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Key West Fishing Info

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Deep Sea Fishing
Flats Fishing Key West
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Light Tackle Fishing

Kayak Fishing

Fly Fishing in Key West
Charter Boats
Party Boat Fishing
Corporate Fishing Trip
Key West Kayaking Info
Key West Kayak Tours
Snorkel & Kayak
Kayak Fishing Photos
Kayak Fishing - press


Other Angler Info

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.

Key West Reef Fishing

key west snapper fishing
Yellowtail snapper hover by the reef.

Reef fishing in Key West yields a wide range of fish, many of which are especially fine for the table.

Charter and commercial boats head out to the coral reef. Six miles south of Key West, they fish for snapper and grouper. Often, though, a few other species will join in the hunt. Sharks, barracuda, and countless panfish are often just as likely to take the bait.

The reef favorite is yellowtail snapper. With a pure flavor, this tough-fighting fish won't disappoint. Just as delicious, and stubborn as a goat, is the grouper. In a variety of flavors (black, red, strawberry, snowy), this bottom fish can leave your hook jammed in the rocks. Be quick and be strong.

Much of the reef is a no fishing zone. These areas are marked as ecological reserves. Large yellow buoys designate the corners of the boundaries. Fishing within these zones is illegal and punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. Trolling lines into the area is not allowed.

There is plenty of very good fishing that is not within the reserves. Our local charter guides know their stuff and can take you there.

To fish the reef area, your two options are:

  1. Light Tackle Fishing Guide - private charter
  2. Key West Party Boat Fishing - group fishing

Or just call us at 305-304-0337 or e-mail us and we'll tell you what is available.



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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