Backcountry Fishing in the Florida Keys
Capt. Bill Wert - Ph: 305-393-1910
Fishing the way it should be!!!
With Bend the Rod Charters and Capt. Bill Wert.

“There’s two kinds of weather, “weather” you want to go fishing or “whether” you don’t!"

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.  


Rates for 2 people:
1/2 Day: $500
3/4 Day: $600
Full Day: $700

Or enjoy magnificent sunsets while enjoying the excitement of tarpon fishing with our
4-hour Night Trip: $520

Additional adults (up to 2): $100



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.

Capt Bill will provide rods, reels, bait, tackle, cold water, a cooler, and will clean your keepers!

For more information or to book your trip, 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 about Capt. Billy:

"What a great time we had fishing with captain Billy! While his website may not be the most up to date, he knows these waters like the back of his hand. Unreal fishing experience. We caught the following: Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Blue Fish, Jack Crevaille, Lady Fish, Catfish, and the best part was the 4 sharks! Hands down a great time fishing, good company and an experienced captain to show us the ropes in the keys." Brian Orta - Google

"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

"Two nites in a row we land tarpon over 150 pounds. Capt Billy Wert scores a beast as well and we saw a few other Hugh Jazz poons going airborne as well. Islamorada offers some great fishing 24/7/365!"  Saltwater Hillbilly

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. He'll take you flying over waters where no one has been before. Bonefish, tarpon, and snook are the sought-after prizes...The experience would appeal to any Floridian's amphibian psyche"  Thomas E. Whittingslow (Times of the Islands)

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