Key West Spearfishing Charters

Key West Spearfishing Charters

Best Spearfishing Fishing Charters in Key West

Top Spearfishing Fishing Charters in Key West

Spearfishing in Key West

Blue seas, warm water, rich marine life… whatever you’re looking for from spearfishing, Key West has it. What seems like a paradise island at the end of the road gets even better once you take a dip in its seas. Load up a spear gun, and you’ll be able to get in on the action even more.

Key West spearfishing spots

With calm, shallow waters, a living coral barrier reef (the only one in continental USA), and access to the Gulfstream on its doorstep, it’s no wonder Key West spearfishing is legendary amongst spearos the world over. Everyone from complete beginner to champion freediver will meet their match here. That said, you can be sure that Key West spearfishing charters will make sure you’re never out of your depth.

Where you fish really depends on your ability level. Beginners will usually start off around the nearshore coral heads, small gatherings of coral near the shore in water that’s just 10 ft deep. Slightly further out, and the patch reefs are ideal for exploring the coral, maybe meeting Hogfish and Snappers on your journey. Watch out for Nurse Sharks!

Go five miles from the coastline, and you’ll be met by the Florida Reef. This is as beautiful as it’s made out to be, but that comes at a cost. Popular with divers, this line of coral is so frequently visited that the fish can get spooky and shy. But don’t let that put you off—larger Grouper and Snapper are there for those who wait. While you’re here, do your bit for the local ecosystem by hunting out the invasive Lionfish. This aquarium escapee is getting more and more dominant in the local waters, and spearfishing is the perfect method for keeping its population low.

Pro diver looking for more of a challenge? Key West can oblige. A boat ride 10-20 miles from the coast will get you in the Straits of Florida—basically, a highway for migrating fish. Out here in the open ocean, you can target the likes of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. Freediving for these blue water pelagics is about as good as spearfishing can get.

Key West spearfishing regulations

There’s a variety of fish that may not be spear fished (Permits, Sharks, Snook, Billfish to name a few). Make sure you’re spearfishing with an experienced guide who will make sure you are keeping within the law. It is also not allowed within the no-take areas of the Florida Marine Sanctuary.

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Reviews of Fishing in Spearfishing in Key West

Sibling fishing trip
Roberto M. fished with Salty Goat Fishing Charters on April 8, 2021
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Key west has the best fishing weather I love it ?
Spring break trip
Kyle H. fished with Good Times Key West on April 5, 2021
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Just give it a try. Lovely way to see a different part of Key West.
Great time!
Frank W. fished with Boa Vida Charters on March 15, 2021
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Prepare to have fun and enjoy the beauty of the sea.
Half Day Fishing on the Flats with Sean O'Keefe
Scott C. fished with Key West Backwater Fishing on February 5, 2021
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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.
Full day with Hugh
Edward H. fished with Reel Easy Charters on February 4, 2021
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Listen to the captain, he knows how to fish.
December fishing trip
Richard F. fished with Good Times Key West on December 13, 2020
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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.
Fishing with Mike
Matt S. fished with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
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Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Evening half day trip with Ryan
Kate Z. fished with Good Times Key West on July 26, 2020
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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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