Back Water Fishing

 

SW Florida has some of the most diverse back country fishing in the state.

Judy Lange fought  like a heavyweight champ and landed this huge Snook on light tackle!

Judy Lange fought like a heavyweight champ and landed this huge Snook on light tackle!

Backwater fishing, or backcountry fishing, is fishing in the extensive network
of bays, mangrove islands and tidal creeks that permeate the region. There are
thousands of miles of shoreline, countless oyster bars and acres of seagrass
beds that attract an abundance of salt water fish.

In these waters are four of the state’s most sought after gamefish, the
snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, and tarpon. Thousands of anglers come to
southwest Florida each year for the chance at a grand slam, catching one
individual of each species in one day.

Perhaps the most significant
factor contributing to the region’s excellent fishing reputation are the vast
tracks of fresh and salt water wetlands protected by state and/or federal laws.
The Charlotte Harbor – Pine Island Sound area, one of the largest estuaries in
Florida, has relatively clean water that supports extensive grass beds and
stands of mangroves. Several large sections of this estuarine complex are
designated as state aquatic preserves and there are strict regulations that
protect the water quality and marine life in the system

Rookery Bay, between Naples and Marco Island , and the waters south of there
into the upper part of the Ten Thousand IslandsĀ  are also an aquatic Preserves.
The upper part of the Ten Thousand Islands is a National Wildlife Refuge while
the lower portion is a part of the Everglades National Park.