Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
fishcast

Florida Keys???

16 posts in this topic

Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I saw another similiar post.

It looks like I may have an awesome opportunity to go to the keys and do some fishing. I am relatively clueless about fishing down there. I will be there in the middle of March.

I plan to bring fly and spinning and casting tackle and would like to catch any fish that pulls. I know some are probably a lot harder to catch than others and we don't plan to hire a guide. We will have a boat to get around.

My main question is what islands people would recomend for good fishing? Thanks for any help....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Look up tarpon and bonefish on your search engine.There are charters that will bring you out for free on the tarpon if they do not hook you up.If as you say you have a boat to get around do some research on the tarpon run as I believe they start mid to the end of march and a 100 pound tarpon would be a hoot on a fly rod.The keys sound like a good place to start.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ive fished key west 3 times. once was mar./april. caught dolphin,kingfish and some spanish mackeral. the later you go usually the better. the sailfish are going pretty good then too. but other good keys are(their all good)islamorada,key largo,marathon and duck key. go to the marinas and the big tarpon are everywhere, it really gets the blood pumping. ive never done the inshore fishing, but if you have your own boat i'm jealous. ask around then go exploring! smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We are going to the keys for our honeymoon the 1st week in april. Any sugestion as to which island/guide service is best for tarpon fishing? thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yes guarenteed tarpon

Which island / Guide service is guarenteed tarpon?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

fishcast... what size boat will you have? That will narrow down where you will be able to get to. Stop by the world wide sportsman on Islmorada. Cool stop... marina in back, they should give you some good info.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think its a 16 foot boat well have....We plan to be staying in around shore

ive fished key west 3 times. once was mar./april. caught dolphin,kingfish and some spanish mackeral. the later you go usually the better. the sailfish are going pretty good then too. but other good keys are(their all good)islamorada,key largo,marathon and duck key. go to the marinas and the big tarpon are everywhere,

wahoo, were the tarpon you saw around most all of the islands marinas or just key west? And I assume the dolphin were offshore a ways? Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe Marathon is the place to go. We fished there years ago and it seemed to be the heart of Keys fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tarpon in marinas isnt a good plan unless you like a 3 second fight till you get wrapped up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yea it was just in key west (3 marinas). but i would think they all would be good. they are migrating then. it should be good in the shipping canals and some deeper flats. you cant fish for them in the marinas (too crowded and too much fish)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

leave today!!!! dolphin are hammering... I can taste the mahi mahi now! Probably can't plug a guide right now since not a sponsor, but I heat only good things

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I fished Key West a few years back during March. It was a bit early for Tarpon, which is what I really wanted to catch, and we did manage to land both of the fish that we hooked up with. Caught a few other miscellaneous fish too...jacks, stuff like that. April is better for Tarpon, and I think May is better yet.

I watch fishing shows constantly in the winter time because I intend to eventually move my guide service down there for the winter. Hopefully I will spend next winter trying to figure out how to fish down there!

From everything I have seen, Islamorada is the sport fishing capital of the keys. When the migration is fully on, they are catching them (Tarpon) big time around the big bridges that separate the keys. Much of that is pretty near shore.

And there's plenty of other in-shore stuff you can get after in the shallows by sight-fishing. Shark. Bonefish. Snook. Barracuda. Man I get excited just thinking about it.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just got back from the keys today and the sailfish are going strong right now...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea sails would be your best option and may not have to run all that far offshore. Can always go after sharks and/or other back country/shallow water fish. Islamorada gives you a great option that way. Tarpon late april seems best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the tips!

Cuda and shark are at the tops of our lists. They seem to be some easier fish to get to bite anyways. I have some ideas, but if people have tips on tactics, what to look for, and use (flies/lures/ bait) with cuda and sharks I'd much appreciate it....The guy we are borrowing the boat from fishes a lot and we should get some good tips from him and fishing shops down there too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Good luck.  Hope your efforts pay off.
    • I'll be getting out again on Tuesday with the bow. It has been very hard finding time to get out this year, between work and a 4 month old at home. Last time out I spent 12 hours in the blind and saw quite a few birds during the middle of the day. Had multiple times where I thought it was going to happen but the Toms wouldn't commit 100%. Making a small adjustment this go round and hoping things come together.
    • Was thinking for hunting and maybe put a plow on it to use at my place up north. Wouldn't be my main driver. Was thinking around 15K for budget but that was before I did much looking mostly on line so far. But might step up in price for the right rig. And a lot of that would depend if I liked the newer V6 engine and 5 speed auto or 6 speed trany and less miles etc. Just by looking at dealer prices on line I would think a guy could find a pretty nice late model for around 20 or less. I think if I bought a nicer later model I would drive it more as they look like they have made the interior a lot nicer and more comfortable than the older ones. On the other hand if I ran across a real clean older one with the in line 6 and not to many miles for the right price that would be an option to. The drawback to a newer shiny one it might take a while before I ran it down the brushy trail.  
    • I am submitting this bird for Sutty on his behalf.     Forum Member: Sutty          
      Date: April 28, 2017
      Team Name: Team 2
      Youth Hunter(17 or younger): No
      Turkey Subspecies: Eastern
      State/Province Bird was Harvested In: Minnesota
       
       
      Turkey’s Stats
      Beard Length 10 inches
      Spur Length 1 & 3/16" 
      Weight 22lb 4oz
      I certify that the measurements listed above are accurate to the best of my ability.
      Forum Member: John Sutton                       Date: 4/28
      Witness: Josh Tschida                     Date: 4/28          
    • Our MN hunt this year was just about as easy as they come.  Sutty and I arrived at different times, he was late, and set up on opposite sides of the field as planned.  I could hear the birds gobbling in the valley below in their usual spot, and they sat there a long time in the cold.  Sutty couldn't see because he was on the back side of a finger of trees because he didn't want to spook anything out since he was late...  Eventually they got down and proceeded to sit on the far hill for a while longer.  I could see a 6 or so males, but suspected most were jakes, and a few hens.     Just when I was getting tired of waiting, about 8:30am, I saw one gobbler enter the field and walk straight towards Sutty's position.  As the bird got in front of Sutty, another nice gobbler came into the field.  I called to him but he wanted nothing to do with me.  Sutty shot the first bird, and the second one didn't know what happened.  Of course Sutty came running out of his blind and scared off the second bird that he didn't even know was there.      Sutty just bought a new house and had to head home asap to help his wife with packing things, and his daughter didn't seem too interested in shooting her own bird this year.  Now that she saw how ridiculously easy it is she probably won't be interested next time either.      I figured I should get to the edge of the field the birds were coming out on, and as I started moving my blind I bumped some hens that hadn't yet come up all the way out of the valley.   I finished getting my blind in place and sat a while, but it seemed we had scared the remaining birds out of the area, or maybe they were just laying low out of the wind.  In any case I went to get some lunch and let things settle down for a while.     After a couple hours of eating and casting for fish that weren't there, I decided I would head back up to sit in my blind.  Just as I reached the top of the hill to see into the field I saw three big gobblers walking across the field.  I ducked down and ran around the edge of the field out of their view to get closer.     I crawled up to about 10yd from the field edge, as far as I could go without being seen, and started calling.  They liked what they heard, but wouldn't commit right away.  After maybe 10 minutes of me cutting and purring, and all three of them strutting and gobbling out at 60-70 yards they started coming.  I couldn't see them well through the brush I was behind, and they didn't want to walk through it.  If I was at the edge of the field I could have shot them, they were within 40yd.  They proceeded to do a big arc along the field edge back to where I had just walked.     After a couple minutes of not seeing them I picked up my call, they gobbled, and then I saw them marching in where I had just walked.  When I last saw them going this direction I had shifted to face that way, I was now facing the tree I just had my back against, which put my butt in a thorn patch and the barrel to one side of the tree.  The birds started walking to the other side, so as they got behind the tree I eased the barrel to the side they were going to come out on.  They started coming up the other side back to the field they were just in and were too close together for a shot.  Finally one eased out in front and I let him have it.  He tipped backwards and rolled back downhill, and didn't even kick until I went over to grab him.  27 yards with the range finder after the fact.       Both birds turned out to be very nice old birds with long spurs.     Sutty's weighted 22lb 4oz, 10" beard, 1 3/16" spurs.  I believe this is his best turkey to date.     My bird weighted 25lb 8oz, 10" beard, 1 1/8" spurs.  My best turkey by weight and age.     Sutty and his bird.        Me and my bird.  I shot from one of the trees above this rock I think.      
    • Got it done in mn.  More to come when I get home.
    • Go to a license agent and buy one for your desired season. Season C, is on process thru May 2nd. Season D, is May 3rd thru May 9th. Season E, is May 10th thru May 16th. Season F, is May 17th thru May 31st. Season F also allows anyone with an unused tag from earlier season to hunt this period as well.   Hope this help PF.  
    • How do the over the counter licenses work this year? I missed last season but would like to get out this year even though I didn't apply for the lottery.
    • What exactly will you be using it for? Driving around the country with the top down, hunting the back woods, fording small creeks?   Do you have a particular budget to stick to?
    • at times the prop will stop on mine, usually when I move it to turn, need to tear into it sometime, I have use fishelectronics for misc. parts
  • Our Sponsors