What is Backcountry fishing in the Florida Keys? Imagine the feeling of reeling in an awesome fish, or the smile on your child’s face while reeling in a shark. How about the expression on everyone’s face when they see something they’ve never seen before- all while making some unforgettable memories - that’s some of what you could experience with Florida Backcountry Fishing in Islamorada Florida.
Our Backcountry Fishing Guide and fishing charter service in Islamorada is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Running in and out of desolate waters, shallow flats, or through and around uninhabited mangrove islands of Islamorada at the southern end of the Everglades make for great fishing adventures.
The diversity of fish species is everywhere, so are some scary fish and huge predators! But don’t worry, we’ll keep a safe distance so that your crew can enjoy going where most people have never been, seeing things most people have never seen, and being part of such a pristine environment that no one could ever forget the experience.
Miles of open, clear shallow water, the beautiful sands of Islamorada and mangrove islands making up Florida Bay. We’ll run up through these pristine areas, with an average water temp of 79 degrees, from our location in Islamorada, the sport fishing capital - in the Florida Keys.
Islamorada fishing is a high energy, fun and amazing experience awaits you and your crew with best charter fishing trip!
A family bucket list item for sure!
Why should I use a local guide? Backcountry Fishing guide and fishing charter is what we do for a living, it’s our passion, not just a hobby. We are on the water perfecting our skills almost every day to ensure that we put you on the bite on every trip. You’ll experience our drive and determination on every fishing trip.
I am dedicated to preservation and sustainability of our local fisheries. I have taken the time to be certified through the Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Program established by the UF, Florida Sea Grant and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, adopting science-based techniques that ensure we will leave a minimal environmental footprint while fishing.
We provide everything that you need to catch big fish – and lots of them. Just add water. We cover:
Islamorada is the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Islamorada offers World Class fishing in the Florida Keys all year round and when you book with Florida Backcountry Fishing, you can be sure you are fishing with World Class professional guides. Our experience will help you make the most of your time outdoors, provide expert advice, and turn a fishing trip into an unforgettable experience.
While you are with us, we are dedicated to YOU and your experience with us. Period. We are committed to delivering a unique and memorable angling experience to you personally.
At the tip Southern Florida, the coastal and backwaters are truly an angler’s paradise! Stretching along the Gulf of Mexico from Cape Romano to Cape Sable and East to Barnes Sound on Florida’s southernmost mainland tip and bordered by the Florida Keys, there are over ninety miles of pristine, uninhabited, unparalleled, labyrinths of coastal keys, estuaries, shoals, oyster beds, backwater bays, mangrove islands and freshwater creeks teeming with rich nutrients, aquatic life, and more important, great backcountry fishing.
Starting in the late spring, fueled by abundant rains (60 inches/year) over the grassland and marsh ecosystems in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Big Cypress National Preserve, and over 5,000 square miles in Everglades National Park, the area becomes a nursery to billions of tiny shrimp, crabs, and crustaceans. These nurseries attract a variety of backwater southwest Florida gamefish including Snook, Redfish, Spotted Trout, and Tarpon. These backwaters are also permanent homes to Red Drum, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Ladyfish. During the summer and fall months, the coastal shoreline, white sand beaches, outer keys and passes, are awash with massive concentrations of thredfin herring, finger mullet, scale sardines, and glass minnows. Diving birds and surface agitation indicate “hot” action as schools of Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Spotted Trout, Snook, Tarpon, Permit, and Pompano drive the baits into a frenzy.
From dawn to dusk in this serene wilderness far from roads and the urban ruckus, accessible only by shallow water skiffs, kayaks, and canoes, encounters with ibis, osprey, white and blue heron, egrets, and roseate spoonbills will enrich your day in the Glades. Whether you are a seasoned fly-fisherman, spin caster, or avid light-tackle angler, I invite you to book a charter with me and enjoy this truly unique Everglades and Florida Bay world class backcountry fishing adventure.
This boat is huge for a flats boat yet is regularly at home in water of less than 8 inches. It has huge forward and rear casting platforms, very stable and safe, modern electronics, and is our go-to flats boat.
This 2018, Carolina Skiff DLV 198 boat provides greater comfort on our Full Day backcountry fishing charters and routinely explores All of the backcountry. Shallow draft, powerful Suzuki and the ability to carry a full variety of tackle make this boat ideal for targeting multiple species, and making the full day, long runs to Florida Bay.
Yes, it's much bigger than most skinny water skiffs, but it takes on the skinny water just as fine.
This boat is a great shallow water backcountry fishing boat that is regularly at home in inches water. It has a large forward and rear casting platforms, is very stable, modern electronics, and is our go-to boat for choppy conditions.
Because of its design and reliability, this professionally maintained 2006 Kenner boat provides greater comfort on windy/choppy days and routinely explores all of the backcountry. A shallow draft, deep-v design hull, speed and reliably powered by Mercury make this boat ideal for targeting multiple species.
It’s clean rigging and poling platform make it great for stalking and sight fishing on the flats.
Welcome to a special corner of paradise and to some of the finest backcountry fishing and flats fishing you’ll ever encounter. Besides being inspired by the natural beauty of the Glades and 10,000 Islands, you’ll be awed by the variety of species just waiting to strike, whether fly fishing, using live bait, or on artificial lures. Over ninety miles of shallow water flats, passes, expansive bays, and mangrove keys provide the perfect environment to target many different species and an experience you’ll never forget.
I‘m Captain Clyde Morgan, a US Coast Guard Licensed Master, born and raised in South Florida where I have fished these waters my entire life. I’ve been fishing the flats, backcountry and offshore waters since before it was a popular as it is.
Along with the help of my team of highly experienced saltwater fishing guides, we are dedicated to providing you a personalized and exciting World-Class Fishing trip in the Florida Keys, the Flats of Florida Bay, Flamingo, and the Everglades Backcountry. We'll show you How to fish the Florida Keys.
Florida Backcountry Fishing is fully licensed and insured.
Call me today and get ready for a great experience. The best Florida Backcountry Fishing!
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Please note: As of January 1, 2020, All visitors to Everglades National Park are required to pay an entrance fee. Visitors are no longer covered on our boat under our pass. Please be prepared to show your hard copy pass or digital pass on your mobile device. Please purchase your pass here prior to arriving for your trip: (select “vessel” pass). This pass will cover everyone in your party.
You will have to purchase this pass prior to getting onboard, as we will be fishing within the National Park boundary. The cost $30, and is good for 7 days.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
**Military and Disabled Angler discount, and for special needs requests, Please call me directly prior to booking for special instructions.
We are located at World Famous - Whale Harbor Marina, 83413 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida 33036
07:00 am – 07:00 pm