One of the very first fish I caught that got me hooked on flats fishing was a bonefish. Right then I knew I wanted to be a Key West bonefishing guide. Back then there were some big ones but not many bonefish around. Key West was not really known as a bonefishing destination. Now it’s amazing! In the past few years I have seen the numbers of bonefish on Key West flats grow exponentially. Hoards of them rushing the flats just like the Bahamas and it seems to be getting better. Whether you enjoy Spin fishing or fly fishing young or old and not matter what your experience there is a bonefish ready for you to catch him.
Bonefish love to visit the shallow flats sometimes in less than 10″ of water East and West of Key West and the Marquesas Keys. Foraging for food such as baby crabs, shrimps and crustaceans. They can be seen working the flats or “tailing” as the dig up some grub. Always wary to their surroundings bonefish are extremely edgy and spook quickly so a stealthy approach is needed to get a shot at one. Smaller ones travel in larger schools making them very competitive for food and easier targets for newer anglers with a light tackle spin fishing rod or fly fishing rod. The larger ones are a bit more independent usually traveling with a few buddies or solo and very educated raising the bar for skill level needed to catch one.
A technical flats fishing boat is the traditional way to go bonefishing but I also use a very shallow minded bay boat with a trolling motor to get the job done. Although we catch bonefish year round here in Key West, my favorite months for bonefishing are April – October with the best months being September and October when they spawn and the larger fish are around. Check out my Key West fish species calendar to learn more about Key West fish. Feel free to contact me to ask any questions or book.
The most productive way to fish for bonefish is with a spinning Roda or”light tackle” with a jig or shrimp and hook. My spin fishing gear is nothing but the best. I use DAIWA Exist reels loaded with 8lb braided line attached to a custom made bonefishing rod built for me by legendary rod builder Rick Berry of Key Largo rods.
My fly fishing clients have come to expect nothing but the best in my gear. So, I make sure they get it. ORVIS makes a wonderful rod called the Helios 3 D. This thing is a laser and brings out the best fly fisherman of any skill level. New ORVIS lines always and the best selection of bonefishing flies to chose from.
I will take up to two persons bonefishing for 4, 6, or 8 hours. Trip departures depend on the day, moon and tide phases and what fish species we are targeting. I supply everything you will need for fishing as well as ice filled cooler with bottled waters. If we are using fly fishing gear, only one angler can be fishing at a time. We will decide when you call, depending on the time of the year, your needs in a boat and the targeted species you would like to pursue whether we will use my technical poling skiff or my Yellowfin bay boat. Call 1-305-292-7212 or text me 1-786-847-3808