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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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Kingfish

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Kingfish are one of the most sought-after gamefish throughout their range from North Carolina to Texas. Kingfish (Scomberomorus cavalla) (Florida Record 90lbs.) The Kingfish, or King Mackerel, is the largest of the mackerel species, growing 19 to 35 inches in length, with a maximum reported size of 72 inches in length and 99 pounds in […]

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Little Tunny

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Hard-fighting and capable of 45mph runs, Little Tunny are known as one of the finest of the Atlantic sport fish species. Little Tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus) Introduction (Florida Record 27lbs.)

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Mahi-mahi

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The Mahi-mahi or Dolphinfish is one of the most popular sport fishes in Florida waters because they are easy to catch and delicious as food fish. Mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) (Florida Record 81lbs.) The English name for this fish causes confusion because the Common Dolphinfish, Coryphaena hippurus is not related in any way to the marine […]

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Mutton Snapper

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Key West Mutton Snapper are a seasonal catch, arriving in May and June each year to spawn under the full moon in the shallow waters near Key West. They are beautiful fish, with olive-tinted backs, red side and tail fins, and bold striping. Commonly running to 15 lbs. or more, Mutton Snapper hunt the reef […]

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Permit

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Hooking up with a big Permit on a fly rod is considered by many to be one of the ultimate fishing experiences. Permit (Trachinotus falcatus) (Florida Record 56lbs. 2oz.) The Permit is a member of the Jack family and one of the most highly prized of the nearshore saltwater gamefish. A blunt snout and head, […]

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Sailfish

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The Sailfish is Florida’s official State Saltwater Fish, and its incredible speed and acrobatic fight make it a very popular gamefish. Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) (Florida Record 126lbs.)

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Tripletail

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Tripletails are not well-known Key West game fish, but they are hard fighters, excellent table fish and fun to catch. Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) Introduction (Florida Record 40lbs. 13oz.) The Tripletail is also known to fishermen by names like flasher or steamboat. It has a compressed, deep body with a triangular-shaped head, a large mouth, and […]

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Wahoo

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Wahoo are magnificent game fish famed as one of the fastest pelagic fish. They are elusive, relatively difficult to catch and delicious. Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) information (Florida Record 139lbs.) The Wahoo is one of the fastest fish in the sea, and it is highly prized by sport fishermen for its speed and high-quality flesh.

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White Marlin

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The White Marlin is a smaller member of the Marlin family that is most often caught while fishing for Mahi-mahi on Key West deep sea fishing trips. White Marlin (Kajikia albida) (Florida Record 161lbs.) The White Marlin, also known as the Atlantic White Marlin, is the smallest member of the Marlin family, about 1/3 larger […]

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Yellow Jack

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Like other members of the jack family, Yellow Jacks are hard fighters when hooked, running fast and pulling hard. Yellow Jack ( Carangoides bartholomaei) Introduction The Yellow Jack is member of the Caragidae family, which includes Jacks, Pompanos, Jack Mackerels and Scads. Yellow Jacks have the solid, elongated and vertically compressed body shape typical to […]

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Yellowfin Tuna

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The Yellowfin Tuna is a delicious, hard-fighting fish that is sometimes caught when fishing deep waters off the Florida Keys. Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) (Florida Record 240lbs.) The Yellowfin Tuna is one of the larger Tuna species and often reaches weights in the 100-pound range. Yellowfin are prized for their sashimi-grade meat and are often […]

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Yellowtail Snapper

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Yellowtail are fun on light tackle, the action is fast once they start biting and they are a favorite eating fish. Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) (Florida Record 8lbs. 9oz.) The Yellowtail Snapper, a beautifully colored and abundant member of the Snapper family, is one of the most popular and commonly caught Key West game fish.

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