Biscayne Bay Fishing guide

 

Biscayne bay fishing guide

 

Florida’s most sought after fish species

Bonefish

Bonefish are one of the most sought after fish in Biscayne bay and the keys. Their nickname is the “grey ghost of the flats” as they are covered with mirror like scales that reflect the bottom of the sea providing them amazing camouflage. These fish are very challenging to catch and require a very stealthy approach and accurate presentation. Bonefish are pound for pound one of the strongest fish in the sea. A five pound Bonefish can easily rip off 100 yards of line out of your reel in only a few seconds. Their blistering runs and elusiveness make them one of the most coveted targets on the flats. We will be sight fishing for these fish with a 10 pound spinning outfit with a live shrimp or crab or a 8wt or 9wt fly outfit. Biscayne Bay, Key Largo and Islamorada hold some of the biggest Bonefish you will find anywhere in the world. Fish over 10 lbs are common and several giants over the 15 pound range have been caught in Florida. Whether you are a beginner or you have already traveled to the Bahamas, Belize, or Mexico and want to take your Bonefishing to the next level – I will be happy to help you catch that big elusive Bonefish.

 

Permit

 

Permit are one most beautiful and powerful fish that swim the flats. These fish are extremely wary and require a very stealthy approach as well as accurate casting. The flats of Biscayne Bay and the Keys are world famous for Permit. Again, as is the case with Bonefish, here you will find some of the biggest Permit you can find anywhere. Permit over 30 pounds are common catches in the flats of South Florida. We will be sight fishing for these fish on either a 12 pound spinning outfit or a 9 or 10wt fly outfit. If you have always dreamed about catching your first Permit on a fly rod, the Keys are the place to do it. Be ready to make accurate shots and deliver big flies in windy conditions. Windy conditions make Permit less wary and easier to approach for a fly or live crab presentation.

 

Tarpon

 

The Silver King of the Flats

 

Tarpon are the perfect game fish, They have beautiful big silver scales, make spectacular jumps when hooked, eat a variety of live baits, lures and flies, and can reach weights over 200 pounds. Tarpon are everything you can expect from a game fish. South Florida is legendary when it comes to Tarpon fishing. No other location in the world offers the sight fishing style for Tarpon that you will find in the Keys. Tarpon make a yearly migration to South Florida in the Spring, beginning to congregate in the backcountry of the Everglades as early as February/March and then by April the fish start to swim along the edges of the flats in the ocean side, in schools ranging from 4 fish up to hundreds. From April to mid May, These fish will be heading south towards Key West to then go back up North from mid May until mid July. For the fly fisherman, we will be poling along shallow water flats, Oceanside edges and backcountry basins in search of cruising or laid up fish. For the spin fisherman, we will be fishing many of the channels that separate Florida Bay from the ocean side – drifting live crabs and mullet. There is also a resident population of Tarpon that can be fished all year, whether it is Downtown Miami around the cuts, beaches and passes ,or the backcountry of the Everglades. Once you hook one of these fish, chances are you will get addicted to it.

 

Snook

 

Snook are one of the most popular game fish in South Florida. They frequent a wide variety of spots. This includes estuaries, beaches, passes, inlets and flats (as well as freshwater canals and lakes). We will be mainly fishing the backcountry of the Everglades for these fish, whether it is live baiting channels and creeks or sight fishing with artificials and flies on the flats.

 

Redfish

 

We will targeting these great fish in the Everglades National Park. We will be sight fishing groups of Reds tailing or individual cruising fish while poling over the flats. Or, we will be live-baiting creeks and channel edges. Redfish are possibly the most tolerant fish to any kind of weather and we can find them in the Everglades all year long.

Florida’s Fishing Seasons

 

Biscayne Bay fishing guide

 

Late winter and Early spring

 

January-February-March

 

This time of the year, the fishing for the big three on the flats depends entirely on cold front activity. During substantial cold fronts, the Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon usually look for deep water and leave the flats. During the coldest days or weeks, Flamingo in the Everglades National Park is an excellent choice to have consistent action throughout the day. We will be fishing channels and creeks for steady action with Redfish, Sea Trout, Black Drum, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, Ladyfish, Jacks and Sharks. It is an excellent choice to stay busy all day bending the rod. Bonefish still can be found during the coldest days. They usually congregate in big schools mudding in deep water shorelines in the ocean side of the Upper Keys. We will be Bonefishing in Biscayne Bay and Key Largo during those conditions if Bonefishing is your thing. During calm and warm conditions this time of the year, the fishing for the big three can be stellar. Warm and calm weather in winter time brings the fish back to the flats in a feeding frenzy mode. Tarpon fishing can be spectacular in Florida Bay and Whitewater Bay. We will be fishing for laid up Tarpon on the fly rod or throwing plugs at them. Winter time draws big Tarpon to the flats. fish between 100 and 200 pounds are a daily possibility. Bonefish and Permit will be hungry waiting for a well placed live crab, shrimp or a fly. In fact, March is one of the best months of the year to target Permit if the weather cooperates. The Merkin Permit Tournament is held in Key West this month for a good reason.

 

Night time fishing in Downtown Miami heats up this time of the year as the shrimp runs take off. Fishing can be very good, jumping several fish per night.

 

Spring-early summer

 

April-may-June-July

 

Well, it is my favorite season! It is Tarpon time!! I will be primarily sight fishing for Tarpon on the fly rod this time of the year. The Keys are famous worldwide for their rich and unique Tarpon fishery. No other place in the world offers the sight fishing opportunities for Tarpon that the Florida Keys offer. The Tarpon start to make their annual migration in early April lasting up to July. We will be throwing flies at long strings of fish in the gin clear waters of the ocean or stalking laid Tarpon in the darker waters of the Everglades. My range covers from Miami to Key West, but my home base will be Islamorada. During Tarpon season, the fishing can be tough at times in some locations due to variable weather, fish patterns, or worm hatches – so mobility is very important. I will trailer my boat to where the fishing is better at any given time during the season. Whether it is Miami, Key Largo, the Everglades, Islamorada or Big Pine Key. We will be following the fish in order to maximize the number of opportunities that you will get. 5 Tarpon fly tournaments that are famous worldwide are hosted this time of the year in the Florida Keys. Whether you are a novice looking to tangle with your first Tarpon on a fly rod or a seasoned and competitive Tarpon angler, I will work hard to help you achieve your goals and make your Tarpon dreams come true.

 

Bonefish are also plentiful this time of year which creates a good window of opportunity since all the attention concentrates on Tarpon. The Spring fly and all tackle Bonefish tournaments are held in Islamorada In April as proof of it. Permit head to the offshore wrecks to spawn this time of the year, but some fish are still found on the flats. In fact, lots of Permit are always sighted while Tarpon fishing. You might even get lucky and fool one with a Tarpon fly, it is not uncommon!

 

Book early! Tarpon season is the busiest time of the year and quality guides are booked up to a year in advance.

 

Summer- early fall

 

July-August-September

 

The name of Summer time is variety. Everything is good in summer time. The big groups of migratory Tarpon start leaving the Keys by mid July, but there are still enough fish in the ocean to keep it interesting. Tarpon of all sizes are found throughout the Summer in the Everglades. Bonefish and Permit fishing heats up. Fishing for tailing Bonefish gets very good early and late in the day. Permit fishing remains consistent throughout the day. The Del Brown Permit Fly Tournament is held in Key West in July. The Permit come back to the flats in big numbers after their spawning ritual in the Spring time. Permit fishing in Biscayne Bay and the Lower Keys gets on fire. Fishing in the Everglades for Snook and Redfish gets excellent too. The hotter the weather, the hotter the fishing!

 

Fall-early winter

 

September-October-November-December

 

Big tides and cooler water temperatures this time of the year create prime conditions for Bonefishing in the Upper Keys. Some of these fish will be over the 10 pound range. Bonefishing gets consistent throughout the day. The Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament and the Islamorada All Tackle Bonefish Tournament are held in Islamorada in September and October due to prime conditions for Bonefishing. This is a great time of the year to catch the Bonefish of a lifetime. Big tides create good fishing conditions for Permit fishing as well. Tarpon are still found before the first cold fronts roll in. Fishing in the Everglades for Reds, Snook, Trout, and Sharks is very good as well.

 

Winter early spring

 

December-January-February-March

 

Fishing for the big three slows down due to cold front activity. They will be active only during warm patches of weather. Cold fronts make good fishing conditions for large Barracuda, Sharks, Trout, Cobia, Jacks and Ladyfish. Fishing for Spanish Mackerel and Cobia in Florida Bay takes off – providing a great steady fun for both fly and spin tackle. Great time to fish creeks and deep channels in the Everglades for Snook, Black Drum, Trout and Redfish. 2 fly-spinning tournaments for Barracuda and Sharks are held in the Keys this time of the year.