Backcountry Fishing in the Florida Keys

Fishing the way it should be!!!
With Bend the Rod Charters and Capt. Bill Wert.

Captain Bill Wert moved to Florida from his home state of Ohio after visiting the sunshine state on a Scuba Diving trip in the early 1970s.

He spent the first few years living on a sailboat, and working as a sailboat mechanic in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1979, he settled in Islamorada, The Fishing Capital of the World, and not surprisingly caught the fishing bug shortly thereafter.

He's been fishing professionally for over 20 years and loves to share his knowledge of the sport with his anglers. Sight fishing and casting for tarpon and snook are probably his favorite types of backcountry fishing, but his main goal is to help his anglers get the rods bent, no matter what it takes.  

The "Whisper" is available for full, half and three-quarter day trips, or take a 4-hour night trip!


Surrounded by mangroves and the dramatic colors of the Floriday Bay waters, the Florida Keys are famous for an amazing variety of fish, such as: snook, redfish, bonefish, tarpon, permit, grouper, trout, and even shark. To view some photos, visit my album by clicking here.


For information and rates, please call Capt. Wert at 305-393-1910 or click here to email him.

Located at

Postcard Inn (formerly Holiday Isle)
84001 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, the Florida Keys

What people say:

""Capt. Billy Wert taught me this: “There’s two kinds of weather, “weather” you want to go fishing or “whether” you don’t!”" Capt. Matt Bellinger, Bamboo Charters

"We also had a great day on a backcountry fishing trip with Capt. Bill Wert. His knowledge of the Keys and fishing was amazing. I would highly recommend using Capt. Bill as your fishing guide."  Trip Advisor

"Todays catch: 1 trout, 3 tarpon, 5 snook, 15 redfish. Capt Billy Wert from Islamorada was great! Incredible day of fishing. I love Keys!!"Mark Meyers - Twitter

"For a back-country experience, Captain Billy Wert takes small groups across Florida Bay through a miragelike archipelago of mangrove flats that surrounds the southern boundary of Everglades National Park. Wert's boat runs in eight inches of water, floats in ten. He'll take you flying over waters where no one has been before. Bonefish, tarpon, and snook are the sought-after prizes. Even if you come back empty-handed, you'll never forget skimming across a field of sea grass in ten inches of water, watching horseshoe crabs and sea turtles navigate the sandy bottom, or coming upon a great white heron that appears to walk on water. The experience would appeal to any Floridian's amphibian psyche"  Thomas E. Whittingslow

To visit my Photo Album, click here.
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