Action - Fish Key West Channels and Flats for
Large Tarpon, Shark and Anything That's Hungry
backcountry fishing at its finest in the channels
and on the flats of the expansive waters that surround Key
West. We use extremely light, light, and medium tackle
(6#, 10#, 12#, 15#, 20#, and 25# test line) to catch a variety
can fish for snapper, jacks, barracuda, shark, tarpon,
permit, bonefish, grouper or even mackerel. I have
sat in one spot, on anchor, and caught 17 different species
of fish in 4 hours. That's good action!
use live bait, chum and cut bait depending on what we're fishing
for. We may drift a live pinfish or crab down a channel for
tarpon; throw a shrimp-tipped jig for snapper,
jacks or even bonefish; or put a cut bait out on wire
for a barracuda or shark.
West Shark Fishing
have caught many types of shark in these waters,
from the 12ft hammerhead on 25# test that took 1hr 25min to
land, to the smaller (2 to 4 ft) bonnethead sharks
that you can sight cast a shrimp tipped jig to up on the flats.
Probably the most exciting species of shark to catch is the
spinner shark. When you hook one of these spinners
they almost immediately come flying out of the water
spinning around their long axis so rapidly that it's
impossible to count the number of revolutions, throwing
water in every direction like fireworks.
have seen them travel 30 feet through the air
and I believe that they rival tarpon in the
amount of adrenaline pumping excitement you
can get from this acrobatic sport species.
in Our Recent Catches Gallery: Video
Clips of Sawfish and Hammerhead Shark Catches!!
catches gallery you can see me and the angler, Todd Pearce
of Conway, S.C., holding up a trophy
spinner shark (just under 6ft and almost 100lbs)
that took us a good hour to get in while Todd's beautiful bride,
Marla, fought a comparably sized lemon shark
off the stern. As both anglers brought their fish closer to
the boat, with Todd on the bow and Marla on the stern, there
was a considerable period during which those sharks had that
little flats boat spinning like a merry-go-round.
Marla, and their son Eric have all put trophy fish on the wall
while fishing with Capt. Dan's Fishing Charters. We use Grey
Taxidermy because they do a good job, they are the
world's largest marine taxidermist, and they guarantee their
work for life. So, whether you want to delicately cast
a crab to tailing permit on the flats or put a cut
bait out for a giant toothisaurus maximus,
there is plenty of rod-bending action to be
had in the exquisite backcountry channels and flats of Key West.
Charters leave from the Galleon
Marina located at 619 Front Street in the Historic Key West
Seaport. A typical fight may last well over an hour with
you and the fish competing for control.
Complete tackle, bait and fishing expertise are provided.
Phone: (305) 294-3815
Email Capt. Dan
Your Key West Fishing Guide, Captain Dan
U.S.C.G. licensed captain since 1995.
Tackle, bait and expertise included.
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