Key West Trip

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Posted by Steve Potter on 2010-12-15 15:56:02

Just got back from Key West, Florida and wanted to share the great time I had. First of all I will say that the weather was exactly the same as we have been experiencing here in the Delta area for the last two weeks. Not really good for permit, bonefish, tarpon and snook. But barracuda, jacks, sierras, and sailfishes’ were there.
The first day we stayed in Key West and fished with Capt. Brice Barr owner of the Double Down, a 39’sportfisher. My brother-in-law gets seasick on smaller boats. We had 20 mile an hour winds with gusts to 30 so the fly rods stayed in the rod bags. We caught yellowtail snappers, sierras, and bonitos. The Captain saw some birds working one area and rigged two kites with live bait. It was my turn on the hot seat and a nice 70lb sail was brought in.
We went out the next day with Capt. Derek Rust(Saltwater Experiance Outfitters) from Marathon, Florida (which is at the 61 mile marker from Key West) at Hawks Cay Marina. Derek was a guide up in the Lake Tahoe area of California and did a few programs for the Tracy, CA Club which was outstanding. He also attended the 2009 Striper Fest. We hooked up and got pretty much blown out. We were casting high letting the wind blow the poppers out then fast stripping to hammer the jacks and barracudas. We tried a lot of high percentage spots with good results - the largest jack around six pounds. We worked the lee side in the mangroves and managed a few snappers. He started mooching for black tips and rigged a fly outfit but no hook ups. He works his butt off for his customers and keeps his schedule full. I will be back with Capt. Derek and I will make sure we go in April or May.
Key West is a great place to have a vacation and sight see. We visited Earnest Hemmingway’s House and had a few rum and cokes at his pub “Sloppy Joes.” He was a very interesting fellow. We stayed at the “Dewey House” which is a real nice B&B and was the home of the inventor of the Dewey decimal system. I could ramble on for days about all the nice things to do there but you can Google it and get the same. Duvall Street is must to walk down at least one time with a camera. It’s very entertaining.
Thanks everyone for pointing me in the right direction. This site is an awesome resource!

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