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Florida Keys Offshore Fishing Is
Hot Florida Sport Fishing Action

When you choose to go Florida Keys offshore fishing, you take your game to a whole new level.

In the Florida Keys, the water closer to shore is relatively shallow due to the coral reef that parallels the islands.

This stretch of water is where avid anglers seek out the hundreds of Florida Keys fish inhabiting the coral reefs.

It's also where many fisherman go night fishing to catch yellowtail and other popular fighters.

However, once you get about 5 miles from shore, the water deepens substantially. At this point, the depth is about 100 feet, and it just continues to keep falling.

You've now entered the zone where adrenalin rushes and hearts pound, and Florida Keys deep sea fishing reigns as king.

Going out offshore fishing is one of the more exhilarating Florida Keys activities to include on your vacation to the Keys.

What will also enhance your fishing trip experience is going out with someone who knows where to fish, what type of fishing equipment to use, what fish are biting on, and what fish are in season.

Without this type of knowledge it can feel like a crap shoot in a pretty big body of water, and throwing out a line and hoping isn't likely what you envisioned on your Florida Keys fishing vacation.

Arranged from Key Largo down to Key West are some of the very qualified Florida Keys fishing charters that also include offshore fishing trips as one of the options they can make available to you.

FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Reel Deal Charter Fishing
Captain Eric Reynolds
31' Contender Center console, 2 250 hp Twin Yamaha 250hp 4 stroke engines, 6 person capacity
Key Largo Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Numerous species of most popular offshore fishing targeted, Bahama trips, overnight trips, child friendly, deposit non-refundable, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Reef Fishing     Wreck Fishing     Offshore Fishing
Bahamas Fishing Trips     Overnight/Multiple Night Trips
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Jigging
Popping     Kite Fishing     Spearfishing     Lobster Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Reel Deal Charter Fishing with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots is able to get you out fishing fast. Not only is the boat equipped with a variety of amenities and top of the line fishing equipment, Captain Ryan knows how to up the ante and add that extra punch of fun into your fishing experience. Specializing in using light tackle to take on the biggest fighting fish, your adrenalin will be pumping as you do battle with marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi, king mackerel and other pelagic species. If you're interested in a customized fishing trip, an extended fishing vacation, or you want to experience fishing Florida Keys various regions, this top notch Key Largo charter fishing company has what it takes to make your Florida Keys vacation productive and fun.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Southern Girl Fishing Charters
Captain Jon Andersen
48' Bertram, 2 1500 hp Twin 8V92 Detroit diesel engines, 6 person capacity
Key Largo Departure
Payment 30% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Bank Transfer, American Express, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular offshore and bottom fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing     Night Fishing     Overnight Trips
Reef Snorkel Scuba Diving Trips     10 Hour Trips
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Jigging
Popping     Kite Fishing     Handline     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Southern Girl Fishing Charters is a luxury vessel with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. Fully equipped with all the necessary and modern fishing technology, Captain Andersen's boat is also designed to make your time aboard as physically comfortable as possible, whether out for an extended day of fishing, or planning on an overnight fishing trip. Southern Girl Fishing Charters also are able to customize their trips around your interests and needs, and are able to include other activities over traditional fishing charters, so if you're interested in sightseeing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, night fishing or a combination of activities, they can make your dreams of the perfect Florida Keys fishing vacation into a reality.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Upper Keys Sportfishing
Captain Jorge Piñero
36' HydraSports Center console, refurbished in 2015, 2015 2 300 hp Yamaha V6 Offshore engines, 4 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 30% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Bank Transfer, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular offshore fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup included in price
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing    
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling     Spinning
Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Kite Fishing     Handline     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Upper Keys Sportfishing with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots is a boat equipped with a vast array of fishing technology to make sure the job gets done. Not only has the Habanero received several top charter fishing awards, Captain Jorge and his crew have been featured in numerous respected fishing magazines and have received various awards as well as being acknowledged as one of the top 60 Captains in the United States by Sportfishing Magazine. The combination of equipment, and know how, especially when it comes to finding and bringing in the biggest fighters such as marlin, sailfish and wahoo, are reasons why this is one of the most popular fishing charter companies in the Florida Keys.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Fish N Therapy
Captain Phil Leonard
38' Topaz Offshore sport fishing, 2 375 hp Caterpiller engines, 6 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, American Express
Numerous species of most popular offshore and reef and wreck fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing     Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Spinning     Jigging     Popping     Kite Fishing     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Fish N Therapy with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots is a well equipped fishing charter boat, that is also loaded with numerous amenities to enhance your level of comfort on your fishing trip. Specializing in a wide array of fishing techniques, Captain Leonard can take you out to the deep blue to fish for the large pelagic species such as marlin, sailfish and wahoo. He can take out to the numerous reefs and wrecks off the coast of Islamorada to fish for snapper, grouper and other hard hitting fish. No matter your level of fishing expertise, Fish N Therapy can make your Islamorada fishing trip one of your best memories yet!



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Papa Pip’s 36-ft. Bruel Express
Captain Johnny Maddox Charters, Sportfishing Adventures
36' Bruel refurbished in 2010, 2 300 hp DETRIOT 6-53 engines, 6 person capacity
Marathon Departure
Payment 15% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular offshore fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing     Inshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle    Heavy Tackle    Bottom Fishing
Trolling    Jigging    Fly Fishing    Kite Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Papa Pip’s 36-ft. Bruel Express is capable of taking you out on fishings trips inshore or far offshore for the biggest brutes the ocean has. If you're are serious about serious fishing and would like to have that trophy fish on the end of your line, a fishing trip with Captain Johnny is what you want. The combination of knowledge, skill, fishing equipement and crew is what it takes to put together one of the best fishing trips you'll remember for a lifetime.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Hot Diggity Dog - 50’ Ocean Yacht
Captain Jim Purcell
50' Ocean Yacht, 2 750 hp Man engines, 12 person capacity
Marathon Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Numerous species of most popular offshore and reef and wreck fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing     Snorkeling Popular Sombrero Lighthouse Reef
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Kite Fishing Handline     Deep Drop Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
The Hot Diggity Dog - 50’ Ocean Yacht with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots is not your typical fishing charter boat. Fully air conditioned, this beautiful vessel is loaded with all the amenities you'd expect from a yacht including 2 bathrooms, 3 staterooms, and full kitchen galley. There is plenty of room to relax on deck or inside, and these perks are just the beginning of what you can expect on your fishing adventure. The yacht is not only beautiful, she's highly functional in terms of carrying all the right equipment needed for a fun day fishing Marathon Florida waters. Whether you're fishing the Marathon Hump for sailfish, AJ, or mahi mahi or plan on fishing reefs and wrecks for snapper and grouper, Captain Jim and his crew intend to make your fishing trip as pleasurable and productive as possible. For your enjoyment they also carry snorkeling equipment so you can get out over the reefs and view the beautiful and tropical marine life up close.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Cowboy Charters - Cowboy
Captain Mark Baumgarten
36' Hatteras offshore fishing boat, 2 700 hp caterpillar engines, 6 person capacity
Key West Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express
Numerous species of deep sea and reef fish targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling     Kite Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Cowboy Charters Cowboy 36' fishing yacht has a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots. Fully eqluipped and well appointed, this comfortable fishing boat boasts extra deep sea fishing amenities such as a fighting chair for brutes like marlin, plus outriggers and downriggers. Also, Captain Mark's 40+ years of fishing knowledge helps to make each trip as productive, safe and fun as possible.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Team Nauti Charters
Captain Paulette Barrett & Captain Ben Braun
35' Sea Hunter Center console, 2 300 hp Yamaha engines, 6 person capacity
Key West Departure
Payment 30% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal
Numerous species of offshore and nearshore fish targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing     Wreck Fishing     Destinations can exceed 70 miles
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing
Jigging     Kite Fishing     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Team Nauti Charters has one of the faster boats with a maximum cruising speed of 60 knots. Her speed makes it possible for greater distance fishing trips to get to where the REALLY big fish are. Loaded with amenities, Miss Nauti is also equipped with the latest in fishing technology along with other extras such as electric reels for pulling in the big grouper or swordfish you'll find in the deepest of water.






Florida Keys Deep Sea Fishing Techniques

When you go Florida Keys offshore fishing you're stepping up into the big leagues.

Blue marlin and sailfish, swordfish, wahoo, mahi mahi, kingfish and greater amberjack are just some of the exciting Florida fish you can target on a day out deep sea fishing Florida Keys.

These Florida Keys fish need the deeper water as they roam in constant search of food. The north moving warm water of the Gulf Stream creates the perfect path for them.

When you're deep sea fishing Florida Keys, one method that works particularly well is trolling. This is when you hook on live bait fish and trail out one or multiple lines at various depths behind your boat.

To pick up the action, you can also throw out a net or two of pilchards or ballyhoo on top of the hooked live bait. You can even add some chum to the mix. Typically, any of these tactics will bring these fighting giants screaming to the top after the food you've provided.

Once these fighting sport fish surface, you may want to try an exciting option and use lighter weight tackle. You'll be able to feel more play, and the thrill of bringing them in will be substantially maximized.

Sailfish being released while Florida Keys offshore fishing

Florida Keys Sailfish Being Released While Deep Sea Fishing
Courtesy of Tammie Gurgiolo


Trolling is by far the most common technique for Florida Keys offshore fishing. If you go out on any Florida Keys fishing charters, you'll notice that the Captain will often slowly maneuver the boat through the water. This is done to keep the fishing bait just on top or just under the surface of the water.

You'll notice that the Captain may vary the speed by slowing down, stopping or picking up speed a bit. This is done to help simulate the action of a panicky fish attempting to escape. This is the tempting action that arouses the larger Florida fish into attack mode.

Another deep sea fishing technique, which in essence is a form of trolling, is called kite fishing. One or two kites are attached to the boat via a special rod which clips the line to the kite. The bait fish is then placed on the line below the kite.

The slow moving boat's speed is designed to just keep the live bait fish out of the water where it dances on the surface teasing the larger fish. The bait fish splash about and the frenzied activity is a major drawing card for the predator fish you're targeting.

When sport fishing Florida Keys, you'll also often deep troll with a downrigger. This popular form of trolling is where the lines runs in various depths of water.

The key to this Florida Keys offshore fishing technique is to hook the fishing bait properly so it runs natural and true in the water. If your bait fish starts to spin, it's going to look unnatural and the big fish aren't going to be enticed into biting.

However, not all of the Florida Keys fish you'll want to target come to the surface. If you're wanting to go after the bottom dwellers like grouper and snapper, you may have to go down as much as 600 feet below the surface.

These massive hunks hide out and congregate around structures, and your success depends on locating the different caves, ledges and holes so you can entice these brutes into biting.

Obviously you can't sight fish for these hulks lurking below, so the quickest way to ensure success is to use bait fish. Any form of live or recently dead bait is advisable. Squid is usually your best bet as it typically generates a fairly quick bite.

Another technique that is quite popular but can be expensive is deep drop fishing. For this style of fishing you need to use a heavy duty electric reel that has the capacity to hold a lot of line.

Strobe Lights being added to Deep drop line


Strobe Lights Being Added To A Deep Drop Fishing Line


You also should hook up strobe lights to help attract the Florida fish since you'll be fishing at a depth so great that light is unable to filter down. Once you have the lights hooked on, attach fishing bait to the different hooks you've set up on the line. Then place the line so it runs vertically so you can reach the maximum depth.







Selecting Florida Keys Fishing Charters

There's a few important Florida Keys fishing tips to remember when going offshore fishing. Obviously knowing where to go, and how to fish the area will be tantamount to your success.

For your first few Florida fishing trips, you should plan on going out with at least one of the fishing charters in Florida Keys. Not only do they have good Florida fishing tips, they have the necessary licensing and tackle.

Plus these are open waters and they can quickly become dangerous. If you're unfamiliar with the area, it's not wise to go the greater distance needed for Florida Keys offshore fishing, without someone knowledgeable in the boat.

When deep sea fishing Florida Keys, you'll have a choice of either a 4, 6 or 8 hour day. To help with your decision as to who to hire, here's a couple of good Florida Keys fishing charter tips.

You're going to need to find someone who has a fast enough and large enough boat. The speed of the boat is important so you can get where you're going quickly. It's even more important if you need to get back in a hurry. Severe weather can kick up fast or a waterspout may threaten. Your Captain needs to have a boat capable of good speed to keep everyone safe.

Ideally, the Florida Keys charter fishing companies should have boats capable of sustaining 35 knots per hour or more. Two engines are better than one and they are an important safety feature you should consider when making your decision.

You also need to look for a charter fishing company that has a boat ranging between 35 and 50 feet in length. This way everyone has room to move, and the extra length ensures your Florida fishing trip is less choppy.

The Sugaree Going Out For a Day of Florida Keys Offshore Fishing

The Sugaree Going Out For a Day of Florida Keys Offshore Fishing
Courtesy of Tammie Gurgiolo


Going out on the open water is not like being in the Florida Keys backcountry. On the deep blue water it's easy to become seasick. Even if you're somewhat of a seasoned veteran - seasickness can occur.

If you've never been out on open water you need to know not to look down. That will make you very sick, very fast. The safest thing you can do is be proactive. Bring or take medication in advance of your departure, otherwise your Florida Keys fishing vacation may be ruined.

Of course if you're on a Florida Keys fishing charter, your Captain will have all the bases covered for you, including licenses. But here's some tips on things your watchful Captain may be looking for to make your outing a success.

Dolphin, the mammal, often school with tuna, and vice versa. If you want to target blackfin tuna which is a good fighting fish, this is something to watch for. Just make sure you don't end up hooking a dolphin - the mammal, in the process.

Your Captain will also be watching for bait fish jumping at the surface, and for birds circling or diving. This is a sure sign that there will be larger predator fish lurking near or below the surface.

Cathy Sheehan Deep Sea Fishing For Blackfin Tuna on Marathon Hump


Cathy Sheehan Deep Sea Fishing Marathon Hump For Blackfin Tuna


Your Captain may also choose to fish near a reef or one of the Florida Keys humps, where the smaller fish usually congregate. Smaller fish = larger predator fish.

No matter where your Florida Keys charter fishing Captain takes you, a day spent in the Florida Keys offshore fishing is a day spent in a sport fisherman's paradise.








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