With 25 years’ experience guiding anglers in the lower Keys, Captain Sean O’Keefe of Key West Backwater Fishing will make sure your day on the water with him will be not only fun, but also a great learning experience. These trips are a great chance to fish for some of the most exciting backwater species, including the elusive Bonefish, brutish Tarpon, and hard-hitting Permit.

Fishing aboard a 17 ft Action Craft boat, Captain Sean has all the equipment and knowledge you need to have a rewarding fishing experience in some of the most beautiful waterways in the world. The vessel is an Action Craft flats boat powered by a 115 HP Mercury engine. She can take up to two people.

The boat is fitted with navigational electronics, has a live bait well, an ice box, and stores safety equipment. For fly fishing enthusiasts, you will find the gear onboard, but can bring along your favorite set.

Another great thing when fishing lower Florida Keys is that you could be fishing within 15 minutes of leaving the dock, sometimes even less. This, of course, depends on the tide, but works as a general rule. So, if you’re a novice angler, even a half day trip will get you enough time to get nice fishing action.

You will find all the fishing gear onboard. Captain Sean mostly uses Penn and Lew’s these days. He will provide the leads, flies, tackle - basically all you need to have a successful trip. The fishing license is included in the trip rates. You will need to bring your own food and drinks, as well as sun protection, a cap, polarized sunglasses, and a camera. Put on appropriate clothing, and come aboard to see for yourself how good fishing the flats can be.



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  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    This morning trip is a great opportunity for less experienced anglers to explore the productive fishing spots of backwater Florida Keys. You can fish for Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish, and a lot more. The captain will bring all the gear you need, as well as the license. Pack snacks and drinks, sun protection, and a cap, and join the chase.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Mar 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $450
    If you'd rather set out in the afternoon hours, this package will see you fishing after lunch hours. You can fish for Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, and more. The captain will take on both less experienced anglers and veteran fishermen to explore Keys backwaters. You will find all the gear onboard, just pack food and drinks. Bring a camera, a cap, sunglasses, and a cap.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $550
    This six hour trip will give you more time to explore the backwaters of Florida Keys, and you can still make it back in time for other errands. Captain Sean has all the gear, so you're ready to start chasing Permit, Bonefish, and Tarpon. Pack food and drinks, as well as a cap, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 1
    $650
    More experienced anglers, this trip is for you! You will have plenty of time to explore the backwaters of the Florida Keys. These fisheries are home to Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit. If you want wicked action, these fish will show you how it's done. Captain Sean will provide all the fishing gear, as well as the fishing license. You should pack food and drinks, as well as sunblock, a cap, and sunglasses. Once you're ready, hop on board and go get 'Grey Ghost', the royal Tarpon, or hard-hitting Permit.
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About the Captain

Sean Okeefe
Stock Island, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
106 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since August 2016
Captain Sean Okeefe has over 31years' experience guiding anglers across the flats and backcountry of the lower Florida Keys. He has taught countless men, women, and children the techniques and skills necessary to become a successful angler in the Keys.

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Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Permit Permit
Pompano Pompano
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Action Craft (Flats boat) originally built in 1998, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 115HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
Checks

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 106 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (45)
This is my Guid when I am trying n the keys!
Dalton from Georgia with a barracuda
Nyla From Georgia with a snapper
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
83%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
72%
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Kurt V. H.
Parrish, FL
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 21, 2021
Upon meeting Captain Sean he let us know about the possibility of bad weather. We chose to try and dodge the rain as there...
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Blake S.
Miami Beach, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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Solid half day with Sean

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 2, 2022
Went on a half day trip with Sean and had more than plenty of opportunities to catch barracuda, tarpon, sharks, and permit...
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Aaron O.
DORCHESTR CTR, MA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Back country with Captain Sean

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 23, 2021
What an awesome day. We fish a lot up in New England so wanted a different experience down in the keys. We cruised around the...
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Christine L.
St. Augustine, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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This is my Guid when I am trying n the keys!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 23, 2022
Awesome trip!!!  I wish we could have had another trip and time to make it work out!!!
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Becky M.
Sycamore, GA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Great day on the water

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 1, 2022
Awesome time we enjoyed every minute!
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FAQs about Key West Backwater Fishing

Key West Backwater Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $650 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Key West Backwater Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Key West Backwater Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Key West Backwater Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Key West Backwater Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Key West Backwater Fishing include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonefish
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon