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Flyfishing the Florida Keys with Capt. John Spear

Hi, I'm John Spear, a professional salt water fisherman and US Coast Guard licensed fishing guide fishing out of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. We offer full or half day adventures to fish the shallow waters of the Florida Keys from Key Biscayne to Key West. Welcome to my home page. If this type of fishing sounds like something that you would like to try, or you have already been bitten by the tarpon or bonefish bug and have the fever like we have... read on.

I specialize in sight-fishing for large tarpon, bonefish, permit and redfish with flyfishing gear and other light tackle. My 16 foot Maverick Mirage is capable of getting us to all the fishing destinations in comfort. This is truly exciting fishing! Image the possibilities when you find yourself standing on the casting platform with a nine foot flyrod suitable for salmon, retrieving a four inch streamer fly with short twitches, hoping to fool a giant tarpon that's leading a pod of a dozen more. It's truly awesome! That's why I'm "poonstruck".

Sight fishing for bonefish, permit and redfish is challenging and exciting too. Most bonefish, permit and redfish caught in the Florida Keys are hooked on light tackle on shallow flats "sight fishing". Usually, the fish are first detected by seeing them "tail". Bonefish, permit and redfish spend a lot of their time rooting for crustaceans buried in the soft, muddy bottom of Florida Bay in less than two feet of water. So when they tip over to grab a buried crab or shrimp their tails come out of the water. Once you get the hang of it it is fairly easy to spot tails of feeding fish from a hundred yards or more. Bonefish and permit also push a recognizable wake when traveling and feeding just below the surface. With a little practice this "nervous water" is another signpost to finding and catching bonefish, permit and redfish. Getting a tailing fish to bite a fly or a jig is a challenge. It takes teamwork, stealth, accuracy and an understanding of fish behavior.

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P.O. Box 362, Tavernier, Florida 33070


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