Florida Keys Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top Florida Keys Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Florida Keys: 191 fishing charters available

95FiveFishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(161 reviews)
Islamorada
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $400

All Hanns On Deck

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(171 reviews)
Key Largo
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trips from $800

Salt Therapy Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Summerland Key
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trips from $650

Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(232 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $950

Deep Sea Fishing in Florida Keys

It was Ernest Hemingway who popularized deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys. Now, locals and visitors from far and wide make their way to the Keys to follow in his footsteps, heading out into the Atlantic or up into the Gulf of Mexico.

Deep sea fishing in the Keys is fantastic no matter where you set sail. The offshore waters running all the way from Key Largo to Key West host Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, King Mackerel, Swordfish and a variety of enchanting Snapper and Grouper species.

In November, Sailfish, Tuna, and King Mackerel start showing up offshore, peaking between December and February. As these species start fading out in spring, they’re replaced by Mahi Mahi, followed by Blue Marlin in June. Anglers tend to catch more Swordfish during summer, too. December through February is a good time to target Snapper and Grouper on the reefs, then they move offshore from spring until August.

Since deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys is so popular, you’ll have no problem finding a local captain to put you on the bite. Full day trips are usually the best since you might have to go further offshore to reach the hottest spots. Shorter trips (6-hour charters) can also be productive, especially if you want to just check what’s biting.

Where to try deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys? The Bluewater comes right up to the Florida Reef. The Gulf Stream runs roughly 10-20 miles offshore, and 10 miles further is a chain of underwater mountains – The Humps. The Lower Keys offers access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Keys
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Florida Keys

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
Patience - the fish are out there and they are biting. Full moon allows the predators to hunt all night so expect slower days when the moon is full, or near full.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience - the fish are out there and they are biting. Full moon allows the predators to hunt all night so expect slower days when the moon is full, or near full.
Andrew  L.
Andrew L. Acton, MA
Find a Captain with a first mate and book a six hour Offshore/reef/wreck combo. If you are going with children and/or females look for a charter book with a toilet. Try to get above a 30 foot boat.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find a Captain with a first mate and book a six hour Offshore/reef/wreck combo. If you are going with children and/or females look for a charter book with a toilet. Try to get above a 30 foot boat.
Troy  S.
Troy S. Gladwin, MI
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

Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Florida Keys