Key West has a large variety of fish & fishing areas. Some type of fish are always biting! Generally there is somewhere to fish in most any weather. Because of the geography, Key West has almost weatherproof fishing.
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OFFSHORE AND IN THE GULF STREAM
(Good All Year )
Caught all year, best months are late October, November, & early December, late April & May. Summer Sailfish are found scattered all over the blue water from 100′ out to 2,000’+ depending on availability of bait fish to forage on. Average length 6 to 7 ft.
Best in the fall, winter, & early spring. Average weight 16 – 25 lbs. Largest up to 42 lbs.
DOLPHIN (the fish, not the mammal, also called MAHI MAHI or DORADO)
Average 5-15 lbs. 20+lbs. large. Largest up to 87 lbs. Best in spring & summer but caught all year.
Best fall, winter & spring but caught all year. Average 15-35 lbs. 45+ lbs. Large, Largest up to 155+ lbs..
Common at 200 lbs. Largest 5-600+ lbs. Best months are October & November and again in May & June, but caught all year.
Largest up to 388+ lbs. Best months are September, October, November, December, and again in February and March.
CORAL REEFS &WRECK FISHING
(Good All Year)
Average 5-15 lbs. Largest 28+ lbs. Best in winter & spring.
MANGROVE OR GRAY SNAPPER
Average 1-3 lbs. Large 8+ lbs. Largest up to 17 lbs. Caught all year.
Average 1-2 lbs. Largest 8+ lbs. Best in winter & spring.
Average 5-10 lbs. Large 30+ lbs. Largest 50+ lbs. Caught all year.
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Average 15-20 lbs. Largest 50+ lbs. Catch a few all year.
Caught all year, Barracuda Average 5-15 lbs. Largest up to 85 lbs. They make a great mount for the wall.
Cobia Average 10-30 lbs. Large 50-60 lbs. Largest up to 135 lbs. Best in winter, but caught most of the year.
Amberjack Common at 20-30 lbs. Largest 155+ lbs. Best in spring but caught all year.
KING MACKEREL OR KINGFISH
King Mackerel Common10-20 lbs. Largest up to 90 lbs. Best in fall, winter & early spring.
Cero Mackerel Average 2-5 lbs. Largest 17+ lbs. Best in fall & winter.
Red Grouper Average 3-5 lbs. Largest 35+ lbs. Best in winter & spring.
Black Grouper Average 5-20 lbs. Largest 110+ lbs. Best in winter & spring.
Gag Grouper Average 5-20 lbs. Largest 80+ lbs. Best in winter & spring
GOLIATH GROUPER, FORMERLY JEWFISH
Goliath Grouper Average 75-150 lbs. Largest 680+ lbs. Caught all year, mostly on wrecks. Protected species, must be released.
SPECIALTY FISHING IN PROTECTED AREAS
(Good All Year)
Average 20-75 lbs. Large 100-150 lbs. Largest 283+ lbs. Best from Late February to September but can be caught all year.
SHARK, many different kinds
Small ones 5-10 lbs. Common up to 100-200+ lbs. Large up to 500+ lbs. Best in winter & Spring. Good all year.
Permit Average 10-30 lbs. Large 40 lbs. Largest 53+ lbs. Best spring & summer, but can be caught all year.
HOGFISH and LOBSTER
Spearfishing for Hogfish and catching Lobsters with a net and tickle stick from August 6 thru March 31