What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Key West, Florida for the first time?

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Scott Thomson
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Went fishing with Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters on Noviembre 20, 2023
Go with experienced Capt like Fishizzle. Watch the weather and schedule your trip early during your visit in event conditions cause cancelling. Have better shot of a makeup day possibly. 3/4 day will be more productive. I prefer going AM as conditions tend to get worse with heat of the Sun. This is apparently not as hard and fast rule as I thought in KW.

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Drew Rimback
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Went fishing with Easy Does It on Octubre 14, 2023
Since we fished in October, tarpon were more challenging to catch, so we fished for them last and landed three or 4 in the final 30+ minutes. On our trip we caught more than pictured, some being shorter. Didn’t catch, but one Jack Crevalle, but caught a bunch of Mangrove snapper. The best part was at the end when we took several fillets to the marina restaurant and the cooked it for dinner. We were able to eat some our catch right away. I wish I vould have brought the rest back, but decided not to since traveling.

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Jerome Risso
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Went fishing with Boa Vida Charters – Jazmine on Mayo 18, 2023
I highly recommend fishing the Keys once in your life as I have been fishing it many times throughout my life. There so many opportunities to catch species of fish, along with the weather being great the majority of the year.

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Gina Frye
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Went fishing with High Stakes Charters on Mayo 6, 2023
Definitely pay attention to the wind speed and direction the wind is coming from. Be open minded and just enjoy the ride. The ocean is a beautiful and terrifying place, so what you can to take it in.

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Erik Timbo
Chicago, IL
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Went fishing with Easy Does It on Abril 8, 2023
Do a little research, everything is about social media nowadays. I've fished different spots in the states, and have not hesitated to use Fishing Booker, especially if I wasn't familiar with the area. They have yet to disappoint! Go catch some fish!

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Ted Richard
Norwich, CT
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Went fishing with Reef Runner Charters Key West on Abril 14, 2023
There's great party boat fishing in Key West, as well as a large amounts of charters for big bucks, I fish on the Gulfstream VI most days I'm here but I also treat myself to a big buck charter occasionally, and I'm so glad I was referred to Reef Runner and their crew.

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Kevin Soulliere
Belle River, ON
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Went fishing with Capt. Conch Charters – Capt. Conch on Abril 7, 2023
Look up local fishing reports on fishing booker and other sources to figure out what you want to target based on what is happening at the time. Get a plan together in advance to see whats biting and always remember its called fishing not catching its not always going to be a slam dunk but having a knowledgeable Captain will make or break the day.

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Phillip Watts
Beaverton, OR
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Went fishing with Flying Fish Charters - 17' on Marzo 21, 2023
Pay very close attention to weather, any storms in prior months because they affect the bait and consequently, the targeted fish. The state of Florida would have you believe your fishing in a aquarium if you read some of their literature we spotted only couple of fish per day that might been catchable.

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John St. Pierre
Cicero, IL
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Went fishing with Cowboy Charters – Cowboy Since 1965 on Febrero 19, 2019
Take Dramamine one hour prior to departure if winds are high and/or predicted waves are 4' plus. Take some of your catch to one of the wonderful restaurants and let them prepare a feast for you. You will not regret it! Fish with a knowledgeable charter, such as Cowboy Charters. Tip the mate generously, as he works very hard to keep the lines running, bring the fish in and clean and fillet your catch for you.

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Michael Knott
Yatesville, GA
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on Abril 22, 2022
It was an awesome trip but weather was not nice. Bad weather but we still caught great eating fish. Awesome Captain and Mate. Just bad weather when we went. No fault of crew. They even went out of their way to make sure we caught fish. AWESOME

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Lorie Butts
United States
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on Octubre 11, 2021
The best thing to do is find out how the fishing has been. We probably didn’t go at the best time, but with it being our first, it worked out well. We know more now and will prepare better the next time.

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Scott Calkins
Rockford, IL
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Went fishing with Key West Backwater Fishing on Febrero 5, 2021
Watch the weather. We had just gotten through a cold front, and, not unexpectedly, it took a little hunting to get on the fish. An experienced Captain is a must. Sean O'Keefe at Key West Backwater Fishing knows where to find the fish and how to catch them.

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Judy Ochsner
Savannah, GA
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Went fishing with Good Times Key West on Julio 6, 2020
Be ready to catch some fish. By hiring a guide, you have everything you need at your fingertips.... Bait, tackle, water and a nice boat to get you onto the water. Morning fishing is probably the best, as the afternoons can be extra steamy and fish may be sluggish.

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Thomas Heath
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on Agosto 21, 2019
Make sure you get the captain that is advertised. Make sure the equipment does not break. Make sure you get the beverages advertised. If new at this make sure the captain understands what you want.

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Gregory Samuels
Alabaster, Alabama
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Went fishing with Cowboy Charters – Cowboy Since 1965 on Junio 26, 2019
Triple check your booking with the charter and if possible, speak to someone over the phone or in person. I even showed up to the dock and found out when to arrive the next day to be sure. Disaster still occurred.

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John Williams
Central City, AR
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Went fishing with Fish Key West - The Coolcast on Junio 2, 2019
Book with the Coolcast for a great fishing experience. They are experienced and provided a fun and enjoyable trip. We were able to hook a shark and a Blue Marlin (which was highly unusual for the FL Keys area). Had a great time.

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Roger Dennis
Takoma Park, MD
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Went fishing with Reel Smoker on Junio 1, 2019
Be prepared for changes in weather and conditions to dictate which type of fish you can target. Offshore winds can make fishing for mahi, marlin, etc more difficult. The benefit of Key West is thast you can switch fishing type on the fly and stay inshore where there is less wind, yet still target great fish like snapper, barracuda, tarpon, jacks, etc.

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Julie Moyer
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on Noviembre 22, 2023
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.

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Connie Whittington
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Went fishing with Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters on Noviembre 25, 2023
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.

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Kasey York
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on Noviembre 24, 2023
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.

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Roy Hensley
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on Noviembre 24, 2023
maybe it was the weather or the season, but we were at 30 to 45 feet. Maybe go deeper and use larger tackle.

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Richard Laigaie
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Went fishing with Boa Vida Charters 1 on Noviembre 24, 2023
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well

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Charles Knecht
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Went fishing with Jolly Roger II on Noviembre 18, 2023
Bring some sandwiches, some drinks, they’ll have coolers with ice. Bring some shoes with grip as you’ll be on a boat

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Davis Evans
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Went fishing with Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West on Octubre 10, 2023
These guys were prepared for everything. They listened to us and did whatever the. Oils to get is on the fish.

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Troy Tolliver
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Went fishing with Conch Too Charters LLC on Octubre 9, 2023
Definitely find out what the water temperature is to evaluate. What kind of fish you’re gonna go for in the time length.

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Alexandra Cantwell
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Went fishing with Cora Beth Fishing on Noviembre 16, 2023
Absolutely! It was my first time and definitely not my last after that experience.

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Michael Downey
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on Octubre 17, 2023
Was a little wet due to the wind, so maybe bring a rain jacket. Otherwise be prepared for fun.

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Michael Slentz
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Went fishing with Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters on Septiembre 28, 2023
This was our first time fishing in Key West, if you want to learn how to fish, these are the guys to teach you!

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Piper Hughes
Orlando, Florida
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Went fishing with Second Nature Charters on Septiembre 20, 2023
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.

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Mary K Derby
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Went fishing with Reel Easy Charters on Septiembre 20, 2023
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing