Whether you’re looking to catch yellowtail snapper on the reefs or search the weed lines for mahi mahi, a Florida Keys deep sea fishing adventure seldom disappoints. Of course, it’s always best to research seasons and species to make sure your deep sea fishing trip to Florida is exactly what you were hoping for.
Spring through late summer for Mahi Mahi
The spring to summer months are ideal if you want to fish in the deep sea for mahi mahi. Look for floating mats made from Sargassum weeds, as mahi will often eat under these mats. Larger fish are usually caught while hauling natural bait such as ballyhoo or cigar minows, but they can also be caught on artificial bait or jigs.
Winter to spring for sailfish
In the January to March period, cold fronts are often the equivalent of a good bite from the Florida Keys sailfish as they troll along the reefs using natural baits like ballyhoo or goggle eyes. Look for experienced charter captains who specialize in deep sea fishing in Key Largo or Islamorada.
Summer to early autumn for yellowtail
Yellow-tailed snapper are commonly found on the edges of reefs in around 50 to 70 feet of water. While yellowtail snapper can be caught on Florida Keys fishing charters year round, the best bite is usually June through September. Sliced baits like ballyhoo, sardines, squid, or shrimp are usually most effective.
Spring to summer for grouper
If you plan to fish the Florida Keys in May, this is when the black, choke, and red grouper season begins. Plan to fish the wrecks, reefs, and rocky outcrops with octopus as bait on Florida ocean fishing trips from late spring through summer if your target is grouper.
Now that you know a little more about the best time to plan your Florida Keys deep sea fishing trip, decide on some dates and check in on your fishing licenses.