By Captain John Smouse

Tarpon Season in Full Swing

Tarpon Season is in Full Swing here in the Florida Keys. The weather has been on the windy side, but that is normal for April. As we move into May and June the winds tend to lay down and these Tarpon really settle in for their stay in the Key West waters. So, if you’ve never been lucky enough to get a chance at catching the Silver King—NOW is the time.
Give us a call 305.587.7669
Drop an email here or just book it directly on the site. Anyway you book, you wont be disappointed.

By mraetomic

Happy New Year 2024

Happy New Year—-This Holidays are past us and its a New Start to 2024. Things have kicked off great for us here at ShadowCaster Charters. The weather has been the typical winter pattern, with cold fronts moving through almost weekly. The cooler water temps have brought alot of the inshore species to some of the shallow reefs. We have been catching Snapper, Cobia, Grouper (although out of season, gotta release em), etc. For the die hard Tarpon fisherman, there are still resident Tarpon to target, but you gotta pick a good weather day.
Bookings are pouring in for our “season”, so get in touch and lets Go Fishing
305.587.7669 or email me here
Capt John

By Captain John Smouse

Christmas Week Approaching

The Week or so between Christmas and New Year, and even after New Year, is one of the busiest weeks of the year in Key West. So, if you don’t have your activities booked yet, let’s do it now.

“Wintertime” fishing includes Jacks, SeaTrout, Snapper, Tarpon, Barracuda and the list goes on. Here are just a few of the fish we caught this last week.

**Don’t forget–You can book your Sandbar trips here to on our Beautiful Hurricane 24ft, The LilyPad. The Kids will love you for it:)**

Call Capt John 305.587.7669. We still have some openings and would love to show you a great time on the water.

By Captain John Smouse

August/September Special 2023

We are offering our guests $100 OFF the price of any charter for the remainder of August and through the end of September. This doesn’t happen often, so take advantage of our Summer Discount. Discount only applies to direct bookings through Capt John. So call him directly to get this special offer. Fishings been great, very few boats out on the water = more for us!!!


By Captain John Smouse

Still Hot here in Key West.  We haven’t had a cold front of any significance come through yet.  So we are still in the transition mode to Winter fishing.  This coming week is going to be our first blast of cool air and it should really get the winter bite kicked off.

But in the meantime we have been putting anglers on some awesome fish.  These are a few pics from the last couple weeks.

Give Capt John a call or text 305.587.7669 or drop us an email.  You can even book it directly on the site if you wanna just get it in the schedule quickly.

By Captain John Smouse

Reopening of Key West

Key West reopened June 1 2020 and things have been busy all Month long.  The fish got a much needed break March, April and May and they have been eager to bite.  We have had record number Tarpon catches this month.  Usually by late June the Tarpon are starting their migration out of town, but there are still good numbers of fish around.  Lots of fun fish too to stay busy in between Tarpon bites (Sharks, Snappers, Cudas, etc)


July is booking up fast so give us a call @ 305.587.7669 to gt out there with Capt John or Capt Justin.

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





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.