Backcountry Fishing in South Florida is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Running in and out of desolate calm waters and through marshes at the southern end of the Everglades.
Miles of open, clear water and mangrove islands making up Florida Bay. We’ll run up through these pristine areas from our location in “the sport fishing capital” Islamorada - in the Florida Keys.
The big fish are everywhere! It could be a Tarpon on the line, or a Shark punishing your lure just for being there.
The backcountry experience is not only about the fishing, it's also about going where most people have never been, seeing things most people have never seen, and being part of such a pristine environment that you'll never forget the experience.
It’s an amazing experience, a family bucket list item for sure!
I love the sport of fishing. For me, nothing is more satisfying than rising before dawn, gathering my gear, and heading out for a day on the water. Whether you’re a skilled angler who can’t wait to hook into your next big catch, or a beginner who wants to learn more about the art of flats fishing, I’d like you to experience that same sense of satisfaction, of having a day well spent in the backcountry of south Florida.
Backcountry Fishing is what we do for a living, it’s our passion, not just a hobby. We are on the water perfecting our skills every day to ensure that We put you on the bite on every trip. You’ll experience our drive and determination on every flats fishing trip.
We provide everything that you need to catch big fish – and lots of them. Just add water. We cover:
The Flamingo, Islamorada and Florida Bay area is is part of the South Florida region referred to as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. This is because it’s home to an incredible amount of fishing opportunities and World Class fishing all year round.
What separates Florida Backcountry Fishing from the few professional options available to you is simple: Dedication to YOU. Period. We are committed to delivering a unique and memorable angling experience to you personally.
When you book with Florida Backcountry Fishing, you FISH with Florida Backcountry Fishing. Our success is based on your experience, and I won’t trust that to anyone else. My carefully selected captains and I love what we do and I won’t hand you off to somebody else.
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.
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 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 Black 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. It’s also just right for quick trips to the near-shore reefs.
This brand new 2018, Carolina Skiff DLV 198 boat provides greater comfort on our Full Day backcountry 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 those skinny water skiffs, but it takes on the skinny water just as fine. And when I'm out deep in the backcountry, I really like having as big of a platform as I can float in those shallow waters.
Welcome to a special corner of paradise and to some of the finest 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 Redfish, Snook, Spotted Trout, Sharks,Mangrove Snapper, and that most coveted of species, the Tarpon. The distinct sound of rattling gills as your first Tarpon of the morning breaks the surface is a sound you’ll never forget.
I‘m Captain Clyde Morgan, a US Coast Guard Licensed Master. I am 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 my team of highly experienced saltwater flats 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, the near shore patch reefs and the Everglades Backcountry.
Over the years, through extensive exploring and perseverance, I’ve located a few “hot” spots, learned about the fish movement patterns and I’d like to share them with you.
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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We are located at World Famous - Whale Harbor Marina, 83413 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida 33036
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