Key West Backcountry Fishing Charters

Key West Backcountry Fishing Charters

Best Backcountry Fishing Charters in Key West

Top Backcountry Fishing Charters in Key West

Backcountry Fishing in Key West

Variety is the spice of life—and Key West backcountry fishing is right up there on the Scoville scale. With some charters bringing in up to 20 different species on a single trip, there’s a lot more to backcountry fishing than just perusing the waterways. That said, even the simplest of boat trips here in Key West puts you in touch with beauty you'll never forget. What are you waiting for? Time to get your fishing rod to the ready.

What to expect

Backcountry fishing is usually the most popular trip Key West fishing guides have to offer. Calm waters, plentiful fish, and beautiful surroundings... it’s not surprising people want to try these trips time and again. And not only is this the perfect place to learn the basics of fishing, it has something to offer the most adventurous of pro anglers, too. If you’re not excited by the thought of hooking a Bull Shark on light tackle, then you might need to find a different hobby.

The backcountry is basically a collection of small and not so small mangrove islands. This is a secure and calm spot, perfect for juvenile fish to mature. But with small, vulnerable fish come predators, and these are the fish you will be targeting. Expect to find Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Sharks, Barracuda, Mangrove Snapper, and Ladyfish, as well as the occasional Cobia, Goliath Grouper, and Bonefish. So whether you’re fishing for food, fun, or sport, you will find your target in these waters.

Backcountry fishing usually takes place in a center console or bay boat. Perfect for families, it involves cruising along calm, flat waters. There’s no risk of sea sickness here! Key West backcountry guides usually provide their guests with light spinning tackle, although fly fishing gear and even bait casters can be found on more specialized charters.

As if that wasn't enough, all the fishing you'll be doing will be in federally protected wildlife preserves. Ask your guide to show you the local flora and fauna and settle down for an experience you'll never forget.

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Reviews of Fishing in Backcountry Fishing in Key West

Sibling fishing trip
Roberto M. fished with Salty Goat Fishing Charters on April 8, 2021
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Key west has the best fishing weather I love it ?
Spring break trip
Kyle H. fished with Good Times Key West on April 5, 2021
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Just give it a try. Lovely way to see a different part of Key West.
Great time!
Frank W. fished with Boa Vida Charters on March 15, 2021
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Prepare to have fun and enjoy the beauty of the sea.
Half Day Fishing on the Flats with Sean O'Keefe
Scott C. fished with Key West Backwater Fishing on February 5, 2021
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Watch the weather. We had just gotten through a cold front, and, not unexpectedly, it took a little hunting to get on the fish. An experienced Captain is a must. Sean O'Keefe at Key West Backwater Fishing knows where to find the fish and how to catch them.
Full day with Hugh
Edward H. fished with Reel Easy Charters on February 4, 2021
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Listen to the captain, he knows how to fish.
December fishing trip
Richard F. fished with Good Times Key West on December 13, 2020
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We did a snorkel and sightseeing trip with this charter and they did the most amazing trip for us could not have asked for a better trip.
Fishing with Mike
Matt S. fished with Michael O’Brien Charters on August 11, 2020
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Sometimes the fish aren't biting. There are no guarantees. Enjoy the view and the scenery and conversation if nothing else.
Evening half day trip with Ryan
Kate Z. fished with Good Times Key West on July 26, 2020
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Sunscreen!!!! Also, have an idea of what type of fishing you’d like to do before booking and heading out, that way your captain can get you to the best spot!

Top Targeted Backcountry Fishing Species in Key West