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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! 

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What People Are Saying About Backcountry Fishing in Florida Keys

"Would give 6 stars if it was possible"

Quentin Smith fished with A-Squared Charters on July 12, 2019

Capt Armando Alejo of A2 Charters was on the ball from the jump. Very professional guide. He put me and my son on fish from literally the first cast if the day to the last cast. He got us the Backcountry Slam that we wanted and much more. More than pleased with our experience and had the best father and son fishing trip ever. Look no further, Capt Armando is your guy.

"Like fishing in the aquarium"

Martin Olsen fished with All Water Charters on March 26, 2018

Kyle knows some good spots. In a couple of hours, I caught 30 - 40 fish (stopped counting pretty fast) and 6 or 7 different species - from Lane Snapper to a 150 lbs Lemon Shark (not landed - released at the side of the boat). I had hits on almost every cast I made. The Backcountry is beautiful with a huge variety of wildlife to enjoy.

Top Targeted Backcountry Fishing Species in Florida Keys


Snapper (Mangrove)



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