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 fish.

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 fish.
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Capt. Mike Wilbur’s Chaser Key West

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Fishing Reports

Cool Front move baitfish and improve act

December 06, 2017

Early winter fronts from the north drive baitfish to The inshore Flats and basins with “Fun Fish “ following to give us action with Barracudas, Jacks, Sea Trout , Pompano. Light spinning and fly tackle get a thorough workout… Read Full Report →


Bonefish and Tarpon apply Key West Fly !

May 10, 2016

FlyFishing for Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit ....2 out of 3 We managed to have 5 tarpon gulp the fly but only hooked and fought one but lost him on the third jump...a little " Buck Fever " and it… Read Full Report →


Spring Has Sprung....Welcome Tarpon

March 19, 2016

Lots of Tarpon shots with a Fly Rod this morning with three schools 50-100 pound fish. One Tarpon hooked and jumped off after a fun 20 min. fight. We had problems when several big Black Tip Sharks moved into… Read Full Report →


Key West Flats Barracuda showing teeth !

February 04, 2016

Gulf side Backcountry Flats were holding a few Barracudas and 20-40 lb sharks...everyone sniff'en around for mullet or needle gars. We brought our " weenie rods " little graphite spinning tackle more suited for Oscars and Crappie and some… Read Full Report →


Key West Temp's cause Permit Attacks

December 10, 2015

The continued high water temp's in the Key West Flats and Backcountry have produced some great Permit fishing but there are Tarpon and. Bonefishing opportunities also. And it doesn't appear we will have significant cooling anytime soon so Christmas… Read Full Report →


Sharks on the Key West Flats, Bass Worms

October 23, 2015

Sight casting for Black Tip and Lemon Sharks with 10 lb line and Bass Tackle including the Lime Green 8 inch Cream Bass Worm. Sounds nuts ? Fly Rods and super light Spinning tackle in a couple feet of… Read Full Report →


Leaving in the dark for first light Poon

July 13, 2015

We could hear them slurping in the dark and the first Tarpon gobbled the Gurkin Fly as it landed just outside The limited visibility ....but we knew he was on, zipping the fly line from the deck. That was… Read Full Report →


Hot Hot....Tarpon and the weather !

July 02, 2015

Early morning or Night Tarpon is the only way to go, afternoon is " Siesta Time " for the Angler and Game fish Inshore. Our Tarpon were on and gone buy 10:30 this morning, two Tarpon of 50 and… Read Full Report →


Bonefish and Permit too !

June 16, 2015

We hooked one Tarpon on Fly Rod but had a few close calls with Permit Schools also...saw some Bonefish but didn't follow. Still we were happy to land the 60 lb Tarpon on a great morning after losing the… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Fishing is hot in Key West

April 10, 2015

The last two weeks have been super for Tarpon in the 60-120 lb range although the most fish jumped have been on Fly Rod, several have been caught on Spinning tackle with artificial lures. I've have more fly fisherman… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.67
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
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My First Bonefish!
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Half day trip with capt Mike
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
82%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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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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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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Gilbert M.
United States
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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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Robert S.
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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