Best Fishing in the Florida Keys

A Fisher’s Paradise

Boaters and anglers pull up to the dock at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
Boaters and anglers alike pull up to the dock at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge

Nestled perfectly between the Seven Mile Bridge of Marathon Key and iconic Key West, is the gem of the Middle Keys. This ideal location provides anglers with access to both the Gulf of Mexico and incredible offshore fishing to the south. Marathon Hump rises up 500 ft. below sea level, producing a swell of nutrients and acting as a buffet for your favorite pelagic fish species. The Middle Keys, specifically at MM33, is also an excellent destination for flats-fishing and probably the best area for DIY fly-fishing.

Local Area Fishing

Boat leaves the canal for a fishing trip at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
Guests head from the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge channel in the hopes they will catch some dinner.

There are three keys within a stone’s throw of Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge: Big Mangrove, Little Don Quixote Key, and No Name Key. All have different personalities, lay within a quick boating distance of one another, and offer great opportunities for a variety of sport fishing. No Name is frequented by tarpon, snook, and plenty of barracuda. Big Mangrove is the favorite for snappers, barracudas, and some big sharks. Don Quixote and the flats just to its north are favorites of permit, sharks, and depending on the season: tarpon. On the Gulf of Mexico side, you will find the likes of the Goliath groupers, cobia, and king mackerel. There will definitely be no shortage of fishing or fun…

Prepare for your Trip

Catch of the day… Wahoo!

Make sure to gear up before your arrival in Big Pine Key. If you are RVing down it is about 135 miles from Miami, so be sure to visit Bait ‘Em Up on Marathon Key to get some well-priced fishing gear and bait. If you fly into Key West, don’t worry Big Pine Key’s camp store will have you covered for all your basic needs. There are so many great fishing charters once you arrive in Big Pine Key, so if you are looking for guidance from the experts, check out the following suggestions: Hot Rod Charters, Light Tackle Sport Fishing, and Captain Hook’s Big Pine Key. They’ll take you out to troll the deep blue sea for mahi-mahi, wahoo, and blue marlin; then bottom fish over reefs and target some tasty snapper. When you’ve caught yourself an appetite, head to a “hook-and-cook” restaurant to have your catch grilled & prepared the right way.

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge

Enjoying the campfire at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
After a long day out on the water, the best reward is to enjoy your catch around the fire as the sun sets.

When you’re ready to turn your motor off for the day and sit around the campfire, Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge will reel you in for a relaxing evening with loved ones. From full electric RV spots to rustic tent sites, or even motel rooms, there is a place for you. With a boat ramp and canals, you can put your boat in the water and leave it there throughout your stay. This concept of ‘boat-side’ camping gives you the freedom to jump in your boat and hit the water whenever the tide calls. The camp store is stocked with everything you need to be comfortable at camp and out on the water. This includes food, beverages, and snacks, plus fishing/marine supplies like marine gas, bait and basic water sports equipment. The natural surrounding beauty of the Keys will make anyone swoon. Discover more about ways to stay, activities, and booking by calling 305-872-2351.