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Fishing charters in Big Pine Key, FL

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Whether you are planning an inshore fishing trip or a reef fishing, you’ll easily find a fishing charter in Big Pine Key.

Big Pine Key fishing charters will help you to land Mahi Mahi, Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Barracuda, and many more.

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Inshore fishing charters in Big Pine Key

Inshore fishing is one of Big Pine Key's key attractions. From the exciting Tarpon fishing to the night Snook fishing trips, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and all ages.

Local fishing charters can help you reel in Mangrove Snapper, Tarpon, Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, and many more.

Inshore fishing trips are very popular with families, couples, and small groups of friends.

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Inshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour inshore fishing trip is $436 for 2 people. An extra person fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

$200 is the lowest price for a 2-hour inshore fishing trip in Big Pine Key.

There are about 41 fishing guides in Big Pine Key and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Big Pine Key.

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Best time for inshore fishing

May, March and October will be your next best months for inshore fishing in Big Pine Key.

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Offshore fishing charters in Big Pine Key

This is your chance to get away from it all and experience some of the best offshore fishing in the world. You’ll be heading out to the open waters searching for the big ones. Big Pine Key offshore fishing charters will show you the perfect fishing grounds in the area.

There are a variety of options for your next fishing trip near Big Pine Key. These waters are filled with Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sailfish, King Mackerel, and many more.

Offshore fishing trips are good for experienced anglers, groups for friends, and those who want to reel in a bigger catch. Be ready to travel into the federal waters miles off the coast.

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Offshore fishing trip prices

On average, the price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip is $682 for 2 people. Add $50 for an each additional person. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

$350 is the lowest price for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip in Big Pine Key found on our platform.

You can find about 29 fishing charters in Big Pine Key and nearby cities. It’s easy to book your next fishing retreat in Big Pine Key.

Tip: It takes some time to get to the offshore fishing spots. So it’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience.

Standard tips are 15-20% of the price you paid for your charter if the crew did a good job.

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Best time for offshore fishing

May, March and October will be your next best months for offshore fishing in Big Pine Key.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key family-friendly fishing trips are great for beginners, kids, and families. Local Captains will educate you and your family on how to use the tackle and catch various fish species.

If you choose to be away from the rough seas and stay close to the shore, inshore fishing could be your next choice. When you’re fishing inshore, you’ll usually be within a few miles of the coast.

Family-friendly fishing trip prices

If you are planning a vacation to Big Pine Key, take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing charter. Your children will learn more about fish and won’t feel exhausted after a quick adventure.

$436 is the average price for a 4-hour family-friendly fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for an extra angler. Captains can accommodate 4-6 persons depending on the capacity of the vessel.

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Shark fishing charters in Big Pine Key

Millions of sharks migrate through Big Pine Key waters, making it a perfect shark-fishing destination. Big Pine Key shark fishing charters have vast experience in targeting different shark species.

Big Pine Key shark fishing charters will put you on Blacktip Shark, Bull Shark, Nurse Shark, Bonnethead Shark, and many more.

Note: some shark species are considered prohibited in Florida and cannot be kept as a trophy. These sharks have to be released. But don't worry about shark identification. Your Captain will assist you.

Sharks inhabit inshore and deep water near reef dropoffs. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

The best bait for shark fishing is any fresh bloody fish. Mullet, Ladyfish, Bonita, and Blue Runner would be the ideal bait for shark fishing. Your Captain will provide the proper bait for your shark fishing trip.

Shark fishing trip prices

On average, the base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter is $522 for 2 anglers. An extra guest fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 2-6 anglers depending on the size of the craft.

You can find more than 13 fishing charters in Big Pine Key and nearby cities. You will have a lot of choices to book your next fishing retreat.

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Best time for shark fishing in Big Pine Key

You can catch sharks all year round. The months of March and October could be considered as the best time for shark fishing in Big Pine Key.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Big Pine Key

Tarpon is one of the top trophy fish you can target on Big Pine Key fishing charters. Big Pine Key Tarpon fishing charters can help you to catch your next trophy fish. They will show you all the productive spots and efficient methods.

Tarpon are primarily found in coastal waters, bays, and shallows. Pinfish, mullet, and crabs are the go-to bait for Tarpon fishing.

Note: Tarpon is a catch-and-release-only fishery. And keep in mind that Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be delicate with your catch, take a memorable photo, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average price for a 6-hour Tarpon fishing trip and 2 guests. Add $50 for each additional person.

We found 15 fishing companies specialized in Tarpon fishing in Big Pine Key.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Big Pine Key

Tarpon fishing season in Big Pine Key is late spring through summer. The best months to catch Tarpon are October, September, and June.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide everything you need for a fishing trip: tackle, rods, reels, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, Captains clean anything that you catch.

Captains provide a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

An offshore fishing charter has to have a federal permit to fish in the federal waters.

What to bring on a fishing charter trip?

Depending on the weather, Captains recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, long sleeve shirt, hat, windbreaker, waterproof jacket, waterproof pans, appropriate non-skid footwear, gloves, your medicines, bug bite cream, sanitizer, drinks, and snacks.

Bring your freshwater license if you are planning to fish in the freshwater.

Some Captains don’t recommend bringing spray sunscreen, liquor, weapons, fireworks, and inappropriate footwear.

How to book a fishing charter trip?

You can make a reservation with a 10-30% deposit.

The remaining balance has to be paid directly to the Captain on the day of your trip or upon arrival.

The majority of the fishing charter deposits are refundable if you can cancel before the cancellation deadline. On average, a free cancellation deadline is 2-14 days before the trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Big Pine Key?

Popular public boat ramps and marinas near Big Pine Key are:

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