Fishing Desitnation:

Situated at the southern most point of Florida, are the Florida Keys and the Everglades National Park. There are over 900 square miles of hard-bottom flats, grassy banks and mangrove islands that stretch between the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and the Keys. Over 85 percent of this salty bay lies within the Everglades National Park. An additional bonus to the fishing is the change to see a wide variety of wildlife found only in this tropical corner of Florida. Bald eagles, flamingos, racoons, roseate spoonbills, egrets, sharks, ibises, skimmers and the oldest resident of Florida, the American Crocodile.

The Fishing:

Rick Machin, the owner and licensed guide offers the adventurer in you an opportunity to stalk and cast a bonefish, tarpon, redfish, sea trout, permit or snook with a fly, spin or conventional tackle. Captain Rick has 20 years of experience in spotting heedless bonefish, acrobatic tarpon, bull headed redfish, elusive permit and snook.

The availability of all these species make the Florida Keys one of the few places that an avid angler can experience a shot at a "Back Country Slam". Capt. Rick will gladly assist you in every possible way for you to have a successful and memorable fishing experience that you could reminisce for yours to come.

The Tackle:

Fly gear will vary according to the species of fish. For bonefish a #7-#9 fly rod on a saltwater reel, with a minimum of 150 yards of 15lb. backing and 8' leader with 1 10-12lb. tippet. For tarpon, a #10 fly rod will work great in the Keys. An 8', 2-30lb. shock leader with a 30-100lb. tippet. For reds, snook and sea trout a #8 or #9 fly rod with 80'-100' of floating line, accompanied by a 8", 30lb. shock leader with a #12lb. tippet. Recommended flies for the back country would be the glades glider (wht/orange & wht/chart), chemobyl crab, back country bu (red), cave's wobbler gold 2 and the snook-a-roo on a 1/0 hook. If you prefer to spinfish, Capt. Rick suggests a 7' graphite rod with an open face reel that will hold at least 200 yards of 6-10lb. test. Capt. Rick will supply you with the necessary lures, jigs, plugs or live bait.

Rates for the Season:

Half Day Trip (8:00am to 11:30am) $ 325
Full Day Trip $ 550
Tarpon Season Only: 4 hour trip, day or night with live bait only $ 450
You will be fishing from a 18' Waterman Hellsbay. Rates include all the tackle, jigs, plugs, hooks, leader, live bait and a cooler full of refreshments.

Fishing License Required

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