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Hot Water Fishing specializes in backcountry and flats fishing in Big Pine Key – where some of the most sought-after inshore fish can be found. Whether you’re a casual fisherman or an experienced veteran, Hot Water Fishing has something for everyone. With breathtaking scenery and plenty of species available to catch, it’s no wonder why this is such a popular destination among anglers. You won’t find a better way to spend your day than with Hot Water Fishing.

Captain Justin Bachert is an experienced fisherman who has been fishing Florida’s waters since he was thirteen. He has worked with some of the best guides in the business and now operates his own business: Hot Water Fishing. Justin’s passion for fishing shows through in everything he does, from his enthusiasm to find new spots on each adventure to teaching novices how to properly land a fish with ease. The conservation-minded captain is committed to preserving the backcountry for future generations to enjoy by practicing catch-and-release almost exclusively.

Captain Justin of Hot Water Fishing uses a 2022 Floyd Skiff measuring 17′ 10″ for all his charter trips. With impressive backcountry capabilities, it can access areas that aren’t accessible by regular boats. Equipped with a 70 hp Yamaha engine with trolling abilities, it gives anglers great flexibility. It enables them to get close to the fish for a better fishing experience. With this boat, Captain Justin offers customers an unforgettable experience to bring home lasting memories.

The Florida Keys are some of the world’s most fertile waters, and the waters of Big Pine Key are teeming with life. All of the fish that inshore anglers dream about are trolling these waters, waiting for your hook; Tarpon, Snook, Bonefish, Permit, and Redfish. Of course, other fish that might bite are Sea Trout, Pompano, Jacks, Barracuda, Snapper and Grouper. Catch and release is followed almost all the time. Still, there is always the possibility of taking home a Snapper or Grouper for a tasty dinner.

When it comes to fishing techniques in the backcountry, Captain Justin knows just what to do. Fishing in the Keys’ flats and backcountry can be done using multiple techniques on spinning and fly reels. Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook, Permit and Redfish are all popular catches in the area. One of the most common methods for catching these species is live bait fishing, allowing anglers to observe their prey and determine when to strike. Some other techniques used are sight casting, bottom fishing, trolling and jigging. These methods will yield good results depending on the fish you want to target. Whatever method you choose, there’s never a dull moment on the water in the Florida Keys.

When you book a Hot Water Fishing charter, you will also have access to top-level equipment from brands such as Shimano and R.L Winston Rod Co. However, it is important to remember to bring your sun protection, food, drinks and camera to make the most of your day on the water and bring home lasting memories of the acrobatic leaps of the many fish. Captain Justin’s quiver of fly and spin tackle means you can be prepared for any backcountry situation, so get ready for some exciting fishing! All necessary licenses, live bait and gas are also provided.

Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of an acrobatic Tarpon on your hook or a reel-screaming bite of a bonefish? In that case, fishing with Captain Justin and Hot Water Fishing is just what you are looking for. The Florida Keys is one of the most prolific waters in the world. Captain Justin knows the backcountry of Big Pine Key like the back of his hand, ensuring an exhilarating day full of action and adventure. He can take you to some of the best spots in the Keys. Make this fishing season extra special by booking your trip with Hot Water Fishing today!

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Fishing Charter Rates

  • Half Day Fishing Trip (4 Hours )
    $ 600.00
  • Three Quarter Day Fishing Trip ( 6 Hours)
    $ 700.00
  • Full Day Fishing Trip ( 8 Hours)
    $ 800.00
  • Tarpon Fishing (Evening - 3.5 Hours)
    $ 500.00

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31 reviews
  • Ethan Grabill
    Ethan Grabill
    6 months ago

    My son and I had a great experience with Justin. We started the day off with a great tarpon bite. Justin worked diligently throughout the day to put us on fish. The conversation and guidance were top notch. I would highly recommend Justin for your Keys backcountry fishing trip. Thanks, Justin!

  • Speed Break
    Speed Break
    11 months ago

    We did 2 trips with Justin in January. It was my 2 kids first time flats fishing. Weather was raw on the first day but we had some hookups. Second trip the weather was much better. The kids both said no more offshore fishing for them. They loved the backcountry. Justin’s sharp eye had us on fish. We had a cool chance to see several huge schools of floating permit just chilling out. We are going back in March to go out with Capt. Justin again. Highly recommend.

  • Douglas Parker
    Douglas Parker
    a year ago

    My son and I had the pleasure of fishing with Justin for three days in the Everglades, primarily targeting big tarpon. It was one of the best fishing trips of my life and definitely my son’s favorite by far. Justin was by far the best guide I have fished with in all my trips. Not only did he bring the knowledge of the fishery, which is in itself a huge bonus given the size of the Everglades, but his passion and joy for putting us in a position to catch these beasts on the fly is unrivaled. We fished 12+ hour days in sometimes challenging conditions with Justin keeping us on fish with his skills. He is also a passionate steward of the fish and the whole ecosystem showing great respect for both. I would recommend Justin for both the “expert” fishers and the newbies out there trying to hook one of these truly amazing creatures. Thanks for an awesome trip and the lifetime of memories, Justin!

  • Lisa Le
    Lisa Le
    10 months ago

    My husband and I had a wonderful time with Justin. Being newer to saltwater fly fishing, we wanted someone who’s great with beginners and Justin was that! He was patient, kind, and made our trip very enjoyable. I would highly recommend him for a salt trip. We can’t wait to get back on the water with Justin. He’s personable, informative, and his easy going vibe is what we were looking for. We just got back from our Keys trip and already wanting to go back!

  • Andy Walker
    Andy Walker
    a year ago

    I have had the great fortune of fly fishing around the world and I can honestly say that Captain Justin is as great a guide as I have fished with anywhere…he truly is a world class guide. Justin is extremely knowledgeable, he works very hard to give his clients a great experience, and he is wonderful to share a boat with. Fly fishing the Keys for tarpon is not easy and I was very lucky to have landed a 100lb fish (thank you Justin!)…but the fish was truly just a bonus. I would have scored Justin 5-stars even without the fish; it was just a fantastic experience.

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