Key West Fishing
Key West Fishing
Our island is so unique especially when it comes to fishing. Starting at the Southern tip of Florida sweeping down to the South Southwest. Our smiling islands separate the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean with a thin stretch of islands. Roughly 800 islands make up the Florida Keys all surrounded by waters filled with life and incredible Key West fishing.. Of all these islands 42 are joined by bridges making up the Overseas Highway or US1 making it easy to drive from Miami. The bridges will take you all the way to Key West, the very last connected island. It is easy to see with all the fertile waters surrounding the Florida Keys why the fishing is Epic.
Just about 5 miles offshore is the blue waters of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean. This is where sport fishing was made famous by names like Hemingway, Gray and Williams. The traditions that span many generations of folks come here to enjoy our waters is incredible. Many make our islands a year after year destination in their travel plans.
Here we have compiled all the different types of fishing that Key West has to offer. We explain them in hopes it might help you choose what will be best for you during your visit. We can also help with travel tips such as accommodations and restaurants.
When we say that our fishing is versatile, we mean it. Appealing to most every angler in one form or another we offer the largest number of species for one destination. For some folks its an environmental or economic decision. They don’t like rough seas or the offshore charters are just too expensive, so they look to the inshore waters. Most chose backcountry or a flats charter for calmer and more affordable ways to enjoy a really fun day of fishing.
Others don’t mind a little rough and tumble and spending some more money on the larger boats to get out and brave the seas. Some chose offshore for sport fishing species that the big names such as Hemingway, Gray and Williams made famous.
Either way Key West fishing has something for all of the visiting anglers that want to try their hand at catching some really fun sport fish. Let’s file it down another notch. However you want to go fishing in Key West a great way to start your research is by checking out our Fishing Reports.
Inshore / Nearshore Fishing
The Florida Keys made flats fishing famous. With the numerous islands surrounding the area shallows are easy to find. We call them the flats. Holding several different species of fish. Flats fishing is a little bit intense and a can be a technical way to go fishing. A specialized fishing guide and technical flats fishing boat that can cary not more than 2 anglers is required to be successful flats fishing. The popular species targeted are called the “Key West Grand Slam” consisting of the tarpon, permit and bonefish using either a fly rod or light tackle spin fishing rod.
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In and among the islands and flats that make up the Florida Keys without going offshore, we consider this the backcountry. Backcountry fishing is a the most popular charter we offer. Chosen by more anglers than any other type of fishing due to its relaxed lower pressure nature, affordability, similarity to flats fishing, calm waters, ease of access to the fishery, versatility and its being the best way to go tarpon fishing. The boats are a little larger than a flats fishing boat and can carry up to 4 persons.
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Key West Offshore Fishing
The blue waters of the Gulf stream flows right down the reef line giving each island of the Florida Keys and Key West an easy shot to incredible deep sea fishing. The fleet has different size boats and amenities to offer the visiting anglers to go out to fit their budget and needs. There are so many incredible opportunities to catch fun fighting sport fish such as dolphin, tuna, sailfish, marlin, kingfish, wahoo and more on a deep sea fishing charter.
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There are over 45 sunken ship wrecks scattered around the Key West waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. These wrecks hold a multitude of fishing opportunities for the light tackle enthusiast. Often coupled with the reef fishing trips wreck fishing can certainly enhance a day of fishing.
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All the way from Miami clear out to the Dry Tortugas ( 170 + Miles) lies the only living coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere. Varying in depth from 5 -150 ft of water the reef is the life blood of the Florida Keys fishing. Corals, ledges and natural structure give many fish homes to live in and prosper giving us as anglers an incredible renewable resource of food fish. Reef fishing is one of the most popular ways to catch food fish fishing in Key West.
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