Fishing Calendar

  Throughout the year, the Lower Florida Keys create different opportunities for numerous inshore species. Here is what's available at its best times of the year to fish.

 Tarpon " The Sliver King " is one of the most spectacular fighting fish of the flats. Tarpon are known for aerobatic jumps, drag screaming, hard fighting fish. The best times to fish for tarpon are March thru the month of July. Baby tarpon are usually resident fish and they can be found along shorelines or in canals. When the Tarpon migration is in season, these fish can be found on the flats, basins, channels, or bridges thoughout the Florida Keys.

 Bonefish " The Grey Ghost " can be at times tough to see unless if u have the right conditions and a good pair of polarized sunglasses. Spin tackle and a live shrimp is the best choice for going after these fish although they are caught on fly regularly. Bonefish are good in February thru October. June thru October usually brings the biggest numbers and the biggest fish.

  Permit is pound for pound one of most toughest fighting fish on the flats!!! Also can be one of the hardest to catch, especially on fly. For spin tackle blue crabs are often best for these fish but they can be caught on shrimp as well. February thru mid April is good for pre spawning fish before they head out to the deep wrecks in May. July thru October are the good months to fish as well.

  Sea Trout are one of our winter backcountry species that are really popular in the state of Florida.  Good months to find these fish are November thru February. They can be caught using shrimp, plastic shrimp tails with jig heads, or possibly mirrolures. Along with mangrove snapper they make a great table fair and a great target for the kids to catch.

  Redfish are considered as the iconic sport fish of the State of Florida. With the help of multiple conservation agencies, these fish are very abundant throughout the State. In the lower keys, fishing for redfish can be great at certain times of the year. Winter months have been productive but, in my opinion, the best months have been March, April, and May in the late afternoons. These fish make a great target on fly and will take most crab patterns and shrimp patterns too. Light tackle spinning are great too with live shrimp. If you want more details or information on scheduling a trip for redfish feel free to contact me. You can find my contact info at the Home page.

  Barracudas are known for their big teeth, drag screaming runs, and very quick and strikes at a lure or a fly. In the colder winter months of the year, Barracudas like pour onto the flats which makes them a great target species!!! Best times to fish them are December thru March is when you get the bigger fish.

 The Snook are making a great comeback after the 2010 freeze that occurred in South Florida and killed most of the population from the water temperature dropping below 50 degrees. With the right bait, these fish can be targeted from September through February. These fish are considered a special backcountry sport fish as snook seasons remain closed throughout the year. Down here in the Lower Keys area it is very difficult to get a snook to eat a fly.

  Lemons and Black Tip Sharks are around all year long and kids like to catch them as well. Shark fishing at times is overlooked but can provide rod bending, drag screaming action!!! 

  Other species that are available in the backcountry are:   Mangrove Snapper - available most of the year, Mutton Snapper - are spotty, Spanish Mackerel - in the winter, Cobia - are going to be late winter and early spring, and occasionally you might catch a legal sized Grouper and keep it, as long as it's 'in' season.  All of these species of fish make a great table fair.