The Florida Keys has a variety of fish to target inshore. Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Barracuda, Redfish, Sharks, Jack Cravelle, and many more species call the flats in the Florida Keys home. Each month in the keys has something a little different to offer. Feel free to contact me anytime to discuss when to come for your target species.
Tarpon - Best Time Feb-June
The Tarpon in the Keys range in all sizes. From 5 lb babies to full grown 150 lb adult migratory tarpon. The time of year, and water temperature play the biggest factor in finding tarpon on a consistent basis. The Keys has tarpon swimming in it's waters year round. In the winter months cold fronts will push them into deeper water. On warmer days resident tarpon move in and lay up in basins and channels to feed. In the months of March, April and May the Keys begins to see the migratory tarpon swimming the beaches. This is the most anticipated time of year in the Keys. Our primary way to target these Tarpon are with fly rods. Typically with 8wt-12wt rods. We also fish tarpon on conventional gear, using live bait and artificial lures. April-May is considered prime time so book your days early.
Permit - Best time Jan-April
Permit as most anglers know are one of the hardest fish to feed on the flats. The Lower Keys is home to good numbers of Permit. When the water temps in late winter/early spring warm up the permit begin to come back on the flats in good numbers. We target Permit on both fly rods and light tackle spinning gear.
Bonefish - Oct-June
Bonefish are slowly making a comeback in the Lower Keys! The are very willing to eat a fly and can burn some line once hooked. Fish average around 2-7lbs. Fly Fishing is preferred but we also target bonefish using light spin gear.
Barracuda - Nov-April
Barracuda are one of the most underrated fish on the flats! Lighting speeds, acrobatic, and pull hard! During the winter months as the temperatures drop in the Gulf and the Atlantic barracuda slide onto the flats to find warmer water. Some flats can be littered with cudas after a cold front. Conventional gear is preferred for barracuda.
Sharks - Fall/Winter/Spring
Shark fishing can be phenomenal in the lower keys. Black tips, lemons, spinners, provide most of the action. They will average around 20-50lb, with some getting much larger. We target sharks using fly rods, and conventional gear.
Night Time Tarpon - Fall/Winter/Spring
Night time tarpon fishing can be a blast! The tarpon are smaller on average (10-30lbs). We use fly rods, live bait, and artificial lures. Contact me for more information on night time fishing.
Jack Cravelle - Winter/Spring
In the winter Jack Cravelle will move into shallower water to find warmer temps and stay with the bait. We find them in channels and on the flats. Jacks are super aggressive and will eat just about anything you put on top of them. Throwing poppers and top-water lures can generate some explosive eats! Fly rods and conventional gear work well.
Redfish - Winter/Spring
Redfish are a good option in the Keys during the winter months. They can tolerate colder water, and be found on the flats when a cold front is pushing through. Redfish can be aggressive towards flies, our preferred method sight fishing in shallow water throwing 8-10 wt fly rods.