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The Fishing

Fishing in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a chain of tropical islands extending to just over 100 miles and linking the southern tip of Florida to Key West, which is just 90 miles from Cuba.

The weather in the Keys varies little from the high 80°s with some tropical showers in the summer, to a very pleasant high 70°s and drier in the winter.

The fishing is split up into three basic areas: flats, reef & offshore.

The Flats

This area north of the islands, known locally as the back country, is hundreds of square miles of shallow water, flats, channels, bridges and mangroves. Species found here include: Tarpon, Sharks, Rays, Mackerel, Jacks, Redfish, Snook, Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Snapper and Grouper, to name just a few.

The Reef

This area lies next to the islands to the south and extends about 4 miles, depth to about 40 ft but with many coral humps. Nearly all the species mentioned above can also be caught here.


South of the reef the sea drops away quickly into deep blue water with wrecks, underwater canyons and mountains, all of which attract the big game: Bill Fish, Tuna, Dorado, Amberjack and massive Sharks.

With the shallow draft of the boat, wade fishing can be done on the shores and flats of the thousands of uninhabited islands. Also, the boat can be used to carry kayaks to distant shallow areas which are inaccessible to flat boats or wade fishermen.

You can fish some of these areas for possibly the first time ever!

Fishing methods in the Keys are as varied as the numbers of fish and include: fly, light lure, livebait, trolling, cutbait, jigging and kite fishing. All of these methods will be fully explained and local guides can be hired if needed.