Florida Keys Fish Offer Some Of
The World's Best Sport Fishing
Florida Keys fish are one of the biggest reasons people flock to this tropical region year after year.
Tipping the scales at around 600 species, with over 600 world records in Key West FL alone - it's easy to understand why.
No matter what time of year, or where you choose to go fishing in Florida Keys, you're going to have fun and lots of it!
The waters are filled with everything from small and super skittish lightning-like gray phantoms, to the massive bottom dwelling Goliath grouper.
Throw in a few feisty marlin and sailfish, some crazy wild barracuda and wahoo, a toothy shark or two, and you've got the recipe for great Florida Keys fishing vacations.
Florida Keys Fishing Calendar
And Fishing Tournaments
With such a vast assortment of fish in the Florida Keys to target, you need to understand the seasonal cycle they revolve around. They come and go and 'in-season' is when catching them is best.
Below are 2 Florida Keys fishing calendars referencing some of the more popular Florida fish species and their 'seasons'.
In-Season Florida Keys Fishing Calendar For January - June
In-Season Florida Keys Fishing Calendar For July - December
Of course you can't have this many species of fish without having fishing tournaments. They're an integral way of life when fishing in Florida Keys. Some Florida Keys fishing tournaments
have been long standing traditions and draw multiple entries. Other Florida fishing tournaments are smaller and provide great fun for the locals and anyone else who decides to enter.
Keeping up with tournament information can be a daunting challenge, but we have spoken to different Directors and managed to pull together a comprehensive and as accurate as possible 2017 Florida Keys Fishing Tournament Schedule.
Fishing tournament dates can change due to weather or enrollment, but at least this provides the best information we can uncover for 2017 Florida Keys fishing tournaments.
The best part about Florida Keys fishing vacations is that you have an incredible variety of Florida fish you can target. What an exciting proposition to attempt to catch one of every allowable species. It would take the better part of a lifetime, but what an amazing challenge.
In fact, if you're interested in
Florida Keys spearfishing,
this sport has taken on a new ecofriendly role.
Florida Keys spearfishing derbies are now held annually to help eradicate the toxic, dangerous and destructive lionfish
threatening to destroy the Florida Keys ecosystem.
Make sure you add the lionfish to your "must catch" list, but make sure you know how to safely handle it first.
If you don't have any spearfishing gear, or need to add to your equipment or update what you have, below you'll find a good selection of spearfishing equipment available through Amazon.
You can also use the search box below the previewed items to look for other items you're needing or wanting.
Popular Florida Fish Species And
Florida Keys Fishing Charters
Florida Keys fishing vacations are a lot of fun. However, if it's your first one, the types of Florida fish, along with their odd sounding names will seem foreign, even daunting.
If you've never wet a line for shark, barracuda or wahoo, you'll need to have some foreknowledge of who you're going to be battling it out with. It also helps to go out at least the first few times with someone who knows the territory.
If you're going into the flats of the backcountry, the shallow water makes for it's own unique set of challenges. Crystal clear, the Florida fish are easy to spot and so are you.
Also Florida Keys offshore fishing as well as reef and wreck fishing offers their own unique set of challenges. You must consider the weather, the water conditions, the time of year, and of course knowing where they fish congregate, as well as what to use to catch them.
This is why learning the ropes from a qualified flats fishing guide
or other Florida Keys fishing charter captain can make all the difference in how your day goes.
The table below breaks the Florida Keys down by area. You can click on any image or link which takes you to preview pages where you can get details on the various Florida Keys charter fishing companies.
By clicking on the Get Rates
Button for the different fishing guides you'll be able to see where they fish, how they fish, what they fish for, boat specifications, types of fishing equipment used, current rates and fishing trip availability.
Florida Keys Fishing Charters By Area
Select Types Of Fish To Target
Pick Where You Want To Go
Select Choice Of Tackle
To put some perspective on the who's and what's in the world of fish
in the Florida Keys, the following descriptive list provides helpful information.
These are the fish that bring people back year after year as they attempt to 'stratch that itch' that just won't go away - Florida Keys fish fever.
For anglers, Florida Keys barracuda fishing rates the highest on a scale of 1 to 10. It's hard not to like catching this fish, because it entails everything a ...
Florida Keys bonefish fishing is probably one of the most challenging of sports. Relatively small, these fish average between 2 and 14 pounds of raw ...
Fishing for cobia can be somewhat surprising if it's your first time sport fishing for this Florida Keys fish. The reason is, cobia can be a hard hitting, strong ...
Dolphinfish aka Dolphin, Mahi Mahi, Dorado
Florida Keys dolphin fishing is hugely popular. However, it's also caused a lot of controversy. That's because dolphin, the fish has caused a lot ...
Greater amberjack, or AJ, are without a doubt the meanest fish in the ocean. They're tough scrappers and they dish out more than they take. To you, ...
Grouper fishing Florida Keys is fantastic, and they're also an excellent eating fish. Many different varieties are found throughout the Florida Keys. The goliath ...
Lionfish are a new addition to the vast array of fish calling the Florida Keys home. They are also one species that is dangerous and extremely ...
Florida Keys permit fishing is popular since they fight like bulldogs and because they're here all year. However, since they don't like cold water, they're ...
Sailfish And Marlin
Catching Florida Keys sailfish has become one of the all time best sports in the region to enjoy. Considered the king by many, fishing for them has become so ...
Florida Keys shark fishing has become the ultimate sport. Why? Because shark are everywhere. In the bays, the flats, the ocean deep, and even in ...
Florida Keys snook fishing is popular and these 'ambush' fish range in size from 3 - 40 pounds. Smart and incredibly feisty, they're also mild and ...
Whether lobster fishing Content Keys in the Gulf of Mexico, the wrecks and reefs of the Atlantic, or the shallow Key West flats, spiny lobster are abundant...
Swordfishing Florida Keys is different than fishing for other billfish. The reason is, this fish tends to live, eat and swim much deeper than sailfish and ...
When it comes to tarpon fishing Florida Keys is often the place that first comes to mind. Why? Well the reasons are many, and most likely each avid ...
When sport fishing Florida Keys, wahoo fish aren't always the first fish that jumps to mind - but they should be. A relative of the king mackerel, with a ...
Florida Keys Fishing Tackle
And Fishing Equipment Accessories
The diversity of Florida fish you can catch in the Florida Keys is amazing. Even the same species will behave differently depending on where they are found. As an example, permit act totally differently on the flats then they do when in deeper water.
The complex nature of the fish, and the environment you're targeting them in means you'll need to be properly prepared. You need to understand their nature, and have the right equipment.
Our fishing store gives you a chance to check out gear that's relevant for fishing these waters. You may find that there are certain pieces of equipment you're sadly lacking in, or you'd just like to update some of the pieces for when you're fishing "back home".
The good news is, the online store is through Amazon.com. So you have good products, good service and great prices.
You're also able to read customer reviews of various products so you know what other like minded people think about something before you buy it.
Below you'll find a variety of fishing gear broken down into sections and below each section is a search box so you can fine tune what you're looking for.
The products include tackle boxes, lures, fly fishing equipment, rods and reels, spearfishing gear, fishing hats and vests, nets, hats, cameras, knives and a slew of other great fishing products.
Florida Keys Vacation Fishing Store
Hurricane Irma Update
The Florida Keys was strongly impacted when Hurricane Irma passed through, however the Florida Keys infrastructure is quickly being repaired and is mostly functional with many businesses operational.
The Florida Keys are expected to be fully open for business by October 1st and the Key West Fantasy Fest is set to go ahead as planned!
Don't let your fear of this hurricane's damage deter your Florida Keys vacation plans. Things are getting back to normal and there are lots of great activities happening every day you don't want to miss out on!
The Conch Republic's Spirit Stays Strong!