Islamorada Backcountry Fishing

  • Full day(two anglers)

  • Half Day(two anglers)

  • Tarpon trip(half day, two anglers)


Florida Keys Backcountry Fishing Expeditions offer the light tackle enthusiast a chance to capture an amazing variety of gamefish. Here's our list of guides that will increase their chances with their experience.

Click names for info. Highlighted rows are larger vessels, may take more passengers, and may cost more money.
Guide Max Anglers Boat type Make Motor
Al Polofsky 2 Skiff Hells Bay 70 HP
Bill Bassett 3 Skiff Maverick 115 HP
Chris Daly 3 Skiff Hell's Bay Marquesa 90 HP
Clyde Upchurch 3 Skiff Willy Roberts 115 HP
Dave Butler 3 Skiff Action Craft 140 HP
Dave Sisung 3 Skiff Maverick 115 HP
Eric Ehlers 3 Skiff Silver King 90 HP
Gunner Guthrie 3 Skiff Action Craft 140 HP
Jeff Beeler 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP
Jim Willcox 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP
John Johansen 3 Skiff Maverick 115 HP
Lonny Shaw 3 Skiff Outlaw 115 HP
Mark Hlis 2 Technical Skiff Hells Bay 70 HP
Mike Bassett 3 Skiff Dolphin 140 HP
Mike Venezia 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP
Perry Scuderi 3 Skiff Action Craft 140 HP
Rick Stanczyk 3 Bay Boat Seacraft 200 HP
Sid Bryant 3 Skiff Hewes 140 HP
Skip Nielsen 3 Skiff Coastline 140 HP
Ted Wilson 3 Skiff Maverick 150 HP
Tim Arce 4 Bay Boat Triton 300 HP
Vic Gaspeny 3 Center Console Parker 140 HP
Vinnie Biondoletti 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP

Third angler

Full Day – add $100.00
Half Day – add $75.00

-prices subject to change without notice-


$400.00 – per trip for Offshore Charters.
$200.00 – per trip for Backcountry Charters.

  • Deposits are required at the time reservations are made.  Credit card payments are subject to a 4% service fee.
  • If reservations are cancelled 30 days or more prior to the trip, the deposit will be refunded, less a 10% service fee.
  • If reservations are cancelled less than 30 days prior to the trip, the deposit will not be refunded.
  • Trips cancelled within 24 hours of departure or ‘no shows’ will be charged in full.
  • In case of severe weather, the captain will decide to either book for another day or cancel the trip. In the event the trip is cancelled, the deposit will be refunded, less a 10% service fee.


Fly fishing, spin, or plug tackle enthusiasts can enjoy some of the most exciting “skinny” water fishing trips in the wide world of angling.

The confluence of the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean provide the perfect habitat for Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Snook, Redfish and Trout on the seemingly endless flats that are only minutes away from the dock.

The acrobatic antics of a possible world record “Silver King,” the screaming drags that signal the sizzling runs of Bonefish and the nearly nonstop action of Trout and Ladyfish are just some of the excitements you can expect when you fish with our world renown Islamorada Backcountry Guides.

All levels of anglers will know that they’ve truly found the Valhalla of fly and light tackle fishing.

Florida Tarpon Fishing is truly spectacular! Many guides also fish the Gulf of Mexico at certain times of year for cobia, mackerel, goliath groupers, permit, triple tail, and other species.

Being located in Islamorada offers both the great fishing of the Everglades National Park and the Gulf.

Sometimes the fishing on the oceanside is particularly good as well, the flats hold bonefish and tarpon, as well as some of the shallow ‘patch’ reefs for snapper, grouper, mackerel, and yellowtail. All are options on a Florida Keys Flats Fishing expedition.


Maximum 3 Persons Per boat (sorry, no exceptions)

If you have any special requests (i.e. target certain fish, flyfishing, visiting a certain area, etc…) our guides can accommodate you, however you must let us know at least 24 hours in advance in order to notify the guide so he can bring the proper equipment.

Islamorada Bonefish

Boat provides

  • Fishing License/Permit
  • Bait and Tackle
  • Fillet Bags
  • Expertise
  • Cooler with Ice

You provide:

  • Camera
  • Sun Lotion or Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Light Sole Shoes
  • Lunch and Beverage
  • Gratuity of 15% to 20% is customary

Go Backcountry Fishing

Click to contact the marina office to book your backcountry fishing trip, or Call 305.664.2461