Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters

Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters invites you for some backcountry fishing in the sportfishing capital of the world! Join Captain Jon-Paul Haydocy in Islamorada, Florida and come aboard his fishing machine made specifically for the area. You will explore the flats, creeks, bridges, and mangrove islands together with the captain, who is also a former Park Ranger and current biologist. This is not just a fishing charter, as you will also learn about the ecosystem and fishery while having a shot at a catch of a lifetime.

You will fish from a new 2022 19’ Xplor boat that can accommodate 2 guests. It is powered by a 115 HP mercury engine, uses all the modern GPS, fishfinder, and radio technology to move you safely and quickly on the water, and is equipped with a livewell. Also, you will have an ice-box so you can store your fish and drinks.

Some of the species you will have the chance to target include Snapper, Great Barracuda, Bull Shark, Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Sea trout, Snook and Redfishl. You will do catching by spinning and fly fishing on light tackle. The fish you reel is yours to keep and all the kids are welcome to join aboard.

Captain Jon-Paul will supply both the regular and fly fishing gear, including live bait and lures. Also, he will clean and fillet your catch and provide fishing licenses. Yours is only to bring your favorite food and drinks.

Come to Islamorada and experience a true fishing adventure with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour – Eco Tour Fish Fun (5:30PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $300
    Not looking for an all-day fishing trip? Just want to explore the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys? This trip is for you! A fun relaxed cruise on the bay with fishing and wildlife viewing.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Eco Tour Fun Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $300
    Not looking for an all-day fishing trip? Just want to explore the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys? This trip is for you! A fun relaxed cruise on the bay with fishing and wildlife viewing.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Fun Fishing Eco Tour
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $300
    Not looking for an all-day fishing trip? Just want to explore the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys? This trip is for you! A fun relaxed cruise on the bay with fishing and wildlife viewing.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Sunset Cruise
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $300
    Not looking for an all-day fishing trip? Just want to explore the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys? This trip is for you! A fun relaxed cruise on the bay with fishing and wildlife viewing, with one of the best sunsets you can experience.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $550
    Explore the famous flats and bridges of downtown Islamorada. Your trip begins at 7:30 a.m. and lasts for 4 hours and all the needed gear will be waiting for you when you arrive. Just bring your snacks and drinks and enjoy the trip.
    Targeted fish
    Barracuda (Great)
    Great Barracuda
    Bonefish
    Bonefish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
    Snapper (Mangrove)
    Mangrove Snapper
    Shark (Bull)
    Bull Shark
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:30 PM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $550
    Enjoy the less crowded waters and spend an afternoon fishing in Islamorada. The only thing you should bring is your favorite food and drinks, as the captain will take care of everything else.
  • Private trip
    Halfday afternoon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $550
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $750
    The captain's most recommended trip! This 6-hour trip gives you the best chance of catching a wide variety of fish while exploring the backcountry. Some of the best fishing spots are a 45-50 min boat ride. This trip allows you to target some of the most sought-after game fish.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $750
    This 6-hour trip gives you the best chance at multiple sought-after game fish. You will have enough time to reach further fishing grounds and to truly see the bay. And you get a bonus of a beautiful sunset over the bay!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $850
    Enjoy a full day of fishing the epic waters of Islamorada and Florida Bay. 8 hours allow you more time to catch fish as well as revel in the beautiful natural surroundings of the area.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – All Day
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Price for up to 2 persons
    US $1,000
    Fish from the sunrise to the sunset or as long as you want. This trip allows you to experience Islamorada's waters to the fullest as you chase fish and load up your freezers.
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Bryan T.
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Another Great Experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 25, 2024
My son(13) and I returned to Islamorada specifically to fish with Capt. Jon Paul again and it was another great experience....
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Curt W.
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Fishing with Jon-Paul

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on March 12, 2024
If you’re looking for flats fishing in the backcountry this is the guide for you. Stand up guy -literally and figuratively,...
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Keith D.
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Awesome trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 8, 2024
My wife and I picked Bank and Bight Back Country charters because it had positive reviews and it was close to our hotel. Those...
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Toni D.
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Amazing experience!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 18, 2024
Captain Jon-Paul was very easy to work, personable and patient. His vast knowledge of not only fishing but also the ecosystem...
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Peter V.
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Jon Paul was awesome!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 9, 2023
Jon- Paul took 2 of us out for 3 half days in a row. He is a very down to earth, nice guy with midwest roots. He is very knowledgeable...
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FAQs about Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters

Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $300 per group - 2 Hour – Eco Tour Fish Fun (5:30PM) (2 hours)
  • US $300 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Eco Tour Fun Fishing (2 hours)
  • US $300 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Fun Fishing Eco Tour (2 hours)
  • US $300 per group - 2 Hour Trip – Sunset Cruise (2 hours)
  • US $550 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group - Halfday afternoon (4 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • US $750 per group - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • US $850 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group - 12 Hour Trip – All Day (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Included)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Included)
  • Fishing License (Included)

Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Jon-Paul Haydocy
Islamorada, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
149 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2021
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Captain Jon-Paul welcomes you to Islamorada and invites you to join him on a true angling adventure in the sportfishing capital of the world. Pay him a visit and enjoy a first-class fishing trip as you explore the waters and catch fish!

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Permit Permit

Boat specs

Xplor (Skiff) originally built in 2022. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
6 years old
You Keep Catch

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and save on credit card fees at the dock.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Recent fishing reports

Summer fishing fun.
Summer fishing fun.
July 13, 2024
Summer fishing as been great! This is a good time to target all species with shots a slams most days. Nice numbers of bonefish permit and juvenile tarpon around town. Redfish snook and trout has been outstanding in the back water. 6 hour and full days are required to fish for redfish and gives us most options to get a slam.
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