Diversity is the best way to describe Key West fishing charters. We have it all. With the Gulf of Mexico just to our North and the Atlantic Ocean to our South between us and Cuba that might be enough. It’s just the beginning. We also have all the parts sandwiched between that offers an incredible fishery and we have the fishing charters that cater to all of them. Thats where the diversity comes from. Key West is one of the few destinations in the world that offer it all in salt water fishing charters.
It’s my job to get you there and put you on the fish. With the year round nature of fishing here in Key West I feel that sometimes it might be difficult for folks to chose a fishing charter. Looking over the Key West fishing seasons calendar can help. I like to separate Key West fishing in two groups, Inshore and Offshore. Both have a number of dynamics but at least there is a start. Inshore fishing will be calmer and closer to or within the islands for flats fishing or backcountry fishing. Most of our tarpon fishing and bone fishing is done inshore. Offshore has the deeper water influence. Deep sea fishing and reef fishing are done offshore.
Made famous right here in the Florida Keys and Key West the flats fishing is incredible. Easy to get to using smaller single engine charter boats that specialize in getting up in the the shallow (skinny) waters. Flats fishing appeals to hunters that like to stalk their prey. Backcountry fishing is a less disciplined version of flats fishing with the same results. Both are excellent ways to fish for tarpon, permit, bonefish, barracudas, mangrove and mutton snappers, cobia, sharks, pompano, redfish, spanish mackerel, lady fish and speckled sea trout here in Key West. These are the most popular Key West fishing charters for a couple of reasons. Fishing charter rates being lower and typically no seasickness concerns with the calm waters. In addition most of our tarpon fishing charters are done on backcountry and flats fishing trips.
Just 5 miles to the South and spanning 80 miles each direction form Key West is our amazing living coral reef. Home to countless Key West fish species from the smallest bait fish to the largest pelagic species. Reef fishing is a favorite of our anglers that want to catch food fish and taste test our wonderful selection. Throughout the year fish species such as black and red grouper, yellowtail, mutton and mangrove snappers, Jacks, kingfish, sailfish, blackfin tunas, african pompano, cobia, permit and more. Light tackle fishing at its best. Reef fishing charters typically are on board go-fast center consoles that are 26-40ft, usually multiple motors designed to cover long distances in a short period of time in offshore conditions. Live bait, artificial techniques and some trolling is typical on these fishing charters.
Hemingway put Key West on the map for deep sea fishing and to this day it is still a very popular / traditional fishing charter. Trolling the blue waters of the Gulf Stream for Dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo, tuna, sailfish, kingfish and marlin. Our deep sea fishing charters are typically done on board a sport fishing boat ranging in size from 38 – 52 ft. with varying amenities that can include air conditioning, kitchens and out of the elements seating areas. All of our deep sea trips can carry up to 6 persons not including the captain and the mate on private charters.