Deep wrecks near Big Pine

I've been bringing my family down to the lower keys every year for over a decade. We love fishing the reef and snorkeling Looe Key. My 17 y.o. Daughter is no longer content to catch yellow tails and the occasional grouper and 'cuda. I'd like to take her out to some deep wrecks where she will have a shot at some AJs, big grouper, muttons and paleagics. I have fished the Busch with some success but it is often crowded (and sharky). The Wilkes Barre is a possibility but has a reputation as a shark feeding station. I have seen a wreck called the Lake City on lists of wrecks in the area but have never heard of anyone fishing it. Any suggestions for wreck fishing out of Big Pine? Has anyone ever fished the Lake City?

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  • saltlifegarrettsaltlifegarrett Posts: 30 Deckhand
    iv been fishing busch pretty heavy the last 3 months, and it has been really empty. just jack crevelles,sharks and cudas. now the wilkes barre is phenomenal for amber jack, just get them up as fast as you can.
    if you go fishing and do not learn. you are not a fishermen.
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,141 Captain
    wilkes is a shark holocaust. u WILL get bites from what u want, but you will never get one to the surface.
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  • saltlifegarrettsaltlifegarrett Posts: 30 Deckhand
    wilkes is a shark holocaust. u WILL get bites from what u want, but you will never get one to the surface.

    yes i totally agree with bout the sharks, but i have been a few times and brought up multiple amberjacks but the tax man gets his share
    if you go fishing and do not learn. you are not a fishermen.
  • TPVTPV Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the replies. Anybody every fish the Lake city or have any suggestions that don't include a shark apocalypse?
  • piner_wahoopiner_wahoo Posts: 3,141 Captain
    kendrix, but theres just not that much there
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  • saltlifegarrettsaltlifegarrett Posts: 30 Deckhand
    kendrix, but theres just not that much there

    i heard the kendrix holds decent american red snapper, and its legal to harvest them from their cause they are inside some boundaries?
    if you go fishing and do not learn. you are not a fishermen.
  • divn4$divn4$ Posts: 1,528 Captain
    Papa Joe straight out Spanish harbor bridge 115' 125' hard to find but worth a visit.
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