Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Charters

Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Charters

Best Backcountry Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Islamorada: 107 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(85 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(311 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(173 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $597
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(306 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(142 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(81 reviews)
Islamorada
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(153 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $450

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!
 
Islamorada
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 27,740 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada

Plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to hunt for fish on the move. Offshore definitely preferable to bottom fishing this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plenty of sunscreen and be prepared to hunt for fish on the move. Offshore definitely preferable to bottom fishing this time of year.
Bocas  M.
Bocas M. Lake Monticello, VA
Amazing time of the year to go fishing here in the Florida keys, Islamorada. Very quiet on the island as not many tourists are here. Weather is beautiful with little to no wind. Seas have started to cool down and the abundance of bait and fish is outstanding.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Amazing time of the year to go fishing here in the Florida keys, Islamorada. Very quiet on the island as not many tourists are here. Weather is beautiful with little to no wind. Seas have started to cool down and the abundance of bait and fish is outstanding.
Phill  B.
Phill B. Key Largo, Florida
Reason its called the fishing capital of the world! What an amazing area full of life and different species. the fisherman's dream!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reason its called the fishing capital of the world! What an amazing area full of life and different species. the fisherman's dream!
Dan  G.
Dan G. Key Largo, Florida
The islands are historically good for fishing. Water is beautiful and there are plenty of fish. Many choices of accommodations and restaurants. Very "laid back" beach town vibe. WE will definitely go back!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The islands are historically good for fishing. Water is beautiful and there are plenty of fish. Many choices of accommodations and restaurants. Very "laid back" beach town vibe. WE will definitely go back!
Randall  S.
Randall S. Estero, FL
Reef fishing for yellowtail and mangrove snapper is a great day on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Reef fishing for yellowtail and mangrove snapper is a great day on the water.
Ian  R.
Ian R. Gibsonton, Florida
Come to the Keys at the right time of the year- spring /early summer or fall- winter time, July - August the water gets to 90 degrees and above- not conducive to great fishing. But it’s still beautiful down here no matter the season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come to the Keys at the right time of the year- spring /early summer or fall- winter time, July - August the water gets to 90 degrees and above- not conducive to great fishing. But it’s still beautiful down here no matter the season.
Peter  M.
Peter M. Cape Saint Claire, MD
It's too hot during the day if you're not from here. It's especially hot this year over others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's too hot during the day if you're not from here. It's especially hot this year over others.
Jennifer  H.
Jennifer H. Saint Marys, PA
Observe and take in the unique beauty of the area. We caught good fish, but also saw porpoise, sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, osprey, pelicans, shorebirds and an eagle. Awesome experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Observe and take in the unique beauty of the area. We caught good fish, but also saw porpoise, sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, osprey, pelicans, shorebirds and an eagle. Awesome experience.
Richard  L.
Richard L. Cape Coral, FL
Find the right charter for you and bring lots of water... Target Tuna, grouper, snapper and Mahi.. Lots of fun..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find the right charter for you and bring lots of water... Target Tuna, grouper, snapper and Mahi.. Lots of fun..
Paul  F.
Paul F. Rogers, AR
Enjoy the overall experience and remember it's Fishing not Catching. Getting a hot bite is not guaranteed but a bonus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy the overall experience and remember it's Fishing not Catching. Getting a hot bite is not guaranteed but a bonus.
Craig  T.
Craig T. United States
Our charter with captain Trentin out of Bud n Mary’s marina was outstanding. Put us on great fish and was a pleasure to be with. Highly recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our charter with captain Trentin out of Bud n Mary’s marina was outstanding. Put us on great fish and was a pleasure to be with. Highly recommend.
Sean  M.
Sean M. Waxhaw, NC
It’s a beautiful place! Be flexible! Captain Joey was awesome!! You won’t go wrong with choosing him!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a beautiful place! Be flexible! Captain Joey was awesome!! You won’t go wrong with choosing him!
Andy  D.
Andy D. Holly Springs, GA
Be patient, listen to your captain, the fish are big but the ocean is much bigger, not easy to always find fish that are always on the move! What worked yesterday might not work today, so don’t over expect!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient, listen to your captain, the fish are big but the ocean is much bigger, not easy to always find fish that are always on the move! What worked yesterday might not work today, so don’t over expect!
Levi  F.
Levi F.
Research, google, and try more than one charter. Call the Captain and others. Be ready for rough seas. If you’re prone to seasickness, come prepared. But also be ready to have some fish to freeze.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Research, google, and try more than one charter. Call the Captain and others. Be ready for rough seas. If you’re prone to seasickness, come prepared. But also be ready to have some fish to freeze.
Richard  M.
Richard M.
If you are first ocean fishing go for yellow tail. If you want a great adventure fish for Mahi. If you want big fish go wreck fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you are first ocean fishing go for yellow tail. If you want a great adventure fish for Mahi. If you want big fish go wreck fishing.
Dan  W.
Dan W. Hazelwood, MO
A cute marina just off of A1A. Leave early because Google Maps isn't too accurate and the parking is a little tight.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
A cute marina just off of A1A. Leave early because Google Maps isn't too accurate and the parking is a little tight.
Emily  D.
Emily D. Melbourne, FL
Have fun and enjoy the experience. Sometimes you catch a lot of fish, sometimes you don’t, but it should be about having fun and being on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun and enjoy the experience. Sometimes you catch a lot of fish, sometimes you don’t, but it should be about having fun and being on the water.
Jeffrey  L.
Jeffrey L. Brevard, NC
Come with a positive attitude, family or friends and have a great time.....bring sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come with a positive attitude, family or friends and have a great time.....bring sunscreen!
Chris  M.
Chris M. Spirit Lake, ID
Take your catch to Lazy Days restaurant in Islamorada and they will cook your catch for you I recommend getting it prepared Lazy Days style.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your catch to Lazy Days restaurant in Islamorada and they will cook your catch for you I recommend getting it prepared Lazy Days style.
George  R.
George R. St. Petersburg, Florida
Remember it is fishing and not "catching". No guarantees in the open water. Take your time and find the right guide service. Singing Reel with Captain Tony had great reviews and was recommended by Fishingbooker. They were a great choice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember it is fishing and not "catching". No guarantees in the open water. Take your time and find the right guide service. Singing Reel with Captain Tony had great reviews and was recommended by Fishingbooker. They were a great choice.
Tony  W.
Tony W. Vidor, TX

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