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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.

Top Key West Fishing Spots

  1. Woods Wall
    2/16/2017 12:14:56 PM - Woods Wall

  2. Stock Hump
    7/6/2016 3:39:35 PM - Stock Hump

  3. Jimmys Snapper Spot
    3/28/2017 9:48:40 PM - Jimmys Snapper Spot

  4. wreck-8361
    3/14/2015 12:49:52 AM - Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Submerged, nondangerous chart US,US,graph,Chart 11450 latdec 24.4830346 londec -81.4054965 depth sounding_type history quasou depth

  5. wreck-8238
    9/23/2014 9:56:02 PM -

  6. Woods Hole
    2/16/2017 12:28:45 PM - Woods Hole

  7. wreck-8369
    3/14/2015 12:49:54 AM - Attributes vesslterms feature_type Wrecks - Visible chart US,US,graph,Chart 11450 latdec 24.9172606 londec -81.5002793 depth sounding_type history quasou watlev always dry

  8. Fishing Structure
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    2/24/2016 2:38:32 PM -

  10. Newfound Harbor Anchorage
    4/13/2011 4:04:08 PM - nice protected anchorage, see your chart for access. You can anchor off those little keys but make sure you go around the shoal to get there, if you do there is plenty of wate

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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. Scaled Sardine

  2. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 17.82% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 2131 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Key West Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  3. Yellowtail Snapper

  4. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 13.65% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 1633 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Key West Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  5. White Grunt

  6. White Grunt

    There is a 9.94% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 1189 White Grunt counted.

    Key West White Grunt Counts Chart


  7. Gray Snapper

  8. Gray Snapper

    There is a 6.25% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 747 Gray Snapper counted.

    Key West Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  9. Cero Mackerel

  10. Cero Mackerel

    There is a 3.97% catch rate for Cero Mackerel, based on 475 Cero Mackerel counted.

    Key West Cero Mackerel Counts Chart


  11. Lane Snapper

  12. Lane Snapper

    There is a 3.91% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 468 Lane Snapper counted.

    Key West Lane Snapper Counts Chart


  13. Mahi-mahi

  14. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 3.7% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 442 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Key West Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  15. King Mackerel

  16. King Mackerel

    There is a 3.43% catch rate for King Mackerel, based on 410 King Mackerel counted.

    Key West King Mackerel Counts Chart


  17. Mutton Snapper

  18. Mutton Snapper

    There is a 2.88% catch rate for Mutton Snapper, based on 345 Mutton Snapper counted.

    Key West Mutton Snapper Counts Chart


  19. Red Grouper

  20. Red Grouper

    There is a 2.88% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 344 Red Grouper counted.

    Key West Red Grouper Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 86 species of fish and 11961 fish counted for December around Key West.

To date, there are 144 species of fish and a total of 559229 fish counted for Key West and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (169 years).

Last Update: 12/8/2022 4:36:54 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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Latest Key West Fishing Reports

  • Fishing with Brian Helms
    12/4/2022 5:58:03 PM - Last week I had a chance to fish with Brian Helms. Brian is a good friend and I’d like to fish with him more though the chances we have to get out are fewer than I’d like. Be

  • Mild December Holds Great Fishing For Key West
    12/4/2022 12:58:09 PM - December 4th 2022 December can be a pretty sketchy month weather wise here in Key West. Typically we have some regular cold fronts pushing through that can stir things up a b

  • Tarpon Air time
    12/1/2022 12:54:57 PM -

  • November 2022 Fishing Report
    11/22/2022 1:01:31 PM - November is here with cooler temps and several newly arriving fish species to pursue. Fantastic action for Key West angling continues through the fall time frame.     Deep Se

  • Fishing with John + Special Guests Aaron Snell and Dave Skok
    11/20/2022 12:29:34 PM - My good friend Dave Skok just wrapped up a visit to Key West fishing a day each with me and Kat and Aaron Snell. Prior to his arrival down here he spent three days fishing in

  • Fishing Lately
    11/5/2022 5:16:53 PM - Over the last month I’ve been able to get out a fair amount. After the IGFA Permit Invitational wrapped up we were struck harder than anticipated by Hurricane Ian which as ev

  • October 2022 Fishing Report 
    10/18/2022 9:26:46 AM - October is here bringing cooler water temperatures improving our action for the Key West angler. From the Back Country Near Shore out to the Reef & Shipwreck sites to the Blu

  • Hurricane Ian Has Lingering Affect For Backcountry Waters Off Key West
    10/4/2022 10:30:57 PM - Tuesday October 4th 2022 – It has been just 7 days since Hurricane Ian grazed Key West and Walloped South West Florida. The winds are back to normal with some Northerly in th

  • The Fall is a Great Time to Fish
    9/19/2022 1:37:52 PM -

  • September Is Slow Season for Key West. But not for fishing.
    9/10/2022 8:45:14 AM - September 9th 2022 – Hot.. I should just stop here and leave it at that. With the heat dome here on top of Key West we have seen some hotter than usual conditions. Calmer win

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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. 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

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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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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