Key West Fishing FAQs

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There are no fuel surcharges, our rates include all gas, no matter how far we go to catch fish. The price you see quoted on our website is the price you pay.


No you do not. We have the required Florida Wildlife Commission charter licenses that cover all anglers fishing on our boats.

1/2 Day Trips = 4 Hours
3/4 Day Trips = 6 Hours
Full Day Trips = 8 Hours

Our Key West Charter Guides and Captains can provide fun fishing for every angler from first-timer to expert. Whether you are a veteran sport fisherman looking to fine tune your game to Key West waters or a beginner just learning how to use a rod and reel, our Key West Guides are ready with friendly, patient advice and support.

Flats Skiffs = up to 2 guests
Light Tackle Boats = up to 6 guests
Offshore Sport Fishing Boats = up to 6 guests

These are hard limits set by the US Coast Guard, so there is no way to get an extra body on the boat. Non-anglers and children count as souls on the boat. If you have a larger group, chartering two boats can be an awesome experience. We can even setup a mini-competition between them, making a fantastic day on the water even better.

No, but you can bring your favorite foods and beverages and we will provide cooler space and ice to keep them fresh and cold. On our Key West Split Fishing Charters a $10 lunch bag is available at check-in that includes a sandwich, chips and cookies (organized after booking with us.

Yes, mild alcoholic beverages like Beer, Cider, Hard Lemonade, Wine, and Wine Coolers are allowed. However, for everyone’s safety, NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed on board – metal or plastic containers only please.

Yes. At Fish Key West Charters, we provide the latest top-of-the-line fishing tackle available. In fact, our charters offer experienced fishermen a great chance to try out some top-notch gear. All fishing equipment is well-maintained, with line changed on a regular basis and terminal set-ups expertly chosen and tied on. Our gear is the best, but experienced fishermen are welcome to bring their favorite rod and reel if they like.

Yes. Whatever the fishing calls for: live bait, frozen bait, cut bait, or chum, our Charter Captains will have plentiful supplies on hand. The same thing goes for artificial bait such as lures, flies, or plugs.

For protection from the hot sun of Key West, it is always best to cover yourself as much as possible. Caps or sun hats, bandanas, sun glasses, and of course sun screen are all necessities. In the winter, it can be quite cool and breezy offshore, so a light weight jacket may be useful. For winter season early morning trips, a pair of light gloves can also add comfort. Bring a small day pack or duffel bag for your extra clothing, cameras, binoculars, and other necessities.

Any footwear with closed-toes and non-marking soles will be fine.

Passenger safety is the first priority of all Fish Key West Charter Captains, so trips may occasionally be canceled due to weather or water conditions. Trips will only be canceled with the Captain’s consent, and all cancellations will be made at the dock on the day of the trip.

Yes, replica mounts are available. We can arrange all the paper work necessary to have your trophy sent home so that you can take bragging rights forever. Please discuss with your captain.

If you had a great trip and are happy with the service provided by our Key West Charter Captain and Crew, a tip of 15-20% of the total trip cost would be very much appreciated. And remember to recommend us to your friends!