ShadowCaster Flats Fishing - 17'

700 Front Street
Key West FL, United States

Within the year-round fishing destination of Key West lies the Backcountry, the area to the north of Great White Heron island and the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Adventuring into this area is an experience that’s not to be missed: untouched for hundreds of years and surrounded by live mangrove islands, the scenic white sand flats that are only a few inches deep and calm narrow channels of the waterways offer a unique escape from the pressures of life on land.

Capt. John’s 17’ Maverick Master Angler offers a stable, dry and fast ride through the flats. Her new 115 HP four-stroke Yamaha gets you to the fishing ground fast, increasing your fishing time, while the boat’s design stops you getting bumped around and covered in spray on your way. A trip aboard the boat could include stalking Bonefish, battling Tarpon, casting to Barracudas or tackling any of the number of other species that inhabit the Florida Keys backcountry.

Capt. John is an experienced angler who has been guiding his customers to trophy fish since 1997. His personalized trips are tailored to what you want to catch and where you want to go, and you can rely on his ingenuity and ability to think outside the box to give you the best chance of finding fish. The captain will always come equipped with plans A, B and C as well as the appropriate bait and tackle to handle any situation, and he places an emphasis on his guests being the fishermen, letting them experience the thrill from beginning to end: first sight casting to the elusive fish, then watching him take your bait and feeling the power as you come tight and set the hook.

Thanks to the location in the flats you don’t need to worry about bringing a fishing license or feeling sea sick, and the variety of fish available makes for a very promising trip.

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    A longer trip fishing the flats and backwaters of Key West. One these trips you're in with a chance of catching a greater variety and number of fish including Redfish, Tarpon, Permit, Sharks, Jack Crevalle, Bonefish and Barracuda, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Back Country and the diverse fishing grounds it offers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 550
    up to 2 persons
    Fish the flats and backwaters of Key West for a variety of species including Redfish, Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish among many others, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Back Country.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    A short trip fishing the flats and backwaters of Key West. Fish for a variety of species including Redfish, Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish among many others, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Back Country.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Jack Crevalle

Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Maverick (Flats boat) originally built in 1999. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha 4 Stroke engine.

17 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
American Express

About the Captain

John Smouse
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since November 2015
Captain John moved down to Key West after graduating from the University of Georgia. He has spent the last 20 years running charters and has got hundreds of clients on to that fish of a lifetime. Captain John is the owner-operator of SHadowcast Flats Fishing and he runs every trip with passion, preparation, and professionalism – this is his company and he's proud of it! He was trained by the best in the business and is constantly trying to improve his game. Everyone is welcome aboard Shadowcaster trips, from kids and first-timers to pros and old-timers.
Response time: 2 hours
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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Justin was Captain for Shadowcaster 17 and was awesome.
It was a slow day all around for Tarpon for most boats due to recent storms is the guess so after a while without success Justin suggested we go chase Barracuda.  We went to spot between 2 small islands and instantly were in action of serious Cuda.  We looked down at times and saw 10-20 swimming slowly by.  They hit us like a freight train and were huge 3 footers most we hooked.  The one I landed screamed my reel many times for a great ride .  Justin decided to go back to chase tarpon and would not give up and had us try another method. Boom we Jumped one.  Justin said was a once a year one we estimated around 70” and 180-200 that ripped our line with one mighty singing jump..  We are coming back soon.

Fished May 15, 2018
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Did a half day with Capt. Justin and he did not disappoint. Super professional and personable. Capt. Justin was sincerely enthusiastic and showed he truly loves the sport. He got us on the fish and kept us on them. My son had a great time which means I had a great time. Memories I will hold forever. Many thanks to Capt. Justin and Shadowcaster charters.  We will see you next time.

Fished April 3, 2018
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Enjoyed the whole experience even though it was cut short by the weather. Fishing conditions weren’t great because of previous heavy rain. Captain Justin worked hard to find fish and was fun fish with. I would do it again in a New York minute!

Fished March 12, 2018
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