Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West

Garrison Bight Marina @ Eisenh…
Key West FL, United States

Chaser Key West runs fly and light tackle fishing tips in the productive Key West as well as the Lower Florida Keys. The man behind the charter, Captain Mike Wilbur, is an experienced fisherman who can cater to novice and pro anglers and help them get the fish they want. With Chaser Key West, it’s not just about the chase, but also understanding how fishing works. 

You will target some of South Florida’s favorite inshore quarry, including Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, and many other species prowling the area’s flats and backcountry waters. Captain Mike enjoys teaching saltwater fly fishing and light tackle techniques to all of his guests. He acknowledges the importance of patience when fishing with beginners and Ol’ Salt’s alike.

Captain Mike is the owner and operator of Chaser Key West, and has been taking people out on fishing trips for over two decades. His charter has been recognized as the Best Guide Service in Key West several times.

Your vessel for the day is a custom 18’ ‘Montgomery’ propelled by a single 115 HP Mercury engine, with a maximum capacity of two passengers. The boat features the standard navigational gear, including a Garmin GPS and VHF radio.

The captain will provide all the equipment for light tackle and fly fishing. Mike uses a variety of rods and reels from popular fishing brands, including fly fishing gear from Fin-Nor, Tibor and Sage. Spinning tackle by Shimano is also available on board. Both live and artificial bait is included - although Mike prefers using flies and artificial lures/jigs, an occasional live crab or shrimp might do the trick from time to time.

You will be fishing around flats and engage in backcountry sight casting for the likes of Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Barracuda, Sharks and other species (depending on the season), both on the Gulf and ocean side. Balance of trip cost to be paid directly to Capt. Mike on day of trip. It’s best to reach out to the captain when you get to town to agree on the best time for fishing.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Dec - 15 Mar
    US$ 850
    up to 2 persons
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    On this 6 hour trip, you will have more time explore the flats in search of feisty inshore species. Capt. Mike will take you around productive fisheries and show you how to use the technique properly. The target species include Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Barracuda, Sharks and other species, depending on the time of the year. The captain will supply the fishing gear and the license. You should pack sunblock, a cap, some snacks and drinks. Bring a camera. Time can vary to get the best fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    This half day trip is great for first time anglers. Capt. Mike will show you the techniques and give input on how fly fishing works. He will take you around the flats to target the likes of Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Barracuda, Sharks and other species (depending on the season). The captain will provide the fishing gear and the license. You should pack sunblock, a cap, some snacks and drinks. Bring a camera to make nice memories of your trip. The departure time can vary to allow the best fishing.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish
Jack Crevalle
Permit

Pompano
Shark (Blacktip)
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Montgomery Custom 18 (Flats boat) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 115HP Mercury 2018 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks

About the Captain

Mike Wilbur
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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Key West has been Mike's home since the early 70s, light tackle,fly fishing and guiding has been my only adult job. I bought my first fiberglass fly rod at Western Auto Hardware when I was 12. Smiling every day at the office, the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Salt Flats of the Lower Florida Keys and Key West. Fishing for the worlds great inshore game fish, Tarpon, Bonefish. Barracudas, Permit, Sharks and Pompano. Instruction in Saltwater FlyFishing, patience for the beginners and experience for Ol' Salts.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 96%

Key West Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.64 out of 5 stars from 14 reviews

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I’ve been a life-long fisherman but never had the chance to go flats fishing and catch a bonefish until I hooked up with Captain Mike recently. The weather was a bit off, as the wind was blowing pretty good, but Mike’s skiff is awesome and we were able to hook a couple of nice fish including my first bonefish. I’ll always remember it!

Fished April 12, 2018
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 14, 2018

Tim and his wife were fun and interesting, I had a great time and
although the clouds and wind were not helpful Tim managed
to hook 2 Bonefish on “ guess “ casts and landed the smaller of the two.
Saw one good Tarpon a few Permit and a Mutton Snapper but
visibility was tuff .
Good morning trip with a super couple. M

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My son and I went out with Captain Mike and had a wonderful experience.  He is totally professional, finds fish and has many great stories.  We asked to find Barracuda and shark and caught both. For a great day of fishing go with Captain Mike.

Fished February 17, 2018
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on February 18, 2018

Bob Stacke and son Ben were a lot of fun and I hated to end the
trip, laughs and good fun.
Beautiful day and hope to see them again soon.

MW

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Trip with the captain was great. A very knowledgeable fisherman who knew where to fish.  The day was hot & humid and fishing was slow. Spotted a few and 1 bone fish threw the hook before it could be landed. Even though we were disappointed that none were caught, we were aware that July in the Keys presents a challenge. Would recommend him for his fishing knowledge and patience on a slow day.

Fished July 29, 2017
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 29, 2017

Greg and his grandson Cooper were a real treat, great Sports on a tuff day.
We saw a few Tarpon but they were not open to our suggestions so on to the Ocean Flats.
Cooper was making good progress learning the big Saltwater Fly Casting Rods.
We found a couple Tarpon and dozens of Bonefish in very shallow clear water.
The one Bonefish hooked shook off and spoiled our chance.

Hope to see Greg and Cooper again soon.

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