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Fishing for Gray Snapper in Key West

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Common throughout the Keys, the Gray Snapper, also known as the Mangrove Snapper or Mango, is a family favorite on Key West fishing trips. Abundant, easy to catch, and good to eat, they can be found both inshore and offshore. Once a school of Gray Snapper is located or chummed to the boat, the action […]

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Fishing for Lemon Sharks in Key West

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Shark fishing in Key West is the ultimate in big-game action fishing, and in the shallow, crystal-clear waters of the Backcountry flats the bites and fights are up close and personal. Lemon Sharks are brutally strong predators that commonly top 200lbs and 6 feet in length, so be ready to battle for an hour or […]

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Fishing for Ladyfish in Key West

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With its elongated, shiny silver body, the Ladyfish resembles a juvenile Tarpon, and it also bites readily, fights well and tends to jump when hooked. Often overlooked because they are not good to eat, Ladyfish are actually a lot of fun to catch and make a great Key West inshore sportfish, especially in their larger […]

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Fishing for Jack Crevalle in Key West

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One of the most popular species on Key West charter fishing trips, the Jack Crevalle is prized as an excellent sportfish. Jack Crevalle live and hunt in a wide range of environments, feed in wolf-like packs, strike aggressively, and fight harder than almost any other fish in the water. (Florida Record: 57lbs)

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Fishing for Hogfish in Key West

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The Hogfish is one of the more exotic-looking reef fish encountered when fishing in Key West. A large bottom-feeder, Hogfish are popular with spear fisherman. They are most often caught on hook by accident while bottom fishing for other species but can be successfully targeted on light tackle. (Florida Record: 19lbs 8oz)

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Fishing for Hammerhead Sharks in Key West

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Hammerhead Sharks are frequently encountered in Florida Keys waters. It is always an exciting moment to meet one on the shallow Flats, where the large dorsal fin will be an unmistakable sign that the apex predator has arrived. If a big Hammerhead is hooked on heavy tackle, expect a long, hard fight, with a good […]

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Fishing for Gag Grouper in Key West

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Gag Grouper, or simply Gag, are one of the favorite members of the Grouper family among anglers who enjoy Key West sportfishing. Gag are common around Key West, and especially in Gulf of Mexico waters, over a wide range of water depths and bottom conditions. Like most Groupers, they fight like bulldogs, break tackle, and […]

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Fishing for Cobia in Key West

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The Cobia is prized by Key West fishermen for its large size, fighting ability, and firm, delicious meat. It is a curious and aggressive fish so it bites readily when found. It has a shark-like profile and can grow to 6 feet in length. To give an idea of the usual size of this big […]

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Fishing for Cero Mackerel in Key West

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Cero Mackerel are fun sportfish. They are good fighters and fast swimmers that can quickly take out more than 100 yards of line when hooked up on light tackle. The Cero’s runs are exciting, and the fish occasionally jumps, showing its bright silver sides. They are a delicious food fish whether broiled, baked, pan-fried, or […]

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Key West Fishing – Starting the New Year Off Right

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The Key West shallow water Flats fishing has turned on in a big way since the Christmas holidays. Between this and the steady deep sea action we have seen the past few weeks, it has really been a Happy New Year for Key West fishing.

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Fishing for Bull Shark in Key West

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The Bull Shark is a big, strong dangerous-looking Shark that is often found over the deep wrecks and sometimes in the shallows around Key West. Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) (Florida Record 517lbs.) The Bull Shark gets its name from its heavy, thick body, broad, flat snout, and unpredictable aggressive behavior. They have grey coloration on […]

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Fishing for Atlantic Tarpon in Key West

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The Key West fishing season is headlined by the migration of the legendary Atlantic Tarpon, the giant Florida Keys gamefish also known as the Silver King. The waters around Key West are world renowned for a huge population of big Tarpon, and fishermen come from all over to fish the main run from January to […]

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