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Old 05-06-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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My wife and I are headed to the Florida Keys in a couple of weeks. We're flying into Miami and then renting a car for a four day excursion, ultimately winding up in Key West. I was wondering if any fellow PFF'ers had some suggestions or favorite spots for land based or wading fishing along the way? I'm taking my travel spinning rod outfit and my 7 wt fly rod (and my snorkel gear), but I don't plan on renting a boat or hiring a guide.

I would appreciate any suggestions regarding locations, bait, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:29 PM   #2
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I have caught several bonefish at Long Key State Park by wading in front of the camp grounds. Park at the picnictables beside thecampground gate and wade towards the right. Bottom is kind of soft in front of the picnic tables butvery good in front of the tents. Low incoming tide is usually best.
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:11 PM   #3
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After reaching Key Largo I would stop atthe local tackle shop and ask some questions on where to go and what flies to use. Make sure youtake your roadside gps with you this could give you some important information. If you don't have one would be glad to let you use mine not the top of the line but works just fine for me.Have a good time !
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Thanks, buddy!Great suggestion about getting the inside scoop from local B&T shop - I'm sure I'll find one in Key Largo. As for GPS, I've got one via iPhone. Hope you're doing well these days. Let's try to get together, now that the weather and fishing are warming up.

And thanks very much for the tip, Capt. Pat, I'll be sure to check out Long Key Park.BTW, do you suggest usingspinning or fly? I've got someflats jigs from a previous trip to the Bahamas, so I suppose those would work for spinning. As for the flyrod, do you thinka clouser would work?
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Thephone gps is not the same as the road map gps.Road map will give you so much more information . Will not be needing my gps which you are more than welcome to use it. Very user friendly. Sure would make life a lot easier after leaving the Miami Airport . Make a wrong turn and you are toast.Made a wrong turn while I was there and drove downtown made the trip a little more interesting but wouldn't want to make the same mistake twice.

I used a spinning rod to catch my bone-fish with a pink rubber jig . Sure a lot of funcatching bone-fish with light tackle . Mine were small but catching a 5 lb bone-fish is like catching a marlin.

Yep going to have to get together & catch some of those Specks on some top water baits. Just have to keep our fingers crossed that we will have some to catch.
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For your fly I would stop by Sandy Moret's fly shop in Islamorada and pick up whatever he suggests. For your spinning rod the skimmer jig tipped with a shrimp or very small crab is a good way to go. At low tide you can flip the rocks over along the shore and catch a handfull of quarter sized "rock crabs?" They make great baits.

If you have never caught a bonefish, catching your first on the flyrod would be cool, but your odds are definately better with bait. Good Luck. If you want to hire someone give me a call and can give you a number.
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