ShadowCaster Flats Fishing

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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Boat Specs

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

17 ft
2 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
5 miles
Flats Fishing
all flats around Key West
Backcountry Fishing
all areas
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
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.


20% 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, Mastercard, American Express.

About the Captain

John Smouse
Key West, Florida, United States
Member since November 2015
Your guide Capt. John, upon graduating from the University of Georgia, settled in Key West and has been guiding his customers to trophy fish since 1997. As the owner and operator of the Shadow Caster he insists on delivering a personalized fishing adventure. You can expect Professionalism, Preparation and Performance. Those are the qualities that Capt. John has learned from being trained by the best in the business and continue to be the keys to his success. Whether you are the seasoned angler or the beginning fisherman, Shadow Caster is about catching fish and enjoying what makes the Florida Keys such a great place.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Captain John was very friendly, professional and instructive.  We caught lady fish, a couple of kinds of jacks, a couple of kinds of snapper, barracuda, a 5 to 6-foot shark, and a few other species including a sea trout that we had for lunch later that day.  We had a great time.

Ruane Tanner  • Fished February 6, 2017
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The morning of my fishing trip brought torrential rains till about 10:00 am.  Capt. John Smouse checked his log book and promptly rescheduled me for two days later.  The sun wasn’t even up before we had our first of two 50lb. tarpon on the line.  A few hours later a bonefish screamed line off my drag.  A true professional guide who knows the area( and lives there) is what you get with Shadow Caster Flats Capt. John Smouse !

Faulcon Bisson (bud)  • Fished September 12, 2016
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Unfortunately we weren’t able to get on any Tarpon so we moved on and caught plenty of bait for shark fishing. We had a line out for shark for no more than a couple minutes when we hooked the 1st one, a good 30 to 40 minute fight to land it. Soon after the 2nd was caught then it was time to move on to the barracuda. All in all it was an incredible day, John was on the fish quick which made it more enjoyable.

Steve Parker  • Fished December 18, 2015
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