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firemed530 Offline

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Posted: June 17 2006,06:43

Hey guys. We are headed down to the keys next month and was wondering 2 things. What area is the most condusive for kayak fishing and where is a good place to stay where we could launch from the hotel we are staying. Kinda want just general info and will be staying in either largo/Tavernier area or big pine. Any help or suggestions would be great
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Posted: June 17 2006,09:00

If you plan even a few trips to the Keys (and how can you not) you must run to your nearest good bookstore (are there any really left) and buy:

The Florida Keys Paddling Guide, by Bill Keogh

Bill is a good friend, noted nature photographer and runs some ecotours out by No-Name Key (an awesome spot by the way).  Truth is there are sooooo many good launches, not least of which are in Bill's book.   And almost all of them are free.

So I wouldn't worry too much about launching from your motel (any motel on the water can probably be launched from anyway).  

Buy the book, but I have to mention one:  Cudjoe Key/Blimp Rd, MM 21.3.  Take Blimp Rd. north to dead end on the water (about 2 miles).  Unload, then park your car out of the way to avoid the boat trailer crowd.  Super area to explore...

Oh, and another:  it is well worth paying a few bucks for Long Key State Park at MM 67.5.  Great bonefish flats oceanside.  The eastern point is great for huge cuda and traveling tarpon.  On the NE side is a huge bight or bay that you can access from a launch near the entrance (ask the rangers).

Good luck...

Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 18 2006,06:57

Tight lines,
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xman Offline

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Posted: June 18 2006,05:12

Like Capn' says, Bill's book is very good with a lot of useful info.

Now, on a down note, the Keys' we all know and love are disappearing, the great little ma&pa operations are being sold out, my favorite was Neptunes Hideaway (near FBO), it's closed now bought out by big developers.
Pop's motel is still going but for how long?
 Trailer parks are also disappearing all over the state, chewed up by the big greedy conglomerates.
 Big money is changing south Florida at such speed that we little guys won't even be able to enjoy it much longer.
 Sorry about the depressing news but it's reality.
 Yeah! try Pop's for a nice little place you can beach launch. Xman:
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