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Key Largo tips, please?

mjrudd1mjrudd1 Posts: 282 Deckhand
edited December 2021 in General Paddle Craft #1
I'll be staying at Key Largo Kampground for 3-4 nights, starting Dec 23rd. Best I can tell, I'll have to trailer my kayak each night, so I can launch anywhere within a reasonable drive or at the campground. I have a PA12, gas and electric motors, outrigger. So, I have long range and no worries about tipping. Those things in mind, for what and where are my best fishing options? I've fished middle keys a few times (tarpon,permit, sharks, etc) but not this area.Preferably big fish as opposed to more smaller ones. Thanks. 


  • cranker789cranker789 Posts: 531 Officer
    I’ve got a similar set up and fished key largo for the first time a couple weeks ago. Went out to about 65 ft to yellowtail. No tails showed up but there were a lot of big fish on bottom. Caught live ballyhoo and put them on bottom to get mutton. It’s just a long way out for us in the kayak, takes over an hour on a nice day. Not sure about near shore options as I’m new to fishing down there but there’s probably some action to be had in the mangroves. 
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 4,191 Captain
    Big fish are often lazy.  Soaking a big chunk of mullet on the bottom is a proven method with chum.  I have taken Tarpon trolling around bridges up in Ft. Lauderdale at night both on shrimp and live mullets.  The bridge anglers taking Permits soaking live crabs.   Good luck, and post a report afterward.  
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