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Hoffman's Guide Service

Hello and welcome to Florida Keys Shallow Water Flats Fishing. Are you ready to fish the gin clear flats of the Florida Keys? Come on down! I'm an amicable and patient guide who will work hard to make your day on the water a success. I have lived and fished in the Keys for over 30 years and have been guiding fisherman just like you on the flats of the Florida Keys for over 20 of those years.

Whether you choose to fish for tailing bonefish and redfish or giant tarpon, I assure you an enjoyable, interesting and exciting day in the Florida Keys. Though I primarily sight fish for these gamefish, we can fish for easier targets as well if your skills are not as high as your expectations. For the novice fisherman, I'll provide friendly fly fishing or light spinning tackle instruction. For the accomplished angler I can help to fine tune your casting skills. Expert? Our game fish should provide quite the thrill and challenge you're looking for.

Please check out the links provided above on this page. Everything to help you plan your trip such as rates, equipment needs and accommodations is included. Multiple boats/captains can be arranged for larger groups as well. Please read on and contact me for an unforgettable trip. I look forward to fishing with you... Capt. Barry Hoffman

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Contact Information
Hoffman's Guide Service

Capt. Barry Hoffman -Owner


Email: flatsguide@gmail.com
Other website: www.flatsguide.com

    Tavernier Creek Marina
90800 Overseas Highway
    Tavernier, FL 33070


Photo Album
Fishing with Chico Fernandez.


Fishing with Chico Fernandez.
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Fishing with the late Curt Gowdy


Fishing with the late Curt Gowdy
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Fishing with Flip Pallot


Fishing with Flip Pallot
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Captain Barry


Captain Barry
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Watching the schools of redfish swim by


Watching the schools of redfish swim by
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Double double!


Double double!
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Rates/Additional Info

$575 8 hrs
$525 6 hrs
$475 4 hrs

for two anglers
*for third adult angler add $75

my available dates for fishing can be accessed here on my calendar

About Capt. Barry
Capt. Barry Hoffman is a native of South Florida having fished the Southeast coast for over 40 years. Growing up in the small town of Dania. Florida, nights and weekends were spent pursuing any and all creatures swimming. After having moved to the Keys in 1982, he operated a 30 passenger dive boat and worked as a N.AU.I certified Dive Master. After obtaining his 50 ton Masters Captain's license, he worked as a Bahamian charter captain while operating an upscale yacht maintenance company at the Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo. After intervals at the University of Florida, Florida Keys Community College (yes, there is such a school) and Florida International University, Barry settled on guiding (fishing being an ever-present hobby) twenty years ago. A victim of his love for the Florida Keys, its gin clear water and a tourism driven economy, it was the right choice.

A self-taught fly caster and imaginative fly tier, he has been featured in publications such as Saltwater Sportsman, South Florida Sportfishing Magazine, Fly Fishing America Magazine and in Saltwater Software's Florida Fishing CD-ROM. Capt Barry Hoffman has fished with such notables as Curt Gowdy Sr. (the American Sportsman), Flip Pallot (Walkers Cay Chronicles), Raz Reid (Sage Rods) and Chico Fernandez. Having published numerous articles on bonefish and tarpon, he currently writes a weekly column for over 30 major fishing web sites and the local fishing guide, the "Weekly Fisherman". Barry has also been featured in a book entitled "Saltwater Fly Fishing from Maine to Texas," and is a field contributor for Water Way Magazine and Fly Fishing America.

Chuck Larson:
Barry, The weather in the Pacific Northwest is rainy and cold but the steelhead fishing is great! I really enjoyed the chance to get to know you and experience flats fishing. I look forward to future times and more exciting fishing experiences. Attached (I hope) are 8 photographs from the recent fishing trip with pictures of bone/red fish and one very happy client.Regards, Chuck

Joe Nodine:
Hey Barry,
Thanks for a great time last Friday. I always heard that bone fishing is unmatched pound for pound but I will tell you what, there is nothing like actually finding out for yourself. You got a customer for life. Professional, accommodating, polite, and most importantly an educator. THANKS. I have a few friends that are interested in hiring you for the day only after I very poetically explained to them the hunt me and you did for this bonefish. Just like Flip Pallot and just like on ESPN! I loved it. When can I come back? All the best, Joe Nodine in NJ (Customer for Life)

Andrew Hutchings:
Barry, I just wanted to say thank you for the incredible time fishing on 10-3-2007!!!!!!!!! I had an absolute blast fly fishing the everglades. The fishing was out of this world!!!!! I was thrilled to catch the many snook. I was more thrilled to catch the redfish. I was besides myself when I caught the young tarpon!!!!!!!!!!! I had an incredible time. I??ll never forget running along Florida Bay and coming upon two dolphin playing in the shallow water and turning to follow and leap in front of the skiff. That was incredible. Attempting to sight fish for redfish was really fun but difficult. It was harder than it looks. The school of four permit was neat to see so was the shark and the alligator that followed us!!! I can??t say enough about your hard work, the casting lesson, and patience!!! My wife and I just returned home and I decided to check your web site. I printed off the main screen with your picture of me holding my fish so I could show my wife. I??m going to get my photos printed today so I can return to work and brag!!!!!!! Thanks again. First trip to the keys to fish / fly fish and it was spectacular. Thanks!!!!!!!!! Andrew Hutchings

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