Whether you want to catch dinner or go sport or flats fishing, The Florida Keys can give you an experience of a lifetime. We have charter boat Captains that can meet a variety of your fishing needs. Private charters, group charters, and family eco tours are available. There are plenty of marinas up and down the Keys with fishing charter boats ready and willing to take you out for the time of your life!
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Fishing in The Middle Florida Keys
Fishing in the Middle Keys is a very popular past time, and the provides the livelihood for many of our residents. The variety of ecosystems here is unsurpassed.
As with every location, fishing is best when you target fish in season.
The Silver King-Tarpon are most active in the spring and early summer. You can find Tarpon under bridges and docks along every key. There are some locations where you can hand feed wild Tarpon… just watch your fingers!
Florida Bay is a sea of grass! The grass not only provides a nursery for marine life to grow, but offers habitat suitable for hooking up Sea Trout, Snook, Redfish, Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish.
Shark fishing in Florida Bay is always fun and exciting! Hook up a Spinner shark and it will launch itself out of the water! Hooking up (and releasing) a small shark, typically 4-6 foot, on light tackle can be the highlight of your trip.
If you choose deep sea offshore fishing, when trolling the Gulf Stream you have an excellent chance of hooking Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and many more. If you go the distance, the Marathon West Hump is 22 miles offshore. Rising up from the 1100 foot deep sea floor is an underwater hump to 480 feet. This geologic feature creates an area where larger pelagic sport fish come to feed. Species caught here include Blue and White Marlin, Mako Sharks, Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, and an occasional Broadbill Swordfish.
The larger reefs in the keys chain are preservation areas where fish are safe to live and breed. The adjacent smaller reefs benefit from this when the fish move from reef to reef. There are plenty of smaller patch reefs where catching fish is permitted. Anglers reef fishing will catch a variety of Groupers, Snappers, Jacks and Mackerel.
Within the span of just a few miles you can be back bay fishing the grass flats, bottom fishing for grouper, or trolling in the Gulf Stream. whether you choose to bring your own boat, rent from one of the many rental companies, or hire a guide to put you on the fish, the Middle Keys will not disappoint you!
From the Upper Keys you can find fishing guides to take you to the flats in the back bay for the “big three” Tarpon, Permit, and bonefish, or if you prefer the challenge of big game fishing the proximity of the Gulf Stream offers you the opportunity to troll for Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, King Mackerel and more…
Fishing in The Upper Florida Keys
Back bay fishing is where it’s at in the mangrove channels of the upper keys. Whether you prefer to troll plugs or live bait for inshore grouper, or you want to fly fish for trout techniques you use for catching your favorite fishes elsewhere don’t always work in the keys.
When you consider the tide changes, underlying currents, opposing winds, water temperature fluctuations, the clarity of water (clear or murky), and the voracity of our predatory species it changes everything you think you know about hooking and landing a fish!
Fishing in The Lower Florida Keys
From Big Pine to Sugarloaf Key back bay fishing has been a well kept secret. Fishing guides with flats boats know the features of grass flats, currents, and tide flow that will leave you with fishing stories to tell, and a yearning to return, again and again.
Key West has a charter fishing fleet second to none! Choose your target fish and you will find a number of local professionals who have made putting you on that fish their life’s work!
Ernest Hemingway, writer and world renowned sportsman, lived in Key West in the 1930’s so that he could throughly immerse himself in the best game fishing Florida has to offer!
Whether you are interested in Off shore Gulf Stream trolling, reef & wreck fishing, flats & back bay cast or fly fishing Key West has it all!