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Key Largo Fishing

Key Largo Fishing

Key Largo is a little slice of paradise. As the first of the Florida Keys, this island is poised in the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico just shy of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Along with the rest of the Florida Keys, Key Largo is a worldwide attraction, drawing people to its small shores for beach fun, diving and fishing. As you prepare for Key Largo fishing, here is what you need to know.

As an island, Key Largo is a prime fishing spot. In fact, it is an important part of the culture and commerce there. If you are visiting, you can definitely snag quite a few desirable fish on a good day out on the water. Many people opt for offshore fishing here, and the potential catches make it more than worthwhile. On a good day, you can expect to bring in Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Kingfish and Wahoo. If you are looking for something more seasonal, then try Key Largo fishing in the spring and summer for Blue Marlin. During the winter, you will have a good chance of catching Sailfish.

If you go a little farther off the coast, you can get to some of the deeper waters. These choppy seas are not for everyone, but the deep-sea fishing here is excellent. Sometimes, you can even catch Swordfish in the area. For fishing in shallower waters, there are still plenty of possibilities. The reefs and shipwrecks around the island make for great destinations. In these areas, you might catch Amberjack, Sheepshead and different Grouper and Snapper species. On the shallow water flats, try your luck with Tarpon, Bonefish and Snook.

Other fish that populate these waters can include Cobia, King Mackerel and Red Drum. This variety and density ensure that the waters are always inviting for prime Key Largo fishing.

Key Largo Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Key Largo, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. White Grunt

  2. White Grunt

    There is a 9.39% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 985 White Grunt counted.

    Key Largo White Grunt Counts Chart


  3. Yellowtail Snapper

  4. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 8.53% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 895 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Key Largo Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  5. Bluestriped Grunt

  6. Bluestriped Grunt

    There is a 5.47% catch rate for Bluestriped Grunt, based on 574 Bluestriped Grunt counted.

    Key Largo Bluestriped Grunt Counts Chart


  7. Gray Snapper

  8. Gray Snapper

    There is a 4.12% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 432 Gray Snapper counted.

    Key Largo Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  9. French Grunt

  10. French Grunt

    There is a 3.64% catch rate for French Grunt, based on 382 French Grunt counted.

    Key Largo French Grunt Counts Chart


  11. Bar Jack

  12. Bar Jack

    There is a 3.01% catch rate for Bar Jack, based on 316 Bar Jack counted.

    Key Largo Bar Jack Counts Chart


  13. Hogfish

  14. Hogfish

    There is a 2.9% catch rate for Hogfish, based on 304 Hogfish counted.

    Key Largo Hogfish Counts Chart


  15. Schoolmaster Snapper

  16. Schoolmaster Snapper

    There is a 2.29% catch rate for Schoolmaster Snapper, based on 240 Schoolmaster Snapper counted.

    Key Largo Schoolmaster Snapper Counts Chart


  17. Tomtate

  18. Tomtate

    There is a 2.18% catch rate for Tomtate, based on 229 Tomtate counted.

    Key Largo Tomtate Counts Chart


  19. Mahi-mahi

  20. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 1.98% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 208 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Key Largo Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 86 species of fish and 10489 fish counted for September around Key Largo.

To date, there are 183 species of fish and a total of 884531 fish counted for Key Largo and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/11/1908 (115 years).

Last Update: 9/20/2023 1:01:38 AM

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Key Largo Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Key Largo are the following:

  1. Key Largo Hump
    Key Largo Hump

  2. 408 Hump
    408 Hump is inshore of the 409

  3. Islamorada Ledge
    Good deep water ledge.

  4. Islamorada Hump
    The Islamorada Hump is probably the most well known fishing spot in the Florida Keys. The hump or seamount is in Gulf Stream near Continental Shelf offshore of Monroe County

  5. Hen & Chickens Reef
    Hen & Chickens is a group of patch reefs whose coral formations from the air appear to radiate outwards from the center like a mother hen surrounded by chickens. More Details

  6. Florida Reefs

  7. wreck-8005

  8. Nimrod

  9. wreck-8364
    Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Submerged, nondangerous chart US,US,graph,Chart 11450 latdec 24.7915645 londec -80.5600263 depth sounding_type history quasou depth

    Name ALEXANDER BARGE County MONROE Depth (in feet) 95 Relief (in feet) 15 Description "120 FOOT BY 40 FOOT STEEL BARGE THE ""ALEXANDER"" ALSO BRIDGE RUBBLE" Date of Deployment

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Latest Key Largo Fishing Reports

  • Sept. 19
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  • Sept. 15
    Some #tuna and #snapper from today on the #fearless @budnmarysmarina

  • Sept. 13
    Caught some #blackfin #tuna today #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27 #islamoradafishing @budnmarysmarina

  • Quick Offshore Key Largo Fishing Trip
    Quick lil offshore Key Largo fishing trip this morning.  We caught 2 nice triple tail and a handful of yellow eye snapper  And back at the dock by 10:00! Fish are biting here

  • Sept. 2
    Caught my first short bill Spearfish today! #fearless

  • August 27
    Last Sunday catch of #mahi on the #fearless

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  • August 8
    Some #snapper on the #fearless

  • August 1
    Some #tuna and #mahi on the #fearless @budnmarysmarina

  • July 31
    Mixed bag today!

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Top Key Largo Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Tackle Center of Islamorada
    We are the premier tackle center in the Florida Keys, located in the heart of Islamorada at mile marker 81.9 in front of the Lorelei Restaurant & Bar. Count on us for all your tackle and bait, from grunts to granders.

  2. Key Largo Rods
    Key Largo Rods. Your place for custom rods. ... Born and raised in Miami, Rick Berry is a second-generation rod builder who held his first rod as a toddler.

  3. World Wide Sportsman
    This is the largest Bait & Tackle store in the area with over 27,000 sq feet of space. Started in 1967, the store expanded to its new location in 1997. It is now owned by Bass Pro Shops and is located at MM 81.5.

  4. Florida Keys Outfitters

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Top Key Largo Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Fearless Fishing Charters
    Offshore fishing in Islamorada, Florida Keys at it's BEST! We are able to offer action-packed Offshore and Reef/Wreck trips for comparatively less than the big boats.

  2. Captain Joe Petrucco
    Sportfishing in Islamorada, Fl. The Fishing Capital Of The World! Center Console. Tavernier Creek Marina Fishing Guide

  3. Quit Yer Bitchin'
    Depending on when you plan your trip to the Florida Keys we have some of the best offshore fishing in the world with Sailfish, Swordfish, Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin are only a few of the Pelagic fish we have. The Florida Keys also has a Coral Reef that

  4. Skins and Fins Fishing Charters and Guides
    Florida keys, Islamorada fishing charter guide. fishing the the florida keys, islamorada, key largo for tarpon, bonefish, sharks, snook, redfish, trout.

  5. Sea Horse Charters
    If you want to have fun and catch fish like mahi-mahi, swordfish, sailfish, marlin, tuna, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, amberjack, kingfish, sharks, and other sport fish, Call Captain Rick!

  6. A Fishing Guide - Capt. Steve Friedman
    Tarpon, Bonefish, Redfish, Snook and Permit on fly and spin tackle First-timers, families, couples and seasoned anglers are all welcome aboard my boat, to experience the raw beauty that is Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay and Everglades National Park. Ba

  7. Gold Reserve Charters
    The waters offshore of Islamorada offer the opportunity to catch sailfish, king mackerel, tuna, dolphin (a.k.a. mahi-mahi or dorado), wahoo, grouper, snapper, amberjack, swordfish, marlin, cobia, sharks and my other species of fish. We offer full day

  8. Good Karma Sportfishing
    Good Karma Sportfishing specializes in offering Key Largo customized Fishing Charters-Offshore, Reef and Wreck fishing. We are the only 24ft fishing charter boat in the Florida Keys that is Seakeeper Stabilized!

  9. First Choice Charters
    The only FL Keys fishing charter boat the other charter captains say is too nice to be used for charters! We offer full day, three quarter day, and half day fishing charters, in a relaxed, professional, fun-filled family atmosphere! My name is Captai

  10. Florida Fishing Headquarters
    Captain Steve is courteous, helpful, and experienced. He will do whatever he can to help make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Captain Steve only uses the highest quality equipment and can instruct on its use. He is an expert flyfisherman and in b

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Top Key Largo Marinas

  1. Bud N' Mary's
    Bud N' Mary's is home to over 40 of the finest Florida Keys Fishing offshore captains and backcountry guides to be found anywhere in the world. Many grew up right here in Islamorada, some were even Fishing Key West when they were youngsters!

  2. Robbie's of Islamorada
    Whether your passion leads you kayaking the mangrove creeks and streams of the Bay; hand feeding the majestic silver king from the dock; battling deep sea fish a la Ernest Hemingway; captaining your own boat around the islands; island hopping with a

  3. Whale Harbor Marina
    The crisp air of the sea along with sun-kissed blue skies and perfect sailing weather; it’s the ideal fishing trip, and what you’ll find at Whale Harbor Marina, the home of the best fishing charters Islamorada has to offer. Our Gulf Stream location p

  4. World Wide Sportsman
    This is the largest Bait & Tackle store in the area with over 27,000 sq feet of space. Started in 1967, the store expanded to its new location in 1997. It is now owned by Bass Pro Shops and is located at MM 81.5.

  5. Pelican Cay Harbor Camping & Marina

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