Nearest Fishing Charters

1.23 miles away

Key Largo, FL

Excalibur Charter Sport Fishing

Trips start at $500.00

Max guests: 6

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5.13 miles away

Key Largo, FL

High Seas Charters Llc

Trips start at $600.00

Max guests: 6

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5.2 miles away

Key Largo, FL

Grand Slam Charters

Trips start at $650.00

Max guests: 6

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8.19 miles away

Tavernier, FL

Size Matters Charters

Trips start at $500.00

Max guests: 6

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8.2 miles away

Islamorada, FL

Island Girl – Luxury Yacht Private Charter

Trips start at $500.00

Max guests: 6

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9.31 miles away

Tavernier, FL

Headshaker Sportfishing Llc

Trips start at $250.00

Max guests: 4

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Key Largo Fishing Charters

Key Largo fishing charters present anglers an excellent chance at getting a Florida Keys grand slam; a permit, tarpon, and bonefish all in the same day.

All three are common in the Keys’ flats, and all three are commonly caught sight fishing. Your charter captain will take you out to the hot spots and cut the motor to pole gently through the shallow waters in search of your fish.

All three fish can be caught with jigs, lures, live and fresh bait. For many, the ultimate slam experience comes from trying to catch these fish on a fly.

Of the three, bonefish are the wariest, tarpon the least likely to be spooked and permit very close to the bonefish. You must be quiet, and make your approach and cast as smoothly and silently as possible.

These three fish also share another prized trait. You better have plenty of line on your reel because they will peel it off. Tarpon will show off, leaping into the air when hooked. Bonefish bulldog and try to fray your leader in two by rubbing on the bottom.

The silver king is catch-and-release only. Bonefish are catch-and-release because picking your way through all the bones in the fish is really not worth the effort. You can keep a permit, but the smaller ones are better table fare than larger specimens. Get the regulations for all of the fish you can chase in Key Largo from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s regulations page.

Beyond the slam, Key Largo is a prime fishing destination for all kinds of fish. “Warm, nutrient-rich waters from the Caribbean Basin pour into the Straits of Florida, combining with water flowing out of the shallow-water nurseries of the Everglades and Florida Bay to create a profuse food chain,” says Fla-Keys.com. “That in turn sustains massive amounts of bait fish, which attract abundant stocks of game fish to the Keys, like bonefish, permit, redfish, snook and trout, as well as tasty yellowtail snapper.”

Key Largo Inshore Fishing

Top species for the inshore angler, after the slam anyway, are trout, reds and snook (pronounced like hook). All three are excellent eating. Top lures are grubs, tipped with a bit of shrimp for scent or not, lipless crankbaits and jigs, and live or cut bait fished under popping corks.

Thanks to Florida’s redfish regulations, your chance at landing a trophy red is excellent. The biggest redfish are catch-and-release only. Key Largo fishing charters guides can get plenty of pictures in case you want to have a cast mount made later.

Other inshore fish are, surprising to many, barracuda and shark. Both of these “attitudes with teeth” are strong fighters. Both can be chummed up easily. You can catch shark on artificial lures, but live and cut bait are the best way to tangle into one. If you are chumming and the barracuda show up, put a piece of the chum on a hook, toss it over the side and hang on.

Key Largo Offshore Fishing

Head away from the flats and into the deeper waters to try your hand at landing fish that require big tackle, stout rods and heavy line. Dolphin, also known as mahi mahi, king mackerel, sailfish, marlin, tuna and wahoo abound here. All these are caught near the surface where they chase baitfish. Trolling is a good way to find most of them. Your Key Largo fishing charter captain will look for debris or grass mats at the surface to find dolphin.

Our deep water also has plenty of artificial and natural reefs. The Gulf Stream sweeping past brings in plenty of nutrients to add to the fish-attracting nature of these underwater structures. Common catches are grouper, hogfish, amberjack, cobia as well as shark and barracuda. Getting a big amberjack off the bottom will test the strength of even a professional weightlifter.

Your guide can offer tips on the best way to cook whatever you decide to bring home.

Key Largo Goliath Grouper

If you think you have what it takes, ask your guide about the beast; the Goliath Grouper. Once fished nearly out of existence, the goliath grouper has made a major comeback. These monster fish are always hungry too, and aren’t easily scared. Some guides have even nicknamed a fish that they have caught so many times. This is strictly live bait, big live bait, fishing. Florida’s season on these monsters is also closed so you must let them go, but the video you make will be a YouTube sensation.

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