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Fishing Report
Reports from those that know - the local guides.

Florida Saltwater Fishing Regulations
Recreational size minimums, bag limits, and closed seasons.

Record Catches State and World Records for Key West's many fish.

Tournaments
Annual calendar of fishing events.

Paint & Release
A collection of original fish illustrations.

Fishing Seasons
When are they biting? Our guide to what's hot.

Fishing Licenses
Regulations you should know and how to get a license.

Key West Flats Fishing

"Fish With a Talented Guide"

Fishing the Flats in Key West Florida
What you come to the Key West for - a great day on the water. This is a world-class flats fishing.

Want to have the best fishing in Key West?
Then reserve a Key West flats fishing charter. Your guide will lead you on a hunt after the great shallow-water gamefish - Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon.

Experienced flats anglers know - when you see a fish's fin rise out of the calm, glass-like water, it's heart-pounding excitement.

What is flats fishing like?
Your fishing guide, using a push-pole, expertly maneuvers the boat silently across the shallows - with you on the bow (that's the front of the boat) looking for a fish to "sight cast" towards.

Ideally, you'll spot the fish 40 feet away, in the crystal clear water feeding. When the moment is right, make your best cast and hope to hook into a Key West bonefish, permit, tarpon, or other champion gamefish. If your cast is successful, moments later, you'll feel a slight tug and then an explosion of water as the fish surges across the shallow flat. The reel in your hand screams as fishing line is quickly unwound from the spool. Congratulations...you are now enjoying the rewards of Key West's world-class flats fishing.

Searching for and sighting fish to cast at is what the sport of flats fishing is all about.

Why does Key West have such good "flats" fishing?
Fortunately for Key West visitors, The Florida Keys are surrounded by shallow water: one or two feet deep. And, due to the barrier reef, the nearshore water is often calm as glass.

The bottom of these shallow and clear "flats" are mostly covered in a carpet of seagrass, known as Turtle Grass. This seagrass is an important link in the eco-system of the shallows. And it is in this environment that the most challenging fish come to forage. Bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and sharks are commonly found in the shallows.

The most important piece of equipment that you will use is your fishing guide. Have the right one, and you are going to enjoy a day of fishing, learn a few tips, and get your money's worth. Pick the wrong guide and wish you were driving the boat instead.

Key West Flats Fishing Guide Available for Hire:

 

Captain Erik -

  • Sightcast for bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and other flats gamefish
  • 10 years experience fishing Key West with 100's of days on the water
  • 17' Maverick flats skiff - great for shallow water
  • 2 angler capacity
  • Convenient marina located directly on the island of Key West.
  • Fly fishing and/or spin fishing available
  • $400 (4-hours), $525 (6-hours), $650(8-hours)

For availability, please e-mail us or call 305-304-0337

Flats fishing for tarpon in Key West
The grand-daddy of the flats, Tarpon are one of the BIGGEST reasons to fish in Key West.
Bonefish caught fly fishing in Key West
Key West bonefish caught on fly.
Flats fishing for permit in Key West
The ultimate challenge in salt water fly fishing is this fish, the Permit. No wonder these guys are psyched.
For availability with Capt. Erik, please e-mail us or call 305-304-0337

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Suggested Reading
"Outstanding...if you fish Florida, a must-have"
Florida fishing guide book
Sport Fish of Florida
by Vic Dunaway

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Keys Fishing Fact
The Florida Keys are located in the most biologically diverse area of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean sandwiching the islands, while the warm Gulf Stream current meanders close by, the ocean surrounding the Keys contains more species of fish than anywhere else in the Atlantic.

"A Fishing Paradise"

 


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