Kingfisher Backcountry Charters

When it comes down to the unspoiled flats of the Florida Keys, Kingfisher Backcountry Charters is an excellent choice. Whether you are a curious novice angler or an experienced fly-fisherman, there is a trip for you.

The company is run and operated by Captain Robert Horachek. A lifelong resident of the Florida Keys, he has been mastering these waters since he was a kid. With over 2 decades of fishing experience, Robert runs Kingfisher Backcountry Charters which he named after his late uncle’s charter boat. It was him who inspired Robert to never give up and be a better angler every day. Hoping to make a new legacy in honor of his uncle, Robert shares his wealth of knowledge with his clients and friends.

Master your cast and hone your fishing skills, make your very own “catch of the day” possible and create memories that will last a lifetime. All of that is possible aboard a 17’ Action Craft flats boat, powered by a 115 HP Mercury Pro XS Four Stroke engine. There is plenty of space for up to 3 guests and an array of electronics, gear, and professional accessories to aid your search for the fish.

The list of your potential catches includes Bonefish, Cobia, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Permit, Snook, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, and Spotted Seatrout.

All trips come with the use of fly fishing gear by Orvis, TFO, and Sage, as well as conventional gear by Shimano, Quantum, and Okuma. Live bait will also be provided along with lures, licenses, and a complimentary fish cleaning service.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $650
    up to 3 persons
    This exciting full-day trip is exactly what the doctor ordered for those who want to fish the flats and backcountry of the Lower Keys for Sharks, Cudas, Snook, Snapper, Redfish, Permit, and Tarpon. If Bonefish is your main target, you can look forward to catching this fish almost any time of year, especially in the winter if the water temperature doesn't get too cold. January is the only month when you're less likely to catch Bonefish.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $550
    up to 3 persons
    On this trip, you will be targeting Tarpon, Redfish, Snapper, Grouper, and other species that are in season and biting. It's possible to catch Bonefish year-round, especially in winter as long as the water temperature doesn't get too cold (January is the only time when you're not as likely to catch one).
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    This morning trip will take you to the flats and backcountry waters for Tarpon, Permit, Snook, Snapper, Barracuda, Redfish, and Sharks. You have the chance to catch Bonefish virtually all year, especially in winter so long as the water temperature doesn't get too cold (January is the only month that you're not as likely to catch one).
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    This trip will take you fishing the flats/backcountry of the Lower Florida Keys for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Snapper, Cudas, and Sharks. Flexible departure time is available. It's possible to catch a Bonefish all year, especially in the winter as long as the water temperature doesn't get too cold (January is the only month that you're not as likely to catch one).

About the Captain

Robert Horachek
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
16 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
28 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since May 2015
I have over 20 years of experience fishing in the Florida Keys. I fished a lot offshore with my dad, uncle, and cousin for most of my life. I decided to start fishing inshore for the visual experience of sight fishing the flats for spooky fish. The adrenaline rush is there kinda like seeing a 12-point buck walking into bow range or hitting a grand slam home to put your baseball team ahead to win the game.

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Targeted Species

Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Maverick 18 HPX-V (Flats boat) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 115HP Mercury Pro XS Four Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

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Customer Reviews

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4.88
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
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Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
84%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Robert J.
Mableton, Georgia
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VERIFIED   NEW  March 16, 2020
We had a great time. We had lots of action. I actually didn’t want huge fish. We got plenty of keepers. Just what we wanted....
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Andrew C.
Ormond Beach, FL
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A great day!!

VERIFIED   November 11, 2019
This was our first experience on the flats in the Keys. Capt. Robert was patient, informative and most of all fun! Hooked up...
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Mark V.
Marathon, Florida
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Full day with Captain Robert

VERIFIED   NEW  March 17, 2020
Backcountry fishing.
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Jonathan L.
Syracuse, New York
 5.00
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6 Hour Back country trip.

VERIFIED   April 11, 2019
We had a great day out with Capt Robert. Captain was extremely knowledgeable of the flats. He was very technical and was able...
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David P.
San Juan
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Half day trip in the Keys

VERIFIED   September 29, 2019
Great trip. Capt Robert is very helpful, knowledgeable, and fun to fish with. Put us on fish all day. Caught 2 redfish, 2 jack...
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Fishing Reports

Spring is in the air!

March 11, 2020

The flats fishing here in the FL Keys has turned on with Permit up on the flats feeding heavily on crabs that they can find in the grass, rocky bottom, or sand. Permit are known as one of toughest… Read Full Report →