2020 Best Florida Fishing Months Calendar (Key West to Biscayne)

                             
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Florida Fish Species   January February March April May June July August September October November December
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Amberjack (Seriola dumerili)   Good Good Best Best Best Best Best Best Good Good Good Good
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Black Grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci)   Best Best Best Good Good Good OK OK OK OK OK OK
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Blackfin Tuna (Thunnus atlanticus)   Good Good Good Good Best Best Best OK OK OK Best Best
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Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus)   Good Good Good Good Good Good Best Best Best Best OK OK
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Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans)   OK OK OK Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Good OK
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Bonefish (Albula vulpes)   OK OK Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best OK OK
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Cero Mackeral (Scomberomorous regalis)   Best Best Best Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Best
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Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)   Good Best Best Best Good OK OK OK OK OK Good Good
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Dorado (Mahi Mahi, Dolphin) (Coryphaena hippurus)   OK Good Good Best Best Best Best Best Good Good OK OK
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Gag Grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis)   Best Best Best Best Best Good Good Good Good Good Good Best
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Mangrove Snapper (Lutjanus griseus)   Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
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Jacks/Crevalle Jack (Caranx hippos)   Best Best Best Good Good Good Good Good Good Good Best Best
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King Mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla)   Best Best Best Best Good OK OK OK OK OK Good Best
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Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris)   Good OK Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best OK OK
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Mutton Snapper (Lutjanus analis)   Best Best Best OK OK OK OK OK OK OK Best Best
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Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)   OK OK Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best OK OK
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Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus)   Best Best Best Best Good Good Good OK OK Good OK OK
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Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)   Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best
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Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)   CLOSED CLOSED OK Best Best Best OK OK OK CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
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Wahoo (Acanthocybium solanderi)   Best Best Best Best OK OK OK OK OK OK Best Best
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Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares)   OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK
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Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus)   Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best Best

Use this Florida fishing calendar as a general guide for your fishing expeditions for the fish mentioned. Of course there is some seasonal variability which will make some months better or worse than they are listed here. Also, the terms Best, Good, and OK are entirely subjective. Don’t put too much faith in the fishing charts you see like this, just use them as one bit of data as you’re planning your trip. Also consult tide charts which are far more important to Florida saltwater fishing because they are highly correlated with the fishing ‘bite.’

Note – This is not a legal guide regarding the open or closed status of fishing for Florida species above. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information download the official Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations PDF (click) (July 2020).


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Florida Fish Regulation Ruler (Belt)

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Fish Scale (Digital and up to 110 lbs.)

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Florida Fishing Identification Booklet – 5×7″ Laminated (Waterproof)

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