*We are no longer offering reef trips at this time (other than shallow water patch reefs we sometimes fish on calm days).

If you need a referral for light tackle reef fishing, we work around several captains who offer this trip.

Key West’s reef fishing consists of fishing water primarily deeper than 30 feet. Reef fishing is a good style of fishing for people who want to get fish to bring home for dinner. This style of fishing is done mostly by anchoring up to some structure and dropping bait into these structures. Patch reefs consisting of coral, sea fans, hard bottom, and small wrecks are all areas that we would fish on this type of trip. There is plenty of variety that you will get into during this trip.

Yellow tail snapper caught in Key West

Fish you could encounter in Key West while fishing the reef:

  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Yellowtail Snapper
  • Mutton Snapper
  • Lane Snapper
  • Red Grouper
  • Black Grouper
  • Rock Hind Grouper
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Cero Mackerel
  • Kingfish (king mackerel)
  • Bonita
  • Triggerfish
  • Yellow jack
  • Jack crevalle
  • Amberjack

Fish that could be seen on the reefs but typically a little further out in deeper water:

  • Sailfish
  • Mahi-Mahi (dolphin/dorado)
  • Blackfin Tuna
  • Wahoo
  • White Marlin

Mangrove Snapper caught on their spawn

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