Question: What is the difference between flats and back country fishing?
Answer: Flats and Back Country fishing both take place in the shallow, protected waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The difference is in the style of fishing. Flats fishing boats have polling platforms and anglers (2 or less) make precision casts to fish in extremely shallow water. Back Country fishing utilizes slightly larger boats without polling platforms and anglers (4 or less) fish along the edges of channels at “ambush points.” Remember a Flats boat can accomplish both styles of fishing with less guests but a back country boat, while allowing more guests onboard, is not the right choice for flats fishing.
Almost There! Charters no longer offers a “Flats” fishing trip, rather we offer the Back Country trip which includes the Flats area should you care to try your hand at more precise casting.