Flats and Back Country Fishing Charters & Guides
The Middle Keys, Florida Keys
This is the most complete list of Florida Keys fishing charters for flats fishing and
back country fishing on the Internet today!  We know that anglers want to
comparison shop online and make advance reservations with the Florida Keys
fishing charter that's the right fit for them!!  We know how difficult it is to compare
charters by looking at the individual websites.  Because there are only a few
websites that Google ranks highly, many excellent charters and guides are
overlooked because their website doesn't come up on the first few pages of a
search.  We've done the research for you and compiled a very comprehensive list!  
Browse through this page, see at-a-glance highlights of each Florida Keys fishing
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You can fish out of a 16' flats skiff with a new 90
HP Suzuki ( one or two anglers in the skiff ) or
fish out of a 23' Parker powered with a new 250
HP Suzuki ( up to 4 anglers in the Parker boat.)
Capt. Lenny has been fishing the Fl. Keys for over 25 years
and is one of the most experienced and versatile guides in
the Keys.

He has appeared in many T.V. shows over the years on
ESPN, TNN, Fox, The Outdoor Channel, Versus and the
Sunshine Network. He is also included in Mark Sosin’s
web site under favorite guides. Lenny has also done a set
of 6 instructional videos for Jim and Kelly Watt in the
Hooked on Fly Tying series about 15 years ago, and is
probably the most informative salt water fly tying videos
made. He also has been featured in Outdoor Life, Florida
Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, Sport Fishing, Salt Water
Sportsman, North American Fisherman, Salt Water fly
Fishing and many other magazines.
Captain Lenny Moffo

Capt. Lenny lives on Sugarloaf Key and
keeps his boats on trailers so he can fish
opportunistically where he thinks the
fishing might be better on any given day.
Captain Scott Collins
Marathon, the Florida Keys
Whether expert, novice, or somewhere in between, I invite you
to join me for the opportunity to experience the thrill of this light
tackle angling.

Based in Marathon, I have been guiding in the Florida Keys for
the past 16 years. My flats boat is an 18' Maverick, powered by
Yamaha, and accomodates either 1 or 2 anglers.
Captain Chris Collins
Marathon, the Florida Keys

  • I am available for charter year round, and offer
    half, 3/4, and full day trips.
  • Shallow Water, Light Tackle, Sportfishing
  • Fly or Light Tackle
What's Included?
  • All bait and tackle, lures, flies and leaders
  • Ice filled cooler(s)
  • Fishing License
We also realize that angler capabilities combined with weather, tides and the like, present situations
that vary greatly, often from day to day. With this in mind, each day's fishing is tailored to factor in all the
variables and to hopefully give you the best situations under which to fish.
What we want more than all else is for you to remember and treasure your experiences aboard the
Helicon and to return many times as a friend. You will be exposed to a lot of wildlife and ecological
views and experiences along with the fishing. It is quite necessary to understand and be exposed to
things that shape and affect our environment here and ultimately affect the health of our fisheries and
marine ecosystems. We are a very environmentally aware business and have been since beginning in

Captain Michael Vaughn
Backcountry Flats Light
Tackle and Fly Fishing
Catch and release angling on the flats of the Florida Keys requires
several key ideas and methods. Aboard the Helicon we feel we
address these in a totally professional and unpressured way. The
goal here is to give you the best possible opportunities to catch that
sought after trophy fish and release it to be caught again, without the
undo pressures often associated with this type of sport. We are
prepared to help the total novice as well as the angler who has
fished for many years.
Whether you're experienced or it's your first time out, I offer friendly, first-class
instruction and guidance suitable for the expert as well as the beginner. All of my
clients receive seasoned guiding skills garnered from 22 years of experience on
the flats, in pursuit of some of the worlds most challenging game fish.
I welcome those who are willing to attempt the special challenge of fly-fishing for
Tarpon, Bonefish or Permit. The Keys offers the best sight fishery for Tarpon
anywhere in the world. In terms of numbers of shots our Permit fishery is one of
the finest.
Captain Keating

"My number one aim as a professional guide
is to get you to the fish you want to land."
Your charter includes the Boat, Fishing License, our guide services, all
your rods, reels, fishing bait and any other tackle. We sill also clean,
bag and ice down any fish you catch and want to take home. All you
need to bring is your food/drink and some polarized sunglasses. Oh,
don’t forget your camera to catch those unforgettable memories for all
your friends to share.

We fish an 18’ Maverick Master Angler boat with a Yahama 150 HP
Outboard. Many professionals consider this THE best flats boat ever
made. Our boat has been completely customized for this type of fishing
with special tower, wireless remote trolling motor and a lot more. It can
accommodate up to 3 anglers, but for better enjoyment 1 or 2 fishermen
is ideal. For deeper water trips we use a 25' Blue Water center console
with (2) Yahama 200 HP.
Fish Florida Flats
Captain Kelly Bourne
Captain Brian Bourne

We specialize in providing our anglers with a
personalized fishing experience. We take great pride
in our patience, knowledge, teaching ability,
equipment, safety practices and performance for both
novice and experienced anglers alike. We will help you
fine tune your fishing technique, provide you with as
much instructional time as you need or want.
Not everybody wants to hardcore fish or dive and most charter outfits have
nothing to offer those who seek adventures “outside of the box”. Florida
Keys Reel Adventures was born out of Capt. Kevin’s love of the ocean
environment surrounding Marathon and the Middle Keys.  Come experience
a fishing, snorkeling, spearing or kayak adventure through the fresh
perspective of a Captain that takes pride in his craft and gracefully passes
his knowledge on to his guests.  Come find what you came to the keys for
and experience your “reel” adventure today!
Capt. Kevin Johnsen
We have easy access to many different areas in which to fish.
Your trip will begin in the morning when you meet Captain Meyer.
Depending on where you are staying as well as the weather,
tides and the species of fish you want to catch, Captain Meyer will
pick you up by truck and trailer in order to launch where he thinks
you will have the best chance to catch fish.

When you fish with a full time guide with 25 years of experience
and use state-of-the-art equipment such as a Maverick Flats skiff,
Loomis rods, and Abel and Shimano reels, your chances for a
successful trip are very good.  The Keys offer many different types
of fish to target including: Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish,
Trout, Sharks, and Cobia. You can fish with light spinning tackle
or try your skills with a fly rod.  
Captain Barry Meyer

Package Deals For Fishing &
Lodging And off Season Specials

Florida Keys Lobster Charters
We fish from a 16-foot Coast Guard approved Maverick Mirage. Space is limited to two fishermen.
Depending on the weather and tides we may travel from Key Largo to Key West in search of the
best fishing. The charter rate includes pick up and return to your motel, full day fishing with guide
service, and use of tackle. We specialize in fly-fishing and light tackle spin/plug casting for
bonefish, permit, and tarpon.
Captain Bus Bermann
The 'flats' surround all of the Florida Keys.  A flat is a shallow area or sandbar.  The bottom of these areas are mostly covered in a carpet of seagrass,
known as Turtle Grass. This seagrass is the environment that the most challenging fish come to hunt for food. Bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda,
and sharks are commonly found in the shallows.

Searching for and sighting fish to cast at is what the sport of flats fishing is all about. Fortunately for Florida Keys and Key West visitors, we are
surrounded by shallow water: one or two feet deep and is often clear as glass.
Did You Know?
Newcomers, experienced anglers and all skill levels in
between are welcome. I have fished the Lower Keys for
many years, so I have the experience and patience to
make your trip a success. Although I specialize in fly
fishing, I am adept in spin fishing with light tackle and
have all the necessary gear. As I navigate the shallow
flats, you'll witness an abundance of wildlife below and
above the water's surface. I look forward to taking you on
a Lower Keys flats fishing adventure. Feel free to call or
e-mail me for the fishing experience of a lifetime!
Captain Dale

Lower Keys fly fishing affords world-class
fishing just minutes from the dock. Shallow
Water Charters is located in Cudjoe Key at
Mile Marker 21, but I charter Lower Keys
fishing trips from Key West and the
Marquesas to Big Pine Key and Marathon.
Capt. Diego guides you on your search for
the illusive bonefish, permit, tarpon, or any
other flats fish that you may encounter, and
makes you feel as comfortable as if you were
fishing with an old fishin' buddy. He is very
patient with children and novice anglers, as
well as the experienced angler, and will fine
tune your fishing technique on how to be an
aggressive angler when the opportunity
Captain Diego Cordova

He has been a South Florida resident since 1965 and
fishing in the Keys since 1978 both commercially and
recreationally. Fishing has been his only business since
his arrival in the Keys until recently when he became a
local Realtor as well.
Capt.  Chris Morrison

Capt.  Chris Morrison accepts Lifetime
Achievement Award from IGFA
President Rob Kramer in March 2011
  • 21 foot Cobia Bay Boat powered by a reliable Yamaha 150 HP four
    stroke outboard
  • The boat also features a large, elevated, snag-free casting deck in
    the bow for fly fishing
  • The custom poling tower is removable, which keeps it out of the
    way when live-baiting for tarpon or snapper fishing in the bay.
  • Offering a wide variety of light tackle and fly fishing, Capt. Buddy is
    very patient with young or inexperienced anglers. Yet with over 25
    years of experience charter fishing in Marathon, he can also help
    seasoned anglers to further hone their skills. Tarpon fishing
    charters are Capt. Buddy's specialty
Captain Buddy

Captain Todd Ziels

Marathon, FL   33050
  • 2 boats: A Hells Bay Professional for extreme shallow conditions for
    the time of year when fish are tailing hard. A Hells Bay Marquesa to
    handle the rougher more open water, and ocean side tarpon runs
  • Captain Ziels has a large collection of spin casting and fly equipment,
    including rods manufactured by Sage, Loomis, Shimano and Orvis
    and reels manufactured by Abel, Tibor, Orvis, Shimano, Daiwa and
    Penn. Captain Ziels ties his own flies and has an assortment of flies
    to be used for each target species and locations
  • 4 and 8 hour trips
  • Everything is included for a great day on the water. All the angler
    needs to bring is food and plenty to drink, polarized sunglasses,
    sunscreen and a hat.
As in most sports today, there are trophy hunters who judge the
success on how many or how big of a fish they caught to
determine if they had a good day or not. However, one of the most
important things a Florida Keys fishing guide should teach clients
is to take it all in – watch the birds along the shoreline, the eagle
ray gliding across the flats, the barracuda lying still against the
mangroves waiting for a needle fish to swim into his striking
range, seeing the beautiful permit fish floating on the surface, or
just to stop and look up at that beautiful blue sky. It only takes a
moment, but man, it will make you feel glad to be alive; it does for
me, and I do it every day I’m on the flats.
Captain Billy Rabito

Come Spend The Day Fishing While I Guide
You Through My World – The Florida Keys”
Capt. Billy Rabito, A Keys Fishing Guide
since 1967.
Captain Walker

He is a young fella, born and raised in Marathon, Florida, and from a
family that make their livelihood from fishing. Captain Walker loves to fish
and he is a natural born fisherman. Walker's knowledge of the local hot
spots, ensures every possible advantage for a prosperous day of fishing!
Fly fishing in Key West has contributed to the modern development of the sport.  In the past, anglers on fly would be found exclusively on the flats. And
today, that is still mostly true. But the limits of the sport are being stretched, as some anglers toss flies to huge tarpon and even marlin.

Equipment has followed suit. Fly reels and rods are now being manufactured en masse for fish weighing over 100 pounds. And fly shops on the island
offer huge streamers the size of birds. These are switched in place of a trolled, hook less bait in front of a billfish.
The tarpon is non-edible and a very athletic and strong fish so this type of fishing will truly wear an angler out!  You can
find this species throughout the Florida Keys and are targeted more in the spring.  Baby tarpon may be found in
residential canals that surround mangrove islands.  In summer, tarpon range from babies of 5 to 25 pounds up to an
average size of 30 to 60 pounds.  For the most part, these tarpon live in the Keys and don't roam far. huge streamers
the size of birds. These are switched in place of a trolled, hook less bait in front of a billfish.
Did You Know?
Captain Doug Starliper
Marathon Florida Duck Key

The Marathon Duck Key area offers great light tackle action with Backcountry , Everglades National Park ,
Florida Bay and Offshore Gulf Wrecks. Catch and release Shark and Goliath Grouper are the largest of the
fish we catch in the Florida Keys. Snapper, Grouper, all types of Jacks, Sharks and Goliath Grouper can be
found all year long.
Captain Tom Beaupre

We offer personalized fishing charters in Marathon Fl for offshore fishing, reef fishing, wreck
fishing, as well as fishing the Florida Bay for most Keys species.
For over a century anglers have flocked to the Keys to do battle with fishing's ultimate prize,
the big Silver King! Tarpon fishing is not only one of the most exciting styles of fishing in the
Middle Keys (we often catch fish over 100- pounds!), it's also a great option for anglers who
don't want to spend a full day on the water and enjoy the more sporty side of fishing.  
Seasonal tarpon trips are offered in the mornings and evenings, where we'll live bait fish at
three of the Middles Keys bridges (Long Key, Seven-Mile and Bahia Honda).
Captain Jason Long

For Florida Keys Charter Fishing, we're
your Best Bet!
Fish with live bait along the bridges of the Florida Keys for the
largest tarpon you will ever see. We can specifically target this
monster gamefish all day, or catch them in the morning and
evening while still fishing for other species through mid-day. The
unmatched power of the tarpon make it one of Florida's most
sought after sportfish.
Capt. Jeff Shelar
My name is Capt. Paul Fisicaro and I have been guiding in the Florida
Keys for 15 years. I was born and raised in the Bronx New York where
my passion for fishing first started at age 4. My father is the one who
showed me what fishing was all about and that's all it took. Whether it
was fishing for stripers and bluefish off the jetties of the L.I. Sound or
fishing off a 14 ft. skiff in the bay for flounder or fluke, I couldn't be
happier. Now I'm in the Florida Keys and doing what I love most. When I
came to live in the Keys, I found that catching bonefish, tarpon and
permit to be one of the most thrilling times I had ever experienced. Once
I had experienced that thrill, I decided to do it for a living and to show
other anglers one of the most enjoyable aspects of fishing. The
expression I see on their faces, makes it all worth while.

Whether you are a novice or seasoned angler, it is always wonderful to
see the excitement that people show. The expressions on your faces
when you hook up to a bonefish that screams off 200 yards of line in
one run or a gill rattling jump by a 100 lb. tarpon is priceless.

I specialize in fly fishing and light tackle and offer the best quality fishing
tackle available. I have been fly fishing since I was 11 years old and tie
my own flies that are proven patterns that catch fish.
Capt. Paul Fisicaro

All trips depart at 7:30 AM unless another
time is arranged. During tarpon season, we
could leave dock as early as 6:00 AM. We
usually meet 15 to 30 minutes ahead of
departure time.

I launch from 3 different locations in
Marathon and 2 in Big Pine Key. I will decide
where to launch the day before our trip. It
mainly depends on how the fishing is in each
particular region.
Scott has been passionately studying the waters of the Florida Keys almost his entire
life. As a child growing up in South Florida and in the Keys, he was exposed to, and
subsequently fell in love with every island and flat comprising that wilderness of the
Florida Keys and Everglades known as the Florida Keys Backcountry. This fascination
allowed him to accumulate an amount of Keys-wide knowledge held by few guides.

A lot of his success is attributed to being a true Keys “local”. He is a second generation
guide, as his father guided in the same waters for 20 years prior to Scott becoming a
full-time guide himself. He has truly grown up in the guiding business and feels
privileged to have known and learned from many guides of different generations
throughout the entire Florida Keys. Scott knows he could never repay them for their help
other than to treat the guiding profession with the utmost respect.
When a fish isn't allowed to be harvested, it must immediately be returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.  However, if a fish is allowed to be taken
at a certain size limit, it's okay to temporarily possess it to measure it, as long as it is measured immediately after removing it from the water, and the fish
is then immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed if it is not a legal-size fish.
Did You Know?
In the Back country and Flats these guys get huge and in great number starting in around November and stay real
strong and good fishing all through the winter here till about March, April when the waters warm and most move
offshore. Top water, Live Bait, Plug, Fly fishing.
Did You Know?
Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Charters
Marathon Flats and Back Country Fishing Trips
Bone~A~Fide Fishing Charters
Captain JT Gabriel
Big Pine Key, The Lower Florida Keys

Nature, Eco, Photography Tours
Lobster Trips
Half Day / Full Day
Bay or Flats Boat
Night Tarpon Fishing

A native Floridian, I have been guiding
anglers for over 20 years.  As a professional
I will put you on the fish!
A nature lovers paradise, Big
Pine Key offers up to 15
different species of fish to
catch.  From stalking that
trophy tarpon to hunting the
gray ghost or bringing the
kids out to catch snapper,
sharks, barracudas, we offer
a wide variety of inshore and
back country charters.

All licenses, tackle, bait and
guide is included with your
reservation. Let's fish!
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Aikatsi Sportfishing
Captain Bobby Manske
  • No Fish No Pay
  • Specializing in livebait light tackle sportfishing
    w/ flexible pricing to fit your needs
  • Our charter fishing boats are tournament
    rigged and proven tournament winners  
  • All boats have marine heads
  • Live bait on every trip
  • 1/2 day 3/4 day and full day trips
  • AM and PM tarpon trips
  • Captain Bobby Manske is a U.S.C.G. licensed
    master captain with over 32 years of
    experience fishing in Marathon and the Florida
Whether you're about to experience fishing for the first time or are a
seasoned angler, Marathon fishing guide Captain Bobby Manske is
ready to "get you hooked inside and out" on a fishing charter in the
beautiful waters surrounding Marathon in the Florida Keys.
I will get you hooked inside fishing the Florida Bay for snapper,
cobia, shark, goliath grouper and more or fish the Florida Keys
famous Seven Mile Bridge and Bahia Honda Bridge for Tarpon (The
Silver King).
I will get you hooked outside with offshore deep sea fishing for Mahi
Mahi (dolphin fish) Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin and More.
Angling Adventures with
Captain Rich Smith
Florida Keys Fishing Charters


Inshore, Reef, Wreck, Backcountry Flats

Light Tackle or Fly Fishing

2 Boats to choose from Center Console & Flats Skiff
I’m a native full time charter boat captain
based out of the Florida Keys area of

I have two boats to choose from, a 23′ center
console and a 18′ technical flats skiff.  

I specialize in Inshore, Wreck, Backcountry,
Flats, and Family Fun Fishing trips using
Light Tackle Spinning Gear and Fly Fishing.

It doesn’t matter if you're a beginner just
learning to fish or a seasoned angler, I can
take you on a
trip of a lifetime. I’m patient
and professional with over 10 years
While charter fishing in the Florida Keys you will be amazed by the variety of fish species around you. Keys fishing charters are enjoyable for everyone, we
enjoy showing first timers and children how to enjoy the sport as well as pursuing trophy fish, the choice is yours, each charter boat trip is planned
according to your needs. Our fishery is so diverse that we can fish inshore in the mangroves and out in the ocean in the same day. If winds are high, we can
stay inshore where it is calm and still catch lots fo fish!

We specialize in fishing with a variety of live bait and artificial lures and use fly tackle upon request, all methods are productive. The Florida Keys island
chain offers a massive vairiety of fish species from the Gulf Stream, near shore reefs, deep wrecks and Florida Bay.
Step aboard my center
console Charter Fishing
Boat the Keys fishing
machine that is set up for
Keys Light Tackle Fishing
with new twin 4 stroke
Suzuki engines and a
cobia tower.  
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