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Staying in this area in August, what can we expect to catch off the dock? What should we target?  Also if we rent a boat, how difficulty is it to navigate in and out, looks shallow around there.
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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,475 AG
    I would expect to catch small mangrove snapper around the dock not much else.  Definitely rent a boat but if you really want to have a great time charter someone.  On these boatds pinerwahoo is a great guy who puts you on the fish.  
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  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    What about sharks?

  • DodgerDodger Ft MyersPosts: 298 Deckhand
    Put enough scent in the water like chum or a butterflied oily fish and you might bring in a nurse shark.  I've seen them in really shallow water many times. The chum will bring in some better quality fish if there is any current around your dock.
  • WahooslayerWahooslayer Posts: 64 Deckhand
    I have a home very near to here, just out of your pic, to be honest I wouldn't expect any great fishing from your dock here. The water is shallow with little tidal movement. If you want to fish from the hard, look to the many bridges in the area, it can be very good. 
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  • MikeW1710MikeW1710 PaPosts: 17 Deckhand
    edited May 12 #7
  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    Rental house says a 25’ boat will be ok. Is this true? Will we be about to get in and out during low tide, or have to wait until high tide?
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,475 AG
    No just be careful and obey the wake limit signs.  Stay in the channel 
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  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    What about catching bait near the dock there? Pinfish, pilchard, etc
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 keysPosts: 836 Officer
    pilchards=winter u mite git sum under vaca bridge @ nite under lites
  • dvnelson72dvnelson72 Posts: 73 Deckhand
    If you rent a boat, watch how other boats are navigating in and out of your area before you try.  I can guess from google earth how to do it, but there are so many docks that there will be boats.  Watch and learn.

    in terms of live bait… buy a pinfish trap and find some a spot on the gulf side with a nice mix of grass and sand patches.  The tackle shop on cudjoe has some great traps.  2-3 hours of soaking in the right spot will get you 50-100 pinfish.
  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    Great advise.   Thanks!
  • kayakerinkeywestkayakerinkeywest Posts: 666 Officer
    I caught this last week at the dock directly South on your pic facing the Atlantic.  Picked up the Pilchards right in the bay that your dock is facing out to.  It's going to be hot in August though and things will change inshore as the water temps will be up towards 90 with a lot of decomposing weeds.  East Sister Rock Island has some excellent structure and water/current.  If you have access to kayaks, it is a short run and you have some great area for fishing and snorkeling.  Just have to watch out for all of the boat traffic that can run past there.  Short run by boat to the reef and great fishing/snorkeling.  Water therapy is necessary mid-Summer.  Did I say it is hot.

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  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    Wow! That’s a stud Mangrove! Not sure if we will have Kayaks at the house but we will have a 25’ CC rental boat. 
  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 keysPosts: 836 Officer
    make sure that rental boat=aaa+++   ...itz yer vacation! 
  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    Using Tropical Boat Rental, I noticed that was one you recommended.  
  • MtgMamaMtgMama HoweyPosts: 95 Deckhand
    We always caught Dolphin way close in in August!  


  • Yknot12Yknot12 USAPosts: 16 Deckhand
    Only 17 more days! Won't have the rental boat until the second day, really hoping the dock with hold some action to get us by.

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,475 AG
    MtgMama said:
    We always caught Dolphin way close in in August!  


    Im going down august 20-27 my one goal is go get a mahi in my 21’ bay boat. Hoping for calm seas and cool breezes.  But regardless we plan to have fun. And im gonna try bully netting 
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  • piner_wahoo1piner_wahoo1 keysPosts: 836 Officer
    FISH W/ ME U MIGHT GET THIS i gotta glass bottom boat...no guesswork
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,475 AG
    Anyone have luck with DOA shrimp on a popping cork for trout on the gulf side?  
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  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 2,158 Captain
    Drifting a bucktail jig tipped with cut bait Snapper will cost you a fortune in gulps and DOA's.   
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  • dvnelson72dvnelson72 Posts: 73 Deckhand
    This is going to sound so dumb… I hate freshwater trout so I’ve never kept ocean trout. Other than salmon, it’s the only fish I can’t stand.

    how do they taste? 
  • KlingerKlinger Posts: 2,158 Captain
    This is going to sound so dumb… I hate freshwater trout so I’ve never kept ocean trout. Other than salmon, it’s the only fish I can’t stand.

    how do they taste? 
    Like most seafood, some like them and some don't. I like them best fresh, but if properly handled, they are good frozen as well. They don't hold up as well as the Mangrove Snapper pictured, but are good for a few months frozen 
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  • dvnelson72dvnelson72 Posts: 73 Deckhand
    edited August 5 #26
    Klinger said:
    This is going to sound so dumb… I hate freshwater trout so I’ve never kept ocean trout. Other than salmon, it’s the only fish I can’t stand.

    how do they taste? 
    Like most seafood, some like them and some don't. I like them best fresh, but if properly handled, they are good frozen as well. They don't hold up as well as the Mangrove Snapper pictured, but are good for a few months frozen 
    do ocean trout have an oily fish taste like lake trout and salmon?  (Everyone who loves both forgive me)
  • roletrroletr Posts: 60 Deckhand
    I don't know as much as the regulars on here as far as ranking fish taste, but to me almost all keys fish taste good (If handled correctly)

    I live near Lake Michigan and have eaten alot of salmon and trout,,,Coho are the only ones I'll grill, bake or fry,,,,,most others I will eat smoked.

    I'm pretty sure the Keys sea trout are not even in the trout or salmon family but are actually in the "drum" family even though the look 100% trout.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 16,475 AG
    Trout are best imo served up dredged in house autry seafood breader and fried.   But most fish i catch end up that way.   You can blacken them as well for fish tacos.   
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  • swampdogswampdog Central FloridaPosts: 4,165 Captain
    In my opinion Rainbow Trout and Speckled Trout do taste similar as they are both soft flesh fish. Speckled Trout will get mushy if poorly handled and in the summer may have grubs (worms). The grubs can be easily removed however. As mentioned above they need to be taken care of (ice slurry) cleaned and kept cold or frozen if not eaten right a way. BTW - we eat a lot of them when legal to keep but I love almost ever fish that swims (even the oily ones). Just my opinion though. 
  • Crkr23Crkr23 MelrosePosts: 421 Deckhand
    Don't know this for a fact, but I bet if you kept the speckled trout in a salt water slush like we do our offshore fish they would be more firm and higher quality.
  • MtgMamaMtgMama HoweyPosts: 95 Deckhand
    August 3 Klinger? Lobster? 
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