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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. Yellowtail Snapper

  2. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 21.38% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 2537 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

    Key West Yellowtail Snapper Counts Chart


  3. Ballyhoo

  4. Ballyhoo

    There is a 10.58% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 1255 Ballyhoo counted.

    Key West Ballyhoo Counts Chart


  5. Great Barracuda

  6. Great Barracuda

    There is a 7.96% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 944 Great Barracuda counted.

    Key West Great Barracuda Counts Chart


  7. Gray Snapper

  8. Gray Snapper

    There is a 6.37% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 756 Gray Snapper counted.

    Key West Gray Snapper Counts Chart


  9. Red Grouper

  10. Red Grouper

    There is a 5.49% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 651 Red Grouper counted.

    Key West Red Grouper Counts Chart


  11. Scaled Sardine

  12. Scaled Sardine

    There is a 5.45% catch rate for Scaled Sardine, based on 646 Scaled Sardine counted.

    Key West Scaled Sardine Counts Chart


  13. White Grunt

  14. White Grunt

    There is a 4.91% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 582 White Grunt counted.

    Key West White Grunt Counts Chart


  15. Bluestriped Grunt

  16. Bluestriped Grunt

    There is a 4.52% catch rate for Bluestriped Grunt, based on 536 Bluestriped Grunt counted.

    Key West Bluestriped Grunt Counts Chart


  17. Lane Snapper

  18. Lane Snapper

    There is a 4.16% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 494 Lane Snapper counted.

    Key West Lane Snapper Counts Chart


  19. Mahi-mahi

  20. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 4.03% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 478 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Key West Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 105 species of fish and 11864 fish counted for November around Key West.

To date, there are 158 species of fish and a total of 555786 fish counted for Key West and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1853 (170 years).

Last Update: 11/28/2023 9:37:54 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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Top Key West Fishing Spots

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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

  4. WRECK4319

  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

  9. wreck-8245

  10. wreck_8806
    Source NOAA AWOIS

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Latest Key West Fishing Reports

  • November 2023 Fishing Report
    November 2023 Fishing Report November has arrived with cooler temps both on and off the water and with the cooler water temps it has brought several newly arriving fish speci

  • Permit from a while ago

  • Fishing The Reef Pays Off In Key West
    November is a great time to fish the reef off Key West. Large snappers and tasty groupers. The post Fishing The Reef Pays Off In Key West first appeared on Key West Fishing R

  • Winds Are UP Go Backcountry Fishing
    When the wind blows the backcountry fishing is a great way to go so you do not take the beating. The post Winds Are UP Go Backcountry Fishing first appeared on Key West Fishi

  • Tournament update upcoming project
    Once again I feel obligated to mention that I’m aware these reports have been appearing at a slower than usual rate though I suppose by now it would be unusual for them to ap

  • October fishing is Great!
    Tarpon and Bonefish and maybe a Permit for those of you who have the skill and most importantly the patience.

  • Tuna Dolphin kinda day
    Tuna Dolphin kinda day out in the Atlantic Today. we had plenty of action offshore today aboard the  Wild Bill. Title: An Unforgettable Adventure: Catching Blackfin Tuna and

  • Wahoo
    Today our anglers aboard the Wild Bill enjoyed an afternoon of High Emotions and Big Fish                                                                               […] Th

  • Wahoo
    Today our anglers aboard the Wild Bill enjoyed an afternoon of High Emotions and Big Fish The post Wahoo appeared first on Charter Fishing Key West.

  • Epic Offshore Fishing
    Epic Offshore trip with a Grand Slam. It was a day to remeber….Offshore Slam Title: Epic Offshore Fishing Adventure in Key West Aboard the WILDBILL When it comes to offshore

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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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Latest Fishing Spots

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Bouy Conditions

Station SANF1 - Sand Key, FL
December 1, 2023 11:40 am EST
Location: 24.456N 81.877W
Wind Direction: ESE (120°)
Wind Speed: 13.0 knots
Wind Gust: 15.9 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 30.07 in (1018.4 mb)
Air Temperature: 79.5°F (26.4°C)
Dew Point: 73.4°F (23.0°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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