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South Florida Reigns Supreme

Snook Picture
St. Lucie River Snook on Fly

The popularity of inshore saltwater fishing is on the rise among anglers who don't care to deal with pounding seas, spend the half a morning catching bait before wetting a line, or troll for hours. If you enjoy the idea of hands-on fishing with light tackle, then for you, inshore fishing is where it's at. And no facet of saltwater inshore fishing has experienced the explosive growth of saltwater sight fishing with fly and light tackle. Florida has no equal when it comes to this exacting style of fishing. You can't raise the bar any higher.

South Florida has long been considered the cradle of saltwater light-tackle and fly fishing, pioneered by legendary, world-class anglers who paved the way for all of us on this region's renowned shallow grassflats.

Sight fishing is primarily hunting where you stalk a variety of wary gamefish via pushpole on shallow saltwater tidal flats. On the shallow mud flats of Everglades National Park at Flamingo, depending on the time of year, you can expect to cast to redfish, snook, tarpon, seatrout, bonefish, black drum, and jack crevalle. I consider this fishery to be ideal for the beginner or intermediate sight fisherman. I have shared in the satisfaction of many a first-timer's first catch on the flats here. It's the ideal place to hone your skills.

Pompano Picture
A Solid Indian River Pompano

On Miami's doorstep, Biscayne Bay's grassflats are home to a foursome of terrific gamefish: bonefish, tarpon, permit and barracuda. These flashy, wary gamesters will put your skills to the test whether you choose to fish bait, artificial lures or flies. I started flats fishing here in 1969 and my first big Biscayne bone made me a sight fisherman for life.

Sight fishing is also popular along the Florida Atlantic beaches from roughly Jupiter north to Vero Beach, where snook patrol the trough right at your feet, and tarpon, jack crevalle, permit and cobia routinely migrate within yards of the sand.

Beyond the flats, South Florida's rivers, creeks, bays and Intracoastal Waterway are home for a long list of gamefish and popular table fish that readily strike a fly or lure. And when the sun goes down, the action doesn't stop. Snook, tarpon and seatrout take the spotlight under lighted docks and bridges from the Florida Keys to the Indian River Lagoon.

Florida offers a far more diverse roster of fish than any other coastal state in the U.S. It's not even close! There's much to choose from, in every month of the year. I do it all, and I invite you to let me put together a trip tailored to your preferences and skill level.


Boat and Fishing Tackle

We'll fish from my fully rigged, 17-foot Action Craft Flyfisher. This skiff is suited for shallow poling, and takes a chop better than many smaller and lighter technical poling skiffs. It features plenty of dry storage for your gear, and rod racks to handle up to ten rods. Powered by a Yamaha 115-horsepower 4-stroke outboard and a MinnKota Riptide electric on the bow when not fishing via pushpole.

I am U.S. Coast Guard licenced, fully insured, and CPR and first aid certified. I provide your license, all tackle, lures, flies and baits, an iced cooler for your lunch and catch, water and soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own tackle, but I only ask that we discuss its suitability for the planned fishing ahead of time. You should also bring along polarized glasses, hat, sunscreen and sun-protective clothing, particularly during the late-spring through fall months. Florida winters call for appropriate warm weather clothing. And please wear shoes with non-marking soles.

All provided tackle is top-rate. Fly rods by G.Loomis, Orvis, Temple Fork Outfitters and fly reels by Ross Reels, Tibor Reels, Nautilus, Orvis. Fly lines by Scientific Angler, Cortland, Rio and more. Light-tackle (spin and casting) by G.Loomis, Lamiglas, Crowder, Biscayne Rod, St. Croix, Shimano, Abu Garcia, Quantam and more.

I tie all fly leaders and saltwater flies for your trip, and carry an extensive selection of artificial lures ideal for the day's fishing.

In short, rest assured that the gear is ready and it is right!


Fishing Destinations and Rates


Shallow-water Sightfishing

> > See my shallow-water sightfishing page.


General Inshore

> > See my general inshore fishing page.


Nighttime Snook Fishing

> > See my nighttime snook fishing page.


Surf Fishing

> > See my surf fishing page.


CHARTER PAYMENT POLICY

All fishing days booked require a 50 percent deposit, unless reservation is made with 72 hours of fishing date. For your deposit I accept personal check, money order, or payment through Pay Pal. The balance of the charter trip must be paid in cash.

Deposits are non-refundable if cancellation is not made within 14 days of the booked date or dates. I will gladly hold your deposit for a re-booking in the event that you must cancel due to illness, flight cancellation or have an emergency. I will also apply your deposit to a later date should weather conditions make fishing impossible.

Contact Capt. Mike Conner at (772) 521-1882, or email: mikeflyguy@comcast.net

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