Down South Sportfishing in Key West, Florida

Guided by Tyler Samaniego

Flats Inshore

About Your Guide

Captain Tyler was born and raised in South Florida into a fishing family. From an early age Captain Tyler was on the water fishing, from the fresh waters of the Everglades to offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. With years of experience honing his skills and with a love of wild things and distant places Captain Tyler made the decision early on to spend his professional life on the water.

Captain Tyler began his professional journey by commercial fishing. Commercial fishermen make exception fishing guides as commercial fishing requires the ability to catch fish every day under every conceivable weather and water condition year-round. Commercial fishermen are the most versatile anglers on the planet and must command mastery of multiple skills for success. A perfect foundation for guiding.

Captain Tyler is equally at home fishing well offshore however his true passion is shallow-water light tackle angling. Making the move to the backcountry was a stellar transition earmarked by a steady stream of banner days and outstanding catches. Captain Tyler’s experience and vast knowledge of our immense backcountry waters and fishery aside, Captain Tyler is a “people person” blessed with an easy-going, jovial, personality. Captain Tyler enjoys aggressively pursuing the most elusive sport fish and predator species of our remote and distant waters but with a soft spot for family fishing adventures that result in “memories of a lifetime”. Few guides equal Captain Tyler’s enthusiastic energy and work ethic while keeping his anglers the number one priority.

Down South Sportfishing Trips

Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime with Captain Tyler on a charter fishing trip in Key West! On this trip, you'll be targeting one of the most sought-after game fish in the world: the Tarpon. With Captain Tyler's expertise and his 24' Pathfinder, you'll have everything you need to land the trophy catch of your dreams. As you board the boat, you'll immediately notice the state-of-the-art equipment and comfortable amenities. Captain Tyler is a seasoned angler who knows these waters like the back of his hand. He'll take you to the hot spots for migrating Tarpon, where these powerful fish are known to pass during the spring and summer months. With his guidance, you'll be able to cast your line directly to the fish, using light tackle that's perfect for hooking and fighting these acrobatic fish. But be warned: Tarpon are not easy prey. These fish are known for their incredible strength and agility, making them a formidable opponent for even the most experienced angler! Tarpon are called the "Silver King" for good reason, and will challenge you with crazy runs, huge jumps, and head-shaking, tail-walking action. At the end of the day, you'll return to shore with a sense of accomplishment and tons of pictures to show off to your friends and family. And with Captain Tyler's dedication to sustainable fishing practices, you can rest assured that your adventure had a minimal impact on the environment. So what are you waiting for? Book your charter fishing trip with Captain Tyler today and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Targeting Tarpon In Key West

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $188 / person

Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime with Captain Tyler on a charter fishing trip in the Florida Keys! On this trip, you'll be chasing some of the most sought-after sportfish in the world, in the clear, shallow water that the Keys are famous for. With Captain Tyler's expertise and his 24' Pathfinder, you'll have everything you need to land the trophy catch of your dreams! As you board the boat, you'll immediately notice the state-of-the-art equipment and comfortable amenities. Captain Tyler is a seasoned angler who knows these waters like the back of his hand. He'll take you to the hot spots for Barracuda, Mangrove Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon, and more. These fish are all a blast to catch on light tackle, and powerful fish such as Tarpon and Barracuda are a challenge for any angler! This trip is mainly catch-and-release, so bring a camera to capture your catches! Other than that, Captain Tyler has you covered with rods, reels, and tackle so that you can focus on the fishing. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Stock Island Flats And Backwater

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $188 / person

Get ready to experience the best fishing of your life on this charter trip in the Marquesas Keys! The Marquesas Keys is a magical destination for backcountry fishing, and hold year-round populations of Permit, Jacks, Barracuda, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper, and more! This island group lies roughly 26 miles off Key West and is a secluded location known for its beauty and exceptional fishing. Captain Tyler has a ton of experience fishing this area, and can put you on a huge variety of species in varying depths of water. With shallow mangrove channels, broad flats, and shallow patch reefs that house a bunch of tropical species, this diverse environment is ideal for anglers who want to cross tons of fish off their bucket list! This trip is mainly catch-and-release, so bring a camera to capture your catches! Other than that, Captain Tyler has you covered with rods, reels, and tackle so that you can focus on the fishing. Get out there and have a blast! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Key West

Marquesas Key Run

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24 ft 1 - 4 People From $300 / person

Recent Reviews of Down South Sportfishing

Sumant S.

Fishing

hotel gym sucked so I went here to get the sickest arm pump of my life. In all seriousness, captain Julian was the nicest guide and put us on the biggest fish all day. Can’t recommend him enough!

Species

Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, Lemon Shark, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Tarpon

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore

Start Location

Hurricane Hole Marina Houseboats, Overseas Highway, Key West, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Florida Keys, Big Pine Key, Cudjoe Key, Summerland Key, Key West, Marquesas Keys

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