohana Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(128 reviews)
Key West
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $1,300

Jolly Roger II

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(331 reviews)
Key West
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $900

Islamorada Backcountry & Offshore

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Islamorada
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

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!
Florida Keys
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25,048 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Offshore Fishing in Florida Keys

First time in KW, during October and were able to find plenty of small ones
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time in KW, during October and were able to find plenty of small ones
Scott  T.
Scott T. Knoxville, TN
Absolutely try lobstering if you’ve never been. Our captain was amazing!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely try lobstering if you’ve never been. Our captain was amazing!!!
Rachel  M.
Rachel M. Milton, FL
Great place to come take in the history of key west. September is a good month for calm seas and good fun. Lobstering, reef fishing, and offshore are all good this time of the year on a good boat with a good crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to come take in the history of key west. September is a good month for calm seas and good fun. Lobstering, reef fishing, and offshore are all good this time of the year on a good boat with a good crew.
Chrystal  M.  A.
Chrystal M. A. Stephenville, TX
Go with a patient and helpful Captain, like Cap Booker, to help and teach you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a patient and helpful Captain, like Cap Booker, to help and teach you.
Patricia  S.
Patricia S. Key West, Florida
Def book with Captain Manny. He was very knowledgeable and we had a blast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Def book with Captain Manny. He was very knowledgeable and we had a blast.
Danelle  M.
Danelle M. Westland, MI
Be in top physical condition and be able to hold your breath for long periods of time. Make sure you are an avid swimmer, used to salt water, strong currents, and exotic ocean life. Make sure you have quality gear. This is a very physically demanding adventure that will absolutely cleanse the soul. This trip is for thrill seekers and risk takers. I am 55, a former athlete, and strong swimmer, and this experience certainly humbled me. I cannot wait to do it again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be in top physical condition and be able to hold your breath for long periods of time. Make sure you are an avid swimmer, used to salt water, strong currents, and exotic ocean life. Make sure you have quality gear. This is a very physically demanding adventure that will absolutely cleanse the soul. This trip is for thrill seekers and risk takers. I am 55, a former athlete, and strong swimmer, and this experience certainly humbled me. I cannot wait to do it again.
Luke  Z.
Luke Z. Powell, TN
Look for a Captain targeting the type of fish you want to catch. Also understand the trip your booking meaning don’t hire a flats boat if you want to go off shore.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Look for a Captain targeting the type of fish you want to catch. Also understand the trip your booking meaning don’t hire a flats boat if you want to go off shore.
Roger  D.
Roger D. Tampa, Florida
Booking with Capt Buddy of course plus sunscreen, water and the Keys attitude.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Booking with Capt Buddy of course plus sunscreen, water and the Keys attitude.
Susan  B.
Susan B. Willow Street, PA
I’d highly recommend going with an experienced crew like the Cora Beth. They know exactly where to go and what to do to guarantee you catch fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I’d highly recommend going with an experienced crew like the Cora Beth. They know exactly where to go and what to do to guarantee you catch fish!
Alison  C.
Alison C. Lake Worth, FL
Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions
Robert  M.
Robert M. St. Petersburg, Florida
Decide if you want to fish the Atlantic Ocean side but make sure it is a calm day or the Florida Bay/ mangrove side which is quieter with different kinds of fish like snook, mangrove snapper sea trout, redfish etc.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Decide if you want to fish the Atlantic Ocean side but make sure it is a calm day or the Florida Bay/ mangrove side which is quieter with different kinds of fish like snook, mangrove snapper sea trout, redfish etc.
Rick.  ?.  S.
Rick. ?. S. Dublin, OH
Check into the local bait shops and find out the current trends and locations for the best fishing because it is always changing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check into the local bait shops and find out the current trends and locations for the best fishing because it is always changing.
Connie  S.
Connie S. Big Pine Key, Florida
The reef is almost a sure thing. Late afternoon shark fishing works too, winds were lighter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The reef is almost a sure thing. Late afternoon shark fishing works too, winds were lighter.
John  H.
John H. Key Largo, Florida
Be ready to adapt to the weather. Trust the captain's judgement. He fishes every day here.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to adapt to the weather. Trust the captain's judgement. He fishes every day here.
George  S.
George S. Quarryville, PA
Expect wind and change of plans but go anyway. A good captain will still put you on fish without beating you up or getting you sick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect wind and change of plans but go anyway. A good captain will still put you on fish without beating you up or getting you sick.
Scotty  W.
Scotty W. Shinrock, OH
If you are fishing in February plan on the temperature being cooler and possibly very windy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are fishing in February plan on the temperature being cooler and possibly very windy.
Donald  P.
Donald P. Rifle, CO
Book with a professional Sportfishing Captain so you can learn how to fish in the keys.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with a professional Sportfishing Captain so you can learn how to fish in the keys.
Ron  P.
Ron P. Gwynn, VA
I know that there are better times of the year to fish the Florida Keys but the fishing in late January 2022 was great. The advantage of fishing in January/February is the wonderful weather with air temperature in the low 70's and water temperature in the mid 70's.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I know that there are better times of the year to fish the Florida Keys but the fishing in late January 2022 was great. The advantage of fishing in January/February is the wonderful weather with air temperature in the low 70's and water temperature in the mid 70's.
Terry  T.
Terry T. Waynesboro, Virginia
Try all 3 if you can. In shore, Flats and reef to get a feel for the wide variety of fishing the Keys has to offer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try all 3 if you can. In shore, Flats and reef to get a feel for the wide variety of fishing the Keys has to offer
Dan  R.
Dan R. Woodway, WA
Take Dramamine if anyone is prone to motion sucky, and Call Cowboy fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take Dramamine if anyone is prone to motion sucky, and Call Cowboy fishing!
Kristen  H.
Kristen H. Sugar Creek, MO

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