Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West

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.



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  • Private trip
    Sunset Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Aug 15
    $450
    Spend the evening stalking the Key West flats for the mighty Tarpon. The trip is available between April 15th and August 15th when the weather and water conditions are suitable. You can fish either with spinning or fly tackle.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $650
    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.
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About the Captain

Mike Wilbur
Key West, Florida, United States
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
18 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
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.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Indian Threadfish Indian Threadfish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Permit Permit
Pompano Pompano
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Tarpon 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
Backcountry
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

Amenities

GPS
Garmin
Ice Box
GPS
Garmin
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano, Penn spinning tackle
Lures
using mainly flies and lures/jigs
Catch cleaning & filleting
Few eating fish caught
Drinks
Ice, water
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage, Reddington, S.A. Aero

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
12+
You Keep Catch
If legal eating fish
Catch and Release Allowed
Rare eating fish caught, all others released

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit 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
American Express
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.6 / 5
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
My First Bonefish!
Half day trip with capt Mike
Half day trip with capt Mike
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Angler Rating
14
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
85%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
46%
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Eric K.
Arvada, CO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Flats Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 28, 2022
My wife and I really enjoyed our morning with Captain Mike!  I’m fairly new to fly fishing freshwater only.  Mike was patient...
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   March 22, 2022
The charter operator canceled 2 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting.
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Herb K.
Key West, Florida
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on January 29, 2019
While we caught many of the species on the flats, Captain Mike had an entertaining way to share his experiences with fishing...
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Leon J.
Canada
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Tarpon and bones 2016

3/4 Day Trip on April 21, 2016
Mike is the most experienced guide in Key West with over 40 years of experience; this guy knows his stuff.  Many guides stake...
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Tim D.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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My First Bonefish!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on April 12, 2018
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...
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FAQs about Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West

Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Sunset Tarpon Trip (3 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Penn spinning tackle)
  • Lures (using mainly flies and lures/jigs)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Few eating fish caught)
  • Drinks (Ice, water)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment ( Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage, Reddington, S.A. Aero)

Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Backcountry)
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (And ultra light)
  • Spinning (Mostly artifical lures, Jigs, Plugs)
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (Patient Saltwater Fly Casting instruction)

Top targeted fish species with Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Indian Threadfish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Tarpon