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Top Backcountry Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

There’s a reason that Islamorada is the sportfishing capital of the world. Located across five islands, you’re a stone’s throw from thousands of mangrove islands of the Everglades. These are excellent hunting grounds for delicious and tough-fighting fish. Islamorada backcountry fishing charters will take you to the sweetest shallow fishing grounds. 

What to Expect 

Picture the scene: you’re gently drifting along the water, surrounded by stunning wildlife – manatees, pelicans, even alligators... You swing your line to the tailing fish, and bang! The rod doubles over, and you’re in for a fight. Battle it out with a prized fish, before reaping the rewards of your hard work.
There’s something for everyone when backcountry fishing in Islamorada. The calm, shallow waters average just 3 feet in depth and are ideal for beginners to get your sea legs. 
Take advantage of four-hour trips to test the waters, while the more keen angler can opt for an eight-hour trip to really hone your fishing skills. If you’re torn between the two, then the six-hour option is for you. 
You’ll get more bang for your buck in the backcountry than elsewhere in the Keys. The mangroves make for excellent hiding and feeding spots for smaller fish and you know what that means – the predators love it too! Battle it out with a range of fish, from Snappers, Trout, and Redfish, to Tarpon, Permit, and Sharks. Head back to shore with a delicious treat and prized catch to your name. 
You’ll most likely navigate these waters aboard a small skiff. These light vessels can handle even the skinniest spots, and your charter captain will steer you using a push pole. Creep up quietly on the spooky fish and sight cast with live bait to attract their bite. 

How to Prepare

Make sure to protect yourself from the powerful sun and cover up well. Wear long sleeves and sunscreen, as well as a hat and shades. Most captains will provide water to keep you hydrated, but you should also bring aboard drinks and snacks to stay refreshed.
If you fancy your skills on the fly, check with your captain whether you need to bring your own gear. 
These calm, clear waters are ideal for sight casting and fly fishing, and the tough-fighting fish are sure to give you a run for your money. Hop aboard an Islamorada backcountry fishing charter and see for yourself!


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What People Are Saying About Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

"Captain Charles is the man!"

fished with Master Dangler Charters on December 27, 2018

Fantastic trip with Captain Charles - my brother and I caught fish all afternoon. Limits on big snappers plus grouper and tons of jacks. Whether bridges or backcountry Charles knows the waters. Stable flats boat and Charles is a blast to fish with.

"Full day "

David Stadelbacher fished with Ivory Keys Charters on April 21, 2018

Captain had a easy going nature,was very knowledgable of his craft,Also could converse about a lot of other topics,Went on 3 trips while In keys,His backcountry charter was by far the best,also caught a lot fish!!!

"Full day with Captain Eric"

Ron Moore fished with Eric Scoble Blackwater Charters on February 8, 2018

My wife and I booked a full day of backcountry fishing with Captain Eric and we absolutely loved it. The views were amazing and we had a blast. Fishing was a little slow that day but we both caught fish and had a great time talking with Eric and learning about the area. Would definantely recommend Eric and we will be going out with him again on our next trip to the Keys!!

Top Targeted Backcountry Fishing Species in Islamorada




Snapper (Mangrove)

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