Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters in Islamorada, Florida

Guided by Jon-Paul Haydocy

Flats Inshore Nearshore

About Your Guide

10 Years of Experience
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Head out with Captain Jon-Paul in Islamorada, Florida, aboard his fishing machine made for the area. You will explore the flats, creeks, bridges, and mangrove islands with captain Jon-Paul, who is a former Park Ranger and current biologist. Not just a fishing charter, you will learn about the ecosystem and fishery while having a chance at a catch of a lifetime!

Captain Jon-Paul has been fishing the Florida keys since he was 3 years old. His excitement out on the boat will tell you everything you need to know about his passion for the water!

Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters Trips

Hop on board with Captain Jon-Paul and prepare for an Islamorada backcountry adventure! This renowned fishing hotspot has some of the best inshore and backcountry fisheries in the world, home to dozens of exciting species. On this 4,6, 8 or 10-hour trip, Captain Jon-Paul will take you to some of the beautiful Islamorada inshores where you'll be targeting Barracuda, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Redfish, Snook, and the elusive Tarpon. You'll be targeting these fish using top-of-the-line light tackle gear, or you can choose to fly fish if you want. The fish you reel are yours to keep and all kids are welcome to join aboard. No matter your skill level, Captain Jon-Paul will show you some expert tips to help get one on the line! Captain Jon-Paul fishes aboard a brand-new 18' Xplor skiff boat with a capacity for 2 anglers. Her 115HP Mercury ProXS engine is all you need to navigate these beautiful inshore waters! She comes complete with GPS, Simrad Trolling Motor, Fishfinder, two Live Bait Wells, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Jon-Paul will even clean your fish for you at the end of the trip! Captain Jon-Paul will supply all fishing gear, including live bait and lures. Also, he will clean and filet your catch and provide fishing licenses. Make sure to bring sunscreen and protective clothing as the sun can be intense. Enjoy your day out on the water with Captain Jon-Paul! Read More

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Islamorada

Bank And Bight Backcountry

100% (9)
18 ft 1 - 2 People From $275 / person

Recent Reviews of Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters


Verified Review Fishing

John Paul knew where the fish were and what they wanted to eat. We had a good day on the water with lots of spotted trout, some trevally, and a mangrove snapper. No snook or tarpon this early in the season (late Feb).

Kelci C.


My husband went out with Captain Jon Paul this week and it was an incredible & personal experience. Jon Paul was incredibly knowledgeable & made the experience seamless. Would highly recommend this experience to anybody looking to have a great day at any level of fishing!

John J.


We did a half day trip with Jon-Paul. He is very personable and knowledgeable about the area wildlife.We tried multiple spots and found some fast and fun fishing. His boat was great for our group of two. We caught fish with both bait and lures. Great overall day! I will definitely book him again if we are ever back in the keys!



Me and my husband had the best time. We caught a nurse shark and bonnets sharks. Thank you for the great time. Best charter around.


Verified Review Fishing

Trip was great capt john Paul was like meeting an old friend.

Brian G.


I can’t speak highly enough about Capt Jon-Paul and the wonderful day of fishing. It was a little windy and chilly on the morning but Capt got us to our first fishing spot very quickly (and safely). Fishing was a little slow to start because of the cold weather but Capt quickly put us on some fish and had a steady diet of Snook getting progressively large as the day went on. Was a great trip and I highly recommend - I will definitely be returning. Thanks for a great day Captain!

Cody B.


We booked a half day with captain Jon-Paul and had a blast. I had the opportunity to cast flies and fly fish for tarpon, jacks, bones fish, and permit all in one day. We caught tarpon and jacks on the flies and had some sightings of bonefish and permit. He made sure my gf and I caught some mangrove snapper, mutton snapper, and jacks on spinning heat when it was opportune and could have had some awesome dinner with the snapper if we had kept them. We saw pods of dolphin hunting and eating baitfish, sea turtles, and manatees, along with countless species of birds. I am on the USA fly fishing team, and have been lucky to have the privilege to fish with many great guides/captains/anglers and capt Jon-Paul was one of the best!

Danny O.


This was a fantastic in-shore half day charter! Capt Jon-Paul is extremely knowledgeable & best of all, easy going—- he helps with ever possible thing that comes up and does it with a smile on his face. He was patient and professional for both my wife and I’s first inshore charter. For a short half day trip, we had lines in the water within 20 mins from leaving the dock & we limited out on snapper in no time. I was fortune enough to hook up with a small tarpon and he was quick to help me land it. He helped my wife snag a shark… We fished 3 different spots, caught fish at all of them & best of all taught us a lot of info that we can use when we fish back at home. This is the perfect inshore charter for newbies and avid anglers. I cannot say enough good things about our day out on the water with Capt Jon-Paul… Already trying to plan another trip down to fish with him again!

Jason W.


I took my 6 year old son on a 2 hour trip with Captain Jon-Paul. It was only his third time fishing. I greatly appreciated how patient and attentive he was with my son. He went out of his way to make sure it was a great experience for both of us. Plus we caught close to 20 fish between the two of us! It was also my son’s first time on a boat so Captain Jon-Paul made sure to give him a fun ride on the way back in. Great boat, Great Captain, Great time! I highly recommend and hope to be back again in the future. Thank you Captain Jon-Paul!


Barracuda, Bonefish, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon


Artificial Lure Fishing, Fly Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

IslaMarina, Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL, USA | Bodies of water fished: Florida Bay, Florida Keys, Everglades National Park, Duck Key, Key Largo

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