Capt. Carl Ball fishes out of Biscayne Bay. South Florida’s legendary shallow estuary in Biscayne National Park famous for its large bonefish.
If there was a Mount Rushmore for Biscayne Bay guides, Capt. Carl Ball would be on there. He is one of the longest running, most experienced, and most successful guides in the bay. His success is attributed to his ability to read the marine shallows of his home waters, his skills as both a fishing guide and a host, and his efforts with conservation groups such as the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. The respect he shows to both beginner and experienced clients has in-turn earned him the respect of all saltwater anglers and guides.
Being able to put you in prime positions to feed flies to bonefish, permit and tarpon is a product of Capt. Ball’s hard work over the years. His ability to replicate the product will give you visions of swimming shadows and spiking tails for a long time after your trip. Some work on your part (practice your casting before your trip) will help you fully enjoy the Capt. Carl Ball and Biscayne Bay experience.
- 18’ Hells Bay Marquesa
- Fly gear and tackle including flies (you’re welcome to bring your own as well)
- Ice and a cooler
- All necessary licenses
Best Season: Year-round
- Half Day (4-5hrs): $500
- 3/4 Day (6hrs): $600
- Full Day (8hrs): $700
Rates are for up to two anglers. Rates are subject to change, contact Capt. Carl for official current rates.
Call or Text Capt. Carl Ball:
What to Bring
- Bonefish Slider – #4 Brown
- Kwan – #6 BC Tan
- Sad Flea – #2
- EP Spawning Shrimp – #4 BC Tan, #4 Tan, 1/0 Tan
- Colby’s Corona Crab – #2
- RIO’s Shrimp Tease – #2 Cream
- EP Permit Crab – #1 Tan
- Big Eye Tarpon Fly – 1/0 Sand Devil
- Bunny Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Black/Purple
- RIO’s Palolo Slider – Red #2 (if tarpon fishing in spring)
- An 8wt with a floating line for bonefish and baby tarpon
- A 9wt with a floating line for windier bonefish conditions, calm/shallow permit conditions, and small to medium size tarpon
- A 10wt with a floating line for permit, medium size tarpon, and calm large springtime tarpon conditions
- An 11wt with a floating line if oceanside fishing for large tarpon in spring
Capt. Carl can provide all gear and tackle, if you’d like to bring your own these are his outfit size and fly recommendations
- Bring whatever snacks and lunch you would like
- You may bring a camera, a waterproof case or bag is recommended
- Bring plenty of water, please try to use non-plastic containers