Yellowtail Snapper – Fishing Key West Yellowtail snapper are a sought after food fish in the Florida Keys. They are common all around the Keys but are primarily fished for on the reef and deep wrecks. Although keepers are caught all over the bigger snapper are primarily caught in deeper water, 40-120 feet. When people […]
Triple Tail – Fishing In Key West Triple tail are common offshore fish and can often be found shadowing floating debris offshore. They are fun to catch and eat, but sometimes they get lock jaw. When that occurs, they won’t eat anything. They will eat live and dead bait, and they will often swim at […]
Scorpion Fish – Key West Fish Spotted Scorpion fish, not usually caught on purpose. They have poison spines so handle with care.
Sailfish – Deep Sea Fishing Key West Sailfish are considered one of the most sought after game fish in the Florida Keys. They are occasionally caught year round in the waters around the keys but the best time to fish for them in winter months. Sailfish run in small groups and singles and tend to […]
Rainbow Runner- Fishing Charters Key West Rainbow Runners are in the jack family and are often encountered offshore or past the edge of the reef. They are fun to catch on light tackle, and like other jacks an OK eating fish. They eat small live baits and pieces of cut bait drifted in the current.
Pinfish and Sea bream are common around the Florida Keys. They make ok live baits but probably not the best. Larger aggressive fish will eat them, pretty eagerly such as Tarpon, sharks, grouper, bluefish and jacks. They can usually be purchased at local bait shops for around a buck a piece, they are hardy and […]
Permit – Fishing Trips Key West Permit are often targeted on the flats and are known for the spookiness and difficulty to catch. They also school over wrecks where they are not as difficult to catch. They are known for the their fighting ability. They are part of the jack family and are relatively common […]
Nurse sharks are primarily considered junk fish, but if you are on vacation here and don’t usually catch them they can still be a blast. They are very weak fighters; they don’t really make runs like other sharks, they just try to stick to the bottom. The thing that is interesting about them, is that […]
Mutton Snapper – Key West Fishing Trips Mutton snappers are common everywhere in Florida Keys reef. They live around the patch reefs when smaller and tend be in deeper water when they get larger. They are excellent to eat and excellent fighters. They are common up to 15 pounds but are caught larger then that. […]
Mangrove – Fishing Key West Florida Mangrove snappers or grey snapper are common everywhere in the Florida Keys. They average less then 4 pounds and are great eating and fighting fish. They eat smaller live baits such as pilchards and pinfish, shrimp and also cut bait. They can be found around mangroves, on the reef […]
Lemon – Fishing In Key West Florida Lemon Sharks are common all around the Keys. They grow very large and are one of weakest fighting sharks in terms of sport fishing. They eat just about anything but chunks of dead fish seem to work best.
King Mackerel – Key West Boat Charters Florida and the Florida Keys are home to several types of Mackerel year round. Mackerel are long slender fish with a mouth full of sharp teeth, that run in schools. Schools range in size and will consist primarily of fish around the same size. They are around all […]
Jewfish – Fish In Key West Jewfish are a protected species. It’s actually illegal to take them out of the water to even remove the hook, which doesn’t really make sense. These grouper were overfished and close to extinction when they were protected, and since they have bounced back. Maybe bounced back too well according […]
Hogfish – Fishing Charter Key West Hog Snapper or hogfish is not a snapper but actually a wrasse, and they are considered a great eating fish. They have 3 dorsal fins that looks like streamers. They eat crustaceans and hang around rocks and coral heads on the reef. The best way to fish for them […]
Grunt – Key West Charters Grunts, they are numerous species of grunts in the Keys. Most are small and can be found in schools around any structure or reef. They can be caught by the dozen on most patch reefs and people new to fishing here will find them entertaining. They make decent baits for […]
Barracuda – Key West Charter Fishing The great barracuda is common to the Florida Keys and can be caught on a variety of baits and artificials. They live in the waters around the Keys, from the Everglades and Florida Bay to far out into the Atlantic. Anywhere there is a food supply they will be […]
Ocean Triggerfish – Charter Fishing Key West Ocean Triggerfish are common all over the reef in water over 40 feet deep. They will sometimes group up in a chum slick and will kill any larger bait you put out. They are great to eat but sort of difficult to clean because their skin is so […]
Gag Grouper – Key West Florida Fishing This is a baby gag grouper, the species gets large but is more common in the Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico then Atlantic. Its more commonly caught in the lower keys then the upper keys.
Filefish – Charter Boat Key West File fish , this weird looking fish are common on the shallower reef and are notorious bait stealers, they are not caught on purpose but are actually pretty good to eat.
Dolphin or Mahi-Mahi are one of the more sought after sport fish in the Florida Keys. Not only do they fight and jump a lot when hooked they are delicious to eat. They are relatively easy to catch if you can find them. Due to their rapid growth they are often hungry, and the smaller […]
Crevelle Jack – Fishing Charters In Key West Jack Crevelles as they are usually referred to are often considered trash fish when caught fishing for other species. They are not good to eat and are aggressive feeders. Although they are considered undesirable they put up a great fight on light tackle. They are a blast […]
Cobia – Charter Boats In Key West Cobia can be caught all around the Keys but are much more common in the gulf waters. They tend to congregate around structures like rock piles and wrecks. They will eat live fish and cut bait, pinfish and small blue runners are common baits for Cobia. They are […]
Bonnet-head Shark – Fishing Charters Key West Florida Bonnet head sharks are common in most shallow water of the keys, they will eat just about anything and pretty easy to catch. They hang out on the same flats as bonefish, and very common in the back country and everglades. They are caught sometimes when the […]
Bonito – Key West Offshore Fishing Bonito and Little Tunny are similar looking fish that are often caught in the same places. They are common in the Atlantic and the Gulf and often caught while fishing for other fish. They are not good to eat but put up a terrific fight. They are used live […]
Bonefish are one of the most prestigious sport fish of the keys, they are extremely spooky and hard to catch. People fish for them on the flats usually using a fresh shrimp, but sometimes with a fly or jig. They are amazing fighters for their size and take off like rocket when they are hooked. […]
Bluefish are common around Florida Bay in the cooler months and are in the sounds of the upper keys all year. The bluefish that live down here don’t get as big as the ones up north , they usually are less then 5 pounds, but they are aggressive fish specifically when they are schooling. They […]
Bluefish – Fishing Charters Key West Fl Blue runners are found all around the Florida Keys, from the Bays and back country to offshore in the weed lines. Like dolphin, they can be found in the weed lines. They average less then 4 pounds are are usually much smaller. They put up a good fight […]
Blacktip Shark – Key West Florida Fishing Charters Blacktip sharks are one of the best sharks to catch in my opinion, since they fight like crazy, often leaping and corkscrewing in the air. They are also supposed to be one of the best eating sharks, but I have never killed one. They will attack live […]
Black grouper are one of the most sought after bottom dwelling fish. Their meat is highly prized for its taste and its flaky texture. Black groupers grow large- up to 70 pounds, even more. They will eat a variety of baits and people fish for them with live bait, cut dead bait and even troll […]
Blackfin Tuna – Key West Deep Sea Fishing Charters Black fin Tuna are primarily a winter fish in the keys although they are caught year round. They are known for their fighting ability and how good they are to eat. There is nothing better than some fresh pan-seared black fin still raw in the middle. […]