Welcome to fishing in legendary Key West. I'm Captain Lenny Leonard. Have you caught yourself day dreaming about fishing the shallow water flats off Key West, the Marquesas, and the Lower Florida Keys? Have you ever made a cast to a school of feeding bonefish, or stalked a tailing permit? How about fly fishing for a daisy chaining tarpon, or doing battle with the most feared of the ocean going predators, the shark or barracuda? Captain Lenny Leonard
Key West has the much deserved reputation of having the finest flats fishing found anywhere in the world. Whether you are spin casting in the back country Snipe Keys, or fly fishingin the far western atoll known as the Marquesas Keys, you will enjoy the challenge of light tackle sight fishing. You can catch them all: tarpon, permit, bonefish, shark, and barracuda. You could even be lucky enough to catch the grand slam. Can you imagine catching and releasing a tarpon, permit, and bonefish all in the same day! I've seen it done. Key West is also loaded with the fun fish. Jack cravalle, bar jack, ladyfish, snook and redfish roam the clear, pristine water in and around the flats of the Lower Keys and Key West. Captain Lenny Leonard
Who would have guessed that leaving the dock at 6am would seem like a late start. We managed to make it through the high point of migrating tarpon season. Not to worry there are still tarpon around to be caught. However, we have transitioned back to our resident population.
Affording us the luxury of leaving the dock a bit later, as we have less seasonal guides around on the water to contend with.
Bonefish - I have been seeing a good amount of these fish. They're are tide dependent. When fishing for bonefish I would say, it's all about depth of water. It's not so much that these fish don't like deep water, it's just particularly difficult to see them in deeper water. Keep in mind they're football sized. A skinny water fish!
Permit - I've seen a fair amount of them so far this summer. I will say this last week has been quite tough.
As noted by any angler or guide who fished the Del Brown fly tournament. Otherwise I've been having good success with permit fishing. Captain Lenny Leonard