Mutton Snapper

Key West Mutton Snapper

Key West reef fishing is great for lots of action and great eating fish.   There are also many patch reefs located in between Key West and the reef line for those windy days.  Patch reefs can provide plenty of action and calmer water, especially during the winter when cold fronts approach.  I also fish the Gulf of Mexico reefs when the wind is blowing out of the south.

Key West Atlantic Reefs

Key West has a huge barrier reef located south of Key West and the Florida Keys about 6 miles.  Key West also has a deeper secondary reef line or bar located less than a mile past the reef in many areas. The barrier reef off Key West is one of my favorites to fish for yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, and grouper.

If you fish the Atlantic reefs, you may also encounter red grouper, jacks, African pompano, mackerel and may even run into a Mahi Mahi, wahoo, tuna or sailfish.

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A Nice Key West Black Grouper

Key West Gulf Reefs

If you fish the gulf, you have shot at cobia, king mackerel, permit, gag grouper, red grouper, black grouper, mangrove snapper, sharks and several others.  Fishing the reefs around Key West is a great way for constant action all day long.