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Fishing Everglades National Park 

The Everglades National Park is often referred to as the River of Grass because it's slow moving water moves through the tall sawgrass.

Once you get further south, closer to the coast, the area opens up and includes about 85% of shallow Florida Bay.

In the north section of the Florida Everglades you have freshwater. Further south you enter saltwater, and in the middle you have a brackish mix.

These variations in the Everglades Park make it especially interesting for anyone planning on sport fishing Florida Keys.

The fish in the Everglades Florida Keys are also extremely varied. You'll find that there are over 50 species of freshwater fish to target. You also have in excess of 300 species of saltwater fish that will tempt, tease, and torment you.


Everglades National Park Is Part Of Florida Bay


Water And Mangroved Islands Of The Everglades National Park
State Archives Of Florida, Florida Memory, Department Of Commerce


The combination of the variety of fish, various areas to target them, and the sheer size of the Everglades are the key reasons why this is such a popular Florida Keys fishing destination.

However, for most people, unless you're a highly experienced fisherman and/or know the area well, you'll find your fishing vacation will be more productive and equally more fun, if you plan a fishing trip with a qualified Key Largo fishing guide.

Below you'll find a preview of several Florida Keys fishing charter companies that also take fishing trips to this National Park.

When you click on the Get Rates Buttons you'll be able to not only find out what each fishing charter charges, you can more detailed information on style of fishing, types of fish targeted, charter trip availability, fishing equipment aboard, and other useful details.

From these landing pages you can also check out information on other Florida Keys fishing charter companies to see what they offer and what they specialize in.


FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Deep South Fishing Charters
Captain Ryan Booth
18' Hells Bay 18 Waterman skiff, 70 hp Yamaha engine, 2 person capacity
Key Largo Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, American Express
Numerous species of most popular inshore, backcountry and flats fishing targeted, child friendly, deposit non-refundable, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing     Everglades National Park
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Spinning     Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Handline
Fishing Trip Description
Deep South Fishing Charters with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots, can also float in 3 inches of water, making it possible for you to get out fast, and then hit the skinniest of waters in search of the wiliest fighting fish, like permit, redfish, snook and bonefish. The ability to pole this light boat quietly through the water or use a trolling motor in search of tarpon makes a fishing expedition with Deep South Fishing Charters exciting and productive. You'll find Captain Booth's combination of expertise and determined dedication to do what he can to make your fishing trip a success are just some of the reasons why his customers go home happy.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Bamboo Charters 1
Captain Matt Bellinger
24' Ranger Boats (2), 250 hp Mercury Marine engine, 4 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks
Numerous species of most popular inshore and backcountry fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup included in price
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing     Everglades National Park
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Spinning     Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Kite Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Bamboo Charters 1 boats have a maximum cruising speed of 44 knots. Captain Bellinger is not only a highly accomplished Florida Keys fishing guide, he is also a PADI Master scuba diver and a highly trained and certified naturalist. These combinations bring an astounding level of knowledge to your fishing trip experience whether you're targeting tarpon, barracuda, shark, permit or cobia. You'll learn about the fish you're targeting, the marine and bird life you see on the water, and the importance of this water wonderland and it's connection to Everglades National Park and human lives. If you're eager to learn the best ways to catch fish, or sharpen your existing skills, plus are interested in understanding more about the natural Florida surrounding you, this is one Islamorada fishing charter trip you won't want to miss.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Bamboo Charters 2
Captain Matt Bellinger
24' Islamorada Boatworks Skiff, 350 hp Mercury Marine engine, 5 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks
Numerous species of most popular inshore and backcountry fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup included in price
Fishing Trip Destinations
Nearshore Fishing     Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing     Everglades National Park
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Spinning     Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing     Drift Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Bamboo Charters 2 with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots is able to easily and quickly ply the super shallow waters of the Florida Keys backcountry and flats. Your Islamorada fishing trip can also include heading out for a day fishing Everglades National Park and the vast spectrum of fish these waters hold. Whether you're interested in targeting shark, redfish, snook, mangrove snapper, cobia, tarpon or any of the other fierce fighters you'll encounter on a fishing trip with Bambook Charters 2, you'll quickly find your Captain has the expertise and fishing equipment needed so your fishing trip is a success.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Rusty IV Charters
Captain Russell Pellow
21' Parker Center console, 175 hp Suzuki engine, 4 person capacity
Islamorada Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, American Express
Numerous species of most popular reef and wreck fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing     Backcountry Fishing
Florida Bay Fishing     Everglades National Park
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Trolling
Spinning     Jigging     Fly Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Rusty IV Charters, out of Whale Harbor is a very diverse fishing charter in terms of where they can take you fishing and what they can help you fish for. Whether mahi mahi fishing, hunting snook, playing tarpon on a line for an hour, or stalking feisty permit, they have the skill, the boat, and the fishing equipment needed to make your fishing vacation action packed and fun.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Fish Florida Bay
Captain Wayne Gilbert
21' Lake and Bay Flats boat, 250 hp Mercury engine, 3 person capacity
Key Largo Departure
Payment 10% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa
Numerous species of most popular backcountry and flats fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Nearshore Fishing    Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing    Everglades National Park Fishing     Florida Bay Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing    Spinning
Popping     Fly Fishing     Drift Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Fish Florida Bay has one of the fastest boats with a cruising speed of 70 knots. Able to quickly get you where you want to fish, Captain Gilbert is well acquainted with the best areas to fish so you can target the fish in season you're interesting in catching. Whether you're flats fishing for tarpon, snook, redfish, snapper, barracuda or shark, he has the fishing tackle, boat and fishing knowledge you need to have a very productive, fun day fishing Florida Keys.






Florida Everglades Topography
And Florida Wildlife

The area of Everglades Park that includes Florida Bay is about one-third of the the Everglade's total size. It starts 2 miles offshore and extends north from Key Largo and south to Islamorada FL.

Cypress trees, hardwood hammocks and mangroves make up much of the vegetation for this portion of Everglades Park. On the islands themselves you'll find bromeliads, orchids and ferns which thrive and flourish in this sub-tropical climate.

The mangroves are key to the overall health of the Florida Keys. Their massive root structures help protect against erosion, and serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes whose larvae is a food source for fish.

Many saltwater fish such as snook love to live in the root structures. There currently are Florida fishing regulations affecting snook, but they're a great saltwater fish to catch, and are also one of the best eating.


Manatee Resting On Ocean Floor


Manatee Resting On Ocean Floor
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Dept. of Commerce


The mangrove waters create the perfect home and feeding area for the fish and numerous wildlife. In the water you'll see dolphin frolicking and manatee slowly moving about in search of food.

Keep a watchful eye towards land and you may see deer, raccoon, and opossum. The area is also home to over 100 species of butterfly who feed in the area. If you're especially lucky you may even catch a fleeting glimpse of the endangered Florida panther.

Watch for alligator or any of the dozen species of turtle who hang out in the sloughs and freshwater channels. Keep a cautious lookout and perhaps you'll even spot a crocodile which typically live in the mangroves and the more open Florida Bay area.

There are also over 350 species of birds living in the Everglades National Park. You'll spot wading birds such as flamingo, heron, roseate spoonbill, egret and ibis.

Perched in the trees or riding the currents high in the sky, you'll also see osprey, hawk and bald eagle.

One of the more unusual birds that's hard to miss are the anhinga. Often referred to as snakebird, they can be spotted with their wings outstretched, drying off after swimming underwater after fish.


Anhinga Female aka Snakebird Drying Off in Tree


Female Anhinga aka Snake Bird Drying Off in a Tree





Florida Everglades Fishing Techniques
And Common Fish Of The Everglades

The shallow waters of the Everglades National Park are perfect for fly fishing and poling around in a skiff to sight fish. Spin casting also works well if you haven't perfected your Everglades fly fishing techniques.

If you want to get really close to shore and into the super shallow spots, you may want to consider canoe or kayak fishing.


Canoeing Everglades National Park


Canoeing Everglades National Park
State Archives Of Florida, Florida Memory, Department Of Commerce


Florida Keys shark fishing is also possible, just make sure you've been out in a kayak or canoe before so you're balance is good. Even a small shark can put up a pretty good fight, and you want to be ready for anything he'll throw your way if you're kayak fishing.

Florida shark are especially plentiful any place you find a break in the shore line - such as an inlet or channel. Even shallow water that has a deeper channel running through the middle is a shark magnet.

The reason is because of the way the water flows. It attracts all the layers of marine life with everyone feeding as they go. This means bait fish will be prevalent and so will different species of Florida shark.

Many people don't expect shark to live in such shallow water, but they do, and they're in the waters of Everglades National Park year round. Commonly caught are nurse shark, lemon shark, blacktip shark and hammerhead shark, although the dangerous and ill tempered tiger shark can be spotted as well.

When shark fishing, you can hook them with a line, some shrimp, or mullet, and a wire leader - which is an absolute must have. Just remember to cut the line so it's close enough to the sharks mouth so it's good for the fish, but not so close you risk getting bit.

Redfish are always plentiful in these shallow water of the Florida Everglades National Park. Redfish are around all year but are in greatest abundance March - October with the summer months being prime.

Redfish don't take the line and repeatedly run with it like permit do, but they're pretty respectable fighters. They're also relatively easy to catch and so are great for catching on a fly or with spinning gear.

When Florida Keys fishing Everglades Park you'll encounter many different species of fish. However, the more commonly caught are grouper, ladyfish, catfish, bonefish, mangrove snapper, snook,
spotted sea trout, permit, sheepshead, black drum, and the silver king - tarpon.

The Florida Everglades National Park is the third largest National Park in the lower 48 states and is unusual because it consists of primarily shallow water. Dotted with numerous islands covered with vegetation and grassy, mangrove lined banks, it creates the perfect habitat for fish and other Florida wildlife.

Grab a good pair of polarized sunglasses, take your camera, sunscreen and binoculars. Then head out for a fantastic day of fishing the Everglades and explore the immense beauty of the southern section of Everglades National Park.










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