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
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Dec - 15 Mar
    $850
    up to 2 persons
    This trip will give you the best chances for a great catch since it lasts longer. Note that it's only seasonal so book your spot on the boat on time! Your main targets will be Barracuda, Jack Crevalle, Pompano, Spotted Seatrout, and Permit.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $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 Cancelation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $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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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit
Pompano Pompano
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
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
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
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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:
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Visa
Mastercard
American Express
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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.
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Response rate: 98%

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Customer Reviews

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4.67
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
50%
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Herb K.
Key West, Florida
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Great Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   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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Gilbert M.
United States
 5.00
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Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   December 31, 2018
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Leon J.
Canada
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Tarpon and bones 2016

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...
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Tim D.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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My First Bonefish!

VERIFIED   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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Key West, Florida
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Fishing with Capt. Mile

VERIFIED   February 17, 2018
My son and I went out with Captain Mike and had a wonderful experience.  He is totally professional, finds fish and has...
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