Welcome to Islamorada and the Florida Keys, a premier location for world class fishing.
Come on board the "Flying Dutchman"
Captain Oscar Wijtenburg a USCG licensed captain.
This site is about Florida Keys Backcountry fishing, fishing in the Everglades National Park,
Flats fishing, either with spin fishing gear, or fly fishing equipment.
We will be using either live bait, plastics or flies.
The species of fish usually targeted are, but not limited to, Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Redfish,
Snook, Speckled Seatrout, Sharks, Spanish Mackeral and more. Trips can be customized to suit your needs and usually range from four to eight hours. Evening Tarpon charters are booked quite early on and they are four hours long. They usually coincide with the stunning sunsets we get here in the Florida Keys!
Now that Tarpon season is getting closer we still have excellent fishing going on right now. The Spanish Mackerel have moved in and there are plenty of big Jack's and Redfish are all over the flats in Flamingo. The days are getting longer and with the mild temps we have had fishing and sightseeing are excellent.
A flock of White Pelicans around one of the many islands in Florida Bay in the Everglades National Park.
Fishing from a 16 ft Egret flatsboat, powered by a 140 HP 4 stroke Suzuki outboard,
the "Flying Dutchman" is able to quickly and comfortably bring up to 3 anglers to the best fishing spots in the pristine waters surrounding the Fl Keys.
The boat has a backrest built in, so your back won't suffer during the longer runs,
sometimes needed to get to more distant locations in
Florida Bay, the Everglades or the Gulf of Mexico.
Whether you are a novice angler, or are more seasoned, Capt Oscar is able to advice and help anybody in getting you the most out of your day on the water.
Patient with kids as well, families can have fun on the water too!! Fishing for trout with children is usually a great time and these are among the first backcountry fish they catch, followed by snappers and small sharks. Sharks are cool and not to be feared as they are very useful to the ecosystem in the Everglades and all the world's oceans.
For those who don't want to fish and just like to come along for the ride, they are welcome as well, and there is plenty to see when you're on the water, either in the Everglades, or on the flats that
surround the Florida Keys and Islamorada.
Some kids are lucky to catch a Pompano or Permit too!!
One thing to remember is that a great time is not always related to the size, species or
amount of fish caught, as we are dealing with a natural environment that is
always changing. Conditions in Florida Bay and the Everglades are changing with the weather.
Weather and tides play a big factor in what the day will bring and we urge all
anglers to keep an open mind as to what you may or may not be able to go after,
regardless of who your guide will be.
After all it is all about having a good time as well.
A nice Permit near Islamorada, the Florida Keys.
Islamorada is the gateway to the wilderness of Florida Bay, the Everglades and also to
the cobalt bluewaters of the Gulf Stream.
Rated in the top ten sportfishing areas worldwide, Islamorada offers anglers a great amount of
gamefish species to persue once they leave the dock.
From Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Sharks and Trout in the mangrove creeks and
the islands of the Everglades,
to Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit on the flats surrounding Islamorada.
The "office"on the way out to another great day on the water in the Florida Keys.
A typical day in Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park.