Perhaps you’ll be oceanside watching schools of 50 tarpon swimming in clear water. Or maybe seeing the cycle-shaped tail of a feeding permit on a back-country flat. Laid up tarpon, tailing bonefish and redfish, cruising snook and countless other sights raise the heartbeats of saltwater flats fishermen.
Watching a 100 pound tarpon inhale your fly and go airborne is one of the great thrills of Florida fishing. There is no place in the world that is better for sight fishing these magnificent creatures in shallow water. We fish for them oceanside and bayside in the lower, middle and upper Keys and Biscayne Bay. We also often find them in Everglades Park or up the southwest coast to Chokoloskee. Tarpon fishing is most reliable in the spring and early summer, but can be fished year-round when the weather is right.
Much has been written about the challenges that the Keys bonefishery has faced. After some difficult years, we are now seeing signs of recovery and improvement. They are once again a viable year-round target. We sight fish for them, with a stealthy approach, throwing flies, lures or bait. The screaming run of the bonefish is your reward for an accurate cast and good presentation.
We fish for permit the length of the Keys, from Key West to Biscayne Bay. These powerful fish make great targets for fly fishers and light tackle anglers providing thrills and lasting memories. We often see them tailing and mudding in skinny water or cruising the deeper edges. Considered a great prize on a fly rod, they will eat a well presented fly. For the light tackle angler, permit will aggressively attack your live crab.
The Flordia Keys and surrounding flats are home to some of the best redfish angling action in the country. Sight-casting with fly or light tackle to cruising or tailing reds is exhilarating.
Redfish get into water that is so skinny you’d think they must be walking, not swimming. Andy’s Hells Bay skiff is ideal for chasing skinny-water fish.
With an aggressive bite, snook are found in good numbers throughout Everglades Park and up the southwest coast of Florida. They can be sight fished or blind fished. You might see them laying in potholes on the flats, cruising a shoreline, or using cover as an ambush point.
Many other species can be targeted or become targets of opportunity. This includes sharks, cobia, mackerel, trout, tripletail, jacks and more. All can be fished with fly or light tackle. The combination of species choices, water types and tackle options makes our fishery among the richest, most varied and most exciting anywhere.
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South Florida provides some fantastic waterfowl hunting. Hunting grounds include the Everglades water conservation areas, Lake Okeechobee, Kissimmee River and St. John’s River marsh.
Hunters must supply his or her own waders, gun, and shells. Hunting party is limited to two hunters. We can accommodate larger groups with our experienced guides.
Duck hunts are fully guided and custom tailored to your needs. We use custom airboats to travel to hunting grounds and hunting will be conducted from natural blinds or lay-out boat.
Bird species we hunt are: ring-necked duck, florida mottled duck, blue and green wing teal, widgeon, wood duck’s, black belly whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, pintail and redheads.
We also offer snipe hunts. Snipe hunts can be combined with duck hunting or done on their own. Snipe are super fun to hunt. Snipe are fast and will test your shooting skills. Snipe live along the transition from water to dry ground. Hunting will be done by walking and flushing the birds out of the grass.