More about Lower Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing
The Lower Florida Keys consists of Big Pine Key, Sugarloaf Key, Ramrod Key and Little Torch Keys to name just a few. This area is less frequently traveled for many reasons. This makes for an excellent anglers destination. The backcountry of the Lower Keys is superb in it's location, water quality and accessibility. The shallow areas are called the 'flats' and the deeper areas are called channels. Most of the islands that make up the Florida Keys and Key West backcountry are mangrove islands. These islands don't actually have much land mass to them so the water passes right through. This whole eco system acts as a huge estuary and are home to an enormous population of little fish waiting to be big fish. Feeding on shrimp, squid, crabs and whatever else comes through in the daily flush of tides. All the while growing up to one day move offshore. Fish the flats or backcountry of the Lower Keys for the predators. trout, redfish, bonefish, tarpon, permit, pompano, spanish mackerel, mutton and mangrove snappers, barracudas and 4 species of sharks. Our professional Lower Keys backcountry and flats fishing guides will take you to them all.
The best time to fish the Lower Keys Backcountry for volume of fish and different species would be the winter. Our cast of species is greatest in the winter from November through May offering anglers that want to catch a bunch of different species an opportunity to do so. Tarpon fishing is also fantastic in the Lower Keys backcountry waters, from April thorough July you can happen upon some tarpon that may reach 100 lbs. From August through November and sometimes into December baby tarpon are a fun thing to focus on for your backcountry fishing adventure in the Lower Florida Keys.
Many of our backcountry fishing guides in the Lower Florida Keys 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 species such as sharks, tarpon, trout, redfish, snook, pompano, spanish mackerel, jack crevales, goliath groupers and many many more. 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.
Your guide is an expert fisherman himself and will be able to make the call as to what is best for your day and your group. Backcountry fishing is the most popular way to go fishing in the Florida Keys and Key West with it's diversity and ability to catch so many different species many people chose backcountry fishing simply because it is always calm and no chance of sea sickness. From the avid angler to the little guy catching his first fish backcountry fishing is the way to go for great results and a fun day.
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 Lower Florida Keys 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.
Fly fishing charters are also available in the Lower Florida Keys 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 Lower Florida Keys Backcountry waters. Flats fishing guides of the Lower florida Keys have fished these waters all their lives with their pursuits and perfection of the tides sight fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit.
Where to Stay in The Lower Florida Keys
Although US 1 runs right through all of them there are very few places for visitors to stay without a one month rental agreement. Only certain areas and special places have a short term ability to rent such as a hotel or resort. We have a few favorites in this area that we like to recommend to people on a regular basis. Both of these properties offer a spot for your Lower Keys fishing guide to pick you right up from the dock. Flying into Key West International Airport or Miami International Airport is the best way to get here. Rent a Car if you plan to get around off destination. The Lower Keys are at least 35 minutes from the local airport.
First, we really love the Parmer Place Resort on Little Torch Key. Centrally located and affordable this is a Florida Keys Hideaway and tropical enjoyment. Well taken care of we consider this the Gem of the Lower Keys for accommodations. I have stayed here a few times and can totally recommend this place for a very Keysey feel. Close to local food spots and super comfortable.
Second, on the high end of the spectrum for the Lower Keys visitor that really wants to getaway.. Little Palm Island Resort. Discriminating taste will prevail here with beautiful tropical foliage and individual cottages. You can only get here by boat from a shore station in Ramrod Key. Having been invited to fish many tournaments and staying on the island I can tell you I really enjoyed my stay there. The staff is great and the meals are fit for a king. Set up as a sportsman's getaway or romantic vacation retreat Little Palm is the pinnacle.
Third, we have weekly rentals in a place called Venture Out. Located on the Atlantic side of US 1 in Cudjoe Key Venture Out offers weekly rentals in different properties.. Some friend of ours have properties that they offer to our anglers staying in the Lower Florida Keys. A great place to stay to get out of the hustle of Key West and have a canal in your back yard.. Great sunrise views..
Feel free to call Island Gen the Florida Keys concierge to see about these places. 1-800-477-4188
Island Gen handles accommodations for more anglers visiting than anyone in the Florida Keys or Key West. She won't steer you wrong.