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Fishing Report
Reports from those that know - the local guides.

Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations
Recreational size minimums, bag limits, and closed seasons.

Record Catches State and World Records for Key West's many fish.

Tournaments
Annual calendar of fishing events.

Paint & Release
A collection of original fish illustrations.

Fishing Seasons
When are they biting? Our guide to what's hot.

Fishing Licenses
Regulations you should know and how to get a license.

 

Record catches - Florida & World

Conventional & Fly-Fishing Tackle

Key West holds many fishing records, on both conventional tackle and fly-fishing tackle. Below are the record catches for most of the fish likely to be caught in the Florida Keys.

Conventional Tackle Records
Species
Florida Record
World Record
Amberjack, greater 142 lb 155 lb 10 oz
Barracuda, great 67 lb 85 lb
Bonefish 15 lb 12 oz 19 lb
Cobia 130 lb 1 oz 135 lb 9 oz
Dolphinfish 77 lb 12 oz 87 lb
Drum, red 52 lb 5 oz 94 lb 2 oz
Grouper, black 113 lb 6 oz  
Grouper, gag 80 lb 6 oz  
Grouper, goliath 680 lb  
Grouper, yellowfin 34 lb 6 oz  
Hogfish 19 lb 8 oz  
Jack, crevalle 57 lb 57 lb 14 oz
Mackerel, cero 17 lb 2 oz 17 lb 2 oz
Mackerel, king 90 lb 90 lb
Mackerel, Spanish 12 lb 13 lb
Marlin, blue 1046 lb 1560 lb
Marlin, white 161 lb 181 lb 14 oz
Permit 56 lb 2 oz 56 lb 2 oz
Sailfish, Atlantic 116 lb 10 oz 141 lb 1 oz
Shark, blacktip 152 lb  
Shark, bull 517 lb  
Shark, hammerhead 991 lb 991 lb
Shark, lemon 397 lb  
Shark, spinner 190 lb  
Shark, white 686 lb  
Snapper, cubera 116 lb 121 lb 8 oz
Snapper, gray 17 lb  
Snapper, mutton 30 lb 4 oz  
Snapper, yellowtail 8 lb 9 oz  
Snook 44 lb 3 oz 53 lb 10 oz
Swordfish 612 lb 12 oz 1182 lb
Tarpon 243 lb 283 lb 4 oz
Tripletail 40 lb 13 oz  
Tuna, blackfin 45 lb 8 oz 45 lb 8 oz
Tuna, yellowfin 240 lb 388 lb 12 oz
Wahoo 139 lb 158 lb 8 oz
Fly Fishing Tackle Records
Species
Florida Record
Amberjack, greater 103 lb 12 oz
Barracuda, great 37 lb 12 oz
Bonefish 15 lb 8 oz
Cobia 83 lb 4 oz
Dolphinfish 51 lb 8 oz
Drum, red 43 lb
Grouper, black Vacant
Grouper, gag 13 lb 4 oz
Grouper, goliath 356 lb
Grouper, yellowfin Vacant
Hogfish Vacant
Jack, crevalle 37 lb 8 oz
Mackerel, cero 9 lb
Mackerel, king 55 lb
Mackerel, Spanish 6 lb 13 oz
Marlin, blue Vacant
Marlin, white 68 lb
Permit 41 lb 8 oz
Sailfish, Atlantic 55 lb 8 oz
Shark, blacktip 122 lb
Shark, bull 389 lb 4 oz
Shark, hammerhead 154 lb
Shark, lemon 288 lb 8 oz
Shark, spinner Vacant
Shark, white Vacant
Snapper, cubera Vacant
Snapper, gray 10 lb 12 oz
Snapper, mutton 17 lb
Snapper, yellowtail 3 lb 8 oz
Snook 30 lb 4 oz
Swordfish Vacant
Tarpon 202 lb 8 oz
Tripletail 21 lb 2 oz
Tuna, blackfin 34 lb 3 oz
Tuna, yellowfin Vacant
Wahoo 28 lb 12 oz

 

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Suggested Reading
"Outstanding...if you fish Florida, a must-have"
Florida fishing guide book
Sport Fish of Florida
by Vic Dunaway

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Keys Fishing Fact
The Florida Keys are located in the most biologically diverse area of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean sandwiching the islands, while the warm Gulf Stream current meanders close by, the ocean surrounding the Keys contains more species of fish than anywhere else in the Atlantic.

"A Fishing Paradise"

 


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