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Key West Fishing

Key West Fishing

Key West has the nickname of the Last Resort, the Southernmost Point in the continental United States. It is located closer to Cuba than to Miami, and is a tropical angler’s paradise. With easy access to the back country flats and deep blue water of the Gulfstream, Key West offers many different target species of fish throughout the year, and is indeed one of the top fishing destinations in the world.

One of the most famous residents of Key West was Earnest Hemingway. He traversed the waters in his 38 foot boat named Pilar, and called the Florida Straits “the deep blue river”. His most popular book, The Old Man and the Sea, hints at some of the incredible fishing that offshore Key West has to offer. From Blue Marlin and Sailfish, to many different species of tuna and sharks, offshore fishing Key West can not only be exciting, but rewarding with the catch of a lifetime. The waters are also full of Mahi-mahi and Wahoo, two of the tastiest species of fish.

Known for its many platform reefs and shipwrecks, bottom fishing off of Key West provides many different species of Grouper and Snapper, as well as Amberjack, Barracuda, and King Mackerel. The many uninhabited islands and reefs inshore also allow anglers to target Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon.

Key West Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Key West, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Mahi-mahi

  2. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 29.53% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 5413 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Key West Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  3. Yellowtail Snapper

  4. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 12.55% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 2300 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Key West Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  5. Gray Snapper

  6. Gray Snapper

    There is a 5.73% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 1050 Gray Snapper counted.

    Key West Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  7. White Grunt

  8. White Grunt

    There is a 3.68% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 674 White Grunt counted.

    Key West White Grunt Counts Chart


  9. Bluestriped Grunt

  10. Bluestriped Grunt

    There is a 3.21% catch rate for Bluestriped Grunt, based on 589 Bluestriped Grunt counted.

    Key West Bluestriped Grunt Counts Chart


  11. Great Barracuda

  12. Great Barracuda

    There is a 2.31% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 424 Great Barracuda counted.

    Key West Great Barracuda Counts Chart


  13. Red Grouper

  14. Red Grouper

    There is a 2.31% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 423 Red Grouper counted.

    Key West Red Grouper Counts Chart


  15. Pinfish

  16. Pinfish

    There is a 1.92% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 352 Pinfish counted.

    Key West Pinfish Counts Chart


  17. Lane Snapper

  18. Lane Snapper

    There is a 1.62% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 297 Lane Snapper counted.

    Key West Lane Snapper Counts Chart


  19. French Grunt

  20. French Grunt

    There is a 1.59% catch rate for French Grunt, based on 291 French Grunt counted.

    Key West French Grunt Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 116 species of fish and 18332 fish counted for May around Key West.

To date, there are 165 species of fish and a total of 588119 fish counted for Key West and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 5/21/2024 11:42:18 PM

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 West are the following:

  1. Woods Wall
    Woods Wall

  2. Stock Hump
    Stock Hump

  3. Woods Hole
    Woods Hole

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  5. Delph Humps

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  7. USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg
    Originally named USS General Harry Taylor (AP-145), the USNS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg (T-AGM-10) was a transport ship in the United States Navy during World War II. It bel

  8. wreck-8242

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Latest Key West Fishing Reports

  • Dolphin Fishing
    Dolphin fishing in May is an exhilarating experience especially in the vibrant waters of Key West aboard the charter boat WildBill. With Captain Art Duplessis at the helm and

  • Key West Tarpon Fishing
    Well the Heat Is ON! these last two days here in Key West someone opened up the furnace and let the heat in. Air Temps in the mid to upper 80s with high 80% humidity. Both gr

  • Dolphin Fishing
    Dolphin fishing has been red Hot this May off of Key West. Title: A Day of Adventure: Fishing Aboard WildBill for Dolphin in Key West Florida Nestled amidst the sparkling wat

  • Key West Dolphin
    Key West Dolphin fishing is always an exciting adventure.   Title: “Experience the Thrill: Fishing on the ‘WildBill’ Charter Boat in Key West Florida” Embark on an unforgetta

  • End Of April Shaping up Nicely Deep Sea Fishing
    April 24 2024 – Deep Sea Fishing Report for Key West Florida is pretty good. We are coming into our best fishing season for deep sea fishing in Key West. The weather in Key W

  • Dolphin
    Dolphin have shown up a bit early this year. We have been starting catching a few lately Title: A Thrilling Adventure: Bull DolphinFishing in Key West with Captain Art and Ma

  • Family Fishing
    Family fishing aboard WildBill is one of the Most exciting thing you can do while on vacation in Key West. Title: A Memorable Family Fishing Adventure Aboard WildBill in Key

  • First Post in a While
    A few people have mentioned to me recently that the reports haven’t been updated in a while and I agree. Gone are the days of the account of every day of fishing it seems but

  • Sailfish Are In Key West
    April 5th 2024 – The weather is what it is. North winds one day and East the next as the fight between winter and summer prevails daily here in Key West. One thing that is co

  • Wahoo Fishing
    This Big Wahoo was caught on our afternoon charter on April 2 2024… Do you think you could catch one of these speed demons? **Title: A Memorable Day Fishing Aboard WildBill i

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Top Key West Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. The Angling Company
    Opened in 2009, we are a fly shop located in Key West, Florida. It is our intention to be at the leading edge of fly fishing in the Florida Keys. We have a full selection of rods, reels, fly lines, custom flies and technical clothing and can outfit y

  2. Key West Bait & Tackle
    Key West Bait and Tackle offers live bait, frozen bait, tackle, lures and jigs for flats, reef fishing, wreck fishing and offshore fishing.

  3. Cudjoe Sales Fishermen's Warehouse
    Cudjoe Sales has been providing quality gear to commercial fishermen all over the world for over 30 years. Well-known names such as Mustad, Hi-Liner, Mo Moi, Ande, Rosco, Riverdale, Cofish, Waterman, Paslode, Bonar, Lindgren Pitman, Caljune, ACR, Bos

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Top Key West Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Capt. Steven Lamp Key West Fishing Guide
    Capt. Steven is an accomplished tournament proven fishing guide for all tackle and techniques including fly fishing and light spin fishing in Key West. A tarpon fishing and flats fishing specialist. He has been Fishing in Key West professionally full

  2. SOUTHPAW Charters
    Come charter fishing in Key West with award winning Capt. Brad Simonds aboard his 43′ custom charter fishing boat, SOUTHPAW. We offer Key West Fishing charters for up to 6 anglers. Our highly skilled fishing crew is kid friendly and courteous. Capt

  3. Michael O'Brien Flats Fishing Charters
    Key West Fishing Guide Fish Key west, FL for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish with fly and light tackle. All skill levels welcome.

  4. AWS Charters
    Key west fishing starts with Capt. Anthony Skinner on A.W.S. Charters. Key West flats fishing is like no other fishing in the world. In Key West, we are surrounded by miles and miles of pristine flats, crystal clear water, mangrove islands, wading bi

  5. Wild Bill Sport Fishing
    Wild Bill Sport Fishing will take you into the beautiful tropical waters of Key West, Florida where you can enjoy a Florida Keys fishing trip of a lifetime.

  6. Blue Eyed Trader
    Ron's experience includes fly fishing the flats up the Gulf of Mexico side and down the Atlantic side of the Florida Keys and Key West for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Captain Ron has fished offshore all along the Florida Keys and Key West for ju

  7. Key West Pro Guides
    Key West Pro Guides the island’s premier Sport Fishing Company for the past 26 years.

  8. Southbound Sportfishing
    Professional Offshore Sport Fishing Charter catering to the beginner and the experienced fishermen alike

  9. Too Lethal Charters
    Capt. Scott specializes in Key West Fishing because he's been guiding anglers for over 25 years in Key West, Florida. He's an expert in light tackle fishing, which means it is just you against the fish. Light tackle boats are very diverse in when it

  10. Gulfstream Fishing
    Gulfstream Fishing has a variety of boats to meet your needs. For bigger groups, half and full day private charters on the Gulfstream III are available. This is an excellent choice for family reunions, birthday parties, bachelor parties, company out

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Top Key West Marinas

  1. Garrison Bight Marina
    Garrison Bight Marina is the only dry storage marina located on the island of Key West, Florida. We offer inside and outside dry storage, as well as wet slips for those customers who prefer to have their boats available at all times. Our location of

  2. Stock Island Marina Village
    Stock Island Marina Village is the largest deep water marina in the Florida Keys, accommodating vessels up to 300’. With 220 slips and brand new floating docks, every type of boater and boat are welcome. Every reservation includes dockage, water, pum

  3. Harborside Motel & Marina
    Whether you are taking a casual fishing trip with the family for some tasty grouper or sportfishing for marlin, shark or sailfish, Harborside Motel & Marina’s location is in the center of it all. If you have a boat, you’ll be happy to dock right

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Bouy Conditions

Station SANF1 - Sand Key, FL
May 26, 2024 4:40 am EDT
Location: 24.456N 81.877W
Wind Direction: SE (140°)
Wind Speed: 8.0 knots
Wind Gust: 8.9 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.92 in (1013.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 82.2°F (27.9°C)
Dew Point: 74.8°F (23.8°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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