Key West Light Tackle Fishing Charters

Key West Light Tackle Fishing Charters

Best Light Tackle Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 134 fishing charters available

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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Flying Fish Charters - 17'

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $550

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

Fish Key West - The Coolcast

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(430 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500

Purple Heron Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500

Hillbilly Hookers Charters

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

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
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Light Tackle 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

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