Flats fishing involves fishing in shallow water often times less than three feet deep. A special type of boat that has a shallow draft is required. One of the great advantages and most excited aspects of flats fishing is that the angler is able to spot the fish prior to catching it. Flats fishing can be compared to stalking a fish or hunting. Often times the captain stands on an elevated platform on the back of the flats boat. This platform give the captain better vantage point to spot the fish and allows him to push to boat in silence with a long push pole. Fly fisherman are particularly fond of flats fishing. Flats fishing allows anglers to catch an array of fish that are only found in these shallow water habitats. The fish very from location to location but include bonefish, tarpon, snook, and redfish. Flats fishing is a great alternative to traditional deep sea fishing and is highly addictive.
Most of the Bonefish world records have been set in the Keys, Our Bonefish range in size from 1 to 19 pounds. Bonefish are lighting fast runners and very skittish in nature. Bonefish migrate from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. They love shallow water flats with shrimp, small crab, jigs and flys.
Permit are extremely spooky and hard fighting. Most Permit are 10 – 50 pounds. They are caught on shallow shoal flats and near reefs and wrecks with live crab, shrimp, jigs and flies. Permit fly fishing is one of the ultimate angler challenge. Permit migrate throughout the Atlantic Basin the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Tarpon (Megalops Atlanticus) or “The Silver King” Large tarpon from 50 to 200 pounds migrate into the keys to spawn from February to June. We always have resident and baby tarpon year round in the Keys. Tarpon are very acrobat. We catch them on live bait, lures and fly. Their spectacular jumps, fast runs and fishing stamina will test your skills.
We have nearly 550 SQ. miles of saltwater tidal flats, basins and channels within our range from the the lower Keys to the Marquesas.