Key West Light Tackle Fishing Charters

Key West Light Tackle Fishing Charters

Best Light Tackle Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 166 fishing charters available
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4.8 / 5
(179 reviews)
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4.7 / 5
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4.9 / 5
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Light Tackle Fishing in Key West

Thanks to its phenomenal light tackle fishing, Key West is the go-to place for anglers in search of a record catch. With hundreds of IGFA world records to its name, most of which were achieved on light tackle, this small island has huge reputation in the world of saltwater sportfishing.

What is light tackle fishing in Key West like?

Light tackle fishing is all about putting the angler to the test. It is an art, a form of fishing that matches you up to the fish. Here, there are no fighting chairs or enormous cranking reels to help. And with nothing but a small, simple rod and reel to worry about, it is the perfect introduction to the joys of Key West fishing for new anglers and record-chasing pros alike.

There’s no limit to where you can go with light tackle—all the best Key West fishing spots can be explored with this setup. Explore the backcountry for Snook, battle a mighty Shark or Barracuda in the flats, run after Tarpon in Key West Harbor, or head offshore to put your skills to the test against Sailfish, Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. With a knowledgeable guide and a fast and nimble boat, you’ll have all the possibilities at your fingertips.

Most light tackle fishing in these parts is done aboard a center console boat—that is, a boat that gives you space to walk all the way around the edge as you try to reel your fish in. These boats can fish a variety of waters, being small enough to navigate the Harbor, while having the power and stability needed to fish offshore, too.  

What can you catch?

Well, pretty much anything. As long as it swims and is in season, the right guide can help you target any fish you like with line up to no more than 25 lb test. It all depends on your previous experience and what you want to get out of your trip.

New anglers and families will enjoy fishing the reefs with light tackle. Anchoring near Florida’s rich reef system and chumming the water with pilchards will most likely get you hooked up with colorful Yellowtail Snapper. If you want to put a lot of fish in the boat, this is the trip for you.

Don’t have your sea legs yet? Consider a backcountry or flats fishing charter. These take place in protected waters rich in wildlife. With Snook, Bonefish, juvenile Tarpon, Snappers, and more readily available, this is another good trip for beginners and experts alike.

Want to break a record? Head offshore. Winter and Spring welcome schools of Sailfish and Blackfin Tuna to the reef lines near Key West. Get them excited by chumming the waters and target them with live bait (ballyhoo, goggle eye, and pilchards all the the job very well). Come in the summer, go a little further offshore, and you may even be able to target Marlin on light tackle—the final conquest of many a serious sport angler.
 

Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
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What anglers said about Light Tackle Fishing in Key West

This is great trip - especially for first timers. Saw a lot of experienced fishermen back for another great trip. Captain and crew are very helpful to make sure even non-fisherman caught fish and had a good time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is great trip - especially for first timers. Saw a lot of experienced fishermen back for another great trip. Captain and crew are very helpful to make sure even non-fisherman caught fish and had a good time.
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Do the 6hr rather than just a 4hr this gives you time to make moves if you’re not catching
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Do the 6hr rather than just a 4hr this gives you time to make moves if you’re not catching
Reel Easy Charters
Reel Easy Charters
Don’t go if you’re above average afraid of getting sea sick. If you get sick, the whole boat kind of suffers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t go if you’re above average afraid of getting sea sick. If you get sick, the whole boat kind of suffers.
Gulfstream IV Party Fishing Boat
Gulfstream IV Party Fishing Boat
Not sure what to recommend since this was my first time. Maybe motion sickness medicine.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure what to recommend since this was my first time. Maybe motion sickness medicine.
Capt. Conch Charters - Stella Blue
Capt. Conch Charters - Stella Blue
We were in Key West for the last week in February. We had super sunny days all under 80 degrees and about 30-40 percent humidity. We had light jackets and went barefoot on the boat. The captain provided all equipment and was busy baiting our lines and going back and forth to the live-well constantly. Best experience ever.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We were in Key West for the last week in February. We had super sunny days all under 80 degrees and about 30-40 percent humidity. We had light jackets and went barefoot on the boat. The captain provided all equipment and was busy baiting our lines and going back and forth to the live-well constantly. Best experience ever.
Good Times Key West – 19'
Good Times Key West – 19'
It can get really windy and a bit chilly this time of year. If the forecast is windy and under 70 degrees, highly recommend dressing in layers and prepare for a bit of a rougher ride on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can get really windy and a bit chilly this time of year. If the forecast is windy and under 70 degrees, highly recommend dressing in layers and prepare for a bit of a rougher ride on the water.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Have fun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery! Captain Scott was very professional and an experienced captain. Once we got to our spot he put us on some beautiful fish. We even got to have some fun catching the apex predators of the limitless gulf. 4 hours felt like 30 minutes the amount of fun we had! Thank you Captain Scott for making it a great experience for a first time fisher!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery! Captain Scott was very professional and an experienced captain. Once we got to our spot he put us on some beautiful fish. We even got to have some fun catching the apex predators of the limitless gulf. 4 hours felt like 30 minutes the amount of fun we had! Thank you Captain Scott for making it a great experience for a first time fisher!
Too Lethal Charters
Too Lethal Charters
Weather changes are not controlled be any person so check weather before you go out. Mother nature plays a big part in how well your day goes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather changes are not controlled be any person so check weather before you go out. Mother nature plays a big part in how well your day goes.
Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine
Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine
Book Corsair 2. These guys have the local knowledge needed to succeed out here.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Corsair 2. These guys have the local knowledge needed to succeed out here.
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Go with Captain Cory & Crew on the Cora Beth. They will explain everything there is to know about boat safety & reef fishing. They will also help everyone on the boat with setting up lines and making sure everyone is catching fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with Captain Cory & Crew on the Cora Beth. They will explain everything there is to know about boat safety & reef fishing. They will also help everyone on the boat with setting up lines and making sure everyone is catching fish!
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
You can expect to fish in about 20 to 30 ft of water. Some fish are not legal in January such as the grouper. There are also size limitations to certain fish. Be sure to bring layers of clothes because it can get cold when the boat is moving and warmer when you are fishing. Bad weather can keep a boat from going out for up to a week or more so if you are booking far in advance know that you might not be able to go out. We watched the weather and booked two days before.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You can expect to fish in about 20 to 30 ft of water. Some fish are not legal in January such as the grouper. There are also size limitations to certain fish. Be sure to bring layers of clothes because it can get cold when the boat is moving and warmer when you are fishing. Bad weather can keep a boat from going out for up to a week or more so if you are booking far in advance know that you might not be able to go out. We watched the weather and booked two days before.
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Off-season for fishing but caught our limit on snapper. Still plenty of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Off-season for fishing but caught our limit on snapper. Still plenty of fish.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Wish we could have kept our big big grouper! However, they're out of season and we had to put him back. But they were gorgeous! Yes that's an excuse to come back before new year's
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wish we could have kept our big big grouper! However, they're out of season and we had to put him back. But they were gorgeous! Yes that's an excuse to come back before new year's
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Take something warm. Protect against the wind If you want to ship your catch prepare in advance Hurricane hole on stock island is a fantastic place to eat and cook your catch.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take something warm. Protect against the wind If you want to ship your catch prepare in advance Hurricane hole on stock island is a fantastic place to eat and cook your catch.
Fish Key West - The Coolcast
Fish Key West - The Coolcast
Offshore fishing is great, but if you are in early January, Grouper season is already closed and you’re almost limited to catching mackerel. Don’t be afraid to consider inshore for trout, reds, snook, and tarpon. Especially if you have a small group.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Offshore fishing is great, but if you are in early January, Grouper season is already closed and you’re almost limited to catching mackerel. Don’t be afraid to consider inshore for trout, reds, snook, and tarpon. Especially if you have a small group.
Capt. Conch Charters – Capt. Conch
Capt. Conch Charters – Capt. Conch
Great fishing but weather can be an issue. Overall good time, this Captain and boat are good to go.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Great fishing but weather can be an issue. Overall good time, this Captain and boat are good to go.
Reef Runner Charters Key West
Reef Runner Charters Key West
Private providers always provide the most personal experience. It’s worth the price. Key West was beautiful.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Private providers always provide the most personal experience. It’s worth the price. Key West was beautiful.
Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine
Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine
Young guys 8,9 and 10 were very happy with a half day on the water. The 15 year old would still be fishing if we could. This was the best first ever trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Young guys 8,9 and 10 were very happy with a half day on the water. The 15 year old would still be fishing if we could. This was the best first ever trip.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Have to pick and choose weather windows here. It has been pretty windy/rainy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have to pick and choose weather windows here. It has been pretty windy/rainy
Sea-Clusion Charter Boat
Sea-Clusion Charter Boat
I strongly encourage you to book a charter with Captain John Mercurio. He and first mat, AJ, do a phenomenal job. You can go reef fishing, and if the conditions permit, go further out for some larger species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I strongly encourage you to book a charter with Captain John Mercurio. He and first mat, AJ, do a phenomenal job. You can go reef fishing, and if the conditions permit, go further out for some larger species.
Jolly Roger II
Jolly Roger II

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