A unique island among the Florida Keys, Islamorada has a treasure all to it’s own, called the Backcountry. A stones throw from shore lies Florida Bay which is only the beginning to the Backcountry and the Everglades National Park (ENP). The ENP encompasses approx. 900sq. miles of shallow water with roughly 100 individual islands scattered throughout. The average water depth in the Backcountry is only 3ft deep. With the deepest being 6-7 ft deep with any consistency.
Islamorada Backcountry fishing is the most popular attraction in the Islamorada Charter Fishing industry. Why? The Islamorada Backcountry has so much to offer anglers and families. Sight fishing, fly fishing, fun fishing, live bait, dead bait, or artifices, etc. You can use a push pole, trolling motor, or drift fish. You can catch small fish, big fish or target a specific fish. You can fish from a skiff or a bay boat depending on your desires.
The weather is not near a factor like in the offshore business. No one has ever gotten seasick in the backcountry. You don’t smell diesel fumes and you won’t get bounced around, even when it is windy in the spring. This is a great trip for families with kids because we can teach them how to fish and make sure that their first introduction to fishing is a positive one. Backcountry guides don‘t have mates that cast, hook the fish and then hand you the rod. We let you cast, fish, and catch, or not catch, it is all part of the experience. The abundant wildlife also makes for a fun day outdoors as you never know what you might see, like an Alligator or Crocodile, Flamingos, wading birds, Bald Eagles, Manatees, Dolphins, Sea Turtles etc.
What kind of fish do we have in the Backcountry? The list is endless but most common species are: Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snappers, Catfish, Jacks, Ladyfish, SHARKS, Tarpon, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Goliath Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and a few others are always a possibility. We do believe in conservation and practice catch and release.
On our quality light tackle gear, all these fish can provide you with a boat load of fun. Isn’t that what fishing is all about?
Florida Keys Fishing has so much to offer from Key West to Marathon, and Marathon to Key Largo. Islamorada fishing, however, can offer something that the other keys can’t, fishing in the Everglades National Park. Easily accessible from La Siesta Resort and Marina, we are only minutes away from a unique wonder of the world. The ENP offers an endless list of light tackle fishing possibilities. Shallow water sight fishing with a spin/fly rod is the most exciting. Poling along quietly as you visibly hunt for species of choice. Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Spotted Seatrout and even Sharks can be caught this way. The fish activity that can be found in less than 12 inches of water can be spectacular!! THIS STYLE OF FISHING IS INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING…and may not be for everyone, especially young children.So please talk with your guide before you decide.
The ENP also offers a lot of non-sight fishing opportunities for the whole family. Again, having fun in the Florida Keys is what this trip is all about. A family of four can comfortably fish from one of our Lake and Bay Boats and catch a large variety of different species with ABSOLUTELY no prior fishing experience at all!! All of our Florida Keys Fun Fishing guides can teach even toddlers to cast and catch, and do it with a smile:) REMEMBER most of us are proud dads these days and enjoy kids of all ages.
Fly Fishing in the Florida Keys, especially Fly Fishing in Islamorada, is known worldwide as one of the most challenging fishing destinations on planet earth. You always hear about world records, famous anglers, toughest fish, many refusals by fish, and home to the “smartest fish that swim”! This is all true, however as a beginning fly fisherman, no need to put yourself in that no win situation. There are many species of fish found in the Islamorada Backcountry that will readily eat a fly and give you a pleasant reward for your efforts. Again, all of our Florida Keys Fun Fishing guides are talented fly fisherman and give free instructions/lessons while you are on your trip. This gives you a chance to “earn while you learn” as they say. We even provide all the fly rods and equipment!! No need to drag your gear on a plane!! Remember that word..FUN!!
Have any questions about what trip would be best for you? Contact us directly at 305-393-8670 to discuss your fishing trip needs and we’ll help you select the best trip for you and your family! You can also email us using the form on our Contact Us page.