Florida Keys Weekly

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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...

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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...

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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...

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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...

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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...

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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...

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