Charter Fishing Trip Information

Captain Henry specializes in backcountry charter fishing trips in Key Largo and the Everglades National Park. Here you will find all the information you need for your charter fishing trip but please let us know if you have any additional questions.

What is Backcountry Fishing?

“Backcountry Fishing” has a different meaning on where you fish. In the Florida Keys, it applies to the inshore mangrove islands, flats and creeks between the Florida Keys and the mainland. Generally, fishing the backcountry means fishing in fairly shallow waters that are anything from 1′ – 6′ deep. Because you will be fishing in shallow water, you can many times see the fish.

Fishing the Everglades National Park

Almost all the backcountry fishing we do is inside the Everglades National Park. The Everglades National Park stretches from key Largo all the way down to Islamorada and back to the mainland. Since we will be fishing inside the National park, you will need to buy an Everglades Park Pass before entering the Park just as you would when entering any National Park by car. The Everglades Pass costs $35 and it includes everyone in your party. These passes can be bought at: www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74278

If you already have a National Park Pass like a “Senior Pass”, “Veterans Pass” or any of the “America the Beautiful” passes, they will also suffice. All active and veteran military personnel are encouraged to get their free passes at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm#america-the-beautiful-passes. These passes must be bought way in advance.

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Alcohol, tobacco and sunscreen policy

My commercial insurance policy does not allow for any alcohol to be consumed on the boat, nor for it to be consumed before the trip. Fishing on a boat requires excellent balance skills. While fishing on the deck of the boat, you will be required to stand for long periods of time all while keeping your balance. As we all know…alcohol and balance don’t go together.

Sunscreens, especially the spray types can cause damage to the gelcoat and upholstery of the boat. They will also cause the deck to be slippery and pose a safety risk on the boat. Please make sure to apply sunscreen before the trip and make sure to wash your hands with soap afterwards. However, if you have “roll-on” sunscreen you are welcome to bring it along. Bug Spays do not work very well in the backcountry. As with sunscreens, they pose a safety risk on the boat.

Cigarettes or any other tobacco products are not allowed on the boat.