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Key West Fishing

Why Key West for Fishing?

Introduction to Key West Fishing

Welcome to Y-Knot Key West Charters, where our name stands as a promise for unparalleled fishing and diving adventures in the heart of Key West’s azure waters. With a legacy spanning over 25 years, we pride ourselves on being the preferred gateway for both seasoned anglers and newcomers eager to cast their lines into some of the most fertile fishing grounds the ocean has to offer.

Why Key West for Fishing?

Key West fishing is synonymous with diversity and abundance. Situated at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Key West provides a unique confluence of currents that attract a rich variety of marine life, making it an angler’s paradise. From the thrill of deep-sea battles with Marlin and Sailfish to the precision and patience required for flats fishing, Key West offers an unmatched spectrum of fishing experiences.

Our Fishing Charters

Y-Knot Key West Charters takes you closer to the action, just 4 miles away from where the blue water teems with life. Our charters cater to all – whether you’re in for the adrenaline rush of trolling for Kingfish or in pursuit of the elusive Dolphin fish. Our proximity to these prime locations ensures a memorable and bountiful outing.

Diving Adventures

But our offerings are not confined to fishing alone. Diving enthusiasts will find themselves at the closest launch point to The Vandenberg, a sought-after wreck dive not far from our marina. This site, along with countless others in our vicinity, promises an underwater spectacle for divers of every level.

The Y-Knot Experience

Our charter isn’t just about getting you to the fish or dive sites; it’s about creating an environment of comfort and ease as you explore the wonders of Key West. The Y-Knot is a vessel equipped with amenities that ensure your time on the water is as enjoyable as it is adventurous. From air-conditioned cabins to a fully equipped kitchen, we’ve thought of everything to make your trip unforgettable.

Safety and Satisfaction

We hold the best safety record in Key West for extended dive trips, a testament to our unwavering commitment to our guests’ well-being. Our seasoned captain and crew are not just experts in navigation and fishing; they’re guardians of your safety and purveyors of your satisfaction. Whether you’re here for the rich ecology of The Dry Tortugas National Park or aiming to spearfish in the Marquesas, you’re in capable hands.

Unique Features of Key West Fishing

  • Varied fishing environments: From deep sea to flats and backcountry.
  • Rich biodiversity: A meeting point for species from the Atlantic and the Gulf.
  • Expert guidance: Insights and support from seasoned professionals.

Making the Most of Your Trip

To truly embrace the Key West fishing experience, it’s about more than just casting a line; it’s about immersing yourself in the vast, vibrant world beneath the waves. It’s observing the dance of light on the water, feeling the subtle changes in current, and understanding the signs that lead us to where the fish gather. It’s about respect for the ocean and its inhabitants, ensuring that we preserve this treasure for generations to come.


At Y-Knot Key West Charters, we’re not just offering a fishing trip; we’re inviting you to be part of a tradition that has captivated the hearts of anglers for decades. Key West fishing is more than a pastime; it’s a passage into the heart of the ocean’s mystery. Join us, and let’s cast off into unforgettable adventures where the sea meets the sky, and the fish await.

The Y-Knot Experience

Does Key West have good fishing?

Oh, absolutely! Key West is a premier destination for anglers around the world, and there’s a good reason for that. You see, it’s positioned at a sweet spot where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico merge, creating a breeding ground for both diversity and abundance in marine life. Imagine casting your line and battling it out with a Marlin or feeling the thrill as a Sailfish leaps from the water. Every trip out on these waters is unique, presenting the opportunity to catch something different each time. The variety of fishing environments, from deep-sea to flats and everything in between, makes Key West a fishing haven. Have you ever dreamed of capturing a specific type of fish? Key West waters could very well make that dream a reality.

What months are best to fish in Key West?

Key West enjoys fishing seasons that could make any angler envious. While you can find good fishing year-round thanks to our subtropical climate, each season has its stars. Let’s say you’re chasing sailfish; the winter months are prime time. Mahi Mahi? Spring into early summer is your best bet. The truth is, deciding on the best months depends largely on what you’re hoping to reel in. Personally, I tell folks to consider what they want to catch and then plan their trip around that fish’s peak season. But honestly, whether you’re here in January or July, the waters around Key West are rarely disappointing. What type of fish are you most interested in catching on your trip?

What fish are being caught in Key West?

In the waters of Key West, we’re fortunate to host a veritable who’s who of the fishing world. From the acrobatic Tarpon to the elusive Bonefish, the variety is staggering. Our guests often set their sights on the powerful Marlin, the sleek Sailfish, and the beautiful Mahi Mahi. Let’s not forget the thrill of hooking into a Kingfish or the satisfaction of landing a Grouper or Snapper for dinner. With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Key West’s waters are a crossroads of marine biodiversity. Each trip out offers a chance to encounter these fantastic species and more. What’s on your fishing bucket list?

How much does it cost to fish in Key West?

Costs can vary depending on what you’re looking for in a fishing adventure. At Y-Knot Key West Charters, we offer a range of experiences to fit different budgets and preferences. From half-day excursions close to shore to full-day deep-sea expeditions, we’ve got something for everyone. Generally speaking, chartering a private boat for a day of fishing in Key West can range anywhere from a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. This cost covers not just the boat and fuel, but also the expertise of a seasoned captain, top-notch gear, and often, the memories of a lifetime. I’d say, think about what you hope to get out of your fishing trip and let that guide your budget. Considering a fishing adventure anytime soon?

What makes Y-Knot Key West Charters unique?

At Y-Knot Key West Charters, we go beyond simply providing a charter service; we offer an experience. What sets us apart is our deep respect and passion for the ocean and everything it harbors. It’s not uncommon for our guests to witness the crew sharing stories of their most memorable catches or offering insights into the marine ecosystem. We pride ourselves on being the closest launch point to some of the most coveted fishing and diving sites, including the legendary Vandenberg wreck. Our vessel, the Y-Knot, is designed for comfort and equipped with amenities that ensure our guests can relax and focus on the thrill of the hunt. Safety, satisfaction, and sustainability are our guiding principles. When you join us, you’re embarking on an adventure that respects the ocean’s bounty while chasing the thrill of the catch. Have you ever experienced a day at sea that you could talk about for years to come?


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries – A government agency dedicated to the stewardship of the nation’s living marine resources, providing information on sustainable fishing practices and conservation efforts.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Works to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats, providing valuable insights into the ecosystem that supports marine life.
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary – A protected marine area that encompasses over 2,900 square nautical miles of marine waters, offering resources on habitat conservation and responsible recreation.
  • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – Conducts research and conservation initiatives aimed at understanding and protecting marine ecosystems, contributing to the preservation of aquatic habitats.
Yknot Fishing Charters

7013 Shrimp Rd

Key West Florida 33040 US

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