"A Florida Keys Flats Fishing Guide, Capt. Barry Hoffman" Specializing in Flyfishing and Light Tackle sightfishing for Bonefish, Tarpon, or Redfish."No Stress, No Screaming" "Patient and Hardworking"Fishing the Flats of Biscayne Bay - Islamorada - Florida Bay Backcountry A Florida Keys fishing guide, Capt. Barry Hoffman - Sightfishing Information


Sightfishing on the flats of the Florida Keys is truly a unique experience. There is abundant life above and below the water. The depth of the water that we fish upon, ranges from eight inches to about five feet deep. Most of the places we fish are calm and protected, so that even on windy days, we can make it an enjoyable day out. These shallow waters typically remain crystal clear, allowing you to view the world which you're floating upon. The challenging gamefish that inhabit these waters include the Bonefish, Redfish, Tarpon, and Permit In addition, there are many others such as the Snook, Seatrout and many Sharks. Many birds, rays, and crabs can also be seen as we quietly push across the shallow water.

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Generally, these gamefish enter the flats to feed. The shallow water provides a refuge for the many shrimp, crabs and juvenile fish upon which they feed. It is for this reason, that we fish here. Most of the fishing that I do, involves "pushing" (or poling-as the guides refer to it) the boat forward from a platform above the motor. It is a process similar to the Gondoliers in Venice. This allows us to approach (hunt) the fish without alarming them. The neat thing about sightfishing is that you can actually see the fish that you're trying to catch. It is then that you would place your cast to them. Some of the gamefish require a bit more skill than luck or the novice angler may have a frustrating day. Not to worry, I've got a policy of NO STRESS & NO SCREAMING on my skiff. If you're patient, I'll be glad to give you a few pointers or tips to improve your casting whether flyfishing or spinfishing. You can do this! You'll never feel intimidated. I'll work hard to make your day a success.
     When the day is over, you will have mastered the basics needed to locate, hook and fight that fish you've dreamed about. You will have also learned a bit about the history and ecology of our islands. Most importantly, you will have had a great time. I'll provide you with first-class equipment from G-Loomis and Sage rods. Daiwa spinning reels, as well as Tibor and Billy Pate flyfishing reels are also furnished. Or if you choose, bring along your favorite rod. Please discuss this with me as some equipment is not suited for our gamefish. All necessary bait and flies are provided.      Whether you want a challenging day stalking world-class tailing Bonefish or flycasting to schools of hundred-plus pound Tarpon, I can take you there. Some may want just an easy day in Florida Bay, soaking up the sun and sights while fishing for Redfish, Seatrout,and Snook, I'll make your trip an unforgettable one. Please call or write and I'll be glad to discuss your plans and expectations. All saltwater licenses are provided. A large cooler filled with ice for your refreshments, is also onboard. The only things needed from you are your lunch, Polaroid glasses (to help see what we're trying to catch), sunscreen, and a camera with LOTS of film.

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