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
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $650
    More experienced anglers, this trip is for you! You will have plenty of time to explore the backwaters of 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 onboard and go get 'Grey Ghost', the royal Tarpon, or hard hitting Permit.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 8 hours 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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $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.
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About the Captain

Sean Okeefe
Key West, Florida, United States
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74 Customer Reviews
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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) Barracuda (Great)
Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Permit Permit
Pompano Pompano
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
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
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

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

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Friendly captain
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88%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
72%
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 17, 2021
Great day on the water. My wife and I vacationed here and one of our top experiences of the trip. She’s an inexperienced...
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April Tarpon Back Country Fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 19, 2021
My April trip with Captain Sean Okeefe was a lifetime experience for me. I have had multiple trips fishing the back country...
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Carrie I.
Newberry, FL
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Sean O'Keefe is the man !!!!!!!!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 16, 2021
We booked a full day with Captain Sean and I can’t even tell you how incredibly knowledgeable this man is . The only request...
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Half Day Fishing on the Flats with Sean O'Keefe

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on February 5, 2021
Had a great fishing trip with Captain Sean O’Keefe on February 5, 2021.  Captain Sean is very knowledgeable and patient. ...
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on June 15, 2021
The capt was terrific with Gavin and put us on fish quickly. Very patient with us rookies and taught us a lot about the species...
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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
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • 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