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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hidden off Caroline Street is a world of flavor in quality entrees – Grunts is known for island food and scenery

Hidden off Caroline Street is a world of flavor in quality entrees – Grunts is known for island food and scenery

The quaint building that houses Grunts Bar was once part of the Old Island Trading Post at Porter Docks, where the Pier House is located today. The structure was moved to the quiet end of Caroline Street and restored. The interior is filled with items from Key West’s past, including the antique ice cream freezer […]

Nine One Five continues to please – Key West restaurant is known for its seafood

Nine One Five continues to please – Key West restaurant is known for its seafood

When I learned that my “chef friend” Dave was coming to visit, I knew we had to try some cuisine that was original, professional, and spectacular. Dave has been coming to Key West for years and we make a point to eat well when he visits. So, in preparation, we perused the menus of some […]

If the problem is a big toothy fish, the solution is a wire leader – Get the kingfish, wahoo and mackerel all the way to the boat

If the problem is a big toothy fish, the solution is a wire leader – Get the kingfish, wahoo and mackerel all the way to the boat

If you live in the Florida Keys, or are a frequent visitor, you know that the fishing forecast can be extremely unpredictable in the winter months. One day it’s flat calm with 2- to 3-foot seas offshore, and the next day the wind may be blowing 25 knots, ruining any chance of heading out in […]

Light winter means anglers are catching a mixed bag – Fishermen reporting random pattern of tunas, sailfish and dolphin

Light winter means anglers are catching a mixed bag – Fishermen reporting random pattern of tunas, sailfish and dolphin

While 2013 was an excellent year for fishing in the Florida Keys, early indications are that 2014 is going to be even better. Beyond the reef we’re catching mixed bags of hard-fighting pelagic species including sailfish, wahoo, dolphin, tuna, and kingfish. Target your pelagics between 100 and 300 feet of water, working current edges, weed lines, […]

Just in time for the holidays, Santa brings sails for anglers

Just in time for the holidays, Santa brings sails for anglers

For a few days there, every thing was fine — calm winds, flat seas, and sunshine gave everyone an opportunity to get out and enjoy everything our Florida Keys waters have to offer. The billfish flags have been flying as more and more sailfish are showing up each day. Wahoo and dolphin are being caught […]

Falling temperatures bring pelagic fish into range

Falling temperatures bring pelagic fish into range

Fall is a time when many of the pelagic fish start showing up in the Florida Keys as the water temperatures begin to cool. Species include kingfish, wahoo, tuna, a few cobias, and one of my favorite fish to catch — sailfish! And a great bonus is, all of these fish can be caught just […]

Month of October brings change in weather, fishy game

Month of October brings change in weather, fishy game

A change in season also brings a change in the fishing.  October is a transition month for fishing in the Florida Keys. Fish that have been in our offshore waters, like dolphin, are beginning to migrate away, while the colder weather species, such as sailfish, wahoo, and kingfish, will start swimming back to the Keys.  This […]

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