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.
"THE BIG THREE"
Key West is home to a plethora of targeted gamefish fishing opportunities. Florida itself is dubbed as the “Fishing Capital of the World”, and it is this specific area of Florida that houses nearly 1,000 square miles of interconnected basins, grassy mud banks, and mangrove islands in its estuary system. The estuary is where these popular gamefish spawn and reproduce. Combine this with nearby reefs, waterways, and direct ocean access on both coasts – and you will find yourself in the heart of Florida fishing. Below we have listed our most popular species as chosen by our clients, but this is just the tip of the iceberg: See All Species for more information.
FLY FISHING KEYS 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.
FEATURED BOATING CHARTERS IN THE KEYS
Our boating charters are a great way to beat the heat and enjoy the waters off the coast of Key West. Whether taking a snorkeling trip to amazing and hidden locations, filling up on seasonal lobster, or mixing it up with a combo that includes fishing – these trips can be just what the doctor ordered for your next Key West vacation.
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.
There is a big playground out there and the conditions are always 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: FALL 2018-2019
Cooler weather patterns are on their way to the backcountry in Key West and the Lower Keys. With this change in weather we are greeted with a change in fishing conditions. There are a ton of fish that are willing to pull some drag and bend the rod during the cooler months. As a matter of fact the wintertime here in Key West is one of the best fishing seasons to just pull on some fish. There are a bunch of jacks that move onto the flats and into the channels. Barracuda fishing is at its peak as well. Our shark fishing is still strong and the snapper fishing can be fantastic.
Our sport fishing can become more challenging with the cooler water up on the flats along with some windier days. But we can still find plenty of permit and bonefish up in the shallows during nicer weather patterns but don’t expect to knock it out of the park if your fishing trip falls during a cold front.. Most of the big tarpon have left the backcountry but we still have a population of our juvenile residential tarpon (10-20lbs) that are almost always willing to play ball. If you are coming down to here and desperately want to hook into the silver king be sure to ask about our Key West Night Fishing for Tarpon. They are nocturnal fish and can be readly found gorging on shrimp and baitfish under the moonlight.
Give us a call and set up your fishing adventure today!