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What is Backcountry Fishing?

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

venture into the secluded shallow and protected waters of the back country.


Backcountry Fishing

Casting lines in the backcountry is your chance to explore some of the world’s most secluded waters, from high mountain streams to the labyrinth of the Ten Thousand Islands. To all the adventurous anglers out there, backcountry fishing is calling your name! What is Backcountry Fishing? “Backcountry fishing” has a different meaning depending on where you fish. In south Florida and the Keys, this applies to inshore islands and flats like those found in Everglades National Park. In other parts of the world, fishing the backcountry means hiking mountains and casting a line in gin-clear streams. No matter where you’re fishing and what the local “backcountry” might be, you can look forward to exploring untouched wilderness and secret waterways. Backcountry Fishing Techniques You can catch a great deal of backcountry species on spinning, baitcasting, and fly fishing gear, in freshwater and saltwater alike. Light tackle is standard, but you may opt in for heavy tackle when pursuing larger fish (such as 60+ lb Tarpon in the Florida Keys). Depending on your target species and the area, jigging, bottom fishing, and even trolling can be effective methods in the backcountry. In short, there’s no limit to the techniques you’ll use–it all depends on the fish you’re after and what’s working best that day.

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