about Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada
Islamorada offers many dynamics to the backcountry fishing. Fish both the Atlantic and Florida Bay sides of Islamorada for incredible fishing opportunities and rod bending excitement.
Through the Florida Bay the Flamingo area and the Everglades national park is only a few minutes away with incredible snook, trout, tarpon, bonefish and red fishing Goliath groupers line along the mangroves islands making an easy target for anglers. Out in the open Spanish mackerel, trout, lady fish and blue fish school up and will eat just about anything all being followed by the sharks. Some areas have higher concentrations of one species over another. Check with your local area fishing guide to learn about seasons and potential catches. Also you may reflect to our Species Seasons Page for more information on species of fish and the best area to go to catch them.
Many of our backcountry fishing guides in Islamorada use bay boats and flats boats as the platform of choice when fishing. Bay boats range in size from 21 - 24 ft as they are a little larger than a flats boat and some can carry up to 4 adults. fishing the backcountry requires no skill level as an angler to be productive. Our guides will show you the way to a successful day of catching all sorts of fish species.
Backcountry Fishing charters can be 4, 6 and 8 hours generally. Check with your fishing guides to see about what they offer. Private backcountry fishing charters here in Islamorada run from 400.00 - 700.00 depending on number of people and duration of the trip. Talk with your fishing guide about pricing.
Spin fishing with live bait and artificial plugs and lures is a typical set up for backcountry fishing. Your fishing guide will teach you the ropes to good casting and keep you in the fish. You can be as hands on or off as you like just as long as you are having fun.
Fly Fishing is also a great way to enjoy your day. Many fishing guides offer fly fishing and spin fishing gear in one trip with lessons as well to get your feet wet in the salt water fly fishing world.
Specialty Charters For Backcountry Fishing
Shark Fishing is a great way to enjoy the day backcountry fishing the Key Largo area. Encounter some bull sharks, lemon sharks and black tip sharks that get very large. On the flats the bonnet heads keep things rolling with fast light tackle excitement fun for everyone on board.
Tarpon fishing season runs from April through June and into July Backcountry fishing guides and flats fishing guides get booked up quickly for this fishing season so booking ahead is essential. Most of our backcountry fishing guides book 4, 6 and 8 hour trips that can fit into your time schedule and can carry up to 4 adult anglers. Spin fishing gear is most popular type of tackle but be sure to check with your guide about fly fishing possibilities.
Fly fishing charters are also available in the Key Largo backcountry. Almost all of our backcountry fishing guides offer fly fishing charters as well as light tackle spin fishing. Just ask them they will be happy to set you up.
Bonefishing charters in the backcountry can be done two
ways, on a flats boat and on a bay boat. The bay boat is about
the only way to get 3 or 4 persons flats fishing for bonefish.
Flats Fishing is a technical way to fish the Key Largo Backcountry waters. Flats fishing guides of Islamorada have made legendary status with their pursuits and perfection of the tides sight fishing for bonefish, redfish, tarpon and permit.