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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:19 PM 02/22/16 (CST)
We went on vacation with some friends down in the Florida Keys. Islamorada to be more precise. So the 4 of us decided to do some off-shore fishing. Booked a boat out of Bud n Mary's. Unlucky for us the wind was a howling. So the seas were running about 4-5 feet initially, and grew to 6-8'....pretty rough on everyone, especially the wives! But they were troopers, they just watched as we tried to stay upright and fight fish. It wasn't easy but we came back with some serious memories!

We caught 14 different species of fish! We were after Sailfish, Wahoo, and Kings. And any bottom fish that would cooperate off the wrecks. So we caught plenty of Hogfish Snapper, which were excellent to eat! One 8 foot long Sailfish by me! And a nice Barracuda by Jeff on the way in.

We had an amazing time, and lived to tell about it! The boat we were on was the Reel McCoy, I would recommend them for anyone who hits the keys!

1st up, the 1st mate holding up my Sailfish, tagged and released, 8' long! And it must have jumped at least 2 dozen times!



GoPro video shot of the fight!



Jeffs Barracuda



What a hogfish snapper looks like!



And this is what the snapper looks like prepared to eat at a local restaurant called Lazy Days! You just walk in with the fish you catch, cleaned of course, and they cook them up for you however you'd like! Man this was an awesome feast! 3 kinds on this platter! From left to right its Jalapeno, Ranchero, Bahamian! Oh my!




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:47 AM 02/23/16 (CST)
That looks like an amazing trip, thanks for sharing! I have only fished the salt a handful of times but it amazes me. The power of all those fish compared to our freshwater fish is eye opening! I'm headed down to Marco Island, FL on 4/2 for a week and am very excited. We're on the water so I rented 2 kayaks for the week so I can get out and play around with some Inshore species.





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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:20 AM 03/02/16 (CST)
Mitch, you are correct about power! When I was a kid I was fishing from a rock pier in NC and hooked something huge. Most likely a shark. It stripping all the line off my reel and left me wondering what the heck could do that to me! Needless to say, I've been hooked ever since!

Every chance I can, I go saltwater fishing on a vacation. Don't really care that much what I catch, as long as I catch something. And most of the time you have no idea what you are going to catch too! That 8' sail was my longest, a 175lb tarpon is my biggest. I know I have had on huge sharks but was never able to land one of those giants. But just hooking up with a fish that swims like a Volkswagon is a rush!

I'm sure you will have a blast backwater fishing near Marco, I know that area too! Be sure to hit some of the passes for those Spanish mackerel, when they are in it's every cast, and they're great eating. And I'm sure we should be looking forward to another video! smile smiley
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