Offshore fishing was made famous in Key West by Ernest Hemingway. If you want to sit in a fighting chair and troll for a Marlin or other pelagic species you can do that. Or, you can go to the reef or to one of the many, many wrecks and bottom fish for snapper, grouper, and other delicious table fare.
In the winter months the main target offshore is kingfish. Blackfin tuna and bonita also abound. And if the winds are just right the sail fishing can be great. Grouper and snapper on live bait, plugs, and vertical jigs is a real blast too!
The spring is sailfish season! However, there are still some kings around to make things even more fun. And the bottom fishing for snapper is killer around this time, especially for mutton and mangroves as the spawn typically puts these fish into a frenzy.
Summer months bring in the dolphin, and no, not flipper! These fish are some of the most prolific fish in the ocean. And their iridescent colors flash beautifully as you get them near the boat. This is also a good time of year for marlin; when they are around, you will see them while fishing for dolphin, as they like to eat them just as much as people do. Fishing in the deep wrecks this time of year boats well for those looking for grouper, scamps, and muttons.
The fall is also a transitional time for offshore fishing. Dolphin still linger around in the early part of the season and kingfish start showing up during the latter part of the season. And if you are lucky you might just hook up a nice wahoo this time of year as well.
Relentless is the premier vessels for these types of charters on the island.
So, as you can see, year round, both inshore and offshore, any level of fisherman can find something interesting to him on the clear waters of Key West.