Islamorada Backcountry Fishing

  • We offer full day (8 hour), half day (4 hour), or evening tarpon (4 hour) trips.
  • Most trips are based on 2 persons, though some boats can take up to 3 or 4 persons.
  • Please check individual guide boat pages for pricing, and please remember some boats may charge more that are larger and/or take more people.

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 (bay boats).
They can take more people comfortably and cost more (prices on individual page)!
Guide Max Anglers Boat type Make Motor
Al Polofsky 2 Skiff Hells Bay 115 HP
Bill Bassett 3 Skiff Maverick 115 HP
Bruce Pollock 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP
Chris Daly 3 Skiff Hell's Bay Marquesa 90 HP
Clyde Upchurch 3 Skiff Willy Roberts 115 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
Jeff Oughton 3 Skiff Missing info 150 HP
Jim Willcox 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP
John Johansen 3 Skiff Maverick 115 HP
Mark Hlis 2 Technical Skiff Hells Bay 70 HP
Mike Bassett 3 Skiff Dolphin 150 HP
Mike Nichols 3 Skiff Dolphin 150 HP
Mike Venezia 3 Skiff Action Craft 150 HP
Mike Walter 4 Bay Boat Path Finder 225 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

Flats Skiff Prices

Full Day (2 people) – $700.00 | 3rd person – add $100.00
Half Day (2 people) – $450.00 | 3rd person – add $75.00

Bay Boat Prices

Full Day – $850.00
Half Day – $550.00 to $600.00
Please check individual pages for capacity and extra charges for Bay Boats.

-prices subject to change without notice-


$200.00 – per trip for Backcountry Charters

  • Deposits are required at the time reservations are made.  All payments are subject to a 4% booking fee.
  • We have a 30 day cancellation policy.  If you cancel outside the 30 day window of your reservation date your deposit will be refunded, less a 10% cancellation fee.
  • If reservations are cancelled inside the 30 day window of your reservation date your entire deposit would be non refundable.
  • 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 delay, reschedule, or cancel the trip.  In the event the trip is cancelled, the deposit will be refunded, less a the original 4% booking 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.

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 Skiff (sorry, no exceptions)
Maximum 3 or 4 Persons Per Bay Boat (check individual page)

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 they can bring the proper equipment.

Boat provides

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

You provide:

  • Your own food and drinks
  • Sun Lotion or Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Light Sole Shoes
  • Camera
  • 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