Inshore (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)!

Skiff Boats

GuideMax AnglersMakeMotor Inshore full day priceHalf Day
Al Polofsky2Hells Bay115 HP$900.00$600.00
Jake Turek217' Maverick115 hp$900.00$600.00
Max Gaspeny3Young250 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Tyler Valles217 Hells Bay150 HP$900.00$600.00
Nate Blackburn318 Hells Bay150 hp$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Cory Nelson318 Hells Bay115 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Bill Bassett3Maverick115 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Chris Daly3Hell’s Bay Marquesa150 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Eric Ehlers3Silver King90 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Jeff Oughton3Missing info150 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Jim Willcox3Action Craft150 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
John Johansen3Seacraft200 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Mark Hlis2Hells Bay70 HP$900.00$600.00
Mike Bassett3Dolphin150 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Mike Nichols3Dolphin150 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Mike Venezia3Action Craft150 HP$950.00 (3rd person – add $200.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Perry Scuderi3Action Craft150 HP$950.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)
Ted Wilson3Maverick150 HP$900.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$600.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)

-Prices subject to change without notice-

Bay Boats

Bay boats are larger, more comfortable, great for larger groups of 3 or 4. Can’t go quite as shallow, but offer more opportunities especially when wind is blowing.

GuideMax AnglersMakeMotor Inshore full day priceHalf Day
Mike Walter4Lake & Bay250 HP$1200.00$700.00
Dave Morris4Gold Line300 HP$1200.00$700.00
Trentin Leary422 SeaCraft200 HP$1100.00$700.00
Cory Nelson (Bay Boat)426 Pathfinder300 HP$1200$800
Rick Stanczyk3Contender300 HP$1535.00 up to 3 peoplen/a THOUGH off-season (July thru February) rate of $1235.00 for full day
Bruce Pollock3Bay Boat200 HP$1200.00$700.00
Vinnie Biondoletti3Sportsman150 HP$850.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)$550.00 (3rd person – add $100.00)

-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.
  • 4% fee on balances paid through marina office, though this can be avoided by bringing cash/check directly for captain. Most captains take credit card but please check beforehand to make sure.

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 time of booking 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

Fishing Reports

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5 star ratingFood Great food and even better service. Plus they were very dog friendly and all around kind folks. Thanks bud n Mary
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5 star ratingExcellent spot amazing fauna around fish, manatees, sharks and friendly staff. Good prices half a day on a boat for 250 bucks
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4 star ratingBud and Mary's is one of my favorite things about the keys. The atmosphere is great and the people are SUPER nice. What more can you ask for than a day on the water and great people? I went with the whole family, and when I say the whole family I mean the WHOLE family!!! Brothers, nieces, nephews, parents, you name it they were there and everyone had a great time. Other than a little seasickness and that's the ocean's fault! We couldn't have asked for better day together. My brother heads down regularly and I can't wait to head back and join him.
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