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.

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 ge


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  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650 private charter
  • Half Day Trip
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450 private charter
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About this listing

Boat Specs

Montgomery Custom 18 (Flats boat) originally built in 2000, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
And ultra light
Spinning
Mostly artifical lures, Jigs, Plugs
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Patient Saltwater Fly Casting instruction
Targeted Species
 
Barracuda (Great)
 
Bonefish

 
Jack Crevalle
 
Permit

 
Pompano
 
Shark (Blacktip)

 
Spotted Seatrout
 
Tarpon
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Garmin
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage, Reddington, S.A. Aero
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Garmin
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage, Reddington, S.A. Aero
Ice Box
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano, Penn spinning tackle
Live Bait
live crab or shrimp occasionally, when available
Lures
using mainly flies and lures/jigs
Catch cleaning & filleting
Few eating fish caught
Snacks
Drinks
Ice, water
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage, Reddington, S.A. Aero
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
8+
 
You Keep Catch
If legal eating fish
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Rare eating fish caught, all others released
Payment

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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, Checks, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Mike Wilbur
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.61 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews

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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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Always a hit or miss where the tarpon will be , was a miss for us . Did catch permit and bone fish which were a plus .

Fished June 1, 2017
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 2, 2017

Glad to help Joe catch his first Bonefish and although he hooked and lost 3 Permit he did manage to land his first Permit…. number 4

Not many people are lucky enough to have 4 Permit on in one day.

All on a 4 hour Flats Fishing Trip…... Thanks Joe

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We loved our day with Capt Mike. He is a great guy, awesome stories. We felt like we went out fishing with an old friend. He put us right on the tarpon, although they were finicky that day. We did end up hooking a 100# tarpon. We fought him for about 40 minutes. Unfortunately a hammerhead cut our line and toyed with the tarpon for about 15 minutes. It was quite a show. Great day! Highly recommend.

Fished April 25, 2017
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 28, 2017

Daron and Richie were great fun and got to see dozens of Tarpon on the Key West Flats.
We had two other Tarpon on briefly and finely Daron hooked a hot fish about 100 lbs that
Jumped 4-5 times 40 feet from the boat.

40 mins and a mile away a 500 lb Hammer Head hit our Tarpon before we saw him, sadly
we got quite a wild life show..

I’m looking forward to those two guys coming back for another adventure!

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