The 200km (125mi) of the arc formed by the 1700 Florida Keys islands are a unique fishing environment in the world and where fishing is possible almost all year.
Florida Bay, bordered by the “inside” curve of the Keys and the mainland of Florida, home to five of the most popular fish in the sport fishing competitions with cane, ie: Bonefish, Tarpon, Redfish and Snook. But that’s not all, because outside of this arc, near the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, in the zones of the open sea, you can fish for blue and white marlins, sailfish and swordfish. The pleasure is to catch them and put them back in the water after having weighed and measured if necessary.
If this region is known for the unique catches, it is not true that the common man can practice fishing with friends or family from public places such as the banks giving either side of the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean using the docks where small individual boats are moored.
Bridges, mainly known as the historic bridges along the Overseas Highway platforms are sometimes specifically equipped for fishing.
However, for those who have no knowledge or experience of fishing in the Keys, it may be advisable to hire the services of a guide who knows the good places or participate in sea fishing trip organized by licensed providers. There is something for every budget. It is possible to board a “party boat” with a group and go deep sea fishing for a day or half a day. It may also possible for 3 or 4 fishermen to rent a fishing boat for a day of about 22 feet well equipped with sonar, radio, GPS, providing maximum security and satisfaction. Of course, there is always the possibility of renting a boat with captain and crew and if the fishing was wonderful, do taxidermiser decision … but beware you must know that it is not given.
In all cases, these fishing professionals are accustomed to newcomers and will advise them to take the right equipment depending on the type of fishing, be it to the line, lagging or following classifications that their clean as:
Light Tackle Fishing, which is considered the type fishing that captures almost all fish species such as tarpon, sailfish, tuna, cobia, dorado, mahi-mahi, snapper, ceros and wahoo as well as dolphins following the boat .
Flats, Backcountry Fishing is a type of fishing which is practiced along the coasts of the Atlantic or in the mangrove areas and wild and uninhabited islands in the side of the Gulf of Mexico. There, we find species like tarpon, permit, bonefish, redfish, snook, sea trout, barracuda, jacks, cobia and shark.
Deep Sea, Offshore Fishing is practiced from five miles off the coast up to 20 miles and the sea reaches depths of 600 feet in some places may approach 2,000 feet. The trolling is then recommended and you can catch fish like blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, spearfish, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, barracuda, cobia, group, snapper, jacks and even sharks not to mention that dolphins follow the boat
Wreck & Reef Fishing the fishing is done in areas where beached wrecks, used to catch in particular amberjack, snapper, mackerel and group. In areas where the reefs are, there will patch reefs and crayfish. Note that it is also possible to cross cobia, barracuda and sharks.
In all cases, regardless of the type and category of fishing practiced one must know that the 10 most popular fish species are: Tarpon, Sailfish, Spotted Sea Trout, Snook, Red drum, Panfish, Grouper, Snapper, mackerel.