Welcome To Far Out Fishing
Key West Charter Fishing Boats & Guided Fishing Trips
Key West fishing guide Captain Chris Mendola has over 25 years of experience fishing and diving in the waters off the Florida Keys. Chris grew up fishing with his dad as a boy and got into commercial fishing at the age of 18. He's been a licensed captain and fishing guide for over a decade and has accumulated thousands of fishing spots producing a wide variety of fish. Key West is located between the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Straits. Because of its location, there are many different species of fish that can be targeted. The Gulf of Mexico is loaded with old shipwrecks that are home to a variety of Snapper, Grouper, Jacks, Permit, African Pompano, Cobia, and King Mackerel just to name a few! On the Atlantic side is one of the biggest barrier reefs in the world and it’s home to thousands of different fish species. Fishing the reefs off Key West is great fun and usually results in a mixed bag of eating fish. Captain Chris spends much of his time fishing offshore, targeting big game fish including Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Swordfish. He's won multiple offshore tournaments in Key West and the Bahamas. Daytime Sword fishing is one of Chris's specialties as he has landed hundreds of Swordfish! He's also a very experienced free diver and scuba diver. Spearfishing is his favorite thing to do on the water so if you’re looking to shoot fish, be sure to ask him about a spearfishing trip! It would be his pleasure to take you out on the fishing adventure of a lifetime!




  • Went spearfishing and bottom fishing the first week of june with chris. As usually, we had a great time and he put us right on the fish. Last year chris had my bachelor party on his boat and 7 on my best friends had an amazing day reeling in some big fish. Bottom fish and/or spear fish with chris is a must in key west. It's an annual trip for me!
  • We did a reef and wreck charter and it was everything we had read and expected on TripAdvisor. A tropical storm almost ruined a memorable trip. We traveled 26 hours strait to make it to Key West and our charter with FarOut. Chris didn't disappoint and we are so happy we found a way to make the trip. The fish tacos were a great way to end the charter and Chef Clive blew us away with his culinary skills. Thanks again Chris and continued success with Far Out Fishing Charters. D. Barnes, Nederland,Tx.
  • Went out for the 2nd time with Chris and it was great again! Great captain that helps you with everything you need and is very accomodating. Very chill guy that is awesome to hang out with. Made sure we caught plenty of fish and had another awesome trip. Already have another one on the books for September!
  • Chris will discuss what you are interested in doing, onshore, offshore, lobstering, spearfishing, and then let you know what the best options are depending on what is available, and he knows! We spent our first day spearfishing and cathing tuna, he put us on beautiful reefs and we caught blackfin tuna on a large wreck. The second day we wanted to load up on snapper and fish to take home, we limited on yellowtail snapper and caught several other delicious species. Took home almost 100 fillets. Chris is the only guide we will use in Key West from now on.
  • Awesome Cpt. By far, the best fishing out of key west. Plan was to target swords. Not only did he deliver on the swords, but was ready to go when other opportunities presented. Wound up catching some some nice mahi, triple tail, cobia, cuda, and snapper. Killer day on the water.
  • If you are coming to Key West for the fishing, Chris Mendola is your guy. My buddy arranged this trip to go for sailfish, but on the day of our trip, Chris advised against it due to conditions. What to do? "Let's go out and try the grey snapper." Limited out in about 1 hr. Now what? "Let's try another spot for yellowtail & muttons." Limit in 2hrs. "Let's try a wreck for some amberjack." 24lb amberjack. "On the way back we can hit a couple of spots for deep jigging". 14lb tilefish. Yes 14lb tilefish.

    Oh, forgot the 2 large grouper we got at the yellowtail stop. So on our trip we caught lots of fish on spinning reels, my favorite, and fought some big fish up from the bottom. Chris knows where the fish are and how to catch them. Everything he suggested on our trip worked. All provided with no bs by a nice guy. We didn't lay all the fish out for a picture b/c we were too tired. But these pics show basically a wheelbarrow filled with fish. You can see some of the bigger fish on top.
  • I'm not sure you can have a much better day in the Keys than out on a boat with Captain Chris. He knows the best spots for every type of fish and lobster, and reads the currents and ocean like it's his home. He was able to find lobsters even when people have spent weeks depleting the area of them. He also pointed out various fish and coral formations as we snorkels around. He is relaxed, patient, and we had an incredible day out on the boat!