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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.



Top Key Largo Fishing Spots

  1. ALVA CHAPMAN REEF
    5/6/2011 11:49:32 PM - ALVA CHAPMAN REEF IN MONROE COUNTY CONSIST OF TWO CONCRETE BOAT HULLS AND DREDGE PIPE Date of Deployment:December 31 197


  2. Hen & Chickens Reef
    3/22/2011 10:01:06 PM - 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


  3. ALEXANDER BARGE
    3/22/2011 10:01:05 PM - 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


  4. Herrera
    3/22/2011 10:01:06 PM - While attempting to bring silver pesos from Havana along with 21 other ships, Herrera was hit by a hurricane and pushed on to the upper keys. More Details


  5. Little Conch Reef
    3/22/2011 10:01:07 PM - Little Conch Reef is just south of Conch Reef and is a great place for shallower diving and snorkeling More Details


  6. VITRIC
    4/17/2012 10:41:11 AM - Attributes RECRD 73 VESSLTERMS VITRIC FEATURE_TYPE Not Charted LATDEC 24.967072 LONDEC -80.316439 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH 0 SOUNDING_TYPE YEARSUNK HISTORY DESCRIPTION 24 NO.831;


  7. Butternut Key
    4/13/2011 4:04:07 PM - Nice place to drop the hook "away from it all" yet just a few minutes away form the ICW and Key Largo. Plenty of water (7 to 8') in the entire area north of the ICW and Pigeon


  8. Tres Puentes
    3/22/2011 10:01:07 PM - Tres Puentes went down as part of the 1733 Spanish Galleon wrecks. Today, Tres Puentes lies between Snake Creek and Whale Harbor and is know for its production of Silver treas


  9. Lerri
    3/22/2011 10:01:06 PM - The Lerri Galleon was part of the 1733 wreck that forced 21 ships on to the Florida Keys. These ships were attempting to bring silver pesos from Havana when they were advised


  10. Crocker Wall
    3/22/2011 10:01:06 PM - Crocker Wall is a 450-foot long wall that drops from Crocker Reef, with average depths of 60-80 feet. This is a great drift-dive location. More Details



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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. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 20.29% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 167 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Key Largo Scaled Sardine Counts Chart
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  3. Ballyhoo

  4. Ballyhoo

    There is a 14.95% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 123 Ballyhoo counted.

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    Ballyhoo

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  5. White Grunt

  6. White Grunt

    There is a 12.76% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 105 White Grunt counted.

    Key Largo White Grunt Counts Chart
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  7. Gray Snapper

  8. Gray Snapper

    There is a 10.94% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 90 Gray Snapper counted.

    Key Largo Gray Snapper Counts Chart
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  9. Yellowtail Snapper

  10. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 7.53% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 62 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Key Largo Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart
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  11. Spotted Seatrout

  12. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 3.65% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 30 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Key Largo Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
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  13. Great Barracuda

  14. Great Barracuda

    There is a 3.04% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 25 Great Barracuda counted.

    Key Largo Great Barracuda Counts Chart
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  15. Mutton Snapper

  16. Mutton Snapper

    There is a 2.43% catch rate for Mutton Snapper, based on 20 Mutton Snapper counted.

    Key Largo Mutton Snapper Counts Chart
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  17. Blue Runner

  18. Blue Runner

    There is a 2.19% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 18 Blue Runner counted.

    Key Largo Blue Runner Counts Chart
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  19. Hogfish

  20. Hogfish

    There is a 2.07% catch rate for Hogfish, based on 17 Hogfish counted.

    Key Largo Hogfish Counts Chart
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Recommendations above based on 56 species of fish and 823 fish counted for February around Key Largo.

To date, there are 165 species of fish and a total of 880927 fish counted for Key Largo and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/11/1908 (115 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 5:05:36 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.

View full Key Largo Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Key Largo Fishing Reports

  • Early February ‘dock walk’ fishing report with Barry!
    2/2/2023 9:16:29 PM -   The post Early February ‘dock walk’ fishing report with Barry! appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.


  • Great windy day fun!
    1/26/2023 3:36:19 PM - Mangrove Snapper fine table fare!


  • Tripletail Tagging & Research with Gulf Coast Marine Scientists & Commission
    1/24/2023 9:48:19 PM - The post Tripletail Tagging & Research with Gulf Coast Marine Scientists & Commission appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada Fishing Marina.


  • Awesome Reef Bite!
    1/24/2023 1:33:31 PM - Andre with a fish of a lifetime…African Pompano


  • Sword Fishin’ on the Broad Minded
    1/21/2023 5:39:29 PM - Barry gets out on the Broad Minded with Capt. Nick Stanczyk for a day of sword fishin’! The post Sword Fishin’ on the Broad Minded appeared first on Bud n' Mary's Islamorada


  • Winter Time in the Florida Keys
    1/17/2023 9:56:53 AM - Well it’s winter time in the Florida Keys. People are flooding to our little islands to enjoy fun in the sun. Fishing is always a great activity this time of year we have a f


  • Jan. 3
    1/4/2023 6:45:00 AM - Great day catching #snapper with this crew!! #fearless #fearlessfishing #islamoradafishing


  • Jan. 2
    1/3/2023 7:07:00 AM - Some #snapper and #tuna on the #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27


  • Dec. 30
    12/31/2022 6:48:23 AM - Some almaco jacks and an amber jack … Let a few go as well #fearless #fearlessfishing #conch27


  • Dec. 28
    12/28/2022 7:01:02 AM - Here we go! Back at it! #conch27 #fearless #fearlessfishing


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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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