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Fishing in Key West:
Come and fish in the waters of Key West where fishing legends were born. Ernest Hemingway fished the waters of the Florida Straits between Cuba and Key West for giant blue marlin. Zane Grey applied his angling skills to the inshore and backcountry of the Florida Keys, landing sailfish and giant tarpon. These are just a few of the 225 species of game fish that prowl the crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys.
But you don't have to be a legend or a writer to enjoy the thrill of big game fishing year round in the Keys, just bring your boat on down or charter one of ours. Charter boats and guides are available to introduce you to one or more of our natives that bite. Key West Deep sea fishing - experienced captains are waiting to take you into the Gulfstream just minutes away from the dock, where you can test your angling skills against the sailfish and marlin.
Key West Backcountry guides have staked out the flats where tarpon and bonefish await the anglers that prefer to use light-spin or fly-tackle. Or perhaps you may want to try a party boat that offers day or night fishing trips to the pristine coral reefs where snapper and grouper reside.
Remember, you don't have to be a legend or a writer to enjoy big game fishing in the Florida Keys, but you may run the risk of becoming a legend in your own time.
By Captain Jim Sharpe
Types of Fishing in Key West
| Key West Flats Fishing
The most unique and addictive angling in the world can be found in the clear, backcountry waters off Key West. Famous modern-day anglers such as Flip Pallot, Lefty Kreh, and even Jimmy Buffett have all written extensively of their adventures on the flats of the Lower Keys, where the sport was pioneered. Their tales of fly fishing for the enigmatic tarpon, bonefish, and permit, in an environment of unparalleled beauty, have made this the fastest growing segment of saltwater angling. Combining the best of hunting and fishing, a day on the flats with a dedicated Key West guide is a must for any light-tackle enthusiast.
| Key West Light Tackle Sport Fishing
The light-tackle boats of the Keys are the most flexible charters in the world. Almost any species, from tarpon in Key West Harbor to sailfish beyond the reef, can be pursued from these powerful center-console craft. The International Game Fish Association currently lists over 400 world records caught in the Keys and the majority were hooked from our light- tackle fleet. These charters can be customized to meet any angler's wishes. From a casual trip with the family for some tasty grouper to an expedition for a fly rod record kingfish, a light-tackle charter is sure to suit your needs.
| Key West Offshore Deep Sea Fishing
Offshore fishing in Key West is a chance for everyone to be Ernest Hemingway for a day. Big boats, big tackle, and big fish make a trip out on the Gulfstream an adventure that will last a lifetime. Our island has a fleet of captains and crews that are among the world’s finest in chasing down the legendary giants of the deep sea. Marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, and dolphin are all caught within the 90 miles between the Keys and Cuba. Almost anything is possible on an offshore charter, from simply catching dinner to competing in a major billfish tournament, and Key West is where it happens.
| Key West Party Boat Charters - Group Fishing Charters
Whatever brings you to Key West, even if you are not the avid angler in search of a world record catch, fishing aboard a party-fishing vessel can be one of the finest times you will have here. Whether it's a small group on a small boat in search of a diving and fishing adventure, an all-day trip with a large group, or night-fishing in the summer months, it's all here and it's all fun.
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