'Gone Fishing': Deep Sea Fishing in the Florida Keys


Fishing Facts


Sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, snook, swordfish, wahoo, tuna, tarpon, permit, shark, barracuda, snapper and grouper


Year-round, with species-specific windows. Sailfish season runs November through March, kingfish are easiest to catch from September through March, and tarpon are more abundant from April through July.

In our "Gone Fishing" series, we explore picturesque deep-sea-fishing sites across the globe with 100-foot+ deep waters that entice anglers with the promise of trophy catches like marlin, swordfish and tuna. Be sure to bring a sense of adventure, patience and strength to these incredible locations — and a little bit of luck never hurts.

More than 125 miles of land and sea make up the arc of islands known as the Florida Keys. Sandwiched between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Keys are home to sport fishing sites appropriate for both experts and novices alike.

“At Little Palm Island on Little Torch Key, we rarely get professional anglers and are accustomed to teaching new anglers how to enjoy the sport,” says Bill Foster, area director of sales and marketing at Noble House Hotels & Resorts. However, roughly 54 miles to the northeast lies Islamorada, known as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World” and home to one of the largest fleets of charter boats in the country. Rich waters from the Gulf Stream current, combined with large schools of baitfish, create exceptional fishing conditions in this area.

Where to Stay

© Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Torch Key

This tropical retreat occupies lush five-acre Little Torch Key (reached via launch from a shore station at Mile Marker 28.5), a half-hour north of Key West.


This piece originally appear in the Traveler magazine. Click here to access the full issue.

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By Hideaway Report Staff

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