In the Florida Keys there are over 600 varieties of fish. One can see schools of colorful fish such as the parrotfish, angelfish, pufferfish, triggerfish, trumperies, snook, flounder, jewfish and even turtles, and large stingrays. The Florida Keys sealife that typically school in large numbers along the reef area gray snapper, spadefish, horse eye jacks, copper sweepers, Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors, even the barracuda and blue tang often school together on the Florida Keys reef. Florida Keys do have sharks but a diver is unlikely to see them on most dives and it could be a very special experience. There are over 47 varieties of exotic formations of coral such as stag, brain and elkhorn, also the dainty sea fans.
Earnest Hemingway, an ardent fisherman and a Keywest resident fished the waters of the Florida Keys and the Florida Straits between Cuba and Keywest for the giant Blue Marlin and Sailfish. For the backcountry and flats fishermen, using light spinning and fly tackle fish for many species including the tarpon and bonefish.
More saltwater world records have been made in the Florida Keys than anywhere else in the world.
The Florida Keys flats, where it is as shallow as six inches are located on the Atlantic side of the Florida Keys and are also in the back country, a group of mangrove islands which are on the Gulf side. One can catch a variety of fish, including tarpon, permit, bonefish, redfish, snook, sea trout, barracuda using tackle of spin, fly, plug.
Lobster season runs from August to March. There are restrictions on the size and number of some kinds of fish and one can pick up a copy of these restrictions at most marinas and bait shops.
Come to the Florida Keys for an exciting fishing experience and one you will be able to tell many “fish” stories about and one that will be a lifelong memory for you and your family