Best Florida Keys Fishing Report

Summary

  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Blackfin Tuna
  • Blue Marlin
  • Bonefish
  • Cobia
  • Grouper
  • King Mackerel
  • Dolphin
  • Permit
  • Sailfish
  • Shark
  • Snapper
  • Tarpon
  • Wahoo
  • White Marlin
  • Yellowfin Tuna
  • Amberjack

    Amberjack, or “Reef Donkeys,” might not look great but are indeed hard to pull out. They are often found in the Atlantic and Pacific tropical reefs, near towe can find ite bottom from 60 to 250 feet. They are heavy, and an accurate BX2 or BX reel can work better. Book your charter now with GameChangers.

    Barracuda

    Fishing Barracuda in the Florida Keys is lots of fun, and they’re much under-rated fish here in Islamorada and the rest of the Florida Keys. They can be caught year-round, both coastal and out of the reef. Barracuda can be easily caught with both bait and lures.

    Blackfin Tuna

    The Florida Keys have a substantial population of Blackfin Tuna just about round-year, but between March to July, you’ll find them mainly in The Islamorada Hump and The Marathon. It gets excellent tablet fare but best bite in low light conditions.

    Black Grouper

    The Black Grouper, “Mycteroperca Bonaci,” is perhaps the most popular Grouper species in the Florida Keys. The season starts in Springs, and as a gamefish, it gets excellent table fare. It is often found in shallow peaches and sometimes around 250 feet deep.

    Blue Marlin

    Primetime to catch Blue Marlin starts with springs when Mahi runs across the Gulf. The purest form of big game sport fishing, Blue Marlin, can be caught in Woods Walls and Destin – Panama City using artificial trolling lures or large baitfish. Book your charters today!

    Bonefish

    Bonefish is backcountry fish and can be caught year-round in the Keys, but the primetime is March through October. High bait can be spotted in the Upper Keys and Tavernier Keys. Call our captain to learn more.

    Cobia

    Fishing for Cobia is the Keys can be a hard-hitting, strong fighter experience that peels off your lines. In the springtime, it can be caught on a variety of lures. The GameChanger Charters abide by the regulations and offer excellent fishing in the keys experience.

    Red Grouper

    Primetime to catch Red Grouper is November-March. It comes easy on bait, and you can catch live baits here. Hungry fishermen are welcome on our Charters for an exciting experience.

    King Mackerel

    Tend to be found at a depth of 50 to 150 feet. The best way to catch King Mackerel is to slow-troll on live baits over likely wreaks or around inlets. It gets an excellent table fare and tastes good.

    Dolphin aka Mahi Mahi

    The spring March through July brings plenty of Florida Dolphins. Use natural baits for an adventurous sportfishing experience. Book your charter now with  GameChangers.

    Permit

    The best time to catch Permit in the Florida Keys is March to April. Deeply-forked, V-shaped tail fins taste great. Bait on the wrecks or live crab for a good catch.

    Sailfish

    Primetime is November through March. Sailfish are known for excellent fish fights and are often catch and release. However, wintertime is ideal for live baits.

    Shark

    Shark species such as Hammerhead tiger bull and nerf black shark always put up a great fight as they are incredibly powerful and often weigh hundreds of pounds. Book our charters now for great picture opportunities but no shark killing on our charters.

    Yellowtail Snapper

    Do you want an exciting fishing experience in the Keys? Come to Florida anytime and catch Yellowtail Snapper. It is an incredible sportfishing for all ages.

    Mangrove Snapper

    If you choose to catch Mangrove snapper in the Florida Keys, go to the backcountry with live shrimp, small pinfish, or other bait. It is available year-round for all ages. Check here to learn more.

    Mutton Snapper

    The Mutton Snapper (Lutjanus Analis) is one of the most requested fish by our anglers. It is a fun and exciting sportfishing experience for people of all ages. They can also be targeted on kite and drift fishing.

    Yelloweye snapper

    Yellow-eye Snapper (aka silky snapper) can be found roaming deeper reefs and rocky bottom from 250-500 feet. There are different techniques to catch Yelloweye Snapper. Call our captain to learn more.

    Tarpon

    In primetime during March to June, Tarpon in Florida, Keys can be caught when the water temperature reaches above 70-degree. It is sportfishing, just catch & release.

    Wahoo

    A year-round fish, Wahoo in Florida, Keys comes at peak between October and March. It is quickly caught on slow troll kite fishing; it is a sushi-grade fish with high table fare. Do you need a Charger in the Florida Keys?

    Yellowfin Tuna

    In the Florida Keys, Yellowfin Tuna are often caught accidentally when targeting Blackfin Tuna or Mahi Mahi. Better fishing offshore with live bait for an excellent catch.

    African Pompano

    Cero Mackerel

    Primetime is March to October and better-set bait in low light conditions. Spanish Mackerel can eat about anything but try sardines, mullet, cut bait, and shrimp—also, target inshore in the gulf and Florida bay. Let our expert guide you ahead!

    Spanish Mackerel

    Primetime is March to October and better-set bait in low light conditions. Spanish Mackerel can eat about anything but try sardines, mullet, cut bait, and shrimp—also, target inshore in the gulf and Florida bay. Let our expert guide you ahead!

    Gag Grouper

    One of the highly-priced catches in the Florida Keys, Gag Grouper, is not uncommon in shallow water grass. It can be found in reefs and wrecks; this is the captain’s least favorite.

    Vermilion Snapper

    They are caught deep, dropping in all the Gulf waters with an electric reel. This species can eat fish, shrimp, crabs and gets an excellent table fare. Use grub tail or jig head for chicken rig style fishing at depths of 300-800 feet.

    Vermilion Snapper

    Captains usually go between 300-900 feet to catch snappers in the Florida Keys. Rossybelly can be found in deep water with an electric reel. It is good eating and gets excellent table fare.

    Swordfishing

    Ironman’s favorite Swordfish grounds, at depth 1,000 to 1,500 feet in the middle of the Gulfstream. This species is caught on electric reels but can do detachable electric drive to hand crank. Are you ready for fishing in the keys? Our charters can be a GameChanger

    Florida Keys Fishing Report

    Best Florida Keys Fishing Report

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    Fishing for Wahoo in Islamorada
    Islamorada Fishing Charters
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    Amberjack

    Barracuda

    Blackfin Tuna

    Blue Marlin

    Bonefish

    Cobia

    Grouper

    King Mackerel

    Dolphin

    Permit

    Shark

    Snapper

    Tarpon

    Wahoo

    White Marlin

    Yellowfin Tuna