Florida Keys Outfitters, FL
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Florida Keys Outfitters
305-664-5423 305-664-2216 firstname.lastname@example.org floridakeysoutfitters.com
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Species you fish for
From my personal experience fishing in the Keys over a 45 year period if the weather is good and appropriate for the time period the fishing is good.
Many of our species are here all year round while others come and go with the seasons. Bonefish, year round residents, come on the flats when it's warm and go deeper when it's too hot or cold. In summer they feed early and late while in winter they feed during the warmest part of the afternoon.
Fish do not know the calendar month only the wind, temperature, moon phase and barometric pressure. We have found that some giant tarpon migrate over great distances seasonally while others may stay year round and only go a hundred miles or so to deeper water when it's cold. Five or six consecutive warm days in January can flood the flats with big tarpon that like it hot and calm while mackerel who like cooler water may vacate the flats and head north.
The great thing about the Islamorada area of the Florida Keys is that we have so many options and when the weather is unseasonable it pays to be flexible and adjust targets accordingly.
Options include: Bonefish, Big Tarpon, Giant Tarpon, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Seatrout, Tripletail, Spanish mackerel, Jacks and Ladyfish.
Often overlooked as species to target with fly rod are sharks. We have many blacktip and lemon sharks as well as an occasional tiger and hammerhead that can be chummed up for fly casting opportunities.
Sample of Typical Trip
Boats generally leave between 7:00 and 8:00 each morning and return from 3:00 to 5:00 depending on season, tides and the weather. Due to the complexity of tides we have the ability to find fishy waters throughout most days. Guides commonly run to Flamingo which is 40 minutes northwest and fish their way to and back. Because we have so many options it’s suggested to maintain flexibility to take advantage of this magnificent resource adjacent to some of the most remote areas in the lower 48.
Fishing is available all year round as our resource hosts some species requiring saline marine influences of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as well as others preferring estuarine and brackish waters of the Everglades ecosystem. The Keys tarpon migration comprised of several hundred thousand fish could begin as early as March and usually goes through mid-July. About a third of these fish are resident and here year round.
What is provided to the customer
Guide fees include license, fuel, ice, water, tackle, rigging and expertise. Not included are gratuities, other beverages and lunches.
What should the customer bring?
You should bring polarized sunglasses, rain gear, camera, hat with dark under brim, comfortable non marking & non slip deck shoes, sun screen and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. If you have tackle you would like to use feel free to bring that. We urge you to discuss fishing options, start time and location at least the evening before the trip.
There are several places to pick up sandwiches and other beverages in the morning. You can book over the phone or on line through our website.
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