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Posted: June 24 2007,07:40

Indian Key in Islamorada, mm 78.5 is a Florida Historic Site and should be with it's rich history.  First settled about 1820 with the first general store in the keys.  Then developed by John Jacob Housman who moved his wrecking business there from Key West, and also the home of Dr. Henry Perrine, a famous botanist.  Housman built a thriving community - the roads and remants of the public square and hotel remain.  

All came to an end when Housman offered to kill all the Indians of South Florida for two hundred dollars each.  Hearing of this the Seminoles attacked - the Indian Island Massacre.  Accessible only by private or charter boat or, of course, kayaks.  There are a couple docks, now closed due to hurricane damages, but it is still OK to land your kayak and walk around.

The key is located maybe a half mile off the bridge/pass.  Good access only at higher tides, plan carefully.  Sue Sea and I have long planned to circumnavigate this neat key, one of the few locations we hadn't hit.

Yesterday was the day - perfect conditions, sea like glass, absolute high tide and a good one.  Launched on the northwest end of the bridge (there's a boat launch there, very nice).  Bring pool noodles to rest your hull on the stony launch area.

Launched and under the bridge heading east toward Indian.  This is a very popular tarpon fishing area and I have seen some pretty large tarpon being fought more than once.  The ocean was glassy and you could see everything, including some rolling tarpon....

More to follow...


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Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 24 2007,15:18

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Posted: June 24 2007,15:43



Indian Key is a bare half mile off the bridge.  The pass is a well known tarpon transit point and many large tarpon are caught here.  There are flats to both the north and south of the channel.

On this particular day Sue Sea and I launched at high tide and made it around Indian Key.  At this point the tide had turned and a nice current was moving east to west, carrying us toward the bridge.

In the area noted I had two HUGE hits, I'd say 3 foot plus, very heavy.  Both sucked in my top water and were quite heavy.  Unlike a cuda slashing strike in both cases all I noted was a heavy roll and my lure disappeared - surprising strikes.  Lost both, but this was indeed a good day.  

The flats around Indian Key go almost aground, so this is a high tide fishing spot.  There is good flow over the flat and I recommend the area noted for my drift.  Of course you can fish the channel's edge and this is highly recommended.

You can anchor near the pass and go for tarpon.  And I have always noted a number of guides in the area, so you know it's all good.

Anyway, it is a marvelous spot, with additional keys in the area to the west of the pass.  


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Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 24 2007,15:45

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