Key West is Top Destination for Sport Fishing

Key West fishing is one of the top reasons people visit the Southernmost City. Why? Because it’s heavy action sport fishing and a world-class environment that attracts anglers from around the globe. We have the coral reef that supports a whole world of diverse marine life and an ecological system that reaches far offshore and back into the Gulf of Mexico as well. There are miles and miles of backcountry around Key West for flats fishing and fly fishing. There are seamounts and humps offshore that provide bountiful catches of pelagics like wahoo, tuna, amberjack, and blue marlin. In fact, Key West fishing is famous for Blue Marlin catches offshore on the seamounts.

Key West Fishing Charters

Key West also proudly hosts a top notch charter fishing fleet, with boats going out every day in every direction. Our local guides have decades of experience and know where to go to find the biggest catches or the most elusive fish. They love to fish or else they wouldn’t be in the business. In many cases, they grew up fishing in Key West and learned from older generations here. They will ensure that you have a great time and catch some fish for dinner and take home lasting memories of a fantastic vacation in Key West.



Fishing Charters in Key West

Where to go Fishing in Key West

Basically, there are three types of fishing to be done around Key West. These are:

  1. Reef Fishing
    Reef fishing will produce anything depending on time of the year. Yellowtail Snapper, Grouper, and in the winter months Mackerel are the usual suspects. Also, sharks regularly appear on the reef.
  2. Flats Fishing
    Flats Fishing guides will take you out to get bonefish, tarpon, permit, and sometimes snook in the channels as well.
  3. Offshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing excursions usually troll for wahoo, dolphin and tuna.

How to go Fishing in Key West

If you didn’t bring your own boat, you can hire a guide for a private charter, join a party boat, or rent a boat and venture out on your own. No matter what method you choose for your exciting fishing experience, you’ll find that it’s easy and simple to get out there and catch some fish. Here’s how to do it and where to go:

Amberjack Pier, Charter Boat Row

Charter Boat Row in Key West hosts the largest fleet of offshore fishing boats in Key West. It’s easy to find and there’s free parking. Located off Truman Ave (Highway 1), on Palm Ave. As you enter Key West, bear right onto North Roosevelt Blvd and continue until Palm Ave. Take a right, then your first right and this will take you under the overpass to Charter Boat Row. Walk the dock and view rows of offshore Key West fishing boats as well as smaller fishing boats. This is also where you can pick up a half-day party fishing boat and evening party fishing boats.

Key West Historic Seaport



Key West’s Historic Seaport

Walk the docks along the northwestern edge of Key West, near Old Town and you’ll see plenty of fishing guides. They put signs in front of their charter boats telling what they fish for, and when they go out.