Tarpon fishing is by far the most popular fish to pursue in the springtime
here in the Florida Keys. The fact is that depending on the weather
patterns we may see tarpon as early as January, with some schools pushing
through in February and March. If you are planning to pursue tarpon
this season or next season please inquire with us. The season fills
up close to a year in advance for us but we have a limited list of
excellent professional fishing guides that we can refer you to. These
guides are hand picked by us and have all been professional guides
here in the Keys for years and on a full-time basis.
View some seasonal tarpon video with Capt. Bobby Paulson
PERMIT (PLUS BONEFISHING & BABY TARPON TOO)
There are still a few kept secrets about the fishing here in the Keys.
One of them is the abundance of permit available on the
flats throughout the late summer and fall months. The tides will also
sometimes give us the opportunity to wade for tailing fish as we watch
the sun dip below the horizon.
Although our tropical weather can be a factor, it has been fairly
calm the last two seasons. It is worth coming if you have time to get
away. There are no crowds, the wind is generally light and the seas
are calm. It is perfect for any level of angler.
Some of the best fishing occurs in the fall and winter months. Permit still roam the flats during the warm days, but as the water temps start to slowly come back down these fish will become more aggressive.
As one of the most explosive fishing times of the year, we can't forget the sharks or barracuda. Here's a good synopsis of our winter fishing in the Florida Keys:
During the months of December, January, and February, the flats of Lower Florida Keys can be crawling with life. As cold fronts pass, the "blue bird" days are right behind. Barracudas arrive to the warmer shallow water in search of bait fish. These fish can be taken with 10 lb spin tackle, or with a fly, and make long blistering runs interrupted by greyhounding jumps. The typical cuda weighs approximately five to fifteen pounds, with the occasional fish in the twenties.
Sharks are another species that frequent the flats during the winter months. We tend to target Lemon, Bull, and Blacktip sharks that can range anywhere from ten to two hundred plus pounds, and can be caught on fifteen to twenty pound spin or fly as well. "You will know you're alive when a ten foot shark sticks his head out of the water to eat your bait, plug or fly."