They call the Florida Keys “The Sportfishing Capital of the World,” and few would argue that moniker considering the year-round availability of saltwater fishing action. More than 500 species of fish swim in these waters, and serious anglers are drawn to this destination for many sportfishing pursuits. Offshore waters attract big-game species, and shallow flats, islands, cuts and channels in the “backcountry” are inhabited by targets coveted by inshore fishermen.
Catching bonefish, permit and tarpon in the same day is considered a “Flats Grand Slam,” and doing so would bring a huge smile to almost any inshore angler. While all three flats stars are strong and great fighters, the permit is usually considered the most challenging species to approach and hook, and the subsequent battle can last a long time.