What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Key West, Florida for the first time?

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Michael Knott
Yatesville, GA
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on April 22, 2022
It was an awesome trip but weather was not nice. Bad weather but we still caught great eating fish. Awesome Captain and Mate. Just bad weather when we went. No fault of crew. They even went out of their way to make sure we caught fish. AWESOME

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Lorie Butts
United States
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on October 11, 2021
The best thing to do is find out how the fishing has been. We probably didn’t go at the best time, but with it being our first, it worked out well. We know more now and will prepare better the next time.

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John St. Pierre
Cicero, IL
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Went fishing with Cowboy Charters - Cowboy on February 19, 2019
Take Dramamine one hour prior to departure if winds are high and/or predicted waves are 4' plus. Take some of your catch to one of the wonderful restaurants and let them prepare a feast for you. You will not regret it! Fish with a knowledgeable charter, such as Cowboy Charters. Tip the mate generously, as he works very hard to keep the lines running, bring the fish in and clean and fillet your catch for you.

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Scott Calkins
Rockford, IL
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Went fishing with Key West Backwater Fishing on February 5, 2021
Watch the weather. We had just gotten through a cold front, and, not unexpectedly, it took a little hunting to get on the fish. An experienced Captain is a must. Sean O'Keefe at Key West Backwater Fishing knows where to find the fish and how to catch them.

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Judy Ochsner
Savannah, GA
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Went fishing with Good Times Key West on July 6, 2020
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.

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Thomas Heath
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on August 21, 2019
Make sure you get the captain that is advertised. Make sure the equipment does not break. Make sure you get the beverages advertised. If new at this make sure the captain understands what you want.

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Gregory Samuels
Alabaster, Alabama
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Went fishing with Cowboy Charters - Cowboy on June 26, 2019
Triple check your booking with the charter and if possible, speak to someone over the phone or in person. I even showed up to the dock and found out when to arrive the next day to be sure. Disaster still occurred.

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John Williams
Central City, AR
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Went fishing with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on June 2, 2019
Book with the Coolcast for a great fishing experience. They are experienced and provided a fun and enjoyable trip. We were able to hook a shark and a Blue Marlin (which was highly unusual for the FL Keys area). Had a great time.

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Roger Dennis
Takoma Park, MD
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Went fishing with Reel Smoker on June 1, 2019
Be prepared for changes in weather and conditions to dictate which type of fish you can target. Offshore winds can make fishing for mahi, marlin, etc more difficult. The benefit of Key West is thast you can switch fishing type on the fly and stay inshore where there is less wind, yet still target great fish like snapper, barracuda, tarpon, jacks, etc.

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Alison Centerbar
Lake Worth, FL
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on May 29, 2022
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!

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Robert Marcus
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Went fishing with Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 33' on May 19, 2022
Check the fishing reports and be flexible. Fishing is usually good but you need a Capt that can adjust to the conditions

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Justin VanZandt
Sand Springs, OK
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Went fishing with Capt. Conch Charters - Conch Too on May 13, 2022
I would recommend waiting til after May to fish or to make sure the weather is good and the water is warmer, makes for better fishing.

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Kelvin Brantley
McDonough, GA
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on June 18, 2022
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Be ready to work cause they were bitting in June.

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Robert Buzby
Woodbury, NJ
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Went fishing with Capt. Conch Charters - Conch Too on December 6, 2021
Don't be discouraged if you don't catch any fish. ? Sometimes they are biting sometimes they're not.

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JOHN SPEES
Simpsonville, SC
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Went fishing with Good Times Key West on December 2, 2021
We had a great experience. We were not after trophy fish. We just wanted to have fun & we definitely did. Afterwards we went to a recommended restaurant where they cooked up our catch.

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Brandon Streu
Britton, MI
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Went fishing with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on October 26, 2021
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.

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Angel Strohm
Thompsontown, PA
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on September 26, 2021
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!

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Mary Brewer
Granite Quarry, NC
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Went fishing with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on July 21, 2021
Recommend 1/2 day trips. John our captain was great..very knowledgeable. Will do this again next time we're here. Thanks!

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Donald Poole
Rifle, CO
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Went fishing with Blue Dream Charters on February 11, 2022
If you are fishing in February plan on the temperature being cooler and possibly very windy.

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Christian Cruz
Orange Park, FL
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Went fishing with Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30' on July 12, 2021
Hire the Charters. They will put you on the fish. Inshore-Offshore it doesn’t matter.

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Dennis Hasson
Marathon, Florida
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on February 10, 2021
Captain Chris was awesome! Best guided trip we have ever taken! Reel Easy charters is absolutely our choice next time we head down!!! Thanks again!! Dennis Hasson

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Richard Frizelis
Chicago, IL
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Went fishing with Good Times Key West on December 13, 2020
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.

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Angela Sustello
San Juan
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on October 18, 2020
Apparently because of the NW winds the fishing wasn’t great but I think it was more of a weather thing than a season thing

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Matt Seeber
Key West, FL
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Went fishing with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.

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Kate Zemba
Perrysburg, OH
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Went fishing with Good Times Key West on July 26, 2020
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!

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Kevin Chervenka
Austin, TX
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on January 6, 2020
watch the weather and make sure there are no cold fronts coming through. Only so much the crew can do with the weather.

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Tony Depierro
Boca Raton, Florida
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on August 14, 2019
Book your trip with a Captain who knows the area and Captain Russ has been in the Key West area fishing his entire life.

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Scott Carroll
Gardner, MA
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing – Key West on August 30, 2019
Talk to the caption and talk about what fish you want to target They will recommend prime time to come get them

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Rebecca Mcclure
St. Petersburg, FL
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Went fishing with Good Times Key West on August 2, 2019
Make sure you have something to put on to cover your skin from the sun...our Florida sun is hot in August!!

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Christian Barden
Richmond, CA
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Went fishing with Low Key Angling on July 29, 2019
Focus on enjoying the experience of your Captain and you’ll finish the day with great fish & memories.