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Key West Flats Fishing Charter

Key West Flats Fishing makes for unforgettable angling adventure as you hunt trophy game fish and Sharks in the crystal-clear waters of the Keys Backcountry

Highlights

  • World-class multi-species fishing in a scenic marine wilderness wonderland.
  • Personalized fishing fun for all ages and experience levels.
  • Full-time professional guides with deep knowledge of the waters and the fish.
  • Specialized Flats Boats that get on the fish silently in the shallowest of water.
  • Top-of-the-line fishing equipment plus all bait, tackle, and ice included free.
  • Authorized reseller of FishKeyWest.com™ Charters.

Overview

Pursue a fisherman’s dream and the ultimate angling thrill on a Key West Flats Fishing charters trip. Drift across gin-clear waters surrounded by miles of wilderness on the hunt for some of nature’s most wily game fish. Track elusive Bonefish – the ghosts of the Flats. Try to outwit big, easily-spooked Permit. Or tangle with aggressive Barracuda and hungry Sharks in water so shallow that you see every bit of the action. Fish Key West Flats Fishing Charters specialize in putting clients on the hard-fighting game fish found on the Flats for legendary light-tackle fishing adventures.

Flats lie within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 2900 square nautical miles of protected natural marine environment. This protection, along with the catch-and-release ethic practiced by most Flats fishermen, has ensured that great fishing remains available for your angling enjoyment.

Key West Flats Fishing ChartersBonefish, Permit, Tarpon, and many other sport fish hunt the Flats for baitfish, crustaceans, and shrimp. Because the water is often perfectly clear, pursuing game fish here combines the best of fishing and hunting. Key West Flats Fishing Charters is often done from specialized flat-bottomed, shallow-draft skiffs outfitted with raised spotting towers. The guide stands on the tower, poling the craft silently through water that may be less than 2 feet deep while scanning ahead for signs of feeding or moving fish. Often referred to as “Sight Fishing”, this sport requires silence, stealth, patience, and sharp eyes as the fisherman works to locate a fish, slip up on it, and make an accurate bait presentation before the target spooks and flashes away.

The most commonly used gear is light tackle, either spinning or fly-fishing rigs. Experienced fly fishermen come to the Flats to put their skills to the ultimate test by taking high-jumping Tarpon or hard-running Bonefish on a salt water fly. Beginning anglers come for the fast action provided by the wide variety of fish species and nearly limitless fish-holding structures that the Key West Flats Fishing are known for.

In this marine wilderness, the scenery is as spectacular as the fishing. Dolphins, manatee, turtles, and bird life compete with the wide-arching sky and incredible sunrise and sunset views. The waters are often as calm as lake water, making Key West Flats Fishing Charters a great choice for families, novices, or saltwater first-timers. Our Key West Flats Fishing Guides are friendly, patient, and dedicated to showing a good time to one and all, so explore the Fish Key West website and book your Key West Flats Fishing Charters experience now.

Schedule

  • Duration: 4, 6, or 8 hours
  • Check-in time: Please check-in 30 minutes before the activity start time.
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

Includes

  • Charter for up to 2
  • All Licenses
  • Bait and Tackle
  • Ice
  • Bottled Water

Excludes

  • Please feel free to bring lunch and snacks
  • Gratuities (optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Food and Drinks

Notes

  • Advance Purchase Recommended
  • Upon booking you will receive an instant receipt with Voucher Confirmation to follow
  • Capacity: 2

Booking Info

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Do I need to buy a fishing license?

No you do not. We have the required Florida Wildlife Commission charter licenses that cover all anglers fishing on our boats.

How long are the Fishing Charter Trips?

1/2 Day Trips = 4 Hours 3/4 Day Trips = 6 Hours Full Day Trips = 8 Hours

What experience level is necessary?

Our Key West Charter Guides and Captains can provide fun fishing for every angler from first-timer to expert. Whether you are a veteran sport fisherman looking to fine tune your game to Key West waters or a beginner just learning how to use a rod and reel, our Key West Guides are ready with friendly, patient advice and support.

How many people can go fishing on a charter?

Flats boats can accommodate 2 anglers.

Is fishing gear provided?

Yes, we provide the latest top-of-the-line fishing tackle available. In fact, our charters offer experienced fishermen a great chance to try out some top-notch gear. All fishing equipment is well-maintained, with line changed on a regular basis and terminal set-ups expertly chosen and tied on. Our gear is the best, but experienced fishermen are welcome to bring their favorite rod and reel if they like.

Is bait provided?

Yes. Whatever the fishing calls for: live bait, frozen bait, cut bait, or chum, our Charter Captains will have plentiful supplies on hand. The same thing goes for artificial bait such as lures, flies, or plugs.

What is the customary gratuity?

If you had a great trip and are happy with the service provided by our Key West Charter Captain and Crew, a tip of 15-20% of the total trip cost would be very much appreciated. And remember to recommend us to your friends!

Are food and refreshments included?

No, but you can bring your favorite foods and beverages and we will provide cooler space and ice to keep them fresh and cold.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed on board?

Yes, mild alcoholic beverages like Beer, Cider, Hard Lemonade, Wine, and Wine Coolers are allowed. However, for everyone’s safety, NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed on board - metal or plastic containers only please.

What kind of clothing should I bring?

For protection from the hot sun of Key West, it is always best to cover yourself as much as possible. Caps or sun hats, bandanas, sun glasses, and of course sun screen are all necessities. In the winter, it can be quite cool and breezy offshore, so a light weight jacket may be useful. For winter season early morning trips, a pair of light gloves can also add comfort. Bring a small day pack or duffel bag for your extra clothing, cameras, binoculars, and other necessities.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Any footwear with closed-toes and non-marking soles will be fine.

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