KEY WEST FISHING CHARTERS
with Capt. Nick LaBadie
Welcome to Tailing Water Expeditions. A premier fishing guide service based out of beautiful Key West, FL. Providing next level inshore, flats, and backcountry fishing trips. As well as other private specialty charters. Top of the line service and equipment pave the way to an experience of a lifetime.
Key West Fishing Trips
Specialty Fishing Charters
FEATURED KEY WEST FISHING TRIPS
Below you will find the most popular fishing charters for our clients in Key West. These trips are centered inside of the best in local hot spots that Captain Nick has hand picked through his years of experience here. Aside from the fishing, experiencing this fishery is something that one must fully immerse themselves in, these specific trips do just that. So, if you’re looking for epic fishing, an awesome journey, and memories that will last a lifetime – our Featured Fishing Charters fit the bill.
IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THE KEYS
Flats Fishing in the Florida Keys has been an obsession anglers have enjoyed for generations. This legendary fishery is home to many inshore world records on both fly and spinning gear. Thousands of monster tarpon migrate up and down the coastline every spring, world class permit fishing flats are just 10 minutes from the dock, and bonefish scurry around the shallows in some of the most stunning areas we have ever witnessed.
We have many different fish species here in the Florida Keys but the Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish are considered the top three sport fish lurking around in the shallows. We target them with both fly fishing gear as well as spinning rods depending on the conditions and the anglers experience.
FLY FISHING KEY WEST
Keys West and the Florida Keys are among the worlds top fly fishing destinations. Fly fishing This is not only a past time, but a sport that has been enjoyed by many generations.
Fly Fishing down here in the Florida Keys has been made famous by a lot of popular fishing personalities, both past and present. They have made the Keys their home for some of the best long rod action on the planet.
Our crystal clear tropical flats offer some of the best sight fishing opportunities in the world. Whether looking for bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, jacks, or snapper on the fly. Tailing Water Expeditions with fly fishing guide Captain Nick LaBadie is your go-to in Key West.
There is a big playground out there and the conditions are ever changing. Take a peak at our fishing seasons calendar for an idea of what is biting certain times of year in order to maximize your success on the water. We specialize in fishing the flats and backcountry from Big Pine Key to the Marquesas. Sight fishing in the calm clear water is an experience that you will not forget.
WHAT'S BITING NOW: Spring 2021
The water is heating up and so is the fishing down here in Key West. We have started to get our first waves of big tarpon onto the flats and into backcountry. Oh boy did I forget how much fun these fish are. We are very excited for tarpon season down here in the Florida Keys. I have mostly been targeting these tarpon on fly but they can still be caught on live bait or artificials. The baby tarpon are also starting to come out of their wintertime haunts and are eager to take a properly presented fly.
The flats fishing has been fantastic as of late. Permit have stared coming back inshore as the water is heating up. This is one of the best times to target these fish on the flats with both spin and fly fishing gear. As spring moves forward these permit are going to start working their way offshore to spawn, but we are going to have some great fishing before they leave. The bonefish have also started coming back onto the flats. There are still some bigger “wintertime bones” around the usual 2-3 pounders are filling in nicely. Did you know that bonefish are the fasted inshore fish species in the world? With that being said, yes they will take you into your backing in a matter of seconds! These fish are a blast. With more and more bonefish showing up every year, they are becoming a staple in the Key West flats fishery.
There are plenty of “rod benders” to be found in the spring as well. Jacks and barracudas are still here in full force and will provide great sight fishing opportunities through the next couple of months.