Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)
Contact Us: 833-I-GO-FISH (446-3474)

Top Fishing Charter Destination: The Florida Keys

May 3, 2019

Florida Keys Fishing

Pigeon KeyPhoto by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

The Florida Keys is a group of barrier islands trailing off the Southern tip of Florida. From Key Largo to Key West is 113 miles; about 2.5 hours of driving on Overseas Highway across countless islets and islands. There’s no wonder the Florida Keys is a top fishing location!

Key Largo is a great place to start for access to the Everglades, and all the flats and backcountry fishing you’re looking to do. Key Largo fishing charters are typically Bay Boats or skiffs, best for smaller groups of 2-3. And get ready to target the many fish species (including Snook and Snapper) that inhabit the mangrove coastlines. There are also offshore fishing charters in Key Largo for a great family vacation option (most vessels hold 6 passengers).

Islamorada is known as the “Sportfishing Capital of the World”, and there are several Marinas filled with Professional Captains and Guides ready to take your crew for a great day of inshore or offshore fishing. Deep sea fishing, in particular, is a big draw, as you don’t have long to go to get to the fishing grounds (an 8-hour fishing trip is perfect for a great day reeling in the big gamefish such as Mahi Mahi or Marlin).

At the end of the chain is Key West, a popular tourist destination, but also a great fishing stop. While some travel here for Duval Street’s or Mallory Square’s scene, this was also the home of Ernest Hemingway, an avid fisherman whose legend still draws anglers to these waters. You can visit The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and then book a Key West fishing charter to catch your own billfish!

What Fish are in the Florida Keys?

With access to the Everglades and the Gulf Stream that runs very close by, the Florida Keys is home to a wide variety of fish species. Whether you’re looking for reef or wreck fishing, inshore fishing or offshore fishing – here are the several species of fish waiting for your hook:

Key West Billfish

  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Hogfish
  • Cobia
  • Pompano
  • Snook
  • Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Permit
  • Bonita
  • Bonefish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Almaco Jack
  • Amberjack
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • King Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Wahoo
  • Tuna
  • Barracuda
  • Sailfish
  • Swordfish
  • Marlin
  • Shark

Best Season to Fish the Florida Keys

Fishing Charters in the Florida Keys are busy all year round! Anglers have the opportunity to catch almost any species on any fishing charter on any given day. Even if a species is “out of season” – you may find them on the end of your line. This is why it’s best to go with a Professional Florida Keys Captain or Fishing Guide – they will help you know what to toss back, or what to keep for a fresh fish dinner.

Popular Fishing in the Florida Keys

In the Florida Keys, fishing styles are as varied as the species and locations. Fly fishing for Tarpon immediately comes to mind, as does trolling for Tuna. Light tackle fishing is also an option, as is drift fishing – and don’t forget about bottom fishing. There really is no wrong answer when it comes to popular fishing style in the Florida Keys; our recommendation is to hire a Professional (whether you’re a newbie or an avid angler) – as you can either learn a new technique or make improvements.

Florida Keys Mahi Mahi

Fishing the Florida Keys

There really are limitless opportunities for your next Florida Keys fishing trip. Whether you’re in Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Duck Key, Marathon, Big Pine Key, Key West, or any island in-between, your fishing experience will be an experience to remember. Click here to see the huge selection of Professional Fishing Charters available at FishAnywhere and book your Florida Keys Fishing Charter today!

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