How To Maximize Your Fishing Time In The Florida Keys (Pro Tips)


Ahh, the Florida Keys…

There’s nothing like cruising down to the keys and getting that first glimpse of tropical blue water.

You’ve got lobster mini-season, lobster season, bonefish, permit, tarpon, and the Everglades, not to mention the world-class offshore fishing down there.

The only thing is, tons of other people are thinking the same thing as you!

A question that we often get is, “My family and I are going down to the keys…how do I get on some fish? Should I bring my boat? Who are the best guides down there?”

It can be crowded and there are tons of ways your trip could go not as planned.

So, we brought back the crowd-favorite Capt. Mark “Hollywood” Johnson from to talk to us about making the most of our Florida Keys fishing time.

He goes season by season and outlines what to fish for, what to use, and where to go.

Of course, we cover fishing, but we also cover the logistics like:

  • Lodging
  • Where to keep your boat
  • Where to get the best sandwiches
  • Who the best guides are
  • The best times of year to go (if you want to avoid crowds and traffic)
  • And unexpected surprises to look out for (like the yearly shrimp shortage).

If you’re taking a trip down to the Keys, you definitely want to listen to this first.

Since this was a live, in-person conversation, you can watch the video below, or just listen to the audio by clicking the play button below that, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.


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If you’re heading down to the Keys and want to go out with an experienced guide, definitely give Capt. Mark and Florida Keys Fun Fishing a call!

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Have any other questions about planning your trip down to the Keys?

Let us know in the comments below!

And if you know anyone who is looking to plan a trip down there, TAG or SHARE this with them!

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