As a full-time Keys guide, we fish year round. In the cold winter months, we target sharks, barracuda, jacks, and sea trout. When the water warms, the permit and tarpon bite can be great as well as the bonefish. In the springtime, things really heat up. Permit is best in February and March. The tarpon start showing up when the water warms. Going into April, some of the best tarpon days of the year can occur. At the same time, the bonefish blowup as well. May is known for peak tarpon, with the migration along the beaches in overdrive. These big tarpon are around and moving well through June and into July. The bonefishing remains fantastic during these months. The summer months are red hot for smaller tarpon, bonefish, and permit. Early mornings are best. When the water cools down in the fall it is again great for the Big Three. Fishing remains consistent throughout our winter months for the other species, which can be underrated but exhilarating on the flats.
The “Big Three” is what brings most anglers to the Keys to fish. Tarpon, permit, and bonefish are the most coveted species and can be caught year-round if conditions are good. If the weather is not cooperating, or if you want to go for something different, the Keys offer an array of different species to target. On either fly or light spin tackle you can target barracuda, sharks, jacks, mackerel, and sea trout to just name a few. So no matter the conditions or your skill level fish are there to be caught.
After launching the boat, a typical day starts with a 20-minute boat ride. That is all it takes to be swept away from the main highway and fishing along unspoiled mangrove shoreline. From there, it's onto the shallow flats and white sand that appears to go on forever. Often times, going all day without seeing another boat or angler.
Typical weather in the Key is usually warm. Summers can be hot in the 90s F which makes fishing in the morning ideal. Winter months are warm. Temperatures are typically in the mid 70s.