Capt. Dave Saddler fishes out of Biscayne Bay. South Florida’s legendary shallow estuary in Biscayne National Park famous for its large bonefish.
One of the longest running guides in the bay, Capt. Dave has been chasing bonefish around Biscayne for over 20 years. His passion for what he calls “the chickens of the flats” is as strong today as it was on day one. The resemblance is striking between a group of bonefish milling around on a flat compared to a group of chickens pecking at stuff on the ground. One of the most patient and mild mannered guides on the flats, his little analogy is a testimonial to Dave’s experience and ability to defuse the situation and provide a relaxed environment in what is technically a difficult and high voltage fishery.
Although he loves the big three (tarpon, bonefish and permit), Capt. Dave doesn’t put the blinders on. He’ll gladly go target sharks, yellowjacks, spanish mackerel, and other species that aren’t as glorified but sure are fun on a fly rod. Making Capt. Dave an excellent experience for kids and beginners.
- 18′ Maverick HPX
- Fly gear and tackle including flies (you’re welcome to bring your own as well)
- All necessary licenses
Best Season: Year-round
- Half Day (4hrs): $500
- Full Day (8hrs): $600
Rates are subject to change, contact Capt. Dave for official current rates.
Call or Text Capt. Dave Saddler:
What to Bring
- Triple Threat Flats – #2
- Sad Flea – #2
- RIO’s Shrimp Tease – #2 Cream
- Kwan – #6
- EP Spawning Shrimp – #4 BC Tan, #4 Tan, 1/0 Tan
- Colby’s Corona Crab – #2
- Bunny Tarpon Toad – 1/0 Chartreuse, 1/0 Black/Purple
- RIO’s Palolo Slider – #2 Red (if tarpon fishing in spring)
- An 8wt with a floating line for bonefish
- A 9wt with a floating line for windier bonefish conditions, calm/shallow permit conditions
- 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. Dave 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, try to use non-plastic containers if possible