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I’ll be headed to the keys in May and would like to do a charter. Looking at my options, a 6 hour trip is more in my price range than the all day trips. My question is, is this enough time to get on some good fish? We’d like to get into some mahi and catch some snapper/grouper as well. Any charter suggestions would also be appreciated. May even look into doing an inshore trip.

On another note, I’ve seen some split trips for the all day charters available. Do you typically catch as much/good of fish as a private charter would?
 

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We went to the Keys a couple of years ago and I signed up for a couple of split trips out of Robbies. It was essentially still a private charter, six pack, but you just didn't know the other people. I think I signed up for four and two filled out. Usually they have to have at least 4 for the charter to be a go. I had a lot of fun and met some great people. It was definitely a cheaper option than doing all private charters. I think they do split trips on the all day ones too.
 

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Travis and his brother Bear (Bryan) are some of the best folks I've ever fished with. Check them out. They are both excellent tarpon/permit guides, and I think travis is running a big center console offshore now as well.
Don't know if they do split trips, but it's worth calling and asking. And if they don't have open dates, or the trip you're interested in, I would still talk to them as they have a vast network of guides to direct you to.
 

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We have booked two 1/2 day trips on the Jeni-Lyn in May. For tarpon and then an "edible" trip. We booked in January and the Jeni-Lyn was almost booked for the week we are going. The Facebook for the Jeni-Lyn, Robbies and Bud n' Mary's seem to show that 1/2 days are good. We could only get afternoon trips as mornings were booked. Actually, the Jeni-Lyn was our third attempt at booking for May. The second guide we tried to book recommended the Jeni-Lyn. The Islamorada Tarpon Fishing guide (my first
choice) was also booked.

Robbies is a must see.

I hope this helps.
 

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After a few trips to the keys and hiring charters, I started renting boats from Captain Pips and fishing myself. You can go when and where you want. Caught a lot of fish with my brother and other friends from a 17’ boat rented from Capt. Pips..

http://captainpips.com/boat-rentals/
 

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After a few trips to the keys and hiring charters, I started renting boats from Captain Pips and fishing myself. You can go when and where you want. Caught a lot of fish with my brother and other friends from a 17’ boat rented from Capt. Pips..

http://captainpips.com/boat-rentals/
I’ve thought about renting a boat but I’m not familiar with those waters. Would you recommend it, being my first time down there?
 

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It should be no problem.
Avoid the really light spots. That's shallow water. The boats have GPS and pretty good electronics. Spend a little extra and get the insurance. They may require it now. They will give you hints on where to go and what to avoid. For Tarpon, go to Bahia Honda bridge. Get there early if you want to anchor under a span. Try and get one near the center of the bridge.
Have fun!
 
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