Friday, July 31, 2009


I was going to fish with some friends this morning, but issues totally beyond my control resulted in a no go. There is something about Duval Street and drinking that eludes many touristas. Most Keys residents are trained drinking professionals. I would not approach Tiger Woods and tell him I am going to kick his butt on the golf course. Now if Tiger agreed that a shot of Scotch per hole had to be downed, I am pretty sure the back nine would be mine. You have to be smarter than what you are messing with. So if you come to the Keys thinking you know how to drink, reconsider that thought. I still have a drivers license and can put away a liter of brown liquor in two hours. After the liter of brown liquor, I have the where with all to walk or cab home because, well, I know my limits.

So how is the fishing going for people that don't over serve themselves? Pretty good actually. The Dolphin bite is still a bit spotty, the tuna bite is well, hey, that is what I am eating tonight. Snapper is great if the current is right. The mini lobster guys are gone so I am ready to get real. Unfortunately, this time of the year you have to put in the bucks for fuel to catch the sexy fish. Snapper no problem, but the tuna, dolphin and bill fish you have to stretch your legs.

Most of my regulars are blue collar kinda guys that can't spend the bucks for a great fishing trip. Then some of my more well healed guys have found out that their 401K is now a 101K. It is all about the Benjimans. Scat flows down hill and I am a flat lander.

That doesn't mean that there aren't a few high rollers still kicking around the Keys. There are, just not enough to spread the love. So I may have to go into survival mode. What is that you ask? Living off the land/sea. It is not that bad really, smoked Manatee is nearly as good as Key Deer and much better than Osprey and Bald Eagle. Though Spotted Owl has a unique flavor.

Since the opening price for Florida lobster (Spiny Lobster) is less than chicken breasts, boneless of course, I may have to get into some bartering to get the real deal to the real people without dealing with the middle butt holes er men.

Don't get me started on smokes. Sorry I didn't mean to vent. Screw that I meant to vent. Look around you and see who is getting screwed by the no new taxes.

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas


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