Fishing in the Florida Keys is on just about every anglers' bucket list, and for good reason.
FISHING THE FLORIDA KEYS
There are a lot of different inshore and offshore fish to catch in the Florida Keys. The fact that the pristine ocean side flats and the primitive back country mangroves are stunningly gorgeous sweetens the trip. Expert anglers rejoice and beginners smile as there is a style of fishing and a type of fish that appeals to everyone.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE
Captain Bob Baker has been guiding in the Florida Keys for nearly four decades. During his career he’s seen a tremendous number of changes to the Keys, the flats and environment and the fish patterns. As a full-time fishing guide who logs over 250 charters a year, Captain Bob puts his clients on fish.
His life-long experience enables him to work as easily with expert anglers in search of a world record to rank beginners hoping for a first catch. New for this year is a program specific to engaging the next generation of anglers.
Captain Bob’s Kid’s Fishing Program is an on-the-water instructional to teach casting and fishing fundamentals to newcomers.
Captain Bob is sponsored by International Game Fish Association (IGFA), Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Coastal Conservation Association, and the Florida Guides Association.
ABOUT THE FISHING
Florida offers the most consistently-good angling in the country. There is always a species of fish to catch! And perhaps one of the best parts of fishing the Florida Keys is the diversity of the fishery.
Captain Bob is centrally located in Islamorada, the fishing capital of the Florida Keys. Travel times to destinations are short and fishing charters are long.
On the oceanside, clients fish expansive, white-sand flats that run from Key Largo to Key West and on to the Marquesas.
A short hop away is the wild and primitive backcountry reaches found in the Everglades National Park. Some of the best known fishing towns in the country are tucked in the bays and mangroves.
Backcountry charters include areas like Hell’s Bay, the Shark River, White Water Bay and Flamingo to name a few.
SEASONALITY & SPECIES
Spring through early Summer is Prime Time Fishing in the Florida Keys.
From March through June, the oceanside’s hot bite is for tarpon and permit. Some bonefish are around in March, but in April and May their numbers drop as they go to spawn. They’re replaced with Spanish mackerel and bluefish that move through the Keys, so there are lots of different fish to catch. The backcountry is good and warm, so there are laid up tarpon, redfish, snook, speckled sea trout, and cobia to catch. There are always jacks and ladyfish around.
Summer in the Florida Keys is hot during the day, but so is the fishing.
Winds are light, the water is clear, and the fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish is tough to beat. Daytime temperatures can be warm, so charters focus on the first light bite and run for a half-day.
Fall Fishing in the Florida Keys.
Cooling Fall temperatures bring a fishing spike, with redfish, snook, and speckled sea trout being the top targets. Spanish and Sero mackerel, cobia, pompano and Jack Cravelle are around in good numbers, too. The bite continues to be strong in the Florida winter. Dramatic cold snaps are really the only times when conditions are difficult.
Full-day rate is $650. Half-day rate is $450. Limit 2 anglers.
Guided trips in skinny water and backcountry mangroves require a shallow-draft boat. Captain Bob runs a 18′ Maverick HPX with a 115 horsepower Yamaha four stroke. The four-stroke outboard makes for an environmentally friendly trip.
Bring your own gear, or if you’re traveling light then use our industry-best tackle. Spin fishermen use eight-foot Loomis GL2 and GL 3’s matched with Shimano Sustain reels, while fly rodders pitch Sage RPLX 8, 10, or 12 weights and corresponding Tibor large arbor reels.
Fish live bait or toss plugs, spoons and bucktails, the choice is yours. Some go-to favorites include Mirrorlures, Youzuri’s, Rebels, and Rapalas in a variety of profiles and colors. Bucktail jigs, soft plastics, and 1/16 or 1/32 ounce spoons work well, too.
CONTACT CAPTAIN BOB
Feel free to talk with Captain Bob about lodging and dining recommendations.