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The Hunt



 

The lower keys are known for its beautifully clear water that fills its inshore fisheries. Naturally, since water clarity is at its best, sight fishing is usually the primary technique. During the summer months you can find the top three species (tarpon, bonefish, permit) swimming the shallow flats. As the lower keys transition to fall, massive schools of bait flood in with some of our biggest bonefish cruising the area. Winter brings the lowest tides of the year, pulling out our redfish and snook from the mangroves. Depending on water temperatures, you can still find smaller tarpon, permit and bonefish on the flats. As water temps warm back up for spring, you will start to see big migrating tarpon moving into the basins and out to the ocean. There are three things that dictate how effective an angler can sight fish, visibility, accuracy and speed. We usually have some sort of cloud cover here, low light polarized sunglasses are paramount to see the reflective bonefish, tarpon and permit on the grass flats. Since we have a massive amount of water entering and exiting our flats, you will need to come prepared with an accurate and fast cast. The quicker you can present the lure or fly in the water at the guides determined distance and direction, the more successful you will be in landing that fish of a lifetime.