Florida Keys Reef Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Reef Fishing Charters

Top Florida Keys Reef Fishing Destinations

Best Reef Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Reef Fishing in Florida Keys

Aboard a Florida Keys reef fishing charter, you’ll get to explore the crown jewels of these islands which span across more than 100 miles. Discover the productive coral reefs and their dazzling inhabitants, and get your fish on! 
 

What to Expect

From Key Largo to Key West, the Keys are surrounded by reefs. Within seconds from the coastline, you can target a range of beautiful and delicious fish, wasting no time on the water. Even a 4-hour charter will get you filling the boat, while avid anglers can spend 6 or 8 hours on the water, too. 
 
Most captains in Florida exploring the shallows in Florida use a center console. These sturdy boats also provide for 360-degree views, allowing you to sight cast and keep your eye on your target fish as you battle it out. You’ll bottom fish most of the time but some charters will take you trolling too. 
 
Beginners can stay close to shore and target smaller sized Snappers and Groupers. All along the Keys, you can land Hogfish and Yellowtail, Mangrove, Mutton, and Lane Snapper that will also make for a delicious dish. 
 
Experienced anglers will love battling it out with some of the ocean’s bigger creatures. On the deeper reefs, you’ll encounter huge Gag, Red, and Black Groupers, Mackerel, Barracuda, Cobia, and Amberjack. These beasts will test your strength to the limit, so get ready for an exhilarating trip. 
 

Where to Go

No matter where you go in the Keys, you’ll be fishing some of the world’s best fishing grounds. Islamorada is home to the most professional fishing boats in the world, so you know you’re in for a treat. All along the Upper Keys, you’ll explore patch reefs and sunken wrecks to fill the boat.
 
A trip to the Middle Keys will see you fish the reefs immediately close to shore or the wrecks a bit further out. Out of Marathon, beginners can land their first catch in Duck Key, while the deep artificial reefs will attract any angler worth their salt. 
 
The further south you go, the greater the reef fishing opportunities get. With coral heads close to shore, there’s something for beginners, while longer trips will take you offshore to the island reefs of the Tortugas. You’ll find a much wider range of fish out of Key West than anywhere else, providing fun for novices and experts alike. 
 

How to Prepare

Before stepping aboard your Florida Keys reef fishing charter, you should pay attention to which trip suits you best. Some captains may list specific reef fishing trips, while others ask you to let them know where you’d like to go. Get in touch with your captain for the avoidance of any doubt.
 
Your captain will provide all the tackle and may even provide live bait. Bring your own drinks and snacks aboard to make the most of what promises to be a thrilling day out! 
Florida Keys
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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What anglers said about Reef Fishing in Florida Keys

If you’re looking for something exotic or unique like sailfish or wahoo check the calendars for optimal time during the year … summer months get hot and have noticed it slows down offshore wise
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re looking for something exotic or unique like sailfish or wahoo check the calendars for optimal time during the year … summer months get hot and have noticed it slows down offshore wise
Double Down Sportfishing
Double Down Sportfishing
Fun fishing the mangroves for snapper but be ready for the heat and humidity - it can be rough.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fun fishing the mangroves for snapper but be ready for the heat and humidity - it can be rough.
Captain Pat’s Charters
Captain Pat’s Charters
Definitely worth it, and the water extremely calm for anyone who is not a fan on being on a boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely worth it, and the water extremely calm for anyone who is not a fan on being on a boat.
Off The Hook – Islamorada
Off The Hook – Islamorada
For those fishing in Islamorada for the first time, I'd say you’re in for a treat. Known as the fishing capital of the world, the area is teeming with fish. It's a good idea to hire a local expert. I highly recommend Capt Jason Katsikas who can show you the best fishing spots and share some expert tips. Enjoy your fishing adventure!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For those fishing in Islamorada for the first time, I'd say you’re in for a treat. Known as the fishing capital of the world, the area is teeming with fish. It's a good idea to hire a local expert. I highly recommend Capt Jason Katsikas who can show you the best fishing spots and share some expert tips. Enjoy your fishing adventure!
Katz Charters
Katz Charters
Always awesome but weather plays a part. Be ready to change it up and go after different species. Can’t be butthurt if you don’t catch exactly what you’re thinking you want to catch. Just have fun and remember it’s fishing not catching…if these guys jobs were easy we would do it ourselves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always awesome but weather plays a part. Be ready to change it up and go after different species. Can’t be butthurt if you don’t catch exactly what you’re thinking you want to catch. Just have fun and remember it’s fishing not catching…if these guys jobs were easy we would do it ourselves.
Dauntless Fishing Charters
Dauntless Fishing Charters
Wear sunscreen even if you think you don’t need it! Wear a hat, sunglasses, a long sleeve fishing shirt, and appropriate shoes (not flipflops). Be patient and enjoy the view. Engage with your captain, and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen even if you think you don’t need it! Wear a hat, sunglasses, a long sleeve fishing shirt, and appropriate shoes (not flipflops). Be patient and enjoy the view. Engage with your captain, and have fun!
Jersey Key Charters
Jersey Key Charters
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Tail Gator Charters
Tail Gator Charters
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Didn’t realize the great offshore fishing that was available at Key Largo. Will be back again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Didn’t realize the great offshore fishing that was available at Key Largo. Will be back again.
Captain Pete Jacobsen
Captain Pete Jacobsen
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Hooked Up Charters
Hooked Up Charters
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
All Hanns On Deck
All Hanns On Deck

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