Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Charters

Top Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Destinations

Best Backcountry Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Backcountry Fishing in Florida Keys

Spanning 125 glorious miles, the 800 islands of the Florida Keys are a natural phenomenon. Thanks to the tropical climate, it’s a warm water paradise for many sought-after fish. The backcountry shallows are no exception. Step aboard a Florida Keys backcountry fishing charter and catch the biggest variety of fish almost anywhere in the world. 

What to Expect

The backcountry comprises mangrove islands and grassy bays. From Key Largo to the southernmost tip of the US, you’re in for a real treat in these rich fishing grounds. 
 

The Upper Keys

Blending into the Everglades, backcountry fishing is a way of life around Key Largo. You’ll witness some incredible fishing in the shallow waters of the Florida Bay and in the Atlantic, too. 
 
Hop aboard a Florida Keys backcountry fishing charter to explore coves, grass flats, and sandbanks for some prized fish. Beginners can target delicious Trout and Snappers, while avid anglers will relish the chance to land Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, or Bonefish.
 

The Middle Keys

The Middle Keys boast incredible fishing year round. Explore the wealth of mangrove islands leading to the Everglades. With little land mass, these are havens for smaller fish, giving the predators reason to hunt.
 
Out of Tavernier and Islamorada, beginners and enthusiasts will be in their element. Where else in the world can you fill the boat with delicious Redfish and Trout on the same trip you land a Snook or Tarpon?

 

The Lower Keys

Possibly more famed for offshore fishing, there’s a world of backcountry fishing out of Key West. These warm waters see plenty of monster fish passing through. You can land a Barracuda close to shore on your first venture out. 
 
Catch the right time and you could land the “Grand Slam” of inshore fishing. Tough-fighting Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish are the holy grail. A trip in spring or summer will give you the best chance of landing all three! 

How to Prepare

Aboard a Florida Keys backcountry fishing charter, you’ll have everything you need for a productive day out. Rods, reels, and bait will be on board and you may even have complimentary water to stay refreshed. 
 
If you fancy yourself on the fly, check with your captain if you need to bring your own gear. Bring snacks and drinks aboard and make the most of your trip. A thrilling adventure awaits, wherever you go in the Keys! 
 
Florida Keys
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Backcountry Fishing in Florida Keys

Wear sunscreen even if you think you don’t need it! Wear a hat, sunglasses, a long sleeve fishing shirt, and appropriate shoes (not flipflops). Be patient and enjoy the view. Engage with your captain, and have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear sunscreen even if you think you don’t need it! Wear a hat, sunglasses, a long sleeve fishing shirt, and appropriate shoes (not flipflops). Be patient and enjoy the view. Engage with your captain, and have fun!
Jersey Key Charters
Jersey Key Charters
Always awesome but weather plays a part. Be ready to change it up and go after different species. Can’t be butthurt if you don’t catch exactly what you’re thinking you want to catch. Just have fun and remember it’s fishing not catching…if these guys jobs were easy we would do it ourselves.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Always awesome but weather plays a part. Be ready to change it up and go after different species. Can’t be butthurt if you don’t catch exactly what you’re thinking you want to catch. Just have fun and remember it’s fishing not catching…if these guys jobs were easy we would do it ourselves.
Dauntless Fishing Charters
Dauntless Fishing Charters
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember you are just fishing. There are no guarantees. So just let go and have fun.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters 30'
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather can be a bit unpredictable and pop up storms/showers are common, so it's important to go with someone who knows the area and weather patterns/resources.
Tail Gator Charters
Tail Gator Charters
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you use sunscreen before you go! Don’t take spray sunscreen on the boat…use it before you go and use lotion to cover everywhere exposed
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Sandbar Somewhere Charter
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Hooked Up Charters
Hooked Up Charters
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
All Hanns On Deck
All Hanns On Deck
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Be aware the water temperature dictates the species and activity of bite. The higher the temp., the lower the activity.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware the water temperature dictates the species and activity of bite. The higher the temp., the lower the activity.
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay,  Veteran Owned
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay, Veteran Owned
Fish were spawning, which could be a positive or negative factor worth noting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish were spawning, which could be a positive or negative factor worth noting.
Wet Tails Charters – Keys Fishing Experience
Wet Tails Charters – Keys Fishing Experience
Lots of shoreline, shallow, and deeper water opportunities... fishing doesn't have to be expensive, but if looking for a charter ask locals, read reviews and the right packages can be found!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of shoreline, shallow, and deeper water opportunities... fishing doesn't have to be expensive, but if looking for a charter ask locals, read reviews and the right packages can be found!
Top Notch Sportfishing
Top Notch Sportfishing
Charter a. Oat, the captain and mate do all the hard work and you get to enjoy the fishing and catching
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a. Oat, the captain and mate do all the hard work and you get to enjoy the fishing and catching
Reef Runner Charters Key West
Reef Runner Charters Key West
Be flexible. The mahi mahi bite was not happening so we switched to reef fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible. The mahi mahi bite was not happening so we switched to reef fishing
Snap Em Up Fishing
Snap Em Up Fishing

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