Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Backyard

I could have had a trip today if I had wanted to blow some smoke up a butt.  I didn't and my customer found a guide with a flats boat on a trailer so he could fish the backyard even with the wind up a bit.  Well folks, that's why I settled in Marathon, the Heart of the Florida Keys.  I don't have any heartburn at all with one of my customers having a good time with another guide.  Had I had a flats or a bay boat on a trailer, I would have taken him, but I don't.  Working on that :)

The image above is part of the Backyard that you can see using Google Earth.  There is a lot of Backyard!  Lots of critters to play with and the scenery is not too shabby.  Since I have a customer planning on coming down in a few months with a 17 foot Boston Whaler, I thought this was a fine time for this post.  I have guided the back country from Marathon and Key West and the fishing is truly world class.  So I recommended that my new customer think about keeping his boat on the trailer so we can explore more of the Keys.  I don't know every nook and cranny in the back country, but a lot of the adventure is in the exploration.  Plus I know enough good spots to generally look pretty good.

Where he is staying is close to a lot of excellent action.  If the weather cooperates, we can stay right in the area and have a great time.  If the wind is up a touch, we can throw the boat on the trailer and avoid getting our butts handed to us on the way to a sheltered fishing hole.  To figure out where one of those sheltered fishing holes might be, take a look at Google Earth.

I haven't sprung for the higher resolution version, but just the normal version shows channels pretty well and some of the deep holes and drop offs by flats and islands.  So if you are a back country kinda guy that likes spinning a fly gear with enough patience to hunt for adventure, this is a good start.
Just to wet our appetite, this was taken in the Backyard.

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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