The shallow, clear waters of Key West’s backcountry offer some of the best opportunities for saltwater sight fishing anywhere in the world. The flats and the the shallow channels that snake between the hundreds of islands in the Gulf waters to the north and west of the Southernmost City are home to tarpon, permit, bonefish, pompano, snook, ladyfish, jacks, shark and barracuda – to name just a few of the popular species to target.  Just because it’s shallow water doesn’t mean the fish are small, oh, no!  Hooking — and landing a 100 lb. tarpon is not unusual.  These fish are large, fast and very strong.


For both seasoned anglers and novices, this style of fishing promises the experience and challenge of a lifetime! You’re not just fishing; you’re on the hunt. You’ll be in total stealth mode as Capt. Mike poles a flat bottomed skiff quietly along the flats, or over a basin of turtle grass, all eyes pealed for the ghostly shadow of the bonefish, the telltale ‘tailing’ of a permit, or the silvery glint of a tarpon on the move.


The best of fly or spinning gear is available, depending on your experience and desire. And of course, Capt. Mike is very willing to teach those who are new to the sport. Whether you are seasoned salwater fly angler or Newbie to the unique Florida Keys environment, the beauty and tranquility will astound you!

We don`t have a big fancy website with all the Bells and whistles but what we do have is local knowledge, being born and raised in Key West, and the pictures of great fish that we have helped guide our anglers to. Pictures don`t lie, don`t waste your hard earned money with fleet operations and hired inexperienced Captains.

For those who are new to flats fishing, having an experienced guide is the only way to overcome the learning curve in a short period of time., come to Key West and let Capt. Mike guide you to the experience of a lifetime!

Captain Mike Cyr

Mike has been fishing these waters for most of his life. C Hawk has been featured on Sport fishing television and Canada Outdoor magazine, as well as On the Water Magazine, Sports Fishing Magazine and Fisherman Plus.

Fishing for Beginners and Seasoned Anglers