The 125-mile-long arc of islands that comprises the Florida Keys creates a fishing environment unique in the world, and means a noteworthy or at least edible catch is possible virtually any time of year.
For visitors, hiring a backcountry guide or charterboat and captain who knows Keys waters can make for a successful and educational day. Affordable backcountry and offshore charter fleets with expert captains can be found from Key Largo to Key West. Tackle is specified as spin, fly, baitcast or conventional trolling gear with appropriate line class, or the breaking strength of a line, in pounds.
Light Tackle Fishing is the most flexible and almost any species is achievable: tarpon, sailfish, tuna, cobia, dorado (dolphin, mahi mahi), snapper, ceros and wahoo. Deep Sea, Offshore Fishing is as close as five miles offshore, where the sea reaches depths of 600 feet — and by 17 to 20 miles out, depths in some spots can approach 2,000 feet to troll for blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, spearfish, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, tuna, barracuda, cobia, grouper, snapper, jacks and sharks.
Party Boats offer an angler a more economical means of enjoying a day of fishing, and boats usually run multi-day or full-day trips, often without reservations needed. A saltwater fishing license is required to fish independently in the Keys, even from area bridges or from shore. Anglers fishing on a charterboat or backcountry boat do not need a license, however, as they are covered by the captain’s documentation. Use the form below to delete this Wooden Fishing Boats Sunset Cadiz Spain Photo Information image from our index.
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Use the form below to delete this Little Fishing Just To Get That Question Over With The Was image from our index. Key West Florida Flats Fishing ChartersCall Captain Chad today to schedule a full-day or half-day Fishing Key West Florida Flats Fishing Charter! April 30, 2016Key West Fishing ReportFishing Reports for Key West, Florida - Dream Catcher Charters - Capt. Live bait and artificial will be the words of the day this coming week with lower winds for Easter and STELLAR EPIC tarpon fishing conditions in Key West.
Live baiting is doing well with Capt Rich here at Dream Catcher Charters running our Action Craft 2310 Coastal Bay with a bathroom, powered by a Mercury Verado 300, boating 3 out of 5 fish hooked on a 4 hour trip on our top rod for yesterday. Be careful of guides that don’t have a full schedule or discounting their trips this time of the year.
This have been rough lately with this 30 mph Easterly wind beating we are taking here in Key West . Setting out this am I have my traps checked for bait and in the boat by 7:30 just at sunrise.
Today the weather service has announced that the winds will be coming back to a manageable 15 – 20 starting Thursday. April 11th 2016 – Parts of the midwest are getting blankets of snow and we are jumping some spring tarpon. Windy start to this week but it looks like the barometer is going to drop and offer us some tropical weather and turn the fish we have here around Key West into over drive. A light schedule this week is pretty normal with a good number of fishing charters but we still have some openings for some great backcountry fishing fun for tarpon, barracudas, sharks, jacks and some bonefish are starting to trickle in and get up in the shallows.. The weather has played a big roll in the tarpon fishing here in fishing in Key West till this week. Although our schedules are pretty tight with folks fishing with us we do still have a little availability hit or miss in April.
The forecast shows next week to be a great example of great Key West weather in March with lighter winds and warmer temps all the way through next weekend where we will have our next and possibly our last cold front of the winter.
If you are looking for a tarpon fishing charter here in the next week feel free to give us a call. Filed Under: Fishing Reports, Tarpon Fishing Report Tagged With: key west, tarpon fishing reportTarpon Fishing is GAME ON! March 3rd 2016 – Flat calm and nearly perfect tarpon fishing conditions are the case today through Sunday the 6th.
Here at Dream Catcher Charters we are expecting our anglers to have shots at tarpon daily through the period at least and probably into next week as the winds come up. So, barring any cold fronts I think the tarpon fishing will stay strong and the Key West tarpon fishing game is On!.
In the past week we have seen some tarpon showing up on the South Easterly breezes that have been ushering in some humid higher early spring temps. I encourage everyone that is interested in fishing for tarpon in Key West with us to be reminded of one thing. I met you on thr Connecticut River in Vernont, thamks for taking time to show ne how flashers work! Welcome to Key West Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Key West, Flats Fishing Key West, Key West Flats Fishing, and Fly Fishing Paradise! Tarpon Season 2016 is coming up and there are some great dates in April, June and early July for Tarpon Fly Fishing Charters with Key West Fly Fishing and Capt. I have some dates available during the next several months and whether you fish with me or not, rest assured I will be catching Permit and jumping Tarpon! On warm days, resident Tarpon are wandering around on the flats and in channels, Bonefish are cruising on the backcountry flats, and Permit are migrating in from the reefs and wrecks to tail up on the flats. Our Father (Mother) - Son (Daughter) Key West Flats Fishing Trips are now scheduled for throughout the winter,spring, summer and fall. Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit are all available at the exotic tropical paradise of Turneffe Flats. The Tarpon are also found rolling in nearby channels and creeks to complete your grand slam fishing at Turneffe. Just steps away on cabana decks anxious anglers ready their rods, flies and wading boots for the morning hunt.
Later rising anglers are gathering in the Turneffe Flats dining room for a sumptuous breakfast. Soon all are striding to the skiff docks under swaying palms with rods and gear bags in hand. This site is dedicated to the memories of fly fishing with Cousin Shep Simmons of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Click here for the Shep Simmons Memorial Award - Outstanding Key West Fly Fishing Anglers of the Year!!!
January 13 2015 – The weather, the fishing, the people the whole thing has been great in the last week for backcountry fishing here out of Key West. 4 and 6 hour fishing charters have been the staple lately for folks to get out and rip some lips at a smorgasbord of fish.
Here at Dream Catcher Charters our backcountry fishing is done on our 24 ft bay boats smooth rides, stable fishing platforms and able to carry up to 4 persons out to the backcountry.


Our flats fishing trips can be done on one of our bay boats this time of the year or we can use one of our traditional poling flats fishing skiffs. September 21st 2014 – While most of the country is experiencing a nice pleasant drop in temperatures and humidity, here in Key West we get the dull rumble of the motorcycles on US 1 from our famous bike week as our main indication that fall has arrived here in Key West. Much like flats fishing but we call it Backcountry fishing opens up an anglers opportunities to catch a larger variety of fish for the same time and money.
Our reef fishing is holding up really well here this past week and we expect it to stay strong as well. All these trips are available here every day in Key West with us here at Dream Catcher Charters. Traditionally and seasonally we get a ton of winds here in the months of March spreading into the April time frame.
Easterly winds up against the flow from the west puts a lot of agitation on the reef stirring things up.
This young lady Bangs a NICE Yellowtail Snapper on Artificial fishing with me in less than 15 ft of water. While the guys here at Dream Catchers get set up this morning to do battle with the local tarpon population I get a chance to over hear conversations that the anglers have with my fishing guides. Fun Times are to be had always reef fishing here in Key West but these last few weeks have been exceptional.
We would like to thank all of our clients who showed up this February 2014 to go fishing with us making it the best February Dream Catcher Charters has ever had. Across the board the fishing report will seem like a up beat brochure that says COME TO KEY WEST.. In these deep-sea areas are some of the greatest sport fish in the world: blue and white marlin, sailfish and swordfish.
Vacation anglers will find comfort in a steady stream of advice and support from their captains, whose job is to give anglers shots at catching fish. Fish the flats on the Atlantic side or the backcountry, a region of uninhabited mangrove islands on the Gulf side, for tarpon, permit, bonefish, redfish, snook, sea trout, barracuda, jacks, sharks, and cobia.
Historic bridges along the Overseas Highway are noted fishing platforms, but a saltwater license is still required.
There are many laid up fish in the backcountry and starting to show here and there on the flats. We can get you set up with them and they will get you out on the waters here in Key West in search for the Tarpon.
Fortunatly for us the Tarpon fishing is EPIC and the clients are ready to rumble on board our Yellowfin Bay boats powered by Mercury  Verados and Opti Max. I set anchor for a few minutes between two of them (well, only one was a real fishing guide).
With state of the art boats built by Yellowfin Yachts and powered by Mercury Marine we use nothing but the best in equipment from DAIWA, Orvis, Owner Hooks, Fins Braid, MirrorLure and AFTCO.
Fly fishing for tarpon this week will be tough but permit on the flats will be strong with a nice push of bonefish through the week with this agitated water from our easterly breezes.
The weather is perfect here in Key West and the tarpon fishing is getting more consistent as the weeks walk on toward the inevitable spawn. We are inundated with loads of tarpon in the harbor, channels and in the backcountry but the winds are being a little bit of a nuisance with the high pressure. SO far our water quality has not been affected by the Lake Okechobee run off issues they are seeing on the West Coast of Florida, nor do we anticipate any issues with that at all in the future.
Steven Lamp March 12th 2016 – Windy conditions last week made for a hit or miss tarpon fishing bite out of Key West.
We were still in it and on the waters every day making it happen and trying for that early season tarpon lottery draw.
All of our boats today experienced a great bite on the tarpon line up with many of our anglers catching and releasing their first tarpon ever. This is just a prediction based off of my 20+ years of fishing for tarpon in Key West and the weather forecast. I have pimped out my New 1995 (1500 dollar) Asto Van with everything I will need for the trip!
I will do this on a budget, camping ,catching my own bait, cooking my catch, using only my own instincts and tactics, no fishing guides allowed! Dexter Simmons, Key West flats fishing, flats fishing Key West, tarpon fishing, bonefishing, permit fishing, Key West fishing, Key West Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing Key West, Key West Flats Fishing, and Fly Fishing Paradise! April 21, 2016.Eleven Days in Mid-May are available for Charter aboard "FlatsMaster" with Capt. Angler lines, Seaguar Flourocarbon leaders & tippets, hand tied flies and lures and all terminal tackle, an iced down cooler with bottled water and your fishing licenses (1-2 anglers per charter, if more anglers please advise). Dexter Simmons a "Top Fly Fishing Flats Guide" for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit on the Key West and Florida Keys flats as rated by his clients.
Steven Lamp Key West is getting some nice sized trout lately and the guys at Dream Catcher Charters on on them. The mackerel, trout, jacks, snappers, cobia, sharks and barracudas have all been showing up to entertain our anglers. I really enjoy it for the fact its not to hot and there are some serious sport fishing opportunities available for those that are willing to put in the time for the trophy. Either way we can get you right up on these fish up close and personal to get you the shot you are looking for. You can do one or both in the same trip We talk about flats fishing when we are talking waters of less than 2 ft.
Our temps have lowered just a tad to the high 80’s but the humidity has cranked up with the mid swing through our tropical season. Folks are coming to Key West these weeks  to experience the lighter room rates and less crowds to get out with us and fish.
The cooler water temps and the less traffic bonefish are just a 15 minute boat ride from our marina. There is still some room in my schedule to get out there with me this fall and get your bonefish or permit on.
The backcountry fishing has been picking up with the cooler water temps starting us early into what we call our winter fishery. We go the extra mile to show you a great day on the water with great attitudes and awesome equipment. Steven Lamp March 15th 2014 – Key West fishing report and forecast to the end of March By Capt. I reminded time and again how important our roll is to get you folks on the water to have FUN and forget about shoveling snow or whatever else your lives throw at you.. With the calmer conditions we have turned out some awesome trips to the reef on board our fishing boats.
Although he weather has done what it can to keep us guessing and keep us wet there have been no major hurricanes to report and none on the horizon. It is where we take you on an adventure of fishing both inshore and offshore on board one of our bay boats. We then anchored up in a channel at the north end of Key West harbor and put out a couple of live baits for a tarpon. The bite is on and things are heating up for the tarpon fishing guides of Dream Catcher Charters. If you want to get out on one of our state of the are Yellowfin Bay boats call my office at 1-888-362-3474 to get on it and go get your tarpon.. Shown here we have Captain Colin Barr on board our Yellowfin 24 bay boat powered by Mercury 300 Verado out of Dream Catcher Charters fishing with his anglers on Monday for a nice 45 lb fish that really put up a heck of an arial show. Fish are poring in from both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico with ample shots for every one who wants to fish for them on Live bait or dead bait chumming. A cold front blew through the Keys yesterday with a blustery push of North Westerly Winds and a bite in the air that we have not felt much of this winter. Even after that and telling them there would be no shame if they decided not to go (or charge) our anglers bit the proverbial bottom lip and off we went. Brice Barr on the Double Down this am and he is reporting sailfish on the reef and nice schoolie dolphin up to 12 and 15 lbs out to 800 feet..
Not to hot and good fishing to be had to make the whole family heros for the day in catching sharks, snappers, barracudas and many other surprises.. The tarpon are being a little bit fickle but we are still getting our anglers into them over the last weekend. Yes we have been catching many tarpon in the last few weeks but I am always leary about booking a fishing charter based on tarpon in the middle of March because the bite can be so unpredictable.


With seasonably warmer conditions throughout the extended forecast for Key West I can see the first two weeks of April really holding some spectacular days on the water for our tarpon fin-attics.
Many of our anglers were able to compound on it by hitting a good bite on certain tides with some pretty stellar results on some nice big tarpon.
This will come as great news for those that are already in our very tight schedule hoping for a shot at a tarpon.. The forecast has the winds at about 15-20  for the week but we are not going to take a beating. A welcome surprise to many of them as we were not sure from last weeks tarpon fishing report if the bite would stay consistent.
I am looking at the extended forecast for March which takes me out to about March 9th as I see it and I say that from the 5th – the 9th there should be a good chance of some fish laying around in the harbor and us having shots at them with our anglers here at Dream Catcher Charters. Although I will gather info from locals, visiting tackle shops and use the internet as to where to locate my target fish!
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Using mostly spin fishing gear in the 12 – 20b test range the action has been pretty awesome. We have been seeing an unusually large number of permit and they are good sized on the flats here.
With 30 – 80 % chances of rain throughout the days we still get out there with light winds and make it happen. Chum them up to bring them to the boat and make for an easy cast or do it the good ol fashioned way and pole them down on my state of the art flats skiffs. Yellowtail snapper have been eating very well on bait and artificial with some nice catches of grouper and mutton snapper to color up the box. The winds being up doing the all day all in wonder trip is pointless as we will not be going to the Marquesas on a windy day.
I know for many of you up North after this dreadful winter you had on the dawn of Global Warming its hard to image such a warm thought as spring but here in Key West we never left spring conditions.
North winds from these pesky little cold fronts still shut them down for a day but they spring (no pun intended) right back up. Trying for tarpon first thing then following it up with a great trout bite, jacks, pompano and some incredible inshore snapper fishing for mangroves, yellowtail and muttons.
The Marquesas Keys have really held up their reputation for holding some Barn Door sized permit and showing my folks a great day on the flats..
Nice yellowtail snappers, Mutton snappers and even Hog fish have been brought to the boat and made people smile. Some of the boats were able to take up the slack in bite by going out to the Gulf side and make it happen fishing for kingfish, this was a trip saver. Give Island Genn a call and she will set you up to fish the blue waters of the Gulf Stream. Every where we look fishing has been great and anglers are having a great time at the expense of sore lips or worse for many fish. On this trip we have been into bonefish, tarpon, permit, jacks, snappers, groupers, sharks, barracudas, mackerel and lots of other hard pulling critters.
This fish was missed by angler error but we got a chance to watch him jump three or four times. Going to another little spot I used my 10 ft Power Pole blades to hook up on a deep edge  for a shot at some fish on the other side of a busy channel. The fish feed all night long on a full moon so the morning bite can be slow unless super overcast conditions prevail, then, a super feed can take place and the fish will be jumping in the boat. As we started to get ready this am for another round of fishing charters we took a survey to the present conditions and changes that were felt from the winter blast. Kinda breezy conditions prevale  offering some pretty good opportunities to get out there for some nice fish. Our family fun trip caters to private groups of 6 or less and offers snorkeling, fishing, sight seeing and beach combing.. Top water plugs are producing some really fun blasting strikes from the mid level dwellers like jacks, lady fish and the occasional blue fish.
Along with great permit fishing this time of the year we also have some very large barracudas on the flats as well. Either way you will get your shots this time of the year and if the last few days have been any indication, you will probably get your bonefish. Mixed in what them are the pompano and the smaller jacks with some lady fish offering our backcountry fishing anglers a great day on the water.
Sort of paying our dues for the fabulous weather we will get in the months of June, July and August. Looking like its going to stay a bit breezy (10-15)  through the 15th of April the shots you get on the flats will be well earned and hugely rewarded.
The bite has been good for early March with water temps right in the 70’s where we would like them to be.
Our water temps came down to about 68 degrees from the day before at 78 however quickly recovering by 1pm in the backcountry. Basically whatever you want to do in a day on the water with us here at Dream Catcher Charters. Trout have shown a huge interest in the top water action as well with the surprise super strike from the bottom as they come up and house the plugs. There are still some trout laying around and monster jacks in the backcountry worth the time to pick a fight. This last week things seem to have gotten back on track again for SOLID April sailfishing, dolphin and wahoo. Now, outside of late season cold fronts (could happen) we are good to go with the consistent tarpon fishing reports from here till August.. This is a great reward for our anglers to put in the time. Running deeper baits has been the most productive for most of the species.
Anyone that has fished with me or the guys here at Dream Catchers knows we are a little obsessed with the permit and this time of the year is awesome for them. Top secret now, but watch my Face Book page and you will see (hopefully fish it) all about it.
The reef fishing has been very good with yellowtail snappers and muttons in the deeper reefs. Carrying retrieve speeds and changing up the colors we have been able to really turn on the bite to keep all skill levels having fun and bent rods. They use the sting rays as portable chum bags cruising the flats and strike like a freight train. We have seen fish in great numbers since late August and expect the permit fishing to hold up till late October. Rob on board the Easy Rider (305-292-7212) boated 4 wahoo, jumped a sailfish and had shots at a few nice gaffer dolphin all inside 400 ft of water. Rob of the Easy Rider (one of our premier Deep Sea fishing boats) Got into the dolphin good.. We reset our fishing lines and it didn’t take long until Sarah was doing battle with her first ever tarpon. Dexter is involved as a volunteer guide in the BTT fish tagging, the annual Bonefish census, and in the Tarpon Tag retrieval programs. They had to go deep but that doesn’t matter when it comes to Capt Rob finding fish, he does what he needs to make it happen.
With the 10-15 mph winds we have typically this time of the year its easier to pole right up on one of these big fish and get a shot. The weather has been pretty consistent lately for winter patterns so the fish on the flats get a little more comfortable through the regular days. After a while I gave them the option of continuing to try for a tarpon or moving to the back country and trying flats fishing for a shark. We anchored up in one of my favorite shark spots where we managed to get three different species of sharks, including a black nose shark, a black tip shark, and a big lemon shark.




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