Bonefishing Key West
If there was a fish that made the Florida Keys and Key West backcountry and flats fishing famous it would arguably be the bonefish.
Sought after by some of the most hardened sport fishing enthusiasts, this catch and release sport fish has earned the reputation of The "ghost" of the flats. With mirror sides, a weary eye and senses that rival any predator the bonefish has long been part of the Key West Grand Slam trilogy of fish.
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Bonefish are here year round in the Key West area. Due to our massive flow provided from the Atlantic ocean to the south and the Gulf of Mexico to our north we have temperate waters for the bonefish to thrive and exist right here in our backyard.
The spring months as the waters become consistently warm around April May the bonefish come up on the flats to forage for shrimp and any other species of bait. The peak season is in the fall all the way till the first cold front in November.
Sight fishing for bonefish is a sport fishing thrill not to be forgotten. Have one of our professional flats fishing guides pole you along in the shallows in search for these wary game fish. Use fly fishing or spin fishing gear with ultra light line. Live baiting we use shrimp, and small crabs. On fly we use small fly patterns that imitate shrimp and other tasty crustaceans.
Presentation is everything, your professional flats fishing guide will point out the fish, where to cast and present the bait or fly. Be quick, bonefish are extremely fast and wary of any movement on the flats.
Once you have hooked one you will then see what all the fuss is about. Hang on tight and let the drag burn as your fishing guide poles you into position for the fight.
Bonefish dont just live and forage in the super shallows. In fact, they spend most of their time in the 2 ft or more range of depth. This in mind we have found isolated areas that offer even the most unskilled of fisher people the chance to catch these hard fighting fish on light tackle spin fishing gear. A great way to introduce a new angler on a fantastic sport fish.
We have been offering fly fishing for bonefish since 1995 and have had many people catch their first "bone" on fly right here at Dream Catcher Charters in Key West. Fly fishing for bonefish is done up on the flats and by sight fishing them. Accuracy is necessary with a pretty good double haul casting technique. Here at Dream Catchers we are happy to help you learn the cast needed to punch the fly through the wind and have you come out a winner.
Departing daily we have 4, 6, and 8 hour trips. Early morning, mid day, and evening trips are available. We can accommodate up to 4 persons for bonefishing in the backcountry and but we like to keep it to 2 persons for folks wanting to fish the flats for bonefish. Fly fishing it is possible for us to fish two but with one angler at a time on the bow.
Peak bonefishing season is in the fall.
We supply all the gear you will need or you can bring your own. Please call us to ask about the type of line you will need to best have a shot at landing your tarpon. Trips are 4, 6, and 8 hours in Length. We recommend that the full day bay boat and flats boat trips book a Marquesas Fishing trip for your best results as the fishing in the Marquesas for permit is incredible.
Capt. Steven Lamp, owner of Dream Catcher Charters has been guiding fly fishing clients to many grand slams on fly here on the Key West flats since 1994. Specializing in fly fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon inshore and black fin tuna, Kingfish, yellowtail snapper and marcher offshore. Capt Steven is passionate about fishing. You can learn more about him at Key West Fishing.