Late Summer and Early Fall Fishing in the Lower Keys and Key West

Fishing has been pretty good to very good in September and early October.

Wading for tailing Bonefish and Permit
Tarpon bust
Tarpon tail kick

July Tarpon fishing

We have been seeing and catching some nice tarpon both in the daylight and at night.

Mike B. with a big Poon
Pull Hard!!
Almost There

And some crazy night time action……….

gotcha
One happy angler

The bonefishing has been really good too

bonefish release

June Tarpon and Bonefish photos

We have been catching both big and little tarpon the past few weeks. Bonefish are around in pretty good numbers and, of course , Permit fishing is good right now too!!

Permit on the Fly

Wayne with a nice Permit on fly

Rules to live by

Permit or Trachinotus falcatus is probably the hardest flats fish to catch on fly.
Below are some images of the fish and the flies we use to catch them.  The most important part the game is making a quick and accurate cast.  A good angler can get the fly to the target with only one or two false casts.  Permit are spooky and have great eyesight.  We look forward to days with a little wind which masks the noise of the fly line in the air and allows for multiple casts a fish or group of fish.  I recommend that anglers practice their casting out on the lawn prior to their Key West flats fishing trip.  This practice will pay big dividends in fishing success and can mean the difference between going fishless or adding an achievement of a lifetime to your trip.

We train ourselves to see fish swimming under the surface, mudding, tailing, and floating.  There is nothing in the angling world that compares to seeing a school of large permit with their tails popping up out of the water as they move up a flat feeding.
Sometimes we hear a splash from a permit that has just tailed so hard it tipped over.

The rod of choice for these fish is an 8, 9, or 10 weight depending on the wind or lack there of.  A saltwater reel with a good drag like a Tibor and 300 yards of backing are a must.  Use a nine to twelve foot leader.

Feeding the permit is a learned art and only time on the water and your guide can help you with this ability.  A good angler does not just make a great cast to the fish; he or she actually sells the fly.  By selling the fly I mean that the angler reads the permit’s actions toward the fly and moves it or lets it drop to entice the fish to react and EAT.

Tight Lines and fish boatside,

Capt. Michael O’Brien

Permit and Tarpon on the fly and Spinning Gear

Days for these guys are filling up. May is gone but March, April, and June days are still available .

Come down and fish!!!!

Almost time for Permit and Big Tarpon

We are catching Cudas now but as soon as we get a warm spell in February the tarpon fishing will go off!! And permit too.

I did not fish the Cuda Bowl this year but am getting some big ones boat side. #cudabowl

Cuda for John

I did see a giant Permit yesterday!!

Get ready for these guys…………

and these guys too

Fall Fishing is Good!

Here are some photos from the past few days

Tarpon season is winding down

I’m getting ready for the Del Brown Permit tournament July 14-16. My favorite sponsor is

May Tarpon for Wayne

Wayne with a nice tarpon
Wayne with a nice Tarpon on fly

The 2019 March Merkin has come and gone. Here is the scoreboard.

So technically we tied for 5th place. fishing was tough with the radical wind and water temp. drop from 80 to 68 deg. The permit fishing was really good for more than two weeks before the tournament though .

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