In Key West, catching sharks is extremely popular. Some of Florida’s best shark fishing occurs in Key West and we specialize in catching these phenomenal creatures. The adrenalin, exhilaration and challenge that these fish provide anglers with is simply indescribable. After all, these awesome predators did not get to the top of the ocean’s food chain without extremely good reason.
There are all types of sharks swimming off the coast of Key West. It is possible to catch any of them but the most common are bull sharks, hammerhead sharks and mako sharks. We know exactly where they can be found and precisely how to catch them. As with fish of all sizes, millions of sharks arrive in Key West during their annual migrations. This brings them close to shore where we usually catch them a mile or two from the coast – meaning that we have no need to travel very far and that sharks are a perfect target for any of our Key West fishing charters.
Extremely challenging, the task of catching sharks in Key West relies on using the correct tackle and equipment. These incredibly powerful and fast fish require knowledge and experience. You will have a strong advantage on our Key West fishing charters because all our boats are outfitted with tournament grade equipment, and our captains specialize in catching sharks. Here is some information that will help you to catch some of the most frequently caught sharks in Key West:
Thresher Sharks in Key West
Named after a farming device - used to separate grain from stalks – because their long tails so closely resemble this tool, thresher sharks are truly fantastic. Found farther offshore where the water drops off into the Gulf Stream and extends into depths of around 1 500ft, thresher sharks feed on smaller pelagic fish such as tuna and mackerel. They also eat squid which we use to catch them with. Thresher sharks are enormous and can grow into monsters exceeding a ton in weight, but those we catch in Key West are generally smaller than that.
Hammerhead Sharks in Key West
Named after their unusual hammer-shaped heads, these sharks have smaller mouths than other shark species. Found feeding near the ocean floor, our Key West fishing charters go bottom fishing to catch hammerhead sharks. During the day, these amazing sharks congregate in schools. At night, they prefer to hunt alone. An adult hammerhead shark can weigh as much as a ton, but those we catch in Key West are usually found weighing a few hundred pounds or more.
Bull Sharks in Key West
We are not afraid of sharks, but bull sharks have a nasty reputation. This is because they are highly aggressive by nature and are attracted to shallow waters where people are. With the ability to survive in both freshwater and saltwater, bull sharks are known to travel inshore in their search for prey. Their common diet consists of turtles, fish and birds but they will happily dine on anything that they can find. Extremely territorial, bull sharks hunt alone and have been documented occupying the same wrecks and reefs for years at a time. These phenomenal sharks are gigantic and extremely powerful. Those we catch in Key West do not usually weigh more than 500lbs, but they can easily exceed a ton in weight when fully grown.
Mako Sharks in Key West
Listed as an endangered species, mako sharks are suffering declining populations. This is why we will never harm a mako shark and will always release it safely. Unfortunately, due to these statistics, catching a mako shark is becoming increasingly difficult. Among the fastest sharks in the ocean, catching these fish is particularly thrilling as they can reach speeds nearing 50mph underwater.
Call today to book your Key West Shark Fishing Charter and experience adrenalin far beyond compare.