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Key West Fish Species

Planning to fish in Key West? Get information here about fish species you can see during a Key West fishing charter with Fish Key West.

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Fishing for African Pompano in Key West

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The dramatic-looking African Pompano is a hard-fighting fish and is considered to be one of the strongest of the Jack family. African Pompano (Alectis ciliaris) Introduction (Florida Record 50lbs. 8oz.) The African Pompano is not a true member of the Pompano family (genus Trachinotus), the most famous of which is the Permit prized by Key […]

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Fishing for Almaco Jack in Key West

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Almaco Jacks are strong fighters and good to eat, so they are always a welcome catch among Key West sport fishermen. The Almaco Jack is a member of the Jack family Carangidae, which also includes Yellowtail and Amberjack. Almaco Jacks look very similar to other Jacks, particularly the Greater Amberjack, which is common around Key […]

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Fishing for Amberjack in Key West

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Amberjacks are easy to catch and are a favorite Key West game fish due to their size, strength, and endurance. Amberjack (Seriola dumerili) (Florida Record 142lbs.)

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Fishing for Atlantic Bonito in Key West

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The speedy Bonito fights well on light tackle and is easy to catch once a feeding school is found. Atlantic Bonito (Sarda sarda) (Florida Record 6lbs. 8oz.) The Atlantic Bonito is a member of the Scombridae family which also includes Mackerel, Tuna and Spanish Mackerel.

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Fishing for Atlantic Tarpon in Key West

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The Atlantic Tarpon is a large, strong fish and is one of the Florida Key’s premiere gamefish. Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) Florida Record 248 lb. The Florida Keys and the waters around Key West are world-renowned for a huge population of big Tarpon. Tarpon Fishing Key West is legendary as one of the great saltwater game fishes. […]

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Barracuda

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Several species of Barracuda are found in Key West waters and they are all popular gamefish because Barracudas bite readily on many types of bait and fight hard with many dramatic runs and jumps. Barracuda (Sphyraena spp.) (Florida Record 67lbs.) Barracuda are well-known among saltwater gamefish for their long, streamlined, torpedo-shaped bodies and aggressive-looking mouths […]

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Fishing for Black Grouper in Key West

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The Black Grouper is one of the most popular Key West game fish because it gives a hard fight and is delicious. Black Grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) (Florida Record 113lbs. 6oz.) The Black Grouper is one of the many members of the Grouper family, a variety of fish that have long been popular as game and […]

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Fishing for Blackfin Tuna in Key West

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The Blackfin Tuna is an excellent light tackle species, with good speed and endurance in the fight and high-quality meat. Blackfin Tuna (Mycteroperca bonaci) The Blackfin Tuna is the smallest of the tuna species. It grows to a maximum of about 46 pounds and 42 inches long. The body of the Blackfin is oval-shaped, with […]

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Fishing for Blacktip Shark in Key West

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Blacktip Sharks are numerous around Key West and are fun because they fight hard and sometimes leap out of the water when hooked. Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) (Florida Record 152lbs.) Blacktip Sharks are related to the Blue Shark, Bull Shark, and Tiger Shark.

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Fishing for Blue Marlin in Key West

Legendary as one of the world’s greatest game fishes, Blue Marlin are also among the largest fish in the world with some females running well over 1,000 pounds. Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) (Florida Record 1046lbs.) The Blue Marlin is a large pelagic billfish that is named for the cobalt blue to blue-black color of its […]

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Fishing for Bluefish in Key West

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Bluefish offer anglers many chances for fun, as they may be caught from boat or shore and they fight well when hooked. Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) The Bluefish is a migratory pelagic fish that is widely distributed in temperate and tropical waters around the world. It is a uniformly proportioned fish with greenish-blue coloration on the […]

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Fishing for Bonefish in Key West

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Fishing for Bonefish on the shallow water Flats is one of the classic angling experiences of Key West and the tropics. Bonefish (Alectis ciliaris) Introduction (Florida Record 16lb. 3oz.) Bonefish inhabit tropical and temperate waters worldwide. The Bonefish is a slender and round fish, with large specimens being more compressed in shape. It has a […]

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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 Goliath Grouper in Key West

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The giant Goliath Grouper is king of the reef, and large mature specimens have no natural predators. Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) Introduction (Florida Record 680lbs.) The giant Goliath Grouper is arguably the most dramatic member of the Grouper family, and large mature specimens are kings of the reef, with no natural predators.

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Fishing for Great Barracuda in Key West

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The Great Barracuda is a perfect gamefish. It is a big apex predator that hits lures with explosive strikes, makes high-speed runs with bursts up to 27mph, and leaps spectacularly when hooked. Great Barracuda (Shyraena barracuda) (Florida Record 67lbs.) The Great Barracuda is one of the largest of over 26 different species of Barracuda. Like […]

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