Florida Keys Backcountry and Flats Fishing

backcountry fishing for barracudas

Barracudas Are Always Around The Flats And Backcountry

Lets Talk About The Amazing Backcountry – Flats Fishing That The Florida Keys Has To Offer In The Fall. First off whats the Difference? Flats Fishing versus Backcountry fishing.. Nothing, however, a lot.. Let me explain Flats Fishing – two persons, a guide and a small shallow drafted boat capable of getting in super shallow water as the fishing guide pushes the boat along with a large pole spotting out the fish for his anglers to cast to. We call it “traditional” style flats fishing. There is not much help from the fishing guide for the angler as he is maneuvering the boat constantly trying to keep the shots coming. Your casting skills must be up to par. Backcountry Fishing – A different attitude than flats, more relaxed yet can be just as intense. 1- 4 persons can go as the boats used are a little larger (up to 24 ft) and called bay boats. The guide maneuvers the boat with a trolling motor from the front and can help his anglers directly. The boats being larger dont allow the super skinny water as the flats boat however they offer a much dryer ride and stable fishing platform. Either one of these styles of fishing offer anglers shots at all the same fish, they just do it differently. We often fish the flats on our bay boats and we fish the backcountry on our flats boats. So the question comes down to, do you wish to be on a “traditional” flats boat or a more comfortable bay boat? Without being biased here this writer will let you decide. Here are some of the Grand Slams you may try to achieve here in the Florida Keys backcountry and flats.  Florida Keys Flats Grand Slam – Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish caught in one day. Florida Keys Inshore Grand Slam – Snook, Trout, Redfish Florida Keys Fun Time Slam – any combination of  3: Jacks, ladyfish, snapper, barracudas, shark, goliath groupers, pompano, bluefish, catfish, small groupers or any other species you may catch.  (ok, I made that one up). The Florida Keys backcountry is a great place to be found to slug it out with any of the above mentioned slam species. Using light tackle spin fishing gear is the most common way to go for the backcountry fishing but some anglers challenge themselves even further with the fly rod. Either way its a nice day with calm crystal clear waters on a stable fishing platform with a fun friendly Florida Keys fishing guide. The fishing guides here in the Florida Keys offer 4, 6, and 8 hour fishing charters for any of the mentioned trips. A great place to find these fishing guides is at www.fishingfloridakeys.com

About Capt. Steven Lamp
Veteran Key West Fishing guide Capt. Steven Lamp has been fishing the waters of the Florida Keys professionally since 1993. Specializing in Flats, Backcountry, Fly Fishing, Wrecks, Reef and Offshore fishing in Key West, Florida. Capt. Steven is also the founder and director of Dream Catcher Charters located in Key West, Florida.