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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. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 20.8% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 275 Mahi-mahi counted.

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    Mahi-mahi

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  3. Gray Snapper

  4. Gray Snapper

    There is a 13.01% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 172 Gray Snapper counted.

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  5. Yellowtail Snapper

  6. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 11.57% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 153 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

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  7. White Grunt

  8. White Grunt

    There is a 6.66% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 88 White Grunt counted.

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  9. Lane Snapper

  10. Lane Snapper

    There is a 5.07% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 67 Lane Snapper counted.

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  11. French Grunt

  12. French Grunt

    There is a 3.93% catch rate for French Grunt, based on 52 French Grunt counted.

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  13. Spotted Seatrout

  14. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 3.48% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 46 Spotted Seatrout counted.

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  15. Mutton Snapper

  16. Mutton Snapper

    There is a 3.25% catch rate for Mutton Snapper, based on 43 Mutton Snapper counted.

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  17. Hogfish

  18. Hogfish

    There is a 3.1% catch rate for Hogfish, based on 41 Hogfish counted.

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  19. Great Barracuda

  20. Great Barracuda

    There is a 2.87% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 38 Great Barracuda counted.

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Recommendations above based on 54 species of fish and 1322 fish counted for April around Key Largo.

To date, there are 189 species of fish and a total of 892188 fish counted for Key Largo and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/11/1908 (116 years).

Last Update: 4/17/2024 3:42:21 AM

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

  1. 408 Hump
    408 Hump is inshore of the 409


  2. Islamorada Ledge
    Good deep water ledge.


  3. 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


  4. 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


  5. Florida Reefs


  6. wreck-8005


  7. Nimrod


  8. ALEXANDER BARGE
    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


  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


  10. Islamorada


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Latest Key Largo Fishing Reports

  • Early April Fishing Report – Big Bluefin for Kalex!
    The post Early April Fishing Report – Big Bluefin for Kalex! appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.


  • March 29
    Some #kingfish and #snapper on the #fearless #fearlessfishing


  • March 20
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  • March 15
    #snapper on the #fearless


  • March 13
    #mahi #snapper #tuna on the #fearless


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  • March 11
    Some #snapper and a #mahi for this crew on the #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27 #islamoradafishing @budnmarysmarina


  • March 8
    Some #snapper and a #mahi for this crew on the #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27 #islamoradafishing @budnmarysmarina


  • Spring Time Sailfish!
    The post Spring Time Sailfish! appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.


  • Red Hot Reef
    Cool weather finally gave way to our typical 80 degree winter days and the reef fish responded. The Hunts showed off their skills today!...


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Top Key Largo Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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


  5. Miss Chief Charters
    Florida, Keys, deep sea and Reef Fishing Charters in Key Largo, Florida.

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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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