Backcountry Cold Is Gold

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January 6th 2018 – The cooler temps sure do make a difference in fishing for the Florida Keys. We get species here that only make an appearance when it is cold.. This makes for the best in Florida Keys backcountry fishing for the anglers who like a lot of action.

Backcountry fishing is a great way to enjoy most any fishing day here in the Florida Keys. Arguably one of the most popular charters out of the Florida Keys and Key West because of cost and comfort. For new fishermen its a great way to learn the basics. For trophy hunters backcountry fishing is a great way to get shots at Snook, Tarpon, Bonefish, Shark, Barracudas and more. Either way, seasoned or not the fishing in the backcountry and on the flats is a fantastic way to enjoy nice smooth sailing and fun fishing.

The fishing this week is cold and a little windy but still very good for species such as trout, redfish and snook in the upper Florida Keys like Islamorada and Key Largo. Down in Key West the fishing guides are reporting trout, ladyfish, jacks, pompano and barracudas. The sharks are a little sluggish because of the cold weather. Lots of casting will certainly be the technique  with jigs, popping corks and live bait. The catch ratio should be a 6 of 10 and only improving throughout the forecast period moving into next week.

Booking a backcountry fishing charter is easy. We have backcountry fishing guides in Islamorada and Key West that are happy to get you out there.

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Here are a few items that the local Florida Keys fishing guides are using to catch trout, pompano and redfish this time of the year for the DIY guy to have a go at it.


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.