Dry Tortugas Fishing

Dry Tortugas Fishing

The Dry Tortugas, located nearly 70 miles from Key West, are an ideal Key West fishing destination. These seven keys are the last of the islands that form the Florida Keys.
These keys and their surrounding reefs are all part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. Fort Jefferson, an unused naval masonry fortress, built in 1846, stands on the Garden Key. The park is one of the least visited national parks in the United States.
The isolation of the islands offers protection to the many various species that frequent the waters. Not only are the fish plentiful, they are some of the biggest specimens found.

Key West fishing charters offer everyone the chance to experience the thrill of fishing the Dry Tortugas. There are a variety of tours and trips available.

Dry Tortugas Fishing Day Trips

If the weather and ocean cooperate, travel to the Dry Tortugas typically takes up to two hours by boat. Once in the waters near the islands, though, guests can enjoy spending four to six hours catching a vast array of large species.

Dry Tortugas Fishing Overnight Trips

The Dry Tortugas are unpopulated islands that have no freshwater. Visitors are permitted to camp in places, but the preparation for the trip is extensive. The campgrounds are fairly heavily regulated for safety’s sake.

Key West fishing charters are the ideal alternative for an overnight fishing trip. They do need to be booked a year in advance, but they offer several advantages.

Guests will fish all the way to the Fort, where they are met by a “mother ship”, which is essentially a hotel on a ship. The mother ship offers all the comforts of a quality hotel, including warm meals. Guest will be able to spend the entire day fishing. They’ll also have time to visit Fort Jefferson or enjoy some of the most famous snorkeling locations in the world before fishing their way back up the keys on the return trip the following day.