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)
Bonefish
Jack Crevalle
Permit

Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

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

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

About the Captain

John Smouse
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since November 2015
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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: 3 hours
Response rate: 100%

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5.00
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
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Justin was Captain for Shadowcaster 17 and was awesome
Justin was Captain for Shadowcaster 17 and was awesome
Justin was Captain for Shadowcaster 17 and was awesome
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John Shofner
Broomfield, CO
 5.00
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Justin was Captain for Shadowcaster 17 and was awesome

VERIFIED   May 15, 2018
Justin was Captain for Shadowcaster 17 and was awesome. It was a slow day all around for Tarpon for most boats due to...
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John Pendlebury
Key West, Florida
 5.00
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Father and son. Half day in the backcountry

VERIFIED   April 3, 2018
Did a half day with Capt. Justin and he did not disappoint. Super professional and personable. Capt. Justin was sincerely enthusiastic...
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William Siebenschuh
Key West, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Justin

VERIFIED   March 12, 2018
Enjoyed the whole experience even though it was cut short by the weather. Fishing conditions weren’t great because of...
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Eric Santjer
Orlando, Florida
 5.00
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Great time, even in windy cond

VERIFIED   February 18, 2018
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Ruane Tanner
United States
 5.00
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Salt water fishing with Captain John

VERIFIED   February 6, 2017
Captain John was very friendly, professional and instructive.  We caught lady fish, a couple of kinds of jacks, a couple...
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