Best Florida Keys Fishing Spots

David Lawrence
• Saturday, 10 October, 2020
• 11 min read

Reading Time: 9minutesThe Floridness are the perfect fishing vacation spot. It takes about 20 minutes to get from the skinny waters of inshore flats to deep offshore canyons.

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There are many reasons that make Key West one of the most popular spots in the Straits of Florida. But it’s not only the Hemingway House, water activities, and good food that make the town so popular.

Key West is surrounded by a vast surface of flats that hold Bone fish, Permit, and Tarpon. You can start your vacation by scouting the flats and doing a bit of sight fishing, then switch to the fly.

To get to the secret spots with big fish, pair up with a local guide. Many anglers decide to hire a deep sea charter to take them fishing in the Cuban waters.

These skinny waters fish for Shook, Tarpon, Permit, Lemon Shark, and Yellowtail Snapper. You won’t find choppy seas here, only calm waters teeming with fish.

If you want to try something that’s essentially Key West, then book a fishing trip on a small flats boat. Your fishing guide will stand on a casting platform and use a long pole to steer the boat.

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These islands don’t have a lot to offer to city lovers but are sheer spiciness when it comes to sport fishing. The water depth around the rock piles on the east side of the islands is between 15 and 30 feet.

These patches of rocky bottoms are home to an amazing number of Snapper and Grouper. But you will often hook into King Mackerel, Yellowtail Snapper, Barracuda, and Sharks.

Use small minnows, pinkish, sardines, squid, and mullet for the best results. If you’re traveling with kids, this fishing trip is a great starting point for them.

Here you will find a maze of mangrove cuts, flats, and creeks rich in fish. You can explore these waters from a skiff, or if you aren’t afraid of working outs, you can hop into a kayak or canoe.

Before you head into these meandering mangrove cuts, fish for pilchards on the flats. Here you will find clear waters so you can sight fish for Shook, Tarpon, and Permit.

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Non-local anglers often overlook this network of flats, mangrove islands, and channels. If you do, you could be missing out on a chance to reel in Snapper, Grouper, Bone fish, Permit, Tarpon, and Jacks.

You might come across deep, wide cuts where sunken boats and other debris make it for a hot fishing spot. Plus, these mangrove islands and rich vegetation protect the channels from the wind.

Calm waters make Cuddle Key channels popular among kayak anglers. As for the bait, you will find a lot of mullet, crab, and shrimp around these fisheries.

The channel between the Old Bahia Honda bridge and the Overseas Highway is the deepest inshore fishery in the Keys. The waters drop from 18 to 25 feet and offer some of the best bridge fishing in the Floridness.

There is a lot of food moving between the bridge pylons and the pilings serve as a good shelter for the game fish. As you warm up to get to the Tarpon business, you can hook into Permit, Sleepyhead, Mutton Snapper, and Hammerhead Sharks.

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Deep sea fishing is made for these waters, which often plummet to over 500 ft. The Marathon Hump is a seamount, a mountain that rises from the ocean floor.

The strong currents of the Gulf Stream push the bait fish towards the surface. These fishing spots are home to Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Yellow fin and Black fin Tuna, Yahoo, and Mali.

If you want a true test of your stamina and strength, sit tight in that fighting chair! If you want to go home with a big, tasty dinner, prepare to pull hard.

Snowy, Strawberry, and Yellow edge Grouper, Tile fish, and Queen Snapper frequent these waters. Islamabad has the nickname “Sport Fishing Capital of the World”, and you shouldn’t miss it.

Try to put your name among the few who have managed to catch Bone fish, Permit, Tarpon, and Shook in a single day. Each of the fish have their own unique features, so it’s a real feat to land them all in a single day.

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You will be playing hide-and-seek with the fish around the mangrove islands and flats of Islamabad. A reef patch south of Ta vernier Key holds a good number of Mutton, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper, as well as Gag Grouper.

Duane and BBB are sunken ships that lie a couple of miles from Key Largo. BBB is one of the premier diving sites, with excellent fishing opportunities.

Make sure you tie your boat to the mooring buoy, as fishing is not allowed otherwise. If you wouldn’t like divers to show up in the middle of your fishing spot, it’s best to go out on a local charter.

Even after hosting over 50 fishing tournaments each year, the coastal region boasts a bounty of tarpon, marlin, and much more. Comprised of six islands, where backcountry and saltwater fly-fishing were first pioneered, this coastal destination is home to bone fish, tarpon, sailfish, and many more species.

For fishers looking for a more easygoing excursion, the area hosts everything from dolphin fish to barracuda to blue and white marlin. A popular site for snorkel and dive excursions, Big Pine Key also boasts excellent fishing.

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Part of the class of islands known as the Lower Keys, Big Pine is a great destination for small catches (and fledgling fisherman). Home to an array of imagination-inspiring shipwrecks, the former living place of Ernest Hemingway, and perhaps the most famous island of the Floridness, Key West boasts no shortage of bragging rights.

Missing from this list is the area’s abundant sea life, a feature which makes the island a popular pick amongst skilled fishers. For a challenging excursion (and a great story), you can’t beat the tuna, tarpon, and other local game fish found in Key West.

Clear water and the presence of bone fish, permit, and more make this area a dependable destination for fishers of all experience levels. Flowing north from Key West’s Florida Straits along the entirety of the Sunshine State’s coast, the Gulf Stream provides plenty of territory for fishers (and their would-be catches) to explore.

A favorite site for offshore fishing in the Floridness, the stream awards anglers with mahi-mahi, blue and white marlin, and more. As the longest island in the Floridness, Key Largo boasts the biggest indigenous fish population in the region.

Here, anglers can nab more than 600 different species of fish, including fan favorites, such as tarpon, bone fish, and permit. This string of tropical islands has some of the most beautiful beaches and the most amazing wildlife in the world.

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The archipelago is a favorite vacation spot for thousands of avid anglers who visit for their chance to reel in some prized fish and get a tropical holiday out of it. The coral islands of the Floridness start about 15 miles south of Miami and extend southwest into the Gulf of Mexico, forming the border of the Florida Bay.

Comprising over 800 keys, this American slice of the Caribbean offers vast opportunities to anyone looking to have some fun. Offering every type of saltwater fishing under the sun, the Keys taking the top spot isn’t really a surprise.

On the other side, you have the depths of the Atlantic, and Cuba is just 90 miles away from Key West if you’re looking for a real adventure! Sinking a line anywhere in these waters will yield some great results, as the area is rich both in species and numbers.

It’s an agile swimmer and a prized inshore game fish in this part of the world. The flats around Key West are known to be very fish-rich, and dipping your rod in these waters will have you reeling in some nice specimens in no time.

Revered as a top game fish in all of Florida, the Keys have a rich history with this silver beast. It’s big, beautiful, and puts up an amazing fight, leaping out of the water to get off the hook.

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You’ll find Mutton, Yellowtail, Vermilion, and the beloved Red Snapper feasting in these blue waters. This beautiful species is a trophy for any avid angler, and reeling it in is a real feat.

Loved for its tender meat, this delicious fish will reward you with an amazing meal upon your return, leaving you craving more. Red, Gag, Snowy, Black, and the majestic Goliath variety are all in the cards.

Red and Gag Grouper will probably end up your most frequent catches, and pulling these beasts out is an adventure in itself. If you happen to catch the biggest one of them, the Goliath, snap a once-in-a-lifetime photo while it’s still in the water before releasing.

You’ll find it by heading out a bit offshore in literally any direction, as they inhabit the waters all around the Floridness. Fishing for this stunning yellow and green species is an adventure, and you should make sure to try it out while you’re in the area.

Barracuda, Bone fish, Permit, Sleepyhead, Jacks, Sharks, Tuna, Mackerel, Cobra, Yahoo… we can go on and on, but you get the picture! As the Keys include a wide variety of habitats, there’s a range of different types of fishing you can try out.

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Well, considering the Keys are a string of small islands surrounded by water, fishing from a charter boat is easy and convenient. It can take you to the fishing grounds in no time, and you can cover a bigger area than by other means.

The captains in the area are experienced and with their guidance, you’re guaranteed to have a productive fishing excursion. Fishing is the main outdoor activity one can do in the area, so it’s not surprising that you can find a charter literally anywhere you go.

This is basically a shared trip on a charter boat, which means it’s less expensive and more fun! However, if you’d like to meet some new people, head out on a boat, and enjoy a nice time with new friends without breaking the bank, this is the trip to take.

Paddle out onto the Oceanside flats, patch reefs, and the backcountry waters, and you’ll be reeling in some trophies in no time. You can enjoy the crystal clear waters, the abundance of wildlife, and not to mention the stunning scenery all around.

While heading out on the water is a great way to explore the area, shore fishing in the Floridness is just as fun. With numerous tropical beaches, surf fishing will yield some great results in the form of Shook, Permit, Jacks, and Mackerel.

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The Bahia Honda Bridge is a great place to sink your line for some mighty Tarpon. You can relax and cast a line, soaking in the sun and the beautiful views, all while enjoying a nice cold drink in a tropical setting.

As we said, there are over 800 islands comprising the Floridness, so it’s not always easy to decide which spot to sink your line in. Today it’s home to many angling enthusiasts, and people flock from all over to try out the fishing on offer.

Part of the Upper Keys, it has great access to the shallow waters of the Florida Bay. Islamabad : Heading down towards the middle part of the Keys, you’ll find this amazing sport fishing town.

Everything from flats and backcountry, bottom and reef fishing, all the way to deep sea fishing is in the cards in the “Sport fishing Capital of the World.” Marathon : Marathon boasts a lot of angling opportunities for anyone willing to do a bit of work. Cuddle Key : This one doesn’t see as many tourists as some of its neighbors, so if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with some amazing fishing opportunities, it’s the one for you.

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