About Backwater Fishing and Capt. Sean O'Keefe flats fishing guide

Established in 1988, Backwater Fishing is your top choice for some of the best backcountry and flats light tackle sport fishing in the Key West area. Capt. Sean O'Keefe is your guide when you book a trip with Backwater Fishing. He has lived in key west for 40 years and has been fishing the flats and backcountry of Key West and the lower Keys year round as a fully licensed full time professional guide for 32 years. His boat (Backwater) is a comfortable 17 foot custom Action Craft powered with a Mercury 115HP PROXS 4 stroke outboard motor. The fully insured boat is suitable for the Captain and up to two anglers. 


When fishing the backcountry and flats of the Florida Keys,



  • Tarpon 
  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Barracuda
  • Shark
  • Cobia
  • Speckled Sea Trout
  • Pompano
  • Snapper

 While fishing, we will primarily employ the method of poling the boat while stalking and sight casting the shallows with either fly, spin, plug casting tackle or use live bait depending on the preference of the angler. 

Capt. Sean O'Keefe is proud to be sponsored by the following companies:

Contact Key West Backwater Fishing

For questions about booking a trip, call or email 

Capt. Sean O'Keefe: 305-304-7935 (cell)
or Backwater@KeyWestBackwaterFishing.com  | seancokeefe@bellsouth.net
or 49 Boundary Lane, Key West, FL 33040