Key West Reef Fishing Charters

Key West Reef Fishing Charters

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 105 fishing charters available

Jolly Roger II

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(353 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900

Easy Does It

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(470 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650

Blue Dream Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(45 reviews)
Key West
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Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(98 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $950

Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(158 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $750

Hillbilly Hookers Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(162 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900

Reel Smoker

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(46 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650

Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(83 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900

Reef Fishing in Key West

You don’t need to go far to try reef fishing in Key West. To the west, untouched patch reefs extend from a stone’s throw from the mainland out as far as the fabled Dry Tortugas. To the south and east, the outer reef (the only living barrier reef in continental United States) is a melting pot of baitfish and predators. Bottom fish and pelagics alike visit these waters throughout the year. Suffice to say, there’s never a dull moment on these waters.

When and how to fish the Key West reefs

Key West reef fishing charters operate all year round, although it’s in spring and fall when the fishing really heats up. Most of the time, they use light tackle spinning gear, which is easy for beginners to use at the same time as putting up a challenge for more experienced anglers. Pair this up with some heavy chumming, and you’ll have a fishing frenzy on your hands.

If one species sums up the reef fishing Key West is so proud of, it’s the Yellowtail Snapper. This cheerful chappy is probably the most common target on these charters and its bright coloring is a sure hit with the kids. Great on the table, these fish weight up to about 5 lbs. While they usually live around the reef, they swim up to the surface when you chum the water, allowing you to target them with small jigs, live and dead bait, and flies.

But it doesn’t stop there. Joining the Yellowtail is its much bigger cousin, the Mutton Snapper, which weighs up to 20 lbs. These are usually targeted by fishing dead bait on the bottom. Lane and Mangrove Snapper might also find their way onto the boat, as well as Grouper.

That’s all good for people who want to fill the ice box. But what about the adrenaline junkies? Well, the beauty of reef fishing in Key West is that the rich marine life in the corals attracts plenty of larger fish looking for an easy meal. Expect to come across King Mackerel (Kingfish), Barracuda, Sharks, Amberjack, Bonito, Cobia, and even the occasional Sailfish and Mahi Mahi. Yes, we told you there was plenty going on round here.

Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Key West

Bring over the counter motion sickness medicine, even if you don’t get motion sickness. We caught fish in the afternoon, but we heard the morning is the best time to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring over the counter motion sickness medicine, even if you don’t get motion sickness. We caught fish in the afternoon, but we heard the morning is the best time to fish.
Margie  M.
Margie M. Littleton, CO
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
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
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
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know what you want to fish. I have never fished the ocean, just the Great Lakes and wanted a real fight. Do you want quantity, or a quality fight? Know that going into your trip.
Brandon  S.
Brandon S. Britton, MI
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your research but definitely include looking up my ohana and give them look
Timothy  L.
Timothy L. Chelsea, ME
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was very hot! Stick with half days or at the most eight hours. We had scheduled extended day and am glad the Captain talked us out of it!
Angel  S.
Angel S. Thompsontown, PA
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!
Mary  B.
Mary B. Granite Quarry, NC
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.
Christian  C.
Christian C. Orange Park, FL
Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be open minded about what you catch. Don’t limit yourself to a particular species of fish.
Patrick  M.
Patrick M. Church Hill, MD
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Richard  F.
Richard F. Chicago, IL
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Matt  S.
Matt S. Key West, FL
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Kate  Z.
Kate Z. Perrysburg, OH
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Judy  O.
Judy O. Savannah, GA
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The weather was amazing and fishing the back country was amazing! Highly recommend.
Asterios  H.
Asterios H. Miami, FL
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.
Tony  D.
Tony D. Boca Raton, Florida
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!
Rebecca  M.
Rebecca M. St. Petersburg, FL
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You are lucky if you get Josh as your captain. Top notch professional and a good person to know
Stephen  T.
Stephen T. Austin, TX
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.
Christian  B.
Christian B. Richmond, CA

Top Targeted Reef Fishing Species in Key West