Meet Captain John J. Smouse

Welcome to Key West, a truly year-round and world class fishing destination. Whether you came here for the party on Duval Street or to relax with friends and family by the pool, One thing is for sure: A trip to the BackCountry of Key west to catch some of the most sought after fish the ocean has to offer should not be missed.

What is the BackCountry? This area to the north of the island is known as The Great White Heron and Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Many visitors to Key West never get to experience this area that still looks today like it did hundreds of years ago. You are surrounded by live mangrove islands, beautiful white sand flats only inches deep and calm narrow channels all filled with amazing wildlife. You will feel years away from the ordinary.

Your guide: Capt. John, upon graduating from the University of Georgia, settled in Key West and has been guiding his customers to trophy fish since 1997. As the owner and operator of the Shadow Caster he insists on delivering a personalized fishing adventure. You can expect Professionalism, Preparation and Performance. Those are the qualities that Capt. John has learned from being trained by the best in the business and continue to be the keys to his success. You can rest assure that he will always have Plans A, B, & C, and the appropriate bait and tackle to handle any situation. Whether you are the seasoned angler or the beginning fisherman, Shadow Caster is about catching fish and enjoying what makes the Florida Keys such a great place.

Capt. John strongly believes that YOU are the fisherman on all his trips. Whether you are the seasoned angler or the first-timer, he is there to assist you in every way. YOU will get to experience the thrill from beginning to end: sight casting to the elusive game fish, watching him eat, feeling the power as you come tight and set the hook. The fun has just begun as you now fight and play your fish to the boat. Oh Yeah all this is done in calm shallow water which means NO SEASICKNESS.

Comfortably designed for an excellent fishing trip, Capt. John’s 17’ Maverick Master Angler is a stable, dry and fast ride. Powered by a new 115hp four-stroke Yamaha means you get there fast, increasing YOUR fishing time. This boat was designed by confident fishermen for the shallow waters of Florida. The design of this boat eats up a chop while others may leave you wet and sore. Join him for an exciting day stalking bonefish, battling Tarpon, casting to Barracudas or one of the many other species of fish the Florida Keys backcountry has to offer.