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

    2/24/2016 2:38:32 PM -

  9. Fishing Structure
    4/17/2018 11:19:01 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 Prediction

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 43.03% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 4929 Mahi-mahi counted.

  3. Yellowtail Snapper

  4. Yellowtail Snapper

    There is a 15.69% catch rate for Yellowtail Snapper, based on 1797 Yellowtail Snapper counted.

  5. White Grunt

  6. White Grunt

    There is a 7.66% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 878 White Grunt counted.

  7. Gray Snapper

  8. Gray Snapper

    There is a 6.98% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 799 Gray Snapper counted.

  9. Red Grouper

  10. Red Grouper

    There is a 2.06% catch rate for Red Grouper, based on 236 Red Grouper counted.

  11. Great Barracuda

  12. Great Barracuda

    There is a 1.98% catch rate for Great Barracuda, based on 227 Great Barracuda counted.

  13. Lane Snapper

  14. Lane Snapper

    There is a 1.88% catch rate for Lane Snapper, based on 215 Lane Snapper counted.

  15. Little Tunny

  16. Little Tunny

    There is a 1.6% catch rate for Little Tunny, based on 183 Little Tunny counted.

  17. Pinfish

  18. Pinfish

    There is a 1.59% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 182 Pinfish counted.

  19. Mutton Snapper

  20. Mutton Snapper

    There is a 1.45% catch rate for Mutton Snapper, based on 166 Mutton Snapper counted.

Recommedations above based on 92 species of fish and 11455 fish counted for May around Key West.

To date, there are 125 species of fish and a total of 239897 fish counted for Key West and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

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 1939..

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Latest Key West Fishing Reports

  • The May so Far
    5/9/2022 3:40:25 PM - I know well that these reports have been lacking and that’s a product largely of being busier than normal in the shop and at home. I’ve been diligently getting out there thou

  • May Fishing Report 2022
    5/5/2022 9:42:48 AM - For today's live action call us at 305-296-6602    Our KEY WEST Fishing has Exploded!    May is all about angling options and variety from Tarpon to Sailfish & Mahi-Mahi in K

  • Fishing Lately
    4/21/2022 11:23:03 AM - While I have been fishing a fair amount the weather has been tough and I’ve been struggling to get into the groove. Last week I fished with Ryan Bergeron who invited me along

  • Sailfish Tunas Wahoo and Mahi In The Key West Fishing Report
    4/11/2022 9:55:18 AM - April 11 2022 – Sailfish Tuna Wahoo and Mahi are what we will talk about in the Key West fishing report. As the winds are pumping from the East today at about 20 knots and an

  • Is It Tarpon Fishing Time In Key West?
    3/28/2022 11:16:06 AM - March 28 2022 – Is It Tarpon Time in Key West? Well let’s take a look at it. Late March is typically the start of our tarpon fishing here in on the southern most island. The

  • Fishing Last Week
    3/24/2022 4:04:44 PM - After the Merkin I’ve started to fish. It seems odd not to write a Merkin Results + Our Fishing report which has become a habit over the last 10 years or so but a brief synop

  • Fuel Surcharges For Fishing Charters
    3/7/2022 2:52:51 PM - March 7 2022 – We are seeing the highest fuel prices ever here that have been sprung on us in less than two weeks time. Some Key West fishing charters may resort to charging

  • Key West Deep Sea Fishing Report and Forecast First Week March
    3/7/2022 2:13:57 PM - March 7 2022 – I have seen plenty of the months of March in my career to understand how painful they can be with the winds. So bad that often times we forget what the nice da

  • Tarpon Are Starting To Show Up In Key West
    3/2/2022 12:06:17 PM - March 2 2022 – Its the first week in March and tarpon are starting to show up here in Key West. A few fish were caught last week with our professional fishing guides here at

  • Fishing with Brandon
    2/11/2022 10:50:08 AM - Earlier in the week I had a chance to get out for a day with Brandon Cyr. I haven’t had much fishing scheduled prior to the Merkin but a day on the water was welcome in the m

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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. 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

  7. 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

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

  9. All Water Charters Key West
    Fish in Key West for many different types of species on a charter custom tailored for your needs. Go after tarpon, sharks, barracuda, snapper, jacks, cobia, permit, grouper and more!

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

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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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Buoy Conditions

Station SANF1 - Sand Key, FL
May 20, 2022 3:50 am EDT
Location: 24.456N 81.877W
Wind Direction: SSE (160°)
Wind Speed: 19.0 knots
Wind Gust: 22.0 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.95 in (1014.2 mb)
Air Temperature: 79.7°F (26.5°C)
Dew Point: 70.7°F (21.5°C)

Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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