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Best Key West Fishing Guides Know
The Right Flats Fishing Techniques

The backcountry is where Key West fishing guides are most at home.

They know the best flat fishing techniques, and they know the clear flats and channels like the back of their hands.

They're equally familiar with the vast assortment of fighting Key West fish.

They'll guide you out into territory where IGFA records are routinely broken. A place where men bend to the whim of the mighty tarpon and the wily bonefish.

This is where man tests his skill and endurance and where bragging rights are duly earned. This is why people live to fish Key West Florida.

Fishing Key West is more than a dream of devoted anglers and novices, it's an exciting mix of soothing calm, and heart pounding action. It's where you can routinely expect the unexpected and where qualified fishing guides excel.

Whether it's your first time or your one hundredth time fishing Key West FL, you'll be surprised by the vast assortment of wildlife. The air and the trees are filled with numerous species of birds. The shallow, crystal clear water teems with dolphin, manatee and an abundant variety of feisty Key West fish.

Fishing for tarpon off Key West

Key West Tarpon Fishing
Photo Courtesy of Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters

Choosing the Best Key West Fishing Guide

However all this angling perfection can be spoiled in an instant if you're not careful. In life, not all things are created equal, and the same goes for Key West fishing guides.

To be the best of the fishing guides in Key West, you must have the best. This means having the right equipment and the right Key West flats boat. Key West fishing boats need to be comfortable enough to accommodate gear and passengers. The Key West flats boat needs to be fast so you can get where you're going, and hurry back if weather threatens. Being the best also means you need to have an intricate understanding of the water, the tide, the Key West FL weather, the channels, and the fish.

Key West fishing trips can easily be ruined by hiring the wrong Key West flats fishing guides. If the Keys fishing guide lacks the necessary experience or has improper or poorly functioning equipment, your odds of catching Key West fish decrease, and your time on the water is less enjoyable. That's why finding the Key West flats fishing charter company with the necessary credentials is vital.

As in life, there are no guarantees when it comes to Key West fishing trips. Fishing after all is called fishing not catching, and for good reason. Fish are finicky, Key West FL weather can be tricky, and sometimes no matter what you do, you'll catch nothing more than a whiff. However, you can expect your odds to get worse if you hire a Key West flats fishing guide who isn't a true pro.

Aerial of Key West Flats

Aerial of Key West Flats
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Dale M. McDondald Collection

A day spent on the clear shallow flats fly fishing Key West is meant to be fun. If you're out on the water with a Keys fishing guide who knows where to go, and how to present the lure, fly or bait to the targeted Key West fish, it will be the ultimate experience.

It also takes effort and time to be the best of the best and learn the right flats fishing techniques. Years of fishing the backcountry translates into knowing the secret hot spots where fish like to congregate. It's carrying the right bait, flies, and lures, and understanding how Key West fish move and feed.

Plus in the Florida Keys backcountry, Key West fishing guides should be highly adept at using both fly and light tackle. They need to know which side of the islands to fish depending on the way the wind blows, so you're in calmer water and able to easily pole around and sight fish.

Not only can a true pro help an angler cast and properly present the bait or lure to ensure a bite, they need other credentials. A good sense of humor, a liberal amount of patience, and the ability to place their client's welfare above all else, is imperative for a quality Key West fishing vacation.

Key West Flats Fishing Charters Top Pick

When planning a fishing charter Key West Captain Lindsay Harper of Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters is consistently the top pick. Considered one of the best Key West fly fishing guides, he also excels at Key West light tackle fishing. Not only does he possess the necessary skills and qualifications, he specializes in fishing trips to the Marquesas Keys, Big Pine Key, and the flats and channels of the Key West backcountry.

A half, 3/4 or full day out on the water with Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters means spending time with one of the most experienced Key West fishing guides. Whether you prefer to fly fish or use light tackle, Captain Lindsay Harper can accommodate you. Not only does he carry the necessary equipment, he also provides the appropriate licenses, ice, coolers, bait, and quality tackle required to catch the vast variety of fish that seasonally migrate through these waters.

Miss Inclined Maverick Mirage HP

Miss Inclined's 17' Maverick Mirage HP
Photo Courtesy of Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters

The better Key West fishing guides know they have to get you where you want to go quickly. Captain Lindsay Harper's Key West flats boat is a 17 foot Maverick Mirage HP that comfortably accommodates 2 clients. His boat is specifically designed to easily handle the shallow waters of the Florida Keys flats.

His Key West flats boat is also built for speed, and if the water's good, you can be casting for permit or bonefish at the beautiful Marquesas Atoll in 45 minutes. Likewise, if you want to head north to Big Pine Key and stalk redfish and tarpon, you're within 45 minutes away from leaving dock. His boat's ability to move on the shallow water and get you where you're going fast, translates into better value and more productive fishing for you.

Without question though, the most popular angler destination is the famous Florida Keys backcountry for fun flats fishing. With Captain Lindsay Harper, you'll be fishing the clear shallow waters off Key West Florida within 20 minutes of leaving City Marina at Garrison Bight. He departs at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. daily, and clients can choose from half day, 3/4 day and full day charters.

Call Now!
Save on Flats Fishing Charter

Captain Lindsay Harper
305-304-1970, or  305-296-3673

The Where and How of
Flats Fishing Key West and Lower Keys

Key West fishing guides know that in the backcountry, quietly poling around sight fishing is the best of the flats fishing techniques. The ability to spot and target your fish amplifies the excitement. It also makes it's more challenging because even though you can easily see the fish, the Key West fish can just as easily spot you.

Understanding fish behavior is more than a science, it's an art. This is why experienced Key West fishing guides like Captain Lindsay Harper, make the difference. He knows that fish in the shallows are exceptionally wary and are easily spooked. As a skilled Key West charter captain, his knowledge is the difference between hooking and reeling in that prize, or watching it swim away.

Fishing for permit off Key West and the Marquesas Keys

Fun Flats Fishing for Permit
Photo Courtesy of Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters

Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters will take you out on the flats and channels that run all the way up and down the Gulf from the mainland up to the Marquesas Keys - the only Atoll in the Northern Hemisphere. You'll skim over the Florida Keys flats where the skinny water is only a few inches deep, and you'll catch fish in the rivers and creeks. You'll also find jack crevalle, shark, cobia, and barracuda congregating in the 6 - 8 foot deep basins.

Not only can Captain Lindsay Harper help you experience the thrill of a 6 pound bonefish ripping off 200 yards of your line, he'll show you how to catch a permit that will bulldog you for 20 tense filled minutes.

He'll take you tarpon fishing, out to where the tarpon come down the edges, rolling and poking their heads out of the water to breathe. Known as the silver king, this ancient fish is amazing to catch.

Their aerial acrobatics combined with the way they'll pull off your line is pure, raw adrenalin. With luck and 25 minutes of heavy pressure, you may finally land one of these brutes. If you rest, then expect an hour or more of hard battle before eventually reeling in one of these all time big fighters.

Barracuda is by far the most underrated sport fish, and a personal favorite of Captain Harper. When it's cold, this species comes out onto the flats in plentiful numbers. Once hooked, these fighters will leap and jump in their attempt to get free. You can also expect 3 or 4 pulse pounding hard runs before successfully bringing them, and their razor sharp teeth to the boat.

Fishing for barracuda off Key West

Key West Barracuda Fishing
Photo Courtesy of Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters

Good Key West fishing guides know that one of the thrills of being out on the water means Key West shark fishing. Not only do shark jump, but black tips will spin, and in the flats of the Florida Keys backcountry you can expect to bring in plenty of black tip, lemon and bull. Ironically, the aggressive bull shark is the one most leery about accepting the live bait, but once hooked they're monsters at the other end.

Maintaining the simple philosophy of getting dinner on the plate, Captain Lindsay Harper is able to help you enjoy not only an exhilarating day flat fishing Key West, but typically a very successful one.

He knows that the fish you're targeting eat by sight. Not only does he know what type of lure, fly or bait to use, he knows how to help you place the lure where it doesn't spook the fish. This is productive fishing at it's best, and is the result of decades of dedicated experience and knowing the right flats fishing techniques.

Having worked the waters of the Caribbean for 5 years and then the waters of Key West since 1988, Captain Lindsay Harper knows Key West fish. He knows where they'll be, he knows their seasons, he knows how tide and Key West FL weather affects them, he knows what they like to eat, and how to properly present it.

Light and Fly Fishing Tackle and
Key West Flats Fishing Charter Times

Good Key West fishing guides know that your success depends on them providing the right tackle and bait. Not only does Captain Lindsay Harper have the right equipment, it's always properly maintained, so your Keys fishing experience is the best.

If you're interested in fly fishing in Key West, his fly tackle is 3 wt rod thru 14 wt rod and is available in left hand retrieve, right hand retrieve, or both. It is provided by Sage, Scott Rods, Loop, Able Reels and 3M Scientific Angler Fly Lines.

If you're interested in Key West light tackle fishing, Shimano, Abu Garcia, Fenwick, Falcon Rods, and Berkley Trilene provide his spin and bait casting tackle. His spin rods are from 6 wt thru 30 wt. His gear is by Ex-Officio, Patagonia, Action Optics, and Julbo.

Being one of the best fishing guides Key West has is not by chance. His combination of the right equipment, a good sense of humor, patience and dedication is what makes him the Captain of choice. Whether Key West bonefishing or tarpon fishing, his skill is the reason clients repeat year after year.

Fishing for bonefish off Key West

Key West Bonefishing
Photo Courtesy of Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters

Unlike so many other Key West fishing guides, Captain Lindsay is also not a clock watcher. Even though his charters are broken down into 4 hour, 6 hour and 8 hour trips, he prefers to consider them half day, 3/4 day and full day charter fishing trips.

This is because unless he has another charter waiting, he's more concerned about you and the success you're having. If you fish longer, well then that's just fine, this is after all the Florida Keys. What's the rush? You're out on the water, doing what he loves and knows best.

We're proud to have Miss Inclined Flats Fishing Charters and Captain Lindsay, one of the best Key West fishing guides, as a sponsor of For our Readers he is offering a discount on his regular boat rate which covers up to 2 clients. Anyone booking a full 8 hour charter will receive a $50 discount off the boat rate. A half day booking will receive a $25 discount off the boat rate.

Captain Lindsay also supplies everything you need to ensure you have a good time. The only thing you need to bring is a smile, a camera, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and whatever food and drink you may want.

To book your fishing boat charter with one of the best Key West fishing guides and take advantage of the discount, you can reach Captain Lindsay Harper on his mobile at 305-304-1970, or at 305-296-3673. Plus this link enables you to ask questions or reserve your Key West fishing vacation with one of the most experienced Key West fishing guides.

Call Now!
Save on Flats Fishing Charter

Captain Lindsay Harper
305-304-1970, or  305-296-3673

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