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Fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key, FL

Top 5 fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key, FL

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Whether you are looking for a fly fishing trip or a nearshore fishing adventure, Lower Matecumbe Key fishing will give you an experience of a lifetime.

These waters will yield anything from Mahi Mahi and Mangrove Snapper to Tarpon and Barracuda.

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Inshore fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key

Lower Matecumbe Key inshore fishing charters offer easy access to some of the best fishing grounds. From the fishing on the flats to the Founder gigging, there’s something for anglers of all tastes and budgets.

You can 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

$436 is the average base price for a private 4-hour inshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate 4-6 anglers depending on the size of the vessel.

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

You can find more than 41 fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing trip in Lower Matecumbe Key.

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Best time for inshore fishing

The best months for inshore fishing near Lower Matecumbe Key are May, March and October.

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Offshore fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key

Lower Matecumbe Key is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best offshore fishing experiences. We have many charter companies to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for you.

Lower Matecumbe Key fishing charters target variety of fish including species like 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

$682 is the average base price for a private 4-hour offshore fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra person fee is $50. Fishing charters can accommodate up to 6 persons depending on the capacity of the boat.

The most affordable rates start at $350 for a 4-hour offshore fishing trip near Lower Matecumbe Key.

There are about 29 fishing guides in Lower Matecumbe Key and nearby cities. It’s easy to find your next fishing getaway in Lower Matecumbe Key.

Tip: It’s better to take a 6-hour or 8-hour offshore fishing trip for the best fishing experience. Offshore fishing spots are away from the coast, so you will need some time to get there.

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

The best months for offshore fishing near Lower Matecumbe Key are May, March and October.

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Family-friendly fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key

Lower Matecumbe Key family fishing charters allow families to have a fantastic fishing experience on a budget. Your Captain will show you how to use the tackle and catch different species of fish.

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

Take a quick 4-hour inshore fishing trip. It won’t be an exhausting trip, so your kids will learn more about fish species and fishing techniques.

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

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Shark fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key

Sharks are plentiful all year round, from the shallow flats to the offshore waters near Lower Matecumbe Key. Lower Matecumbe Key shark fishing charters are experienced in targeting various species of sharks.

Local shark fishing charters target a variety of sharks including species like 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. Fishing charter Captains will help you with shark identification.

Sharks reside in waters of continental shelves over sandy and coral bottoms. Juvenile sharks use estuaries and lagoon areas as nursery grounds, while adults could be found in deeper waters.

Using dead bait is the most consistent way to catch sharks. Preferred live baits for shark fishing could be Blue Runner, Mullet, Bonita, or Ladyfish. The type of bait depends on the shark species you want to catch.

Shark fishing trip prices

$522 is the average base price for a private 4-hour shark fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50. Captains can take 4-6 anglers depending on the length of the boat.

In Lower Matecumbe Key and nearby cities, there are about 13 shark fishing charters. So you'll have plenty of options to find your next fishing break.

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Best time for shark fishing in Lower Matecumbe 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 Lower Matecumbe Key.

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Tarpon fishing charters in Lower Matecumbe Key

Tarpon fishing is one of the most thrilling fishing experiences you can have in Lower Matecumbe Key. Lower Matecumbe Key guides specialize in Tarpon fishing. They will show you the best spots and fishing methods.

Tarpon inhabit flats, inshore, and backcountry waters. Shrimp, pinfish, mullet, and crabs would be the ideal fishing bait.

Note: Tarpon fishing is catch-and-release-only. And keep in mind that Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water. So be careful with your trophy, take a few photos, and let it go.

Tarpon fishing rates

$580 is the average base price for a private 6-hour Tarpon fishing charter and 2 anglers. An extra angler fee is $50.

There are 15 fishing guides in Lower Matecumbe Key and nearby cities.

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Best time for Tarpon fishing in Lower Matecumbe Key

The best seasons for Tarpon fishing in Lower Matecumbe Key are spring and summer. The best months are October, September, and June.

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FAQ

What is included in the price?

Most trips are all-inclusive. Captains provide rods, reels, tackle, bait, and a cooler with ice. Usually, catch cleaning is free of charge.

The trip price includes a saltwater fishing license. It covers all the anglers on the boat.

A Fishing charter has to have a federal permit if you are planning 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 deposit could be refunded if you cancel the trip before the cancellation deadline. It's usually within 2-14 days of your trip date. Keep in mind that some of the bookings could be non-refundable.

What are the closest boat ramps and marinas to Lower Matecumbe Key?

Fishing charters launch from marinas or public boat ramps. Popular meeting points near Lower Matecumbe Key are:

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