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Fishing the Flats

 

Unlike most other parts of the country the crystal clear waters and abundant flats of the Florida Keys are perfect for sight fishing. 

 

Sight fishing involves poling across shallow flats, stalking your prey- essentially you are hunting fish. Once we have spotted the fish, you must make an accurate cast that lets the fish see your bait, but not scare it away. The intriguing draw to sight fishing for most anglers is the challenge. Although, in my opinion, sight fishing is one of the most exciting and rewarding types of fishing you can do it does require a certain level of casting skill when pursuing fish in shallow water. If you are interested in a sight fishing trip the most important advice I can give you to prepare is to practice casting. The highliners for sight fishing include bonefish, permit and tarpon.  

 

Although sight fishing the flats for bone fish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and sharks is what I primarily do; there are situations where some of the other backcountry species can be targeted. Some examples of our backcountry species are: snappers, seatrout, jacks, and mackerel just to name a few. Targeting these species is typically a great way to get plenty of action and get bends in the rods. Be sure to let me know if you are interested in targeting some of our other backcountry species and I'll plan accordingly.

 

Unless otherwise stated by the customer most trips will be planned and geared toward sight fishing the flats.

Florida Keys BONEFISH

Fishing for bonefish is a sight fisherman's dream. Nicknamed the grey ghost of the flats this fish has earned it's reputation with it's ability to appear and vanish before your eyes. 

Florida Keys PERMIT

The lower keys flats offers some of the best permit fishing in the world. They are probably one of my favorite fish to pursue. 

Florida Keys TARPON

Although tarpon can be caught year round in the Florida Keys, we are blessed with an annual spring tarpon migration. Anglers from all over the world converge on the Florida Keys to catch the fish of a lifetime. 

Florida Keys BACKCOUNTRY

Although sight fishing the flats for bone fish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, and sharks is what I primarily do; there are situations where some of our other backcountry species can be targeted.

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Captain Danny Clark

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