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    Keys FAQ V 4.0, New for 2012

    This is version 4.0 of the Keys FAQ Thread. Version 1.0 was originally posted by Coldfish, Version 2.0 was a update to Coldfish's thread and put together and maintained by Matt. Version 3.0 was my update to V 2.0. Then, Version 3.5 was posted by Tarpon Nole, and was a copy of V3.0 he had saved.

    I've taken back over the updating with the newest "Version 4.0".

    I've gone through and verified the links and have dropped the ones that are no longer valid along with updating the ones that have new sites.

    Im looking for input, so if you have some, please post it so that we can get the list up-to-date with the latest and greatest info!

    Where to Get Live Bait, Goggle-Eyes

    Main Thread: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...a-and-the-Keys

    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...es-in-the-Keys

    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...-and-live-bait

    Keys Weather/Tides:
    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...-Weather-Tides

    Keys Lodging/Camping:
    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...odging-Camping

    Places to Eat:

    Upper Keys
    Middle Keys
    Lower Keys
    Key West

    Keys Bridges, Marinas, Eco Sites:
    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...Eco-List-Links

    Boat Rental Info:
    Upper Keys
    Middle Keys
    --Marathon http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...at-Rental-Info
    Lower Keys
    Key West

    Keys "How To":
    Catch Yellowtail Snapper: http://forums.floridasportsman.com/s...owtail-Snapper

    Catch Dolphin

    Where are the "Humps"?

    Where is the Islamorada Hump? The Islamorada Hump is located approximately 12 miles from Whale Harbor or Snake Creek Channel "Closer to Tavernier Creek" It sits in approximately 600' of water and rises to about 400'. The location is: GPS 24-48.175' N, 80-26.674'W

    Where are the Marathon Humps?
    409 Hump GPS: 24-35.5' N; 80-35.5' WLoran: 14064.6; 43311.8Depth: 409 ft
    Marathon Hump "West Hump"GPS: 24-25.528' N; 80-45.328' WLoran: 14032.3; 43358.5 Depth: 516 ft.

    Chambers of Commerce
    Key West Chamber Of Commerce
    Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce
    Marathon Chamber of Commerce
    Islamorada Chamber of Commerce

    Key West beaches?

    Where can I wade fish in the Keys?

    JJ's Thread About Wading the Keys

    Obviously we'll be adding more items based on your input, so start adding items of interest for inclusion to the FAQ. You can post them here on this thread or better yet, in a thread of it's own so that we can have a living document based on the different subjects of your choosing!

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    For those looking for Version 3.5, it can be found "here".
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    JJBPKs post on diy flats fishing the keys??????

    JJBPK's original and subsequent posts on diy wading/flats fishing the keys without a boat was one of the first of the old Keys forum info rich posts to assist folks headed down and yet it's missing this time just as it was the last the forums were changed all around?????? Help!

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    Not taking any credit here ... I just copied it to "Documents" long time ago.

    Here is a note cobbled together from several sources:

    Shore fishing is not easy for Bones and I would guess near impossible for Permit & Tarpon. The few places that you can wade for are not heavily fished but they get good traffic, so Bones and the others are well seasoned and a little shy. Permit because you need to see them at nearly 100 ft in order to maneuver to within casting distance, they are to quick when your on foot. Tarpon are easy enough to get close to, but you need deeper water, 4-6 ft, again not easy when your wading. You may luck out and see some near channels or cuts, but if you were to hook one of any size u b in deep dodo......

    Sidebar, the Key's are strung along US 1 and in the old days all mail was delivered via mile markers(mm), They start in Key West(MM 0) and end in Florida City (MM 126). The Key's run from the east to the west and if you include the Tortugas, stretch for almost 200 miles.

    Now as for wading the flats, yes, there are lots of spots. Most of the productive fishing is going to be in the early mornings at around sun set. Tides also are a major factor, but because of their complexity, it's not worth getting into.

    Starting at the Mile Marker 126, just south of Florida City, if you see shallow water, there are fish... There are Snook, Red's, Tarpon, Permit, Bones, and just about anything you can cast to, available most of the year, just not a lot... If you have never tried a fly on a barracuda or shark, I strongly suggest you give them a shot. They are just as fast and spectacular as the Slam fish. You can go after the smaller Bonnet(2lb-6lb) with a 6wt, Cuda(3lb-15lb) with a 8wt-10wt, up through the Bull/Nurse/Lemon shark with your 12wt, and they are all on the flats. You can wade to them. The only adder is a small piece of wire to ward off sharp teeth,, if you want your fly back... There are also Jack's, Grunts, Ladyfish, Spotted Trout, and to a lesser extent just about everything else. I have caught King Mackerel to 35lbs in 12 ft of water between the old and new Bahia Honda bridges. Bull Shark's up to 250lbs.

    There is a gap in road side fishing between upper Key Largo(mm 107) and Lower Matecumbe(mm 74) because most of the area is commercial or private and built up.

    The Highway Flat a mm 74 on the ocean side. This is a great flat located across the street from the Rodus Building, 74560 Overseas Highway. Hurricane Georges stripped away what used to be a lovely stretch of sand dunes covered with sea oats bordering this flat. The flat is still fishable, just not as pretty. You can park across the street from the Rodus Building, a square white multi-story building. This flat runs east and west for approximately 1/2 mile, good hard bottom and GREAT bone fishing. Do not park at the East end of the flat as that area is private property and was marked as such the last time I was there. This flat has no rest rooms or any facilities, just very good fishing. Don't pass it up.

    Anne's Beach is a favorite wade fishing spot. A fabulous flat approximately 1/2 mile long with good hard sand bottom. Anne's beach is located just West of the Calusa Marina on the ocean-side. Anne's Beach has two entrances about 1/2 mile apart. There are rest rooms at the East end and hard, marked parking areas at the East and West ends. Each entrance is connected by a great boardwalk, which runs
    right along the shoreline and has access walks going down to the water interspersed along the boardwalk making access to the flat very easy. There are also covered picnic areas along the boardwalk with tables and benches, just right for lunch. The bone fishing here is very good with an excellent chance of seeing a permit on the West end of the flat where it butts up to a deep-water channel. This is a public park and is very popular with bathers. Avoid the weekends and fish early or late. There is usually plenty of room for fishing particularly in the middle area of the flat.

    Long Key State Park Recreational Area Long Key State Park is located just West of MM 68, on the ocean-side. This park has an entrance fee of $3.00 per car and is well worth it. The park features camping areas if you are a camper and you can pitch a tent or back your trailer right up to the beach. It also has shower facilities and rest rooms as well as picnic tables. A paved road runs the length of the park and makes access that much easier. I usually turn right after paying my entrance fee and drive about half way down the park to the West and park facing the ocean. A very short walk, 15-20 feet, and you are fishing. On a high tide watch the shoreline, as the bonefish will get right in on the beach and tail. I like to start wading in the middle of the flat and work my way slowly up to the East end in close to the shore line and if the light and the wind are right, move out a little and work back to the West. It just doesn't get any better than this. Excellent facilities and very good fishing.

    On Vaca Key(downtown Marathon), you might try Sombrero Beach. It is public, has sand, it right next to a really good cut, might be worth a try in the early am or at dusk.

    Veterans' Memorial Park This park is located at Mile Marker #40, right on the West end of the 7-Mile Bridge. Turn left and go down the hill where you will find a good
    parking area with rest rooms and concrete pavilions which cover picnic tables and benches. A great flat with a nice hard sandy bottom. Excellent bone fishing with a
    chance of a permit on a high tide near the edge of the channel. The family can sit and burn in comfort while you hunt world records...

    Bahia Honda State Park Located on Bahia Honda Key between Mile Markers 36 and 37. This is very large Park, over 2 miles in length and offers some of the best wade fishing available for bonefish. This flat borders a deep water channel on the East end where there is always the chance of coming upon a permit. It has a good hard bottom and a variety of types of bottom from clean white sand to mottled with some grass. Bahia Honda offers camping, picnic facilities as well as rest rooms and showers and even a concession stand if your tastes run to a hot lunch [hot dogs and hamburgers]. This facility requires an entrance fee of $3.00 and well worth it. It is very nice at the end of your fishing to be able to take a shower and change into some dry clothes. For up to date information you can call the park at 305-872-2353.

    Just after the new Bahia Honda bridges, is Spanish Harbor Key(it's labeled West Sugarloaf Key). About 100ft after the bridge ON THE RIGHT is a small side road the leads down to a parking area. Wander out to the north and you will find a pit dug by the rail road for fill, it's 35ft deep but is quite shallow on the outsides. Try the area between the pit and the bridge. Also, on the south side of the road there are some shallows, but they drop off quick.. Current is also very fast and strong, up to 7mph. You don't want to be caught in it, kills 1 or 2 each year...

    Further west are still more spots, going all the way to the beaches of Key West.

    Caution::: Always be sure of where you are wading. Do not attempt to cross areas that are green or dark blue in color-these colors indicate deep water, or soft mud bottoms. I very seldom wade deeper than my knees. Be aware of what the tide is doing and do not get caught far off the beach with a fast rising tide or you may have to swim part of the way back. This is very difficult with an expencive fly rod & reel.


    The following is a list of equipment you might consider for wade fishing expeditions:
    FLY ROD - a fast action, 9ft., 8wt.
    FLY REEL - GOOD DRAG & a floating line and 200 yds. of 20lb. test backing.
    FLIES - a mix of Clousers, Deceiver's, Shrimp, Crab, in tan, brown, green, white,
    sizes 4, 2, 1/0 BITE TIPPETS: Other than Bones and maybe Permit, our fish have teeth, I use 12"-15:" of 20lb up to 80lb mono for Tarpon, wire for cuda & shark.
    WADING BOOTS or hard bottom dive booties - a must have piece of equipment for safe wading, always wear them no matter where you are wading
    STRIPPING BASKET - optional
    POLARIZED SUNGLASSES - another must have item
    SMALL, FLAT fly box - carry different patterns and a few extra leaders
    SUNSCREEN - another must have item, even in winter
    WATER BOTTLE - put on your belt, it will save you a trip back to shore
    LONG-BILLED HAT - make sure the underside of the bill is a dark color so it won't reflect the glare back into your eyes .
    Long Sleeve shirts & pants if your light skinned.
    Now all you need is a soft breeze, a cloudless sky.....
    Good Luck

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    "Wade Fishing the Keys"

    Hi All,,

    Here is the text of a thread I wrote a while back,, maybe 10yrs??
    Until someone authors a new "Wade Fishing the Keys", fell free to put it in the stickies..

    Jim


    Here is a note cobbled together from several sources:

    Shore fishing is not easy for Bones and I would guess near impossible for
    Permit & Tarpon. The few places that you can wade for are not heavily fished
    but they get good traffic, so Bones and the others are well seasoned and a
    little shy. Permit because you need to see them at nearly 100 ft in order to
    maneuver to within casting distance, they are to quick when your on foot.
    Tarpon are easy enough to get close to, but you need deeper water, 4-6 ft,
    again not easy when your wading. You may luck out and see some near channels
    or cuts, but if you were to hook one of any size u b in deep dodo......

    Sidebar, the Key's are strung along US 1 and in the old days all mail was
    delivered via mile markers(mm), They start in Key West(MM 0) and end in
    Florida City (MM 126). The Key's run from the east to the west and if you
    include the Tortugas, stretch for almost 200 miles.

    Now as for wading the flats, yes, there are lots of spots. Most of the
    productive fishing is going to be in the early mornings at around sun set.
    Tides also are a
    major factor, but because of their complexity, it's not worth getting into.

    Starting at the Mile Marker 126, just south of Florida City, if you see
    shallow water, there are fish... There are Snook, Red's, Tarpon, Permit,
    Bones, and just about anything you can cast to, available most of the year,
    just not a lot... If you have never tried a fly on a barracuda or shark, I
    strongly suggest you give them a shot. They are just as fast and spectacular
    as the Slam fish. You can go after the smaller Bonnet(2lb-6lb) with a 6wt,
    Cuda(3lb-15lb) with a 8wt-10wt, up through the Bull/Nurse/Lemon shark with
    your 12wt, and they are all on the flats. You can wade to them. The only
    adder is a small piece of wire to ward off sharp teeth,, if you want your
    fly back... There are also Jack's, Grunts, Ladyfish, Spotted Trout, and to a
    lesser extent just about everything else. I have caught King Mackerel to
    35lbs in 12 ft of water between the old and new Bahia Honda bridges. Bull
    Shark's up to 250lbs.

    There is a gap in road side fishing between upper Key Largo(mm 107) and
    Lower Matecumbe(mm 74) because most of the area is commercial or private and
    built up.

    The Highway Flat a mm 74 on the ocean side. This is a great flat located
    across the street from the Rodus Building, 74560 Overseas Highway. Hurricane
    Georges stripped away what used to be a lovely stretch of sand dunes covered
    with sea oats bordering this flat. The flat is still fishable, just not as
    pretty. You can park across the street from the Rodus Building, a square
    white multi-story building. This flat runs east and west for approximately
    1/2 mile, good hard bottom and GREAT bone fishing. Do not park at the East
    end of the flat as that area is private property and was marked as such the
    last time I was there. This flat has no rest rooms or any facilities, just
    very good fishing. Don't pass it up.

    Anne's Beach is a favorite wade fishing spot. A fabulous flat approximately
    1/2 mile long with good hard sand bottom. Anne's beach is located just West
    of the Calusa Marina on the ocean-side. Anne's Beach has two entrances about
    1/2 mile apart. There are rest rooms at the East end and hard, marked
    parking areas at the East and West ends. Each entrance is connected by a
    great boardwalk, which runs
    right along the shoreline and has access walks going down to the water
    interspersed along the boardwalk making access to the flat very easy. There
    are also covered picnic areas along the boardwalk with tables and benches,
    just right for lunch. The bone fishing here is very good with an excellent
    chance of seeing a permit on the West end of the flat where it butts up to a
    deep-water channel. This is a public park and is very popular with bathers.
    Avoid the weekends and fish early or late. There is usually plenty of room
    for fishing particularly in the middle area of the flat.

    Long Key State Park Recreational Area Long Key State Park is located just
    West of MM 68, on the ocean-side. This park has an entrance fee of $3.00 per
    car and is well worth it. The park features camping areas if you are a
    camper and you can pitch a tent or back your trailer right up to the beach.
    It also has shower facilities and rest rooms as well as picnic tables. A
    paved road runs the length of the park and makes access that much easier. I
    usually turn right after paying my entrance fee and drive about half way
    down the park to the West and park facing the ocean. A very short walk,
    15-20 feet, and you are fishing. On a high tide watch the shoreline, as the
    bonefish will get right in on the beach and tail. I like to start wading in
    the middle of the flat and work my way slowly up to the East end in close to
    the shore line and if the light and the wind are right, move out a little
    and work back to the West. It just doesn't get any better than this.
    Excellent facilities and very good fishing.

    On Vaca Key(downtown Marathon), you might try Sombrero Beach. It is public,
    has sand, it right next to a really good cut, might be worth a try in the
    early am or at dusk.

    Veterans' Memorial Park This park is located at Mile Marker #40, right on
    the West end of the 7-Mile Bridge. Turn left and go down the hill where you
    will find a good
    parking area with rest rooms and concrete pavilions which cover picnic
    tables and benches. A great flat with a nice hard sandy bottom. Excellent
    bone fishing with a
    chance of a permit on a high tide near the edge of the channel. The family
    can sit and burn in comfort while you hunt world records...

    Bahia Honda State Park Located on Bahia Honda Key between Mile Markers 36
    and 37. This is very large Park, over 2 miles in length and offers some of
    the best wade
    fishing available for bonefish. This flat borders a deep water channel on
    the East end where there is always the chance of coming upon a permit. It
    has a good hard bottom and a variety of types of bottom from clean white
    sand to mottled with some grass. Bahia Honda offers camping, picnic
    facilities as well as rest rooms and showers and even a concession stand if
    your tastes run to a hot lunch [hot dogs and hamburgers]. This facility
    requires an entrance fee of $3.00 and well worth it. It is very nice at the
    end of your fishing to be able to take a shower and change into some dry
    clothes. For up to date information you can call the park at 305-872-2353.

    Just after the new Bahia Honda bridges, is Spanish Harbor Key(it's labeled
    West Sugarloaf Key). About 100ft after the bridge ON THE RIGHT is a small
    side road the
    leads down to a parking area. Wonder out to the north and you will find a
    pit dug by the rail road for fill, it's 35ft deep but is quite shallow on
    the outsides. Try the area between the pit and the bridge. Also, on the
    south side of the road there are some shallows, but they drop off quick..
    Current is also very fast and strong, up to 7mph. You don't want to be
    caught in it, kills 1 or 2 each year...

    Further west are still more spots, going all the way to the beaches of Key
    West.

    Caution::: Always be sure of where you are wading. Do not attempt to cross
    areas that are green or dark blue in color-these colors indicate deep water,
    or soft mud bottoms. I very seldom wade deeper than my knees. Be aware of
    what the tide is doing and do not get caught far off the beach with a fast
    rising tide or you may have to swim part of the way back. This is very
    difficult with an expencive fly rod & reel.

    The following is a list of equipment you might consider for wade fishing
    expeditions:

    FLY ROD - a fast action, 9ft., 8wt.

    FLY REEL - GOOD DRAG & a floating line and 200 yds. of 20lb. test backing.

    FLIES - a mix of Clousers, Deceiver's, Shrimp, Crab, in tan, brown, green,
    white,
    sizes 4, 2, 1/0 BITE TIPPETS: Other than Bones and maybe Permit, our fish
    have teeth, I use 12"-15:" of 20lb up to 80lb mono for Tarpon, wire for cuda
    & shark.

    WADING BOOTS or hard bottom dive booties - a must have piece of equipment
    for safe wading, always wear them no matter where you are wading

    STRIPPING BASKET - optional

    POLARIZED SUNGLASSES - another must have item

    SMALL, FLAT fly box - carry different patterns and a few extra leaders

    SUNSCREEN - another must have item, even in winter

    WATER BOTTLE - put on your belt, it will save you a trip back to shore

    LONG-BILLED HAT - make sure the underside of the bill is a dark color so it
    won't reflect the glare back into your eyes .

    Long Sleeve shirts & pants if your light skinned.

    Now all you need is a soft breeze, a cloudless sky.....

    Good Luck

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    Wet slips for trailered boats?

    Where are the wet slips for rent weekly, closest to KCB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReefRocket View Post
    Where are the wet slips for rent weekly, closest to KCB?
    Check out coral lagoon, they may have some
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    What happen to the How to Catch Dolphin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLBudHenry View Post
    What happen to the How to Catch Dolphin?
    Hmmm... Good question. Let me see if I can find it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got TA Go View Post
    Hmmm... Good question. Let me see if I can find it again.

    Rob
    Here's the archived version - http://forums.floridasportsman.com/a...php/t-518.html

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