Captain
Mike Wilbur

Member since April 2015 Key West, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Poling the inshore flats, basin's and backcountry of the Lower Florida Keys, Key West and Marquesas Keys. Sight casting using fly rods and spinning tackle in the gin clear flats. I enjoy teaching Fly Casting or Spinning Rod, mainly artificial Jigs, Lures and Flies. I'm not your guy for sitting in a channel watching a bobber and bait, no chumming. Emphasize catch and release for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit , Shark Barracuda, Jack’s and Snapper for action / fun on light and ultra light tackle.

Hey, I'm Captain Mike Wilbur

Key West, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Poling the inshore flats, basin's and backcountry of the Lower Florida Keys, Key West and Marquesas Keys. Sight casting using fly rods and spinning tackle in the gin clear flats. I enjoy teaching Fly Casting or Spinning Rod, mainly artificial Jigs, Lures and Flies. I'm not your guy for sitting in a channel watching a bobber and bait, no chumming. Emphasize catch and release for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit , Shark Barracuda, Jack’s and Snapper for action / fun on light and ultra light tackle.

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Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(18 reviews)
Key West
trips from $450

Fishing Reports

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 18 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
My First Bonefish!
Half day trip with capt Mike
Half day trip with capt Mike
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
85%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
89%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
46%
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Eric K.
Arvada, CO
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day Flats Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 28, 2022
My wife and I really enjoyed our morning with Captain Mike!  I’m fairly new to fly fishing freshwater only.  Mike was patient...
Eric K. recommends Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   March 22, 2022
The charter operator canceled 2 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting.
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Herb K.
Key West, Florida
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on 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...
Herb K. recommends Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West
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Leon J.
Canada
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Tarpon and bones 2016

3/4 Day Trip on 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 stake...
Leon J. recommends Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West
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Tim D.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

My First Bonefish!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on 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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