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Captain Alex specializes in fly fishing for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Redfish, Snook and Sharks in the beautiful and rich flats of the Florida Keys. Fly fishing is his favorite way of fishing, and he will give you the necessary instruction and coaching to accomplish your goals according to your level of expertise. He also offers fly casting instruction. Although, you should employ plenty of time practicing before your charter or hire a casting instructor to make it count while you're on the water! Let’s face it, The fish in the Keys are challenging, big and spooky. Not to mention everything that possibly can go wrong usually does if you're not prepare. Whoever told you the opposite is not being honest. Captain Alex can guarantee you shots at fish, but you'll still need to bring your “A game” in order to be successful. Execution is everything so practice, practice, practice – before your charter....Read More
Late Winter and Spring are my favorite times of the year, as the annual migration of Tarpon takes off, and the fish start moving to the backcountry, passes, inlets and ocean side areas of the Keys. Even though Spring is when we will find the major concentrations of fish, we can find Tarpon and fish for them all year long at different locations. Tarpon fishing on the fly is very addicting. Once you see a school of Tarpon swimming over clear bottom or a fish “laid up” floating motionless right beneath the surface, you will understand what I am saying. Then, you make a cast, that fish starts tracking the fly, cracks his mouth open, sucks the fly-in, takes off jumping, cartwheeling, and ripping 150 yards off your reel. That will be it, you will be hooked for life.
First you should be a competent caster. If you have never picked up a 10wt, 11wt or 12wt please do not show up to the dock trying to learn while the fish are swimming. Even if you do it “a few times a year” it won’t be enough. Chances are that you will be wasting precious time and money. Please take plenty of time to learn how to cast months or at least weeks in advance before your trip. You should be able to double haul, develop line speed and have casting accuracy. Having a good backhand cast will also improve your chances of success. Average wind in the keys is 10 to 15 knots, with days having 15 to 20 knots winds or more being common. Since the fishing is almost always better during windy conditions, you will need to learn how to handle the wind. There are many books out there that address the aspects of fly casting and fly fishing for Tarpon. You can also find tons of info on the internet about the subject. I encourage you to document yourself as much as you can before your trip. Any money you spend with a reputable casting instructor is also money well spent. The same applies for the other “glamourous” flats species (Permit and Bonefish) which are equally--if not more--challenging and demanding.
Awesome trip, would definitely go again with Alex and learned a lot about the salt water fly technique
My friend and I went fishing in the Everglades with Captain Alex Zapata for a full day on August 28, 2019. We had a great time. Captain Alex knows these waters like the back of his hand. During the day, he presented us with a multitude of ...Read More opportunities to catch tarpon, snook, ladyfish, sea trout, etc. We caught many species of fish and jumped several large tarpon along the way. Captain Alex is a true professional, keenly focused on customer satisfaction. I wouldn’t hesitate to engage Alex again on another fishing adventure.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only catch fish, but show you a great time on the water, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR code (like a mobile boarding pass). Just show your guide your QR code on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to go fishing. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a full refund. Your safety is our top concern.
We're always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No meal provided.
Fishing License, Ice Box, Rods, reels & tackle
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Food and drinks
Nothing additional needed.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 14 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
Safe Harbor Angler House, Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL, USA