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Old 01-12-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Trip to the Keys

Planning a trip to the upper Key's sometime within a month. What advice can some of you that have fished this area this time of year give me. I fished out of Marathon a couple of years ago around Christmas and the main bite for sails was inside the reef line working the bait balls. I don't want to just target sails, just an all around trolling spread. What will be there?
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:48 AM   #2
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I fish the inshore stuff, but if Im not mistaken, Winter is Big Wahoo Time in the Gulf Stream....
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Thanks Garbo, I hope we can hit some of the inshore stuff as well. As cold as its been down there I reckon I will need my duck huntin waders though.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:37 AM   #5
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Catlin, I've fished the keys almost every year for about 15 years now. Give me a call when you get a chance.

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This time of year it's all sailfish. At least thes the way it was when I lives done there. Kite fish or bump in and out of gear enough to keep the line tight. I know that chart says the Dolphin are gone but a few winters ago I did real well a few times on big dolphin out near the drift boats. Maybe 3 fish a day but they were huge. Now go inshore! The bonefish stay on the flats all day in the winter and snook are in season. I really wanted to go this year but work killed it. I used this guy https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...6843-54-1.aspxHe is real good and will put you on the fish quick. And you can't beat the price. He helped my wife catch her first fish which was a 50lb Tarpon then she caught 2 more that day. He is very willing to give you info which is a nice change.
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When are you going to be there? We are going the last week of Feb. We will be in Big Pine Key or possibly in Key West.
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LITECATCH, I think we will probably be down the end of this month. I believe the boat is in Key Largo. Good luck to you on your trip.



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Garbo, thanks for the chart, I am excited to see that Bonita will be there, that is about all I am good at catching.
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You're good at catching tiny kings on 50W's too
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You are right. I just noticed kings will be there as well, better pack the 80's just in case any have size to them. However, the 50's do make more sporting.
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