Flats Fishing was invented here in the Florida keys and flats fishing here in Key West offers a greater variety of species than any other area for flats fishing. Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Mutton Snapper, Sharks (Tiger, Lemon, Blacktip, Bull, Hammerhead, Blacknose and Bonnethead), Barracuda, Trout, Pompano, Cobia, Jacks (Yellow, Bar, and Cravalle) and more are available in the emerald green waters of the lower keys and the Marquesas.
Flats fishing is a relatively economic way to spend the entire day where bird watching, calm water, and serenity can be interrupted by pandemonium and excitement that comes with the strike and jumps of a giant Tarpon, the slashing strike of a vicious Barracuda or the encounters of many of the other species to be found there.
The peaceful waters of the back country, even with the larger boats, is the perfect place to take the entire family for their encounter with any of the above. Many of the children of our families have caught their first fish in these waters and been hooked for life on this great sport.
The ultimate challenge of the elite sportfisherman is the targeting of Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish of the fly rod on the flats. Landing all three species on the open expanses of the shallow water flats is called a “Grand Slam” and the angler doing so, claims the bragging rights of the elite sportsman having completed the ultimate challenge. Just landing your first one of these on the fly will put you on a high and make you a confirmed fly fisherman for life.
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Flats Fishing Locations
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