ABOUT THE FISHING

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FLY FISHING FOR TARPON

FLY FISHING THE FLATS FOR TARPON ON A FLY ROD IS ONE OF THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES. THESE MAGNIFICENT FISH ARE MY PASSION.  TARPON MIGRATE  BY THE THOUSANDS TO THE FLATS OF MATLACHA PASS AND PINE ISLAND SOUND EVERY SPRING WHEN THE WATERS WARM. WE FLY FISH THEM ALL SUMMER LONG. FROM JULY THRU OCTOBER THE FLATS OF MATLACHA AND PINE ISLAND SOUND HAVE SOME OF THE BEST FLY FISHING FOR BABY TARPON  ANYWHERE.

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FLY FISHING FOR REDFISH

FLY FISHING THE FLATS FOR REDFISH CAN BE DONE YEAR ROUND AND IS OUR MOST POPULAR FISHERY. WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST FLY FISHING FOR TAILING REDS ANYWHERE.  

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FLY FISHING FOR SNOOK

WE FLY FISH SNOOK ON THE FLATS, BEACHES AND IN THE MANGROVES YEAR  ROUND. SNOOK  ARE SIMPLY PUT, A SPECTACULAR GAMEFISH, THEY HIT HARD, JUMP, RUN AND ARE A BLAST ON THE FLY ROD. 

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ABOUT CAPTAIN ART SCHMIDT

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CAPTAIN ARTHUR SCHMIDT
I  grew up in a large family in Boca Raton, Florida. My Dad and Uncles were all outdoorsmen, hunting and fishing. At 14 years old I got a Sears John Boat and a Garcia Mitchell  300 Spinning rod and reel.  I was in heaven, with a few plugs and jigs I was catching big Snook and small Tarpon in the local waters. While in College my lifelong pal introduced me to Fly Fishing and we spent a lot of time chasing trout in the nearby streams of North Georgia. In 1988 I read a story about Billy Pate and Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon in Homosassa, I knew instantly I had to do this. The Fish Hawk in Atlantla set me up with a Sage 12 wt. fly rod and a Billy Pate Tarpon reel. In May of 1989 I caught a 130lb Tarpon on Fly in Homosassa, Florida. My Passion for Fly Fishing Tarpon began that day.
In 1994 I decided to become a Fly Fishing guide. With much help and encouragement from Gary Merriman of the Fish Hawk and Capt Steve Kilpatrick I started guiding in Homosassa from April thru July. I was fortunate to have learned from the top guides in Homosassa. For the next 6 years I would be in Homosassa for 4 months each Tarpon Season, Homosassa was world class Fly Fishing at the time.  In 1999  I moved to the Matlacha area and have been Fly Fishing the Flats here and around Pine Island Sound for 20 years. Many of my clients have fished with me for years and become life long friends. I look forward every season to meeting new people and sharing my passion for Tarpon. I'm a very patient guide and enjoy helping anglers improve their skills. 

FLY FISHING RATES

1/2 DAY TRIP / 4 HOURS

500.00

3/4 DAY TRIPS / 6 HOURS

600.00

FULL DAY TRIPS / 8 HOURS

700.00

DISCOUNTS

 DISCOUNTED RATES AVAILABLE TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY - VETERANS - FIRST RESPONDERS

SILVER KING 16 FLATS BOAT

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THE SILVER KING SIGNATURE SERIES 16 FLATS BOAT IS ONE OF THE LEGENDARY FLY FISHING SKIFFS. MINE WAS CUSTOM BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR FLY FISHING. ITS A VERY STABLE COMFORTABLE BOAT. 

Contact Us

DROP ME A LINE

Capt Arthur Schmidt Charters

4547 Pine Island Road Suite 203 Matlacha, FL 33993

(239) 464-9610

FLY FISHING GUIDE ON THE FLATS
FOR TARPON, REDFISH, SNOOK, PERMIT IN MATLACHA, PINE ISLAND SOUND, SANIBEL, CAPTIVA, CABBAGE KEY, USEPPA ISLAND, NORTH CAPTIVA