Fishes of Key West
Key West can be considered a paradise in Florida. People visit Key West for the tropical weather, but Key West is also famously known as a fishing town. Many fishers, both novice and professional, make trips to Key West for a fun fishing adventure on the sea. Being known as a popular fishing location, Key West is home to various fish species.
Of all the species of tuna, the Blackfin is the smallest. The Blackfin Tuna is a popular fish that is found in Key West. They grow to a maximum length of 39 inches and weight as much as 46 pounds. These fishes can be found at wreck sites or just offshore.
If you hook a snapper, be prepared for a battle! These fishes are found in tropical and subtropical climates and are considered fighting fishes. There are about 5 species commonly found in Key West. These fighters are in season during Spring, up until Fall.
Sailfish are generally blue and gray in color and possess dorsal fins that resemble sails, hence the name. These fishes also possess a bill that is similar to those of a marlin or swordfish.
A Wahoo has a sleek and slender body. They are fast swimmers and are fierce predators. These fishes are considered more of trophy fishes and are elusively sought after by sport fishers because to their fast swimming speed. Wahoo are atracted to shiny moving objects and sometimes flashers are used.
Kingfish, also known King Mackerels, migrate to warmer waters, such as the Florida waters, during the winter time. These fishes are known for their incredible speed and somewhat resemble Wahoo fishes. They are medium-sized and can weight anywhere between 30 to 90 pounds.
These are some of the popular fishes that can be found in Key West waters. If you want to catch some fish for recreational purposes, or for consumptions, be sure to arrange a charter with Captain Scott Gordon and the crew at Too Lethal Charters.