When in Key West, do as Floridians do: go fishing!
On a trip to Miami with the bf, we decided to drive on down to Key West. While we really wanted to go deep sea fishing, we were a little hesitant because rates on some websites were around $400/person. Luckily, our hotel works exclusively with a company that offers a bunch of activities: snorkeling, and of course, fishing trips with Fish Key West! We were able to get two spots on a split, which fits four people, for $350 for the two of us. To be honest, I don’t know the difference between the different types of fishing, so ours was most likely not the same as the ones we looked up. For the record, we did light tackle reef fishing. Fish Key West has 1/2 day, 3/4 day and full day options. We did morning fishing, which was 8 am-12 pm, with check in at 7:45 am.
The boats are at the Key West City Marina and there is plenty of parking. Our captain, Nick, has been fishing for 12 years and was amiable and very knowledgable. Fish Key West provides all the fishing licenses, rods, bait, tackle. Since we were newbies, our captain taught us everything and answered any questions we had. When we finally got out to our fishing spot, we tossed a block of chum and waited for fish to gather around us. We caught a bunch of yellowtail snappers, bonito, as well as a few game fish, but no luck with the deep sea bottom fishing rods.
When our trip was over, we went back to the marina where the captain filleted the fish for us to take home. We didn’t have time, but there are restaurants right next to the marina that can cook up the fish for you too! All in all, an amazing fishing experience!
FYI: It’s customary to tip the captain! 15-20 percent recommended. Also, if you pay with credit card, there’s an additional $10 charge.