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Florida Keys Fishing has a reputation well sustained and solid! It's well known by every recreational and sport fishing enthusiast that this waters are the backyard for all of the Caribbean and Gulf's species of fish. Nick-named, "Fishing Capital of the World" we are truly blessed for our sport- recreational and commercial fishing heritage.

Saltwater fishing glossary and terminology.*The language used by the anglers.

Whether you are an experienced fisherman or a first time rookie who doesn't know the difference between a sailfish or a red snapper, a fishing escapade here has a lot to offer.

You don't have to be a seasoned angler to have a blasting fishing season with us. Certainly not!

Fishing is for everyone who likes to try it. Any age, any gender because learning is not as difficult as you might think.

 Every charter captain on the Florida Keys can teach you how to catch a good size Bonefish or a Snapper.

Fishing is a science but not a mystery!

Fish on a hook, is the best fish.

Whether you are an experienced fisherman or a first time rookie who doesn't know the difference between a sailfish or a red snapper, a fishing escapade here has a lot to offer.

You don't have to be a seasoned angler to have a blasting fishing season with us. Certainly not!

Fishing is for everyone who likes to try it. Any age, any gender because learning is not as difficult as you might think.

 Every charter captain on the Florida Keys can teach you how to catch a good size Bonefish or a Snapper.

Fishing is a science but not a mystery!

Saltwater fishing glossary and terminology.*The language used by the anglers.

Just recreational fishing or sport fishing?

Fishing charter boat station at the Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada, Florida Keys

Recreational and sport fishing go had by hand. Very stimulant and catchy! Nothing like a day of salt water fishing at the flats or at the Straits of Florida.

Normally fish catching is done with a rod, reel, line, hooks and baits with the exception of commercial fishing which utilizes other methods.

We can go fishing ona boat, a kayak, a raft, or from the shore, from over or under the bridges, or in any other place where the fish are.

Fishing charters at Whale Harbor Marina, Islamorada.

Recreational and sport fishing go had by hand. Very stimulant and catchy! Nothing like a day of salt water fishing at the flats or at the Straits of Florida.

Normally fish catching is done with a rod, reel, line, hooks and baits with the exception of commercial fishing which utilizes other methods.

We can go fishing on a boat, a kayak, raft, or from the shore, from over or under the bridges, or in any other place where the fish are.

You'll come upon "for hire charters"at all of the marinas of the Florida Keys.

Almost every place is good for fishing in these waters, and if you ask any of the anglers and experts they will tell you exactly where, when and how to cast for a particular catch, Hiring a charter and a captain it might be the best way to go if you don't have the knowledge or the navigation skills required.

About the Florida Keys fishing charters.

The big fishing game starts off shore, with the local experienced captains. They offer full equipment and all the expertise required. So have a great  time out there.

For offshore, reef, flats, back country, bay fishing or any other angling adventure. They offer trips at different prices and just for every one budget.You will find very good deals if you shop around!

Charters in Key Largo.

Charters in Islamorada.


To get your fishing gear ready you can check the large selection of salt water fishing products at Amazon.com "Our Anglers Store".

Fishing charters at the Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada.
Fishing charters.

The big fishing game starts off shore, with the local experienced captains. They offer full equipment and all the expertise required. So have a great  time out there.

For offshore, reef, flats, back country, bay fishing or any other angling adventure. They offer trips at different prices and just for every one budget.You will find very good deals if you shop around!

Charters in Key Largo.

Charters in Islamorada.

To get your fishing gear ready you can check the large selection of salt water fishing products at Amazon.com "Our Anglers Store".

Why is the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World" here?

So many competitive sport fishing records have been establish on these waters that the International Fishing Association and other world experts had given the name of "Fishing Capital of the World" to the Florida Keys in general, but one place has more fans than any other, and that is Islamorada here in the Keys.

These waters are plentiful of the best tropical fish of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. They feed on the abundant nutrients of the gulf stream and coral reefs...

See the size of a snapper like this one...not a small fish for the table..! finally they end as the favorite fish dish at the local restaurants!

What is the best time of the year for fishing?

Cought a  big red snapper fish.

See the size of a snapper like this one...not a small fish for the table..! finally they end as the favorite fish dish at the local restaurants!

What is the best time of the year for fishing?

We can say that fishing in the Florida Keys is as seasonal as in any other part of the world. It means that the natural behavior of the fish due to the weather conditions and the seasons of the year changes and varies from time to time, so having this information does helps and makes a difference on the outcome of any fishing venture. Some  Florida Keys fishing reports are packed with information. Good to know all this so we can catch more fish!

There is also the much awaited  spiny lobster season of every year. The regular season that runs from the beginning of August until the end of March, and a short open lobster mini season before the regular season at the end of July.

Small boat with two anglers on the shallow waters of the Florida Keys.

Fishing in the shallow waters and flats is widely favored and practiced in many of our shores.

Different species of fish feeds, lives and reproduce in these not so deep waters.

And some locals prefer to tow a smaller size boat for a weekend or a day of fishing.

Bonefish, tarpon, permit, red fish, sea trout and jacks are caught on the shallow waters.

Back Country fishing.

Fishing in the shallow waters and flats is widely favored and practiced in many of our shores. Different species of fish feeds, lives and reproduce in these not so deep waters.

And some locals prefer to tow a smaller size boat for a weekend or a day of fishing. Bonefish, tarpon, permit, red fish, sea trout and jacks are caught on the shallow waters.

*A fish in the hook is the best fish!

Positive attitude is vital to the way you approach fishing, an important key factor to your success to catching fish! So get advice from the most experienced world class anglers!

What is the most abundant catch on these waters in general?

Some can be found in the deeper waters, around the ship wrecks, in the flats and shallows, under bridges and in the shore lines.

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  • Tarpon
  • Snappers
  • Bonefish
  • Groupers
  • Tunas
  • Jacks
  •  Mackerels
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi Mahi-dolphin fish
  • Red Fish
  • Snooks
  • Cobia
  • Barracuda
  • Sharks
  • Marlin
  • Sail Fish
  • Bill Fish
  • Permit
  • Mullets
  • Porgys
  • Sturgeon
  • Sea Basses
  • Drums
  • Gulf Flounder
  • Tarpon
  • Snappers
  • Bonefish
  • Groupers
  • Tunas
  • Jacks
  •  Mackerels
  • Wahoo
  • Mahi Mahi-dolphin fish
  • Red Fish
  • Snooks
  • Cobia
  • Barracuda
  • Sharks
  • Marlin
  • Sail Fish
  • Bill Fish
  • Permit
  • Mullets
  • Porgys
  • Sturgeon
  • Sea Basses
  • Drums
  • Gulf Flounder

Fish is in abundance in the waters around the Florida Keys. That's why we enjoy spectacular fishing all year long!

You will be amaze by the variety of fish around you. Catch a fish by hand! At Robbie's Marina, in Islamorada; here  you can feed the tarpon by hand.

This young teen age male is feeding tarpon fish by hand at Robbie's Marina in Islamorada.

Florida Keys fishing categories are diverse; so you will hear things like...

  • deep sea fishing.
  • party boats fishing charters.
  • bridge fishing.
  • harbor fishing.
  • back country fishing.
  • flats fishing
  • wreck fishing.
  • reef fishing
  • light tackle fishing
  • big game fishing

There is fish to be catch almost every where you can imagine on the Straits of Florida and its surrounding waters.

Florida Keys fishing charters could cost from $45 to the $100's depending on the charter.

 Fishing on board of a charter boat, fishing rod at hand.

There is fish to be catch almost every where you can imagine on the Straits of Florida and its surrounding waters.

Florida Keys fishing charters could cost from $45 to the $100's depending on the charter.

These are some of the options for a fishing trip in the Florida Keys.

  • Party Boat Fishing. Are more economical, don't cost much, shared with other people for a good time out at sea also with an experienced captain. And catches such as Yellowtail Snapper, Mutton, Mahi Mahi and Grouper.
  • Offshore Fishing Charters. They cost more and normally take the entire day out at sea in these tropical blue waters, in a larger boat and with an experience captain. Catches are lager fish such as Kingfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, or Wahoo.
  • Backcountry or Flats Fishing. The Backcountry of the Florida Bay and the shallow waters around the Florida Keys. A light tackle experience on smaller flat bottom boats with the captains that know every inch of these areas. The catch? Redfish, Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish and Sea Trout. You catch good size fish in the flats of the Keys.
  • Renting your own fishing boat. This last option is good for experience fishermen who already have a fishing license and prefer to be their own captain.

A few more things to know for a positive Florida Keys fishing experience...

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has some regulations regarding saltwater recreational and commercial fishing, as well as other activities like boating, hunting, wildlife viewing, and habitat conservation.

Get information regarding fishing licenses regulations... Who needs, and who doesn't need a license, prices and more from the Commission.

It's not too expensive or to difficult to obtain a fishing license, but if you are going fishing on a charter boat, the boat captains have their licenses and you will don't need one.

Booking your charter boat in advance! It's handy, due to the high demand during the pick time of the year... Half of the world wants to come to the Florida Keys for a fishing adventure!

*Before you get into a boat and go out at sea learn some of the safety rules and regulations for navigating in the waters of the Florida Keys!


Young boy with fishing pole at hand standing on the side of  boat having a great time!

Florida Keys fishing is great family fun... imagine your child's first catch... moment caught on a home video or family photo album!

Just like Ernest Hemingway did, and many other fishing fans had done over the years, we might decide to make the Florida Keys our home, just for the rush of this great fishing experience.

Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau.


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Fishing in the Florida Keys!

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Fishing Charters of the Florida Keys.

Fishing Charters of Key Largo.

Fish  Species of the Florida Keys.

Fishing from the Bridges of the Florida Keys.

Fishing Charters of Islamorada.

The Fishing Tournaments for the First Half of the Year Jan-Jun.

The Fishing Tournaments for the Second Half of the year Jul-Dec.

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