Backcountry trips are going to be in more shallow water within the mangrove islands and flats of Key West. Backcountry fishing is a good way to get out and see the nearshore waters of Key West, as well as staying in shallow, calm waters. Backcountry fishing is a less expensive fishing trip than Reef fishing, mostly from the fuel costs, and boat size. There are many different types of Backcountry Fishing trips Key West has to offer. These trips can branch out into a little bit more than just flats and backcountry fishing, as in, maybe going to a nearshore wreck or patch reef. The Marquesas Keys is a good place to explore for this type of backcountry diversity.
Backcountry fishing will take you out in the shallows just off of Key West. Backcountry fishing offers an experience like no other. You get to be in shallow, clear waters where you can see life thriving. This type of trip can consist of many different things including tarpon, sharks, jacks, snappers and more! Backcountry fishing can be done in almost any weather condition since the waters are mostly protected by mangrove islands and shallow flats. Most of the boats can take up to 4 passengers.
Fishing in the Marquesas
The Marquesas Keys is a nature filled, magical destination for backcountry fishing in the Florida Keys. The Marquesas Keys is a group of islands roughly 26 miles West of Key West. The Marquesas Keys consists of a circular chain of islands that have beautiful waters and an untouched feel. Anglers like fishing the Marquesas Keys because of its secludedness away from the rest of the Lower Keys and Key West.
Key West Shark Fishing
Key West Shark fishing has become a recent favorite. Anglers get to interact with these beasts as they come boatside to pick up a free, easy meal. Shark fishing consists of chumming up some dead, smelly, bloody fish to lure in the big ones. When fishing for sharks in shallow water, you can see the sharks cruising in, trying to figure out where the smell is coming from. Sharks don’t take long to react to some fresh squeezed blood into their environment. Shark fishing is primarily done in the backcountry. You can turn your backcountry trip into a toothy critters trip by just simply asking the captain. Go after some barracudas first for bait, then set up for sharks; you’ll love watching the food chain in action!
Key West Tarpon Fishing
Tarpon fishing in Key West is the most popular type of sub-backcountry fishing excursion in the Spring and Early Summer. Tarpon fishing can be done using spinning gear or fly fishing setups. Live baiting and artificial lures are the most popular style of tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys. Tarpon can range anywhere from 20-150 pounds in Key West, which gives you a great surprise as you get to see your fish jump clear out of the water. Whether you’re a novice angler or a talented seasoned veteran, tarpon will give you a run for your money.
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