Key West and the surrounding islands are a fishing mecca. It wasn’t just by chance that Ernest Hemingway called the island home. Its prime fishing was a huge draw for the writer. Fifty years later, not much has changed. Fishing enthusiasts from all over the country and the world head to Key West to try their hand at the well-stocked waters of the Conch Republic. That said, here are some spots you should check out while on the island:
There’s something about bridge fishing that just makes it better in The Keys. With numerous bridges to choose from, most in Key West proper, bridge fishing is perfect for a quick escape, i.e. for those few hours while the rest of your friends are on a tour or at the spa. Some of our favorite spots for bridge fishing include the 7-mile bridge and the historic bridge in Bahia Honda State Park.
One of the main reasons anglers flock to The Keys is for the backcountry fishing. For those unaware, backcountry fishing refers to the out-of-the-way spots among the bays and channels of The Keys. Here you can find numerous species of fish, from tarpon to barracuda, snapper, sharks, and more depending on the season. The easiest way to plan your backcountry fishing trip is through a charter. Key West Fishing Pro Guides is just five minutes from the hotel.
Known as the sport fishing capital of the world, Islamorada is one spot you have to visit if you are a fishing enthusiast. In the Islamorada flats you can find marlin, wahoo, dolphin, and tuna in these waters between the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Bay.
Another favorite spot in the Dry Tortugas. Located just off Key West, this former fortress and now national park can only be reached by seaplane or ferry. In addition to excellent fishing, here you also have incredible snorkeling, a historic fort, and gorgeous white sand beaches, perfect if your friends and family aren’t as into fishing as you.