Key West Backcountry Fishing Charters

Key West Backcountry Fishing Charters

Best Backcountry Fishing Charters in Key West

Key West: 88 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(70 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(171 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $550
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4.8 / 5
(64 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(95 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $1,150
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(171 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(53 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $600
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(227 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $425
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Key West
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trips from $900

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.

Key West
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 27,712 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Backcountry Fishing in Key West

Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get out there! Great fishing Reef, Deep Sea and Backwater. Been a few times all good great fishing community.
Piper  H.
Piper H. Orlando, Florida
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sure this is a safe first trip in the keys. The four hour trip is just long enough to catch dinner and still learn bout open water fishing
Mary  K.  D.
Mary K. D.
The sun and heat are brutal. You may think you want to wear short sleeves and shorts but don’t. Long breathable pants and a breathable shirt would be best.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The sun and heat are brutal. You may think you want to wear short sleeves and shorts but don’t. Long breathable pants and a breathable shirt would be best.
Aaron  L.
Aaron L. Tell City, IN
Don't eat breakfast or a meal before, wear sunscreen, bring drinks, use the bathroom before.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't eat breakfast or a meal before, wear sunscreen, bring drinks, use the bathroom before.
Gregory  L.
Gregory L. Mahopac, NY
Make sure you hydrate before you head out! Coconut water or electrolytes! The heat will get ya!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you hydrate before you head out! Coconut water or electrolytes! The heat will get ya!
Zachary  O.
Zachary O. Carrollton, TX
One of the toughest months to catch fish so you need an experienced captain and mate.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
One of the toughest months to catch fish so you need an experienced captain and mate.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Weissport, PA
He's an excellent skipper you make sure you have a good time. Couldn't ask for better
Excellent
5.0 / 5
He's an excellent skipper you make sure you have a good time. Couldn't ask for better
Mortgan  M.
Mortgan M. Auburn, WA
It was well worth it! We had a blast for our first deep sea fishing experience. Would definitely do it again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was well worth it! We had a blast for our first deep sea fishing experience. Would definitely do it again.
Shannon  M.
Shannon M. Fordsville, KY
Just do it! And take your Dramamine the night before and then again in the morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just do it! And take your Dramamine the night before and then again in the morning.
Rink  S.
Rink S. Las Cruces, NM
Key West is hot n humid in July. It’s a little cooler out on the water but it’s hot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Key West is hot n humid in July. It’s a little cooler out on the water but it’s hot!
Edith  W.
Edith W. Baltimore, Maryland
Be patient and go with a smaller group and be flexible in what you’re fishing for.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and go with a smaller group and be flexible in what you’re fishing for.
Justin  M.
Justin M.
Do it. Was an absolute blast. Fresh home made fish tacos with the mahi were the best I have ever had!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Do it. Was an absolute blast. Fresh home made fish tacos with the mahi were the best I have ever had!
Ben  B.
Ben B. Shrewsbury, MA
If it’s your first time, just go out and enjoy being on the water and the experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If it’s your first time, just go out and enjoy being on the water and the experience.
Melissa  S.
Melissa S. Cut And Shoot, TX
There are always fish to catch in Key West. It gets pretty warm so book early.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There are always fish to catch in Key West. It gets pretty warm so book early.
Danny  B.
Danny B.
Be prepared for being on the water, seek out a reputable Captain like Cory and the Cora Beth boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for being on the water, seek out a reputable Captain like Cory and the Cora Beth boat
David  Z.
David Z. Amana, IA
Know the seasons and your target fish! Have a conversation with the captain before booking!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the seasons and your target fish! Have a conversation with the captain before booking!
Mike  R.
Mike R. Charlotte, NC
Pack some sunscreen, a big hat, and drink lots of fluids…it’s hot as hell out there!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pack some sunscreen, a big hat, and drink lots of fluids…it’s hot as hell out there!
Rob  M.
Rob M. Riviera Beach, FL
It’s super hot in the sun but there is still plenty of action for catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s super hot in the sun but there is still plenty of action for catching fish
Tyler  N.
Tyler N. Howell, MI
#1...Fish with My Ohana. #2...Bring your muscles. There will be allot of reeling. #3...Bring sunscreen, the sun will find you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
#1...Fish with My Ohana. #2...Bring your muscles. There will be allot of reeling. #3...Bring sunscreen, the sun will find you.
Jeff  H.
Jeff H. Arlington, TX
I would recommend starting off with a 2 hour fishing charter and then moving up from there. Next time we will be ready for a half day of fishing in Key West.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend starting off with a 2 hour fishing charter and then moving up from there. Next time we will be ready for a half day of fishing in Key West.
Mark  N.
Mark N. Lutz, FL

Top Targeted Backcountry Fishing Species in Key West