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Endless Summer Fishing Charters
Key West's Premier Fishing Guide Service
Flats Fishing / Reef / Custom Charters
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Charter fishing guide Grip Helwig holding a permit fish

Key West Light Tackle Fishing Charters

Key West's Premier Light Tackle Fishing Guide


Key West fishing guide and charter boat Captain Grif Helwig's specialty is light tackle fishing.   There is no other form of ocean fishing that offers the excitement and challenge that light tackle fishing can present.  
Light tackle fishing is a completely different form of fishing compared to the off shore and deep water fishing charters that many fisherman associate with salt water fishing.  

Just as the name implies the gear used is much less heavy duty than the offshore or deep water fishing variety.
Key West fly fishing guide casting a lure

We Use Nothing But The Finest Fishing Gear!

The line weight is a lower poundage, the poles used are not near as stiff to match up with the line weight, and the lures or jigs are also much lighter.  Endless Summer Charters uses nothing but the top of the line fishing rods and reels.

With Endless Summer Charters you will have your choice to choose between light tackle spinning rigs or if you're a fishing purist you can choose the best in fly fishing gear.

A typical set up would consist of 30 to 50lb braided backing with a 20lb fluorocarbon leader.   The fluorocarbon is very important in the crystal clear waters of Key West.

If you're new to the game there are only a few simple essential saltwater fishing knots you need to know when you are light tackle fishing.
Fly fisherman holding a Florida Tarpon

Custom Flats Fishing Charter Boats

Our specialized flats boats are also very different from most Key West charter fishing boats.  These boats are smaller and draft very little water.  It's critical to use these special boats to be able to access the best shallow back country fishing areas.  

Our boats will not have a fighting chair since the overall size of the fish targeted will be smaller (not always) than an off shore charter might target.  It will be just you mano on mano against what ever fish you hook up.
One of the factors that makes this form of charter fishing so exciting is the fact that there is such a wide range of fish species that you may encounter.  

Some of the most common fish you may catch are groupers, amber jacks, permit, snapper, barracuda, bonefish, tarpon, redfish and sharks of every size and shape.  

Not knowing if that next bite is going to be a 5 lb bone fish or a giant barracuda definitely raises the ante.
Shallow water flat fishing boats.

Experience A Thrilling Key West Back Country Light Tackle Sight Fishing Charter

Key West back country fishing guide, Captain Grif, also specializes in sight fishing for tarpon, jacks, permit and bone fish. 

Sight fishing in the flats can be the most challenging form of fishing since the water is so shallow and the fish can also see you.  

It's also considered by many fisherman to be the most exciting form of fishing you will ever experience.  Captain Grif will stealthily pole you through the crystal clear shallow waters from his special designed sight platform.

It can be very challenging to avoid spooking these shallow water fish, which is part of the allure when you set the hook on that fish of a lifetime.
Fish guide holding a giant Key West Snook.

Offering World Class Key West Tarpon Fishing Adventures!

The hook up itself is challenging enough but the real fun starts when that oversized shark or 150lb tarpon decides to sample your offerings.  

You'll be having second thoughts on the wisdom of a 20lb leader when your first jumbo Tarpon takes you for a wild ride.   If there was ever a fish that could be accused of smoking crack it would be the Tarpon.

You will relish the victory when you are finally able to land the fish of a lifetime knowing that you accomplished it with the most sporting of saltwater fishing methods.
Tarpon exploding out of the water.

BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO PLAN YOUR KEY WEST
LIGHT TACKLE FISHING CHARTER

Key West Fishing Seasons - by Species

Sail Fish September to June
Tuna September to May (on the Atlantic side)
Tuna May to August (on the Gulf side)
Marlin May to August
Kings Dec. through April
Dolphin - Mahi Mahi May through August
Cobia Feb.  to  May  (the gulf side has the best bite)
Mackerel & Jacks September to June
Barracuda Anytime  (usually in there's plenty)
Reef Fishing Anytime is good, lots of options.
Amber Jack April through August
Grouper Feb. through May
Yellowtail Snapper June through October
Tarpon March through Sept.
Mutton Snapper Good year round
Permit Fish April through August
Mangrove Snappers June through Sept.
Wahoo Nov. through  March
Redfish November through Feb.
Fisherman holding a trophy Barracuda.
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