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Welcome to keywestsharkfishing.net home of all things shark. If you want to fish for sharks coming to Key West is a great place to start.

In other parts of the world commercial fishing has devasted sharks but here in southern Florida, they are prospering. Not only are there strict rules on taking sharks there is the enforcement of those laws something that is often lacking in other countries.

Fishing for Sharks in Key West

Similar to our other fisheries Key West boasts a huge variety of sharks. From two-foot long bonnethead sharks that roam the flats to monster hammerheads that cruise the reef. 

We have sharks everywhere actually, sometimes too many at least in terms of getting the fish to the boat. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to reel a fish in without the sharks eating it.


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Shark of Key West

  • Bull Sharks
  • Lemon Sharks
  • Reef Sharks
  • Nurse Sharks
  • Scalloped Hammerhead
  • Great Hammerhead Sharks
  • Bonnethead Sharks
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Sandbar Sharks

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Shark Fishing Tackle

The tackle used for targeting varies as much as the sharks. You could be using ultralight spinning gear to cast to bonnetheads, up to the heaviest of the heavy for the big boys. Did I mention we have some huge sharks here, giant bull sharks the most aggressive of sharks are very common in Key West waters especially around wrecks.

Typically fishing for sharks in Key West you will have to use some sort of steel leader, depending on how you are rigging this could be a little or a lot. If you are serious about targeting big sharks you may need some sort of shock leader as well.

Typically circle hooks are used to ease the release of the sharks. These hooks have been designed to catch the fish on the corner of the mouth. Typically a guide that knows what he is doing will not have very much issue with hooking and landing that shark and releasing it to fight another day.