Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West

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

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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.

18 ft
2 persons
Types of Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)

Jack Crevalle

Shark (Blacktip)

Spotted Seatrout

Captain Mike Wilbur is the owner and operator of Chaser Key West, offering guided fly fishing and light tackle fishing trips in the productive Key West as well as the Lower Florida Keys, for up to 2 fishermen per charter. Targeting some of South Florida’s favorite inshore quarry, including Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, and many other species prowling the area’s flats and backcountry waters.

Chaser Key West has been taking people fishing for more than 20 years, during which it has been recognized as the Best Guide Service in Key West several times. Captain Mike enjoys teaching saltwater fly fishing and light tackle techniques to all of his guests, and acknowledges the importance of patience when fishing with beginners and Ol’ Salt’s alike. He operates a custom 18’ Montgomery propelled by a single 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum capacity of 2 passengers. The boat features the standard navigational gear, including a Garmin GPS and VHF radio.

All the appropriate equipment for light tackle and fly fishing is provided by the Captain. Mike utilizes 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.

Offering Half and Full day trips, flats and 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.

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Tank
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage
Ice Box
Trip Includes
Rod, Reels & Tackle
Shimano spinning tackle
Live Bait
live crab or shrimp occasionally
using mainly flies and lures/jigs
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
First Mate
Fishing Licence
Fly Fishing Equipment
Fin-nor, Tibor, Sage
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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Master Card, Check, 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.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.92 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Jürgen Luhn • Fished Jul 17, 2016
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Mike is the most experienced guide in Key West with over 40 years of experience; this guy knows his stuff.  Many guides stake out in approximate areas where they believe the tarpon will pass and they do this with varrying success.  Mike, however, thinks like a fish and figures out quickly by observing the tides and the structure of the bottom how, where and why the tarpon will pass.  Consequently, we had success in jumping a large tarpon and even caught an aggressive bonefish after casting to 3 tarpon moving out of a channel.  Mike’s boat is clean and is of a good enough size to keep fishers stable on board when staked out.  He has a lifetime of experience and a million great stories.  When looking for a Key West guide, always start here.

Leon Jackson • Fished Apr 21, 2016
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 16, 2016

Thank you Leon we had a great push of Tarpon with that new moon and after 15+ years of fishing with you, I even understand Quebec Qua !
See you in July ...

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Mike is one of the finest shallow water guides in the Keys. At 19 yours truly got his intro from someone. Fly pole in hand on a post high school boondoggle Mike was the guy who first showed me the ropes and boy did he do a job on me. 20+ years later I’m still hooked. Those tarpon got under my skin. Thanks Mike! If you want to spend a day in the lower Keys fishing with a guy who wrote the rules we all now follow Mike Wilbur is your man. Go find out what a real “technical poling skiff” is and how an angler and guide work together to roust em out. A real Keys Legend in my book. Thanks for the laughs Mike and also all the days on the water together You are a gem! less

Adam Martin • Fished Oct 08, 2015
Mike Wilbur (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 29, 2016

Thanks for that Adjum !!

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