Biscayne Bay Fishing guide
Florida’s most sought after fish species
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 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.
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 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.
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.