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Everyone knows about the usual suspects when it comes to target species of the lower keys flats but in the last couple of years another has been making a much welcomed entrance, the redfish. These fish have been a surprise bonus fish for a long time but recently they have become a fish that we […]

I have to admit, I am terrible at keeping up with my blog posts. Something about getting off the water and getting on the computer is not really on my list of things I want to do. That said, I am going to put forth a better effort from now on. So, in catching up, […]

Apologies for the delay in blog posts! After an offseason of travel and sitting through cold fronts, it’s time to get back to business. Fresh off of several months of daily Rogaine treatments and most likely some brown mascara, “Mustache” Matt Cope showed up in the keys again to fish permit. The thing looks horrendous […]

Well, we finally got a break from the crappy spring and early summer weather and were blessed with a couple weeks of good sky, light winds, sweat soaked shirts, and tailing fish. My good friend Tom Rapone managed to break away from his busy schedule of guiding anglers out of Martha’s Vineyard and snuck down […]

We apologize for the delay in the blog, been a little busy for the past several months. If you have ever guided a tarpon season in the Keys then you know what I mean. I would have to say that this will probably go down as one of the more difficult seasons on record. The […]

After hooking and losing two permit, one due to a misplaced lobster trap and another due to a straightened gamakatsu, my angler and friend Matt Cope finally exorcized his permit demons and put this nice fish in the boat yesterday. The first photo pretty much sums it up.     *Photos courtesy of Frank “SWEETCHEEKS” […]

About an hour ago, a long, red line on the radar passed over Key West and bringing the end to what has been a truly great week of fishing here in Key West. It all started last weekend with a day that Don and I had jumping 3 tarpon and landing 4 really nice bonefish […]

Well….After spending the last three days on the water fishing Permit I think it’s safe to say the 2012 Permit season is off to a great start! Angler Alex Maher from Jackson Wyoming took his spot on the bow of my boat Wednesday hoping to catch his first Permit in the Florida Keys. We set […]

It’s days like today that make “winter” in Key West, and the days of being stuck in the house while the water temp is in the mid 60’s and the wind is North at 35 and gusty, worth it. With the right combination of weather the winter permit fishing can be stellar and today was […]

Your Key West fishing report for Thursday Jan, 5th……

Tired of not being on the water due to some pretty heavy wind for the last several days, Don and I decided to get out there and see if we could put a serious bend in the fly rod anyway. The permit fishing has been pretty damn good whenever we have had a decent day […]

It’s that time of the year again, time to look “down the line” at the the 2012 fishing season and the steps we can all take to get ready for another reel screaming season. First and foremost…….GET YOUR DAYS BOOKED NOW! The most talented flats guides in the Keys book well before the new year. […]

As most of you know the Tarpon season here in Key West is and has been in full swing for some time….hence the lack of posts from Ryan and I.  80* temps and high humidity takes its toll both on the brain and body, but that’s another post for another time. We enjoyed an April […]

The fishing is still hot in KW! This past weeks fishing brought additional permit to the boat and a few Tarpon decided to eat our flies. One of my Finnish anglers continued to carry the torch for his country… landing two Permit after two days of fishing Permit for the first time. Some people get […]

Well, it’s hard to find the words to express how I feel right now after winning the 2011 March Merkin tournament.  My angler Mike Dawes and I have been working hard to post a win for four years now and it has finally happened! Our week started with 3 days of very tough pre-fishing that […]

After having a great day yesterday throwing flies at blacktip and lemon sharks with my client, I figured I would write a bit about shark fishing. In my opinion, sharks are highly underrated and seriously overlooked as target species on the flats. Some even turn up their noses at the slight mention of shark fishing, […]

After having a great day yesterday throwing flies at blacktip and lemon sharks with my client, I figured I would write a bit about shark fishing. In my opinion, sharks are highly underrated and seriously overlooked as target species on the flats. Some even turn up their noses at the slight mention of shark fishing, […]

Well….After a great run of fishing in the Bahamas we are back in Key West! Its always good to get back to all the things that make our country and the Keys one of the best places to live and fish in the world. Capt. Ryan and I got out yesterday for a few hours […]

Captain…..What the hell happened? Angler…..My @#@$@$@$ line got caught on my reel! Captain……you’re short cast again, short, recast! ….shit man that’s only 40 feet! What happened? Angler….I stepped on my damn line. Captain….#%$%%#%#%$%. Sound familiar? Poor line management accounts for more lost fish and lost shots than anything else on the flats! The days and […]

Well our first group of clients flew out Sunday afternoon after five great days of fishing and we have taken a couple days to regroup, watch the Super Bowl, do laundry and tie more flies. It feels like tarpon season in Key West with the amount of flies that we go through here, these fish […]

Well our first group of clients flew out Sunday afternoon after five great days of fishing and we have taken a couple days to regroup, watch the Super Bowl, do laundry and tie more flies. It feels like tarpon season in Key West with the amount of flies that we go through here, these fish […]

Well today ended a 3 day Bonefish fest here in the Bahamas. Ryan and I fished three consecutive days of outstanding Bonefishing. Yesterday marked a day I will never forget! Without a doubt, the BEST day of PERSONAL Bonfishing I have ever had. Handfuls of 8 to 10+ pound fish poured into crystal clear water, […]

Who said its always warm in the Bahamas? The last to days have brought cool temps and more high wind. The fishing was about as tough as it gets here today…not exactly what I had hoped for but that’s fishing. We saw far fewer fish on the flats today and a water temp that dropped […]

Off to Andros we go, yes…..WE! For the first time Capt.Ryan will be joining me in Andros for some of the best Bonefishing this world has to offer! We have been packing, pre-paying bills, tying flies, wrapping leaders, going through gear, cleaning house and buttoning up every loose end imaginable for the last four days! […]