We recently went down to Key West to find warmer weather and put our new spring “Making Waves” collection to the test. While there, we fished the backcountry, ate and drank our way down Duval Street, and took a day trip north to visit different Keys. Keep scrolling to enjoy a visual recap of our recent 72-hour trip to the Conch Republic.
The fishing changes throughout the year. January-March is a good time to get offshore and chase sailfish, black fin tuna, and wahoos. April-September is prime flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon, and barracuda.
Time and worries seem to drift away when you enter Key West’s historic downtown. Between the bars, restaurants, and quaint architecture you’ll have plenty of things to do and see. It's honestly hard to make a bad decision on where to go. We stopped into Lucy's for beers and tacos. Great decision!
There are a few different beaches in Key West all within close distance of each other. We decided to hit up Smathers Beach while we were there. This is a pretty great clean public beach with several vendors that rent water sports gear and beach chairs. Fort Zachary is also a great option.
There is certainly plenty to do in Key West, but if you have an extra day and a car, cruise up to different Keys. Stop at state parks along the way for sandy beaches and good fishing. We did just that, and went up to Islamorada to visit our friends Austin and Melissa. Check out Morada Bay for beachside tacos and brews.
A Few Tips and Tricks:
The southernmost point of the United States is it’s own world. Here are a few extra tips and tricks to make the most of your next trip to the Keys.
- While the beaches in Key West are pretty awesome, hop up north to other Keys to find seclusion. Cruise up and stop at state parks along the way for sandy beaches and good fishing.
- The Key West airport is tiny. Needless to say, you don’t need much time to get through TSA.
- The fishing changes throughout the year. January-March depending on weather is a good time to get offshore and chase sailfish, black fin tuna, and wahoos. April-September is prime flats fishing.
- Winds and weather dictate everything in the Keys. Keep an eye on it and be flexible with where and when you decide to fish. You always have plenty of options and just have to play the hand you’re dealt.
- Not looking to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of downtown Key West’s nightlife? Then head over to Roostica or Hogfish Bar and Grill for local eats and drinks.
- If you get time, consider running out to Dry Tortugas National Park for great fishing and sightseeing
- Looking for a guide? Give FF Ambassador Captain Jamie Connell a holler. Jamie is a seasoned vet and offers light tackle and fly fishing trips.