Back Country Fishing

What is Key West Back Country Fishing?
Much as it sounds, the Key West back country is made up of more remote areas. The vast shallow flats of estuaries, channels and bays around the many uninhabited islands on the Gulf of Mexico side of Key West are home to some of the most pristine waters and exotic animal life and vegetation found in the United States. Many of these Florida Keys back country areas abut nature preserves and other protected lands. Back country fishing is an easy day on the water and provides a nice combination of exciting shallow water sport fishing and bird watching. This is a great trip for the whole family.

What’s Biting in the Back Country?
Barracuda
Bluefish
Bonefish
Cobia
Grouper
Jacks
Mackerel
Permit
Pompano
Redfish
Shark
Snapper (several types)
Tarpon
Trout

When Are They Biting in the Back Country?

January – February – March
These cooler months bring out the fish most interested in live bait. Barracuda, Bonefish, Cobia, Permit, Jacks, Pompano, Redfish, Shark, Trout as well as some Tarpon are all on the shores of the Florida Keys looking for a tasty morsel of bait.

April – May – June
The warmer waters have brought the big game fish out in numbers and it’s a great time of year to try and achieve a Back Country Grand Slam: a Bonefish, a Permit and a Tarpon in the same trip. The Permit will be off to spawn in April through the first part of May but Shark, the ultimate Key West trophy fish are biting strong. It’s one of the busiest times of year on land and sea and pretty much all the species are in town and anxious to bite.

July – August – September
It’s summer and sport fishing in Key West is great. Tarpon, Permit and Bonefishing are great. Shark and all the warm weather species are in abundance as summer comes to a close.

October – November – December
Weather dictates what will be biting during this seasonal transition. Warm weather means a continuation of the large variety and high numbers of fish found during the summer months.  If a brisk weather front moves in, you can still count on many of the year round species: Barracuda, Bonito, Bonefish, Permit, Shark and some Tarpon between fronts.

Tackle Used
Conventional light tackle (lower weight rods and line test) bait casting rods and fly rods