The protected inshore waters offer great flats and backcountry fishing opportunities. These waters are always calm, even if the wind is blowing pretty good, so this is a great option for those who get sea sick as well as beginners just looking to bend a rod or expert fly fishermen looking to double haul their way to a real accomplishment on the water. And there is something to fish for year round.
During the winter Key West has a ton of species around this area; permit, jacks, snappers, cobia, mackerel, redfish, barracuda, sharks, bluefish, grouper. The list goes on. This is a great time of year for those interested in catching many different types of species. And while technical fishermen can have a blast throwing a fly for a cud a or a permit, novice anglers can have a great time as well spin fishing for one of the many species available this time of year.
Spring is Tarpon Bonanaza time. The Silver King starts to get active around the tail end of February or the beginning of March. This is a busy time of year because of this fish is so sought after for their fierce fighting and their beautiful acrobatic jumps.
Summer is known as SLAM season. Tarpon, bonefish, and permit, the three major sport fish of the Key West area, are prevalent this time of year. This time of year really suits the hunter, as it can take a lot of patience to hunt these guys down. Flats guides will pole you silently down a flat or use a stealthy electric trolling motor to sneak up on these fish. You can spin fish for these trophies or fly fish for them.
And the then there is the fall, which is a transitional time for the fishing. The early part of the fall remains much the same as the summer. But the latter part of the fall when the cold fronts start moving in brings in the winter fishery again. Either way, the fishing is fantastic.
Some of the more well known operators for this type of charter are Capt Steven Lamp and Dream Catcher Charters, Capt Connan Lehmkuhl, and Captain Tim Carlisle. Guides supply everything you need to fish so you don’t have to worry about anything; just hop on the boat and enjoy!