Key West Backcountry Fishing Charter

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In the upper keys the back consists mostly of the everglades but in Key West the backcountry is the gulf of Mexico and can include a lot bigger area then in the upper keys.

Backcountry fishing in Key West

In Key West when you go north you usually head out the northwest channel or calda channel to the gulf.  To the east of these channels there is large areas of protected shallow water.

Small jewfish

In these areas there all sorts of channels and structures that hold fish and lobster.  These areas are often surrounded by shallow water and it can take a bunch of local knowledge to get in and out of them.

These area hold mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, hogfish barracuda, jewfish and sharks. Sometimes redfish and sea trout are caught in this areas was well

What type of gear for the backcountry

This is be mostly light tackle fishing with spinning gear. This fishing is maybe the most similar to fishing freshwater lakes and rivers.

What type of baits?

Primarily shrimp and cut bait but sometimes various artificials are used as well.

What can you expect in the backcountry?

You can expect mostly smaller fish and protected seas. The backcountry can be great on windy days when the weather makes it hard to get offshore.

You can also expect it to be beautiful, the backcountry is full of little mangrove islands and deserted beaches. You will see a ton of birds and other wildlife.


Starting $700

36-foot SeaVee

Up to 6 People

Twin 300 HP Yahmaha

Starting $700

29-foot Whitewater Custom

Up to 6 People

Twin 200 HP Yahmaha

Starting $700

33-foot SeaVee

Up to 6 People

Twin 300 HP Yahmaha

We did a private offshore charter for five people with Captain Derek. He knew his fishing spots and taught us exactly how to get each type of fish.

We ended up with at least a dozen legal fish including yellowtail snapper, three grouper and a barracuda. We threw back many more snapper as well as a couple sharks and those pesky blue runners. 

Quite an experience! We loved it.

Rebecca K.

My son and husband went out with captain Ryan today and absolutely had a blast!!!!! They’ve been out with other chartered boats before but they mentioned Ryan was very personable. Which is always good.

Captain Ryan made sure my son had a great time on his boat which was greatly appreciated

Winchelle R.