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Key West Fishing Charters, Guides & Information
- Key West Flats Fishing Charters
- Key West Light Tackle Sport Fishing (Reef & Wreck)
- Key West Offshore Trolling Deep Sea Charters
- Key West Party / Head Fishing Boats
- Florida Keys Fishing Reports
Key West and the Florida Keys: to the sportsman, just the mere mention conjures up images of yesteryear's Hemingway battling giant Blue Marlin. Or, today's angler may envision competing with behemoth Tarpon as they explode from the water in giant leaps. Ask any knowledgeable fisherman for his "short list" of world-class fishing destinations, and Key West will be at the top of that list, and for good reason.
Type of Key West Fishing
No other location on the planet offers as many options for sport fishing. From the blue waters offshore to the natural reef and abundant shipwrecks in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, hundreds of species roam. Whether you choose Key West deep sea fishing experienced from a fighting chair aboard a large salon boat with heavy action gear, or Key West light tackle offshore fishing from state-of-the-art center console vessels, Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin, Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo and others become your deep water adversaries.
At the opposite end of the angler's spectrum are our shallows, which span limitless remote and distant fishing grounds. In Key West flats fishing, stealth replaces brute force and meager inches of water separate angler from trophy. The fabled Key West "flats" are home to the "Grey Ghost" Bonefish and elusive Permit. This is a liquid world with no sides - only shadows, slants and angles.
Adjacent to the flats is our awe-inspiring backcountry. When speaking of "Back Country" one may be referring to a form of light tackle fishing or a location in which to fish near Key West. With miles upon miles of remote, calm, protected waters at our door step, the angler can explore a vast environment without footprints. Key West backcountry fishing offers a view of nature at its finest. Witness the abundant marine life, sea birds and flora & fauna, which leave an undeniable mark on the soul.
Mangrove island shorelines invite the Redfish and Snook, while the bays host Sea Trout, Pompano and Jacks. The deeper natural channels, which meander throughout the backcountry, provide solace for the Tarpon, Cobia, Snapper and Grouper while Barracuda and Sharks patrol the shallows where the intensity of life is palatable. Whether you are an adventurer, naturalist or sportsman, an introduction to the Key West backcountry and its fishing will remain with you for a lifetime.
By Captain Roc McGuffey, Key West Pro Guides
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.