Capt. Mike Weickert

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Marathon, Florida

Capt. Mike Weickert


10th year as Orvis endorsed guide. My name is Captain Mike Weickert and I have been sight fishing the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park for 10 Years. My skiff, a 17-foot Maverick Mirage powered by a 90 hp Evinrude, is kept on a trailer allowing me to fish anywhere in the Keys.

What is Provided to Customer

I provide all necessary tackle as well as water. Anglers on my boat are covered by my license. Of course you are welcome to bring your own tackle if you would like.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Tarpon, permit, and bonefish are pursued in the clear waters around the Florida Keys. Snook, redfish, and a host of others are fished in Everglades National Park. The Park is about a 40-minute boat ride from the Keys.

Typical Weather by Season

Winter fishing (Dec., Jan., and Feb.) is very weather dependent. If we have had warm temperatures, 75-80, the fishing around the Keys can be as good as any other time of year. If we have had a recent cold front we would be fishing in the Park as snook and reds are more temperature tolerant. For the remainder of the year, temperatures will be mid-80s to mid-90s.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Depending on where you are or where we want to fish we will meet at a boat ramp between 7:30am and 8:00am. A typical day will have us on the water at least 8 hours.


Species You Fish for by Season

Our prime tarpon season is April, May, and June. Tarpon can be caught most of the year depending on water temperature but the big numbers are here in those three months. October and November can be some of the best months, with anything possible. January, February, and March are considered prime permit season. Bonefish, snook, and redfish can be caught year-round. Winter provides many other species that can be really fun. My current record is 14 species on the fly in one day!


What Should Customers Bring?

All you will need to bring is your lunch and if you would like something to drink. A hat, polarized sunglasses, and sunscreen are a must. Avoid bright clothing; these fish have big eyes and see us as well as we see them!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I am not the greatest caster?
A. One of the biggest challenges in sight fishing is one's casting ability. If you haven't done it, casting to a moving target takes practice. I work hard with all my anglers to get them as sharp as possible but there is no substitute for practicing before you come. The ability to cast is directly related to your success. When you book a trip, let me know your abilities and I can steer you in the right direction.


Capt. Mike Weickert
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Marathon, FL

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