Thursday, January 23, 2014

Back at it.

Due to family and friend issues I had to take a trip off the rock.  It was good seeing the Fam even though the reason sucked.  That is done for now so I am back at it Fishing in the Florida Keys. 

Today was a fishing 101 with new customer from Jersey.  Due to the early winds the morning was not very exciting but the afternoon bite on the Hawks Channel rock piles saved the day.  Six or eight nice fat Porgies made it into the fish box to join a legal Mutton Snapper and a Yellow Jack.

A large portion of the day was dedicated to cast net instruction and a tour of Sister's Creek, so while the catch may not sound that impressive, the actual action while fishing was pretty fast as usual.  Released were about the same number of grouper, which are closed thanks to the warm and fuzzies that map reading challenged.  As most of you know the Florida Keys grouper fishery is in fine shape since we don't have a lot of strictly commercial grouper fishermen in the area.  Gear regulations are all that should be required for the "Sports and Recreational" fishing industry that typically gets screwed by the commercial fishing industry and the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission.  If you get a chance, show your local politician just how much you care. 

As a side note, I am sad to report that Burdines no longer has breakfast biscuits but Kelly is still making coffee and that Salties Grille and the Seven Mile Marina are no more.  The Marina Chiki Tiki caught fire due to an electrical short and burned to the ground.  Two charter boats were lost and the fleet, probably  the best in Marathon, has had to move to new homes. 

On a brighter note, the VA medical folks think that they can do a roto-rooter like laser procedure on my leg plus some other body work.  Until then I now have happy pill permission after only 4 months of testing to verify that I might be in a touch of pain.

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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