- Female angler lands big Caribbean Reef Shark
- Big Blacktip Shark next to the boat
- Proud father & sons had this huge Bull Shark mounted
- This Bull Shark was near 500 lbs.
- Hammerhead Shark next to the boat
- Very popular Key West Lemon Shark
- Releasing the Homer Simpson of sharks the Nurse Shark
Key West Shark Fishing
If you love extremes, and fighting big game sport fish is on your agenda, then Key West shark fishing charters are just for you. Hook one adult Bull Shark and you’ll quickly find out why shark fishing is so addictive. Hook one on the flats, out on the reef, or in the Gulf – it doesn’t matter where you catch a shark, you’re in for a ride!
Of course there are smaller sharks out there, but we target the big boys for maximum sport. It’s a lot of work, but what a thrill to finally see the monster you’ve fought when you bring him to the surface. Of course, it’s catch and release for sharks, and touching the leader counts as a catch. Common sharks caught routinely on Key West shark fishing charters are Bull Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Black Tip Sharks, and Hammerhead Sharks. Tiger Sharks, Reef sharks, and Dusky sharks make frequent appearances as well. All the sharks are strong, even the Nurse Shark, which is not as aggressive or exciting to catch but still puts on quite a pull if you hook a large one.
Most shark fishing done by Fish Key West Florida is on the flats, channels, or in the back country. Here, where the water is shallower, come, and clearer, the best technique is most likely light tackle or fly tackle. Using large surface lures like poppers is quite exciting, since you’ll most likely see the shark make the bite. Just imagine a 300 hundred pound shark charging through the shallow water toward your bait, surface lure, or large fly as you brace yourself for the moment. The excitement comes from this moment of attack, when the shark’s powerful jaws chomp down on your hook. It’s quite possible to see and hear the attack, if the water is shallow enough. Patience and hard work will pay off, as you slowly gain on him, reeling him in bit by bit. It’s often a “two steps forward, one step backward” game, as the shark will get a burst of energy and make a run. Just hold on if he does, and wait till he stops. Then it’s reel, reel, reel, nice and slowly, steady as she goes.
There’s nothing quite like shark fishing in Key West, and if you love salt water sport fishing, you have try this! Imagine the force behind an adult Bull shark, feeling the power as you fight one-on-one. You will be proud for long after your day of fishing, once you’ve reeled in a big monster shark by yourself.
Fish Key West Florida’s guides can make it happen for you, back country or reef, day or evening. All gear is provided- just be ready for some thrilling shark fishing action!