Fishing

#News: Sanctuary fight comes to chambers, city commissions

#News: Sanctuary fight comes to chambers, city commissions

Key West Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Virginia Panico brought marine sanctuary recommendations to the attention of the Key West city commission last week after the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary’s Advisory Committee suggested stopping commercial fishing in certain areas of the Keys to help the marine ecosystem. “Think about not getting fresh fish at […]

The tarpon are here! – Boat traffic and competition creates the need for peaceful coexistence

The tarpon are here! – Boat traffic and competition creates the need for peaceful coexistence

The tarpon are here in full force. After weeks of fits and starts, the silver kings finally moved into the bridges in big numbers and began swimming the Oceanside in mid-April. In fact, April 15 was a bittersweet day for me: after filing a painful tax return, I salved my wounds by catching my first […]

Plenty of fish in the sea – Mangrove snapper, yellowtail, dolphin, sails, tarpon and more

Plenty of fish in the sea – Mangrove snapper, yellowtail, dolphin, sails, tarpon and more

There is a lot of variety in the waters off the Middle Keys: mangrove snappers, yellow-tail snappers, mutton snappers, groupers, dolphin, sailfish, tuna and tarpon. (If you’re visiting, now is the time to hook-up with a local charter captain and experience some of the great fishing Marathon has to offer.) For consistent rod-bending action this […]

A guide to the local wildlife that doesn’t hang out in bars – Dangerous animals range from accident-causing herons to stinging scorpions

A guide to the local wildlife that doesn’t hang out in bars – Dangerous animals range from accident-causing herons to stinging scorpions

Visitors to our islands often notice that the various types of wildlife that inhabit these coral rocks are different that the species they have at home. No kidding. In that spirit, we here at Keys Disease Central are proud to present The Complete Imbecile’s Guide to Keys Critters. No guide like this would be worth […]

Is it time to lift the embargo with Cuba?

Is it time to lift the embargo with Cuba?

The island nation of Cuba is closer to Key West than Miami, but getting there is more difficult then traveling to North Korea or Iran because of an embargo created over five decades ago at the height of the Cold War. President Barack Obama started the conversation of being friendlier with Cuba in January, when […]

Big dolphin, marlin await committed anglers offshore – Try going out in deep water

Big dolphin, marlin await committed anglers offshore – Try going out in deep water

Nothing I see from the tower looks as good as the strike of a marlin or big dolphin as it greyhounds for the horizon while attached to my angler’s line. The scream of the reel as line peels off it like a dragster rocketing to 300 mph makes my heart zing! When the weather gets […]

Bring a guest and come to the Fest – 5th annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival is next weekend

Bring a guest and come to the Fest – 5th annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival is next weekend

A free event is planned for Sunday, March 29 that honors the biggest attraction in the Florida Keys – the coral reef. “Ocean recreation and tourism is responsible for 33,000 jobs in Monroe County,” said National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton. “That is 58 percent of our local economy and $2.3 billion in annual sales.” […]

It takes some doin’, but the tuna are there – Charters are way out and fishing deep to catch blackfins and skips

It takes some doin’, but the tuna are there – Charters are way out and fishing deep to catch blackfins and skips

Offshore, the dolphin (mahi mahi) have been scattered, but I have had some reports from fellow charter captains that there were a few quality fish in the 20- to 30-pound class out in the blue. Captain James Simcic of Spearcrazy Fishing Charters had to travel quite a ways to find his fish, but he was […]

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