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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.

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.


King Mackerel - Key West Fishing

King Mackerel illustration from Key West  fishing.
King Mackerel are regularly caught during Key West winter fishing season.

King Mackerel typically stay in schools, so when they are encountered, the action can be fast and furious. This is one of the fastest striking fish in the ocean, and their razor-sharp teeth require wire leaders and serious tackle.

Also known as the Kingfish, the largest of the Mackerel family, they are found from the Carolinas to Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean and also in the Gulf of Mexico. They show up in large numbers in Key West waters around November and stay until spring. They normally weigh 15 to 20 pounds, but there are some 80-plus pounders out there.

It is also interesting to note that the highest paid saltwater fishing tournaments are typically Kingfish tournaments, where super fast boats and top-notch angler teams compete for big prize money.



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

More Info & Ordering

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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