Tarpon

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 […]

It’s sailfish season in the Keys – The pelagics are out if you can handle the rough water

It’s sailfish season in the Keys – The pelagics are out if you can handle the rough water

Of all questions asked by my charters, I would say the three most common would be “How long have you been in Key West?”, “What is the biggest fish you ever caught?”, and “When is the best time to fish in Key West?”. My answer to those are as follows, “Since 1989″, “A 600-plus pound […]

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 […]

Permit now, tarpon soon – Hook a permit now before spawning season sends them deeper

Permit now, tarpon soon – Hook a permit now before spawning season sends them deeper

Spring break has arrived — for Keys flats anglers. While our northern brethren continue to shiver, dig snow, and scrape ice, warm days and light winds starting in mid-February brought out the tarpon, permit, and bonefish. And barring any major cold fronts, the fish appear here to stay. Once Florida Bay and Gulf water temperatures […]

Want a thrill? Try catching a shark or sailfish on a fly rod – Bait-and-switch techniques will bring them boatside

Want a thrill? Try catching a shark or sailfish on a fly rod – Bait-and-switch techniques will bring them boatside

Toothy critters and those with long bills are on tap for light tackle and fly rod anglers. Chill winds and cool waters put a damper on traditional flats fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon.  But who cares when there are chances to chase sporty blacktip sharks or sailfish.  The sharks, averaging 40 to 80 pounds […]

Redfish and snook move to the edges of flats and channels

Redfish and snook move to the edges of flats and channels

With apologies to Bob Dylan, “the seasons are a changing.” The flats angler’s winter arrived last weekend when the first cold front and stiff NNW winds blew in. Other signs of change were apparent over the last few weeks: flocks of blue wing teal in the backcountry and the sight of migrating falcons and hawks. […]

Flats anglers adore the fall season with good chances at permit, bonefish

Flats anglers adore the fall season with good chances at permit, bonefish

Female anglers dominated the 54th annual Marathon International Bonefish Tournament (MIBT) held in late September. Lynn Goodwin of Key Colony Beach, guided by Capt. Chris Morrison, scored a Grand Slam (catching a bonefish, permit and tarpon in one day), Emma Morton (a first timer from Philadelphia) captured the largest bonefish, and Jeannette Chiari (my spouse) […]

Locals party set for Sept. 29 – Organizers promise a ton of raffle items to benefit a good cause

Locals party set for Sept. 29 – Organizers promise a ton of raffle items to benefit a good cause

Capt. Wayne Crosby dreamed up a locals’ party to benefit the Marathon Alumni Athletic Club. It’s planned for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Captain Hooks in Marathon. “Well, it’s slow in September, and I needed something to do,” he said with a laugh. He enlisted the help of the Rotary Club, […]

Tarpon Creek is rustic, elegant – Fantastic location now complemented with excellent seafood

Tarpon Creek is rustic, elegant – Fantastic location now complemented with excellent seafood

The new management at Tarpon Creek Restaurant knows what it’s about. It’s winning over popular opinion — local by local -– as it establishes itself as one of the Middle Keys’ best places to eat. We would call it fine dining, but it doesn’t take itself that seriously despite the fabulous food and great setting. […]

Some BP funds expected to flow to Keys – Litigation underway will determine the dollar amount

Some BP funds expected to flow to Keys – Litigation underway will determine the dollar amount

Local officials are set to review the first round of grant applications funded by the Restore Act. And although that sounds simple enough on its face, it’s not. For one, the money doesn’t exist yet and nobody knows how much it might be if it ever materializes. What money? There are numerous funds being paid […]

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