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Capt. Eric Herstedt

"Tarpon, Light Tackle & Fly Specialist"


NO FISH NO PAY's that simple!


Capt Eric Herstedt is a native South Floridian raised on Long Key in the Florida Keys.  It was there that he learned to love the local environment and appreciate the unique and wonderful attributes of the Keys.


Eric began fly fishing at 9 years of age and at 14, caught his first slam, under the guidance of his mentor, Met Master Angler, Marty Arostegui.  From then on, he was "Hooked."  He has caught countless Bonefish, Permit and numerous Tarpon over 100lbs on fly.  Eric continuously honed his skills and in 1999, began his guiding career.  At under 30,  Capt. Eric is undoubtedly one of the best and most sought after, young  light tackle and fly fishing guides in the upper keys and Flamingo area. 


Coverage Area:  South Florida, Miami, Biscayne, The Upper Keys and Flamingo


Species Targeted:    Capt. Eric is a master at putting the sight caster or fly-angler within feet of Giant Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda and even Shark in the crystal clear waters of the Upper Keys.  In addition, he can also target Snook, Redfish and Cobia in Florida Bay and The Everglades National Park.  For the angler looking to just have some fun; Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel and Trout are an easy target in the calm waters of Florida Bay.


Please click HERE for a description and pictures of some of the game fish you may catch aboard a Florida Light Tackle Fishing Charter.


Methods:  Capt. Eric is an established Fly-Fisherman and can share his secrets with you.  Behind the poling tower, he can position the Fly Angler to a perfect cast every time.  For those preferring other methods, Capt. Eric is equally versed in guiding his Anglers with Spin or Bait Casting tackle.

Sight Seeing & Nature Tours:  Available for personalized sightseeing & nature tours. 

Maximum Anglers:  Two.  May take up to three for an Everglades / Florida Keys Eco Tour (Sightseeing & bird watching)


Boat:  Eric is sponsored by the Maverick Boat Company and runs a brand new Mirage HPXV.  Maverick/Hewes is the true pioneer in the flats boat industry.  Their new HPX line of boats with their cutting edge technology, is the top choice among many Keys shallow water guides.  This is most important in the Keys, where fishing shallow crystal clear water requires a stable boat that can float in just inches of water, with minimal hull slap (Noise).  Don't let her shallow water capability fool you however, as the new HPX will also keep you dry, and will carry you safely across a choppy bay in comfort.



Tournament Charters:  Available for anywhere in coverage area. Click HERE for more information.

Charter includes:  Rod, reels, fly gear, live, dead & artificial bait, tackle, fishing licenses, sodas & water, ice, fish cleaning & bagging and no fish no pay guarantee.  Our professional and friendly attitude is free of charge.


Capt. Eric guides several tournaments each year, including fly Tarpon tournaments, and has won the Top Guide Award twice in the Herman Lucerne Tournament in Flamingo, and has guided two Met Master Anglers to some of their qualifying fish.


Capt. Eric is an established captain and a personable & friendly guide.  He is a great teacher, and works well with anglers of all skill levels.  His ability to consistently locate hungry fish, will make your next South Florida and Florida Keys Fishing Adventure, one you will never forget!


Reserve  Capt. Eric Herstedt today for the Absolute Best South Florida and Florida Keys Light Tackle Fishing!


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This Month's Featured Fishing Guides:


Light Tackle Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande & Charlotte Harbor with

Capt.  Derrick Jacobsen


Light Tackle fishing in Islamorada & The Florida Keys with

Capt. Eric Herstedt


Deep Sea Fishing with Capt. Ray McCauley in  Jacksonville &

St. Augustinne


"Light Tackle" fishing for Tarpon, Snook & Redfish around the Tampa Bay/Tarpon Springs area with

Capt. Mike Witfoth


Sight Cast to schools of Giant Redfish in Mosquito Lagoon with

Capt. Jim Ross


Deep Sea & Tarpon Fishing Key West with

Capt. Mike Weinhofer


Fly-fishing in Chokoloskee & 10,000 Islands with

Capt. Ray Culver


Nightime Trophy Snook Fishing with

Capt. Dave Pomerleau


Light Tackle fishing from Jacksonville to St. Augustine with

Capt. Ron Schurr


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