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Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Is
Fishing Fun For The Whole Family

If you plan on going Florida Keys backcountry fishing, you'll be out in the shallow water of Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park.

This area covers roughly close to 1000 square miles and is west of Key Largo FL, and northwest of the rest of The Keys.

This is the real Florida. Untouched, pristine and beautiful.

If you have the time and energy, you can also discover not only 300 documented species of fish, but a vast variety of plant, bird and other Florida wildlife.

Florida Keys backcountry fishing is also an excellent choice for families, especially those traveling with children. The scenery and abundance of wildlife is incredible. The opportunity for catching Florida fish as well as capturing some terrific pictures is amazing.

Plus you don't have to travel long distances, or worry about potentially bad Florida weather. You also don't have to deal with the rough water that you usually encounter when Florida Keys deep sea fishing in the Atlantic. In fact, it's virtually unheard of for anyone to get seasick when backcountry fishing.

Since the backcountry covers a lot of territory and is home to such a vast species of Florida saltwater fish, this means you have a lot of options in where to fish, and what to fish for.

Of course the central theme in all of this is to have a successful fishing trip. This means your best option is to plan on going out with a Florida Keys fishing guide for at least one day. Not only do they carry the necessary fishing license for you, they have the right fishing tackle and boat, and maybe more important, they possess the experience needed so your fishing trip is a memorable success.

Arranged from Key Largo down to Key West are some of the more qualified backcountry fishing guides available to you through FishingBooker so you can easily and knowledgeably book a Florida Keys fishing vacation.

FishingBooker makes choosing a charter incredibly easy as they have a vast variety of search criteria so you can drill down to exactly what you want.

For this reason I've chosen to work with them as an affiliate. Also, so you're fully aware, as an affiliate of FishingBooker, if you click a link to a charter, book it and go on it, I stand to earn a small commission. The charter does not cost you any more if you book here or elsewhere because this is what being an "affiliate" means.

To give you an idea of what you can find out about the different fishing charters I've put a quick preview of a few below. However you will want to click this link that takes you to the main Florida Keys backcountry fishing charters pages. Here you'll find all the backcountry charters and you can drill down to:

. what you want to spend
. what part of the Florida Keys you want to fish
. other places you may want to fish (reef, deep sea)
. what you want to fish for (snook, snapper, shark, wahoo, barracuda)
. boat and crew details
. options and amenities
. fishing tackle and more!

Following Is A Sample Of Backcountry Fishing Charters

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. .

What To Expect When Backcountry Fishing

Florida Keys backcountry fishing often entails going out with one of the many qualified Florida Keys fishing guides, in one of their specially designed boats.

The water in the backcountry is not very deep, and so these boats are built with shallow drafts, and are typically a comfortable 16' - 20' in length. The skiffs usually have a platform so the Captain has a good view of the area and can easily spot fish while poling around.

Backcountry Fishing

Everglades Backcountry Fishing
Photo Stig Nygaard on Flickr

When Florida Keys backcountry fishing, poling is often the preferred method of plying these waters. This allows the skiff to quietly slip through the water without scaring off the Florida fish swimming mere inches below the boat.

Using a pole also makes it easy to navigate around grass, stumps and other sub-surface obstructions which are good feeding and hiding spots for game fish like snook and cobia.

The calmer, shallow water can range in depth from a few inches to about 6 - 7 feet, a bit deeper in pockets. However, just because the water's shallow doesn't mean you're not going to have a strong selection of Florida fish, both in variety and temperament.

When Florida Keys backcountry fishing, you'll find permit, snapper, cobia, bonefish, sea trout, grouper, hogfish, redfish, shark, snook, and of course the mighty Silver King or tarpon.

Not only is there great selection, but the fish can be particularly entertaining. Perhaps it's the shallow depths that makes them more skittish and wary.

When Everglades backcountry fishing, no matter what fish you target, or how big or small they are, you'll find that they'll leave you with a major adrenalin rush.

The Florida Keys sport fishing enthusiast has a number of backcountry fishing options to choose from. You can flyfish - which is especially popular for catching the challenging bonefish in the flats, or you can use spinning or casting rods. However, you'll find that spinning rods are easier to make accurate casts, especially when using lighter weight tackle.

Unless you're planning on battling it out with the big boys like tarpon, grouper and shark, you can also get away with much lighter tackle. This is because you're fishing shallow and many of the Florida Keys fish you'll be targeting can be brought in using lighter weight gear. This also makes the sport more exciting as lighter tackle lets you feel all the action.

When you're out in the backcountry you should also plan on spending some time Florida Keys flats fishing. This is where you'll take the ultimate challenge and test your skill against some of the wariest opponents such as bonefish and permit who love to feed on the flats.

Regardless of age, or skill level, a day spent out on Florida Bay or the Everglades backcountry will be prove to be one of the best times you've ever had.

It'll keep you coming back for more, and each time you'll add another exciting and true tale to tell your friends back home.

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