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Capt. Bob Fernicola



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Stretching from the bottom of Florida and heading south to the upper keys lays a body of water called Florida Bay. It is this vast area of shallow waters and mangrove islands referred to as the Backcountry. Practically all of Florida Bay is situated in Everglades National Park, which has restricted development of any kind with the exception of Flamingo Visitor center located at the end of the park road, this is truly a remote wilderness area. This strange world of half land half water is still home of the alligator, panther, deer, raccoons, birds of all shapes and sizes just to name a few. But best of all it is home to some of the finest light tackle fishing in the world. Snook, redfish, sea trout and tarpon are just a some of the species you could encounter on a backcountry fishing trip .
Check out Capt. Bob’s photo album for a look at some backcountry fish.


florida bay 
  CHART SHOWING KEY LARGO TO FLAMINGO (about 30 nautical miles)

The average depth of the bay is about 3 feet and most fishing is done in 1 to 4 feet. Spin, casting and fly gear all work well with spin fishing with 6 to 10 lb line being the most popular. Methods of fishing include: casting on the drift in open water, casting to the shorelines, sight fishing on the shallow flats and fishing in mangrove creeks. We use both bait and artificial lures depending on species and seasons. Key Largo Backcountry fishing is a lot like freshwater fishing but the numbers, size, variety and fighting ability of the fish let you know you’re in the saltwater. Just a quick word on motion sickness, in the 20 years that I have been a full time guide even on the windiest days I have NEVER had a client get seasick. Because of the many islands and shallowness of the water you will not get the waves like in the ocean or on a good-sized lake. Key Largo Backcountry fishing provides action 12 months of the year. For more info check out Capt. Bobs seasons page


           Gator on muddy shoreline

Its Flipper!
     Bottlenose Dolphin in the bay

mangrove creek 
          Mangrove creek



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Thanks Bob 

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