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Posted: July 29 2007,09:23

Sue Sea and I spend most weekends somewhere in the upper or middle keys (which I have arbitrarily divided cause I thought two divisions were enough), most often Key Largo cause it's a reasonable day trip.

But Islamorada is not all that much further and we discovered a great little private, easy launch near Bass Pro, Bay side.  In this area you'll find a bunch of small Mangrove islands and humps intersperced with some marked boat channels, et al.

It definitely has that Middle Keys feel, with high current bridges and pass throughs, winding mangrove channels, tons of flats and boating channels and the clear turquoise waters that makes you feel like you are yakkin on a postcard or the closing billboard of Carlito's Way.

Scattered rain and bad thundershowers were predicted, but the great part about the Keys is that all ya gotta do is head a couple islands north or south to find a big hole in the weather.

And so it was.

Well, I ran into a super flats area, decent flow and on the lee side of a nice mangrove island, broad flats.  To find a small school of shallow water tarpon.  I'd just purchased Chef Mike's and my favorite top water - a red/white Mirrolure Top Dog Jr.  Nice saltwater hooks, sturdy.

Tossed it just past the school.  Two jerks - a powerful hit - and line started peeling off my Econo-Rig (the one I bought at Wally World when I forgot my gear - all Shakespeare - $20 spinner, $7 glass rod and $3 for 700 yards of 8 lb test).  The drag was nice and smooth and the rig was workin fine with a serious fish on.

Pulled off maybe 70 yards of line, and I finally started palming the reel - either it was gonna hold or not and I didn't want to get spooled.  Then it was off for a sleigh ride, maybe a quarter mile, while I carefully worked my way closer, just wanted a look.

Not a single jump, this guy was just cruising like I wasn't there. Finally got within maybe 30 feet under heavy pressure, and... pop!  All gone.  Never even a glimpse except for a very brief touch of the surface that revealed nada.

But what fun!

This location is super and does not appear to be fished much due to the inaccessibility of most of the broad flats by other than kayaks.  Several bird islands just teeming with herons, cormorants, pelicans and even a few frigates. Just a few channels (occasionally busy) for pass through motorcraft.  Close enough for a day trip from Ft. L. and south.  A cool little rustic launch (dirt) and you are ensconced among mangrove islands almost immediately.

Just another day in Paradise...


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Posted: July 29 2007,11:07

Sounds like fun... are ya going to make the launch area public or keep it all to yerself ?

How busy is it, and is there parking for say 3 or 4 vehicles for day trip meet and yak ???


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Posted: July 29 2007,18:10

sounds like a great spot .. maybe someday I'll get down there. I would love to broaden my horizons.

I had a bit of luck today. I used my helmet cam and caught the whole thing. Took me on a long ride. I edited it down from a twelve minute fight. It was just a Jack but man it almost stripped my line. It also bent my hook as you can see in the last frame. Turn your volume way up and you hear the drag and me cussing... lol.




(Capn's Note: edited for readability only, nice post!)JackAttackInaYak


Edited by I-Fishhead on Dec. 15 2007,16:50
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Posted: July 30 2007,04:12

Helmet cam is kool... at least you did not have to hamdle the fish, unhook, and release. Jacks are a great fighting fish.

Is that your favorite spot in Hollywood ?
I'm going to have to get out there with ya some day and fish that place.


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