By Captain John Smouse

New Year 2020

Fishing this year so far has been Great. (Weather Permitting). This week has been cold and windy, but looks like we are turning the corner over the next few days.  The long term forecast is looking much better.  Winter fishing can provide lots of action on light tackle. Here is just a few of the many species Key West winter time fishing can provide.

Give us a call or email and Capt John or Capt Juice (Justin) can hook you up

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By Captain John Smouse

Christmas 2019 Key West

This month has been up and down with the weather.  We are currently, as I write this, experiencing some days of 30+MPH winds and more rain than we are used to in December.  But, we are almost out of this weather pattern.

When the weather is right the Fishing has been on fire.  Lots of variety and action.  All pictured fish were caught this month.

Starting Christmas day the weather forecast looks Great, right through until after the New Year.  So , if you’re coming down for the Holidays and looking to get out there to hook up, give Capt John a call 305.587.7669 or drop me an email here on the site.  We have just a few more openings for the Holiday week.

By Captain John Smouse

November 2019

The weather this Oct was unusually warm here in Key West.  This has been giving us awesome opportunities to catch fish we normally don’t target this time of year.  The Tarpon fishing remained strong and when the conditions were right we have been getting our shots at Permit.  This will change as we start getting Cold Fronts and should spark up the winter fishing.  With a live well full of Pilchards we have a blast in the channels catching Jack, snappers, Cudas, etc.  Also the Basins will kick off with the Sea Trout.  Both our Pathfinders offer great winter fishing in comfort.  Give Capt John a call 305.587.7669 or drop me an email and I’ll tell you all about the current fishing conditions.

By Captain John Smouse

New Pathfinder 22FT

Purchased in November 2017 is the Pathfinder 22ft TRS. This boat is going to allow us to comfortably take 1-4 anglers in great comfort. The Pathfinder handles the chop we have here in the winter beautifully and has plenty of seating and one of the most important features……SHADE. The style of fishing isn’t going to change. We are still targeting all the same species that live in the BackCountry water of Key West.

We are also running trips on the Maverick MasterAngler 17, like we have always done, so now Anglers get their choice of boat. Below are some pics of both boat and some of the fish we have been catching this November.

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By Captain John Smouse

Spring is Near

The Fishing and the Weather have been great. We are all waiting on the Annual Migration of Tarpon to begin. Won’t be long now, Tarpon show up with the warm waters of Spring and Summer. In my opinion, they are the most sought after fish in the Florida Keys.
We have been having some fun hunting down Permit with all this warm weather. If you put your time in and fish hard sometimes you get rewarded. Above is a picture of the largest Permit ever to come aboard the ShadowCaster. Our 30lb bogagrip scale bottomed out!!!!
Still a few open dates in March and April, but not many, so act fast. If I can’t get you out with me, just call or drop me an email and I can get you hooked up with some of the other great guides we have here in Key West
305.587.7669

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By Captain John Smouse

Happy New Year

2017 is starting off great. Key West has been really busy and the weather this winter has been nothing short of fantastic. Above are some fish we have been catching since the first of the year. This time of year can be different from day to day. Resident Tarpon have been rolling around ready to take a bait on the nicer mornings. Big Jacks are roaming the backcoutry channels and there aren’t many fish in the shallows that can pull as hard as the Jack Crevalle.
Barracudas (the prime target throughout the winter months) and Sharks round out the usual suspects.
Drop Capt John an email, text of call and we can get you out there!!!!!
305.587.7669

By Captain John Smouse

Jack’s Shark

Without a doubt one of the best parts about my job is watching kids catch a fish of a lifetime. Seeing the joy and enthusiasm on a young childs face when they finally see the fish they have dreamt about catching is what fishing is all about. Here is a pic of Jack and his full size BlackTip Shark. He fought this fish to the boat without any assistance and he was sure glad he did. He also caught Jacks, Trout, LadyFish and an assortment of others.
Barracudas are loving the cooler waters of the shallows. They will be a prime target for the next couple months. Schools of these big jacks are prowling the flats and are ready to eat anything in their path.
Give Capt John a call 305.587.7669 or drop me an email to get out on the water.