Flats Backcountry Fishing Report

Key West fishing report Tarpon. Key West Permit Dave and Capt. Steven Lamp of Dream Catcher Charters


Permit Fishing

July – October are my favorite months for incredible Key West permit fishing.

July 28th 2013 Key West Fishing this last week has been in a word. Perfect. 

The mini lobster mobster season is behind us for 2013 and things are coming back to normal. With 5-10 forecasted in the winds, a light chance of rains almost every day its time to enjoy the picture perfect Key West inshore fishing during what we call the SLAM season.

I would have to say the fishing has been everything we have ever wanted out of July. We have been running non stop. Myself and the guys here at Dream Catcher Charters have been out every day with every boat showing people a great day on the water. We have been very fortunate for such great business.

The permit fishing has been great. We have boated many permit  both from the shallow water wrecks and off of the flats here at Dream Catchers. The Full moon was a great flushing of the area here really freshening things up. Crystal clear visibility has made the wreck fishing for permit awesome and productive offering our clients lots of shots. On the flats tailing fish are numerous and hungry. July – October are without a doubt the best times to get shots at these incredible game fish here in Key West and we know where they are.

The bonefish are where they are supposed to be for a change. We have been finding them out East and out West. The last few years bonefishing was a little “off” and we were concerned about the populations maybe falling off in numbers.. Not so. They are back and in good numbers and working the tides like they always have in the past. Bonefish up to 9 lbs have been boated here at Dream Catchers in the last week. Up in Islamorada our colleague fishing guides are reporting fish up to 10 lbs.

The tarpon are still here. Not in huge numbers like we have been reporting back in June but in good supply. Since the full moon this week and the tides have come back to normal the tarpon fishing has gotten very productive. The Marquesas Keys are holding a good number of these fun gamefish and it is recommended that our anglers at least give it a try and go for the grand slam with a shot at tarpon first thin in the morning.

Our signature fishing charter the All In Wonder has been a crowd favorite this summer keeping our boats here at Dream Catcher Charters busy running every day. The All In Wonder trip offers a little of everything. Tarpon in the morning then some flats and backcountry fishing for permit and bonefish capped off with a shot at some shallow water wrecks for a multitude of species such as Permit and cobia. You can also add some Shallow Water Monsters shark fishing to the mix as well. Its a long day but well worth it to really enjoy the most of what we can offer in Key West fishing here at Dream Catcher Charters.

Capt. Steven Lamp
Dream Catcher Charters

About Capt. Steven Lamp
Dr Catcher Is - Capt. Steven Lamp - Owner of Dream Catcher Charters is a veteran Key West fishing guide for flats fishing, deep sea fishing, wrecks and reef fishing, and fly fishing. An expert waterman and licensed captain since 1986. A Veteran of the United States Coast Guard Heavy Weather Search and Rescue, I.G.F.A. Certified Captain and Standing regional board member of The Florida Fishing Guides Association