Key West Fishing
Nobel Laureate Ernest Hemingway knew what he was doing when he called Key West home for much of the 1930s. When he was done working, he could go fishing and end the day with good friends at his favorite watering hole.
Today, thousands of anglers come here for much the same reason. Key West has incredible fishing and so much more, from top-notch dining and sightseeing to snorkeling, diving and cultural events. Non-anglers never complain about being dragged to Key West.
For that reason as much as any, we are the quintessential fishing town. Highly-skilled offshore captains are eager to show you the Florida Straits, a 90-mile-wide trough of deep water beyond our reef that Hemingway dubbed "the Great Blue River."
Other captains specialize in catching snappers and groupers that inhabit our shipwrecks, reefs and backcountry channels.
We're justifiably famous for the shallow flats and the uninhabited mangrove islands of our backcountry. Thomas McGuane's novel and movie, "92 in the Shade," was set out back among the bonefish, tarpon and permit.
We also have a fleet of fast, light-tackle "open-fisherman" style boats. These captains fish inshore channels, and the blue waters outside the reef, sometimes on the same day.
We invite you to contact our captains through the above categories to find out for yourself what drew Hemingway and McGuane to our island.