Key West Fishing Report

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Key West Fishing Report March 14, 2023

Current fishing information from Key Limey Charters

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Capt. Tony Murphy

Greetings from Key West! Hello from Capt. Tony Murphy with Key Limey Charters.  Thank you for your interest in my Key West Fishing Report and Fishing in Key West and the lower keys!

Not much has changed as far as migrating Tarpon moving through the lower keys. Early morning starts to the west of Key West can pay-off with big hook-ups. The Tarpon have been very finicky lately towards taking just any ole fly.  Mullet and darker Toad patterns have been great choices with the amount of bait around. 


Don’t get frustrated and remember to pay attention to the bait moving through and what the fish are following. Most Tarpon have been found in the deeper channels through-out Key West Harbor chasing large schools of mullet. 


The Atlantic side has been paying off with more fish than the gulf side over the last week. Remember to pay attention to the multitude of other boats all looking for that hook-up as well. The harbors can get very busy when the large schools of Tarpon are packed in and feeding.


The boats don’t always keep an eye out for YOU! If not on fly, captains do well using 10″ Hogy in bone white or bone/black color.  

Grouper season has opened and many captains are seeing very good size grouper already. Warmer water on the reef has moved a lot of them into deeper water. 100 to 200 feet of water has been producing nice grouper as well as mutton snapper. 


With all the clear water, the yellow tail snapper bite has been a bit slow. Clear water keeps the big boys deep. Captains doing well with Yellowtail have been fishing closer to the bottom in 75-100 feet deep over live bottom. Dolphin have been further out lately and still mostly schoolies or peanut size fish with a few juvenile cow and bulls mixed in.


As always wishing you tight lines and fish boat side from Capt. Tony Murphy!

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Our ocean boat is a brand new 2020 322Z Seavee with twin 400hp mercury Verados.


Our flats boat is a 1996 16′ Hewes Bonefisher.


Coolers with ice for your food and drinks are provided. All of the licenses, bait and Shimano fishing tackle are included with the charter.


Experienced Fly fisherman Welcome. All Orvis equipment supplied. Shimano Tackle is also available. Novices? No problem. I am an experienced guide. I will be glad to give you patient instructions.


Meet capt tony murphy, Florida Keys Guide Since 1992.

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Above all else, Capt. Tony Murphy and his staff wish you tight lines! Get down here and book a trip with the Key Limey to catch that fish of a lifetime!!!

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With a backgrounds in commercial fishing, Capt. Tony is a very patient captain and loves fishing of all types! From expert to novice.

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Capt. Tony Murphy

Captain Tony Murphy has been fishing for a living in the waters off Key West for more than 28 years, including 5 years of commercial fishing with rods and reels targeting Snapper, Groupers and Kingfish.

Commercial fishing experience is essential for a true fishing guide. There are many light tackle guides to choose from and you'll find that most successful guides have backgrounds in commercial fishing.

Capt. Tony is also a very patient captain and loves to teach beginner anglers. From the seasoned fisherman to families with children, all levels of experience are welcome.


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