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Old 04-28-2011, 03:33 PM
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Default Planning Fishing Trip: Please Help

My brothers and I are planning a fishing related trip to the southern climates next winter but since I'm a northern guy, I need serious help with what's running and where to go.

I've been to lots of Caribbean Islands, but only with my wife. This is a totally different trip. We used to fish every year, kinda family thing. But work has taken over our lives and we need to try something in the winter.

Here's some parameters:
  • 4 or possibly 5 adult men
  • Would like at least 1 or 2 days Offshore for something Considered "Big Game"
  • the other couple of days, possibly flats fishing
  • January or February
  • Don't need nightlife. I'm the baby and I'm 48!
  • Probably no longer than 4 or 5 days on site, so long plane rides and connections would be tough. 1 Day travel, each way max.
Destinations, charter recommendations, accommodations? All considered!

Thanks in advance
Old 04-28-2011, 05:07 PM
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I would recommend the keys. You can do a sailfish charter and inshore flats if the wind isn't howling which is always a risk in the winter. JAN/FEB is prime sailfish time.

At least in the keys you're putting dollars back into the U.S economy and supporting Americans. Just a thought.
Old 04-28-2011, 05:42 PM
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I'll second the Keys. There's a good chance it'll be windy during those months, but the best part of the Keys is that you can generally find a way to get out of the wind. Depending on the direction you can fish the Atlantic or the Gulf or find somewhere tucked back out of any wind at all.

As far as the Keys, I've only been to Hawk's Cay Resort, but that's more family-oriented and a little on the expensive side, but there are some excellent captains right there.

I also spent a day fishing in Key West on a cruise shore excursion once but I didn't get to see much beyond the dock we were tied up to.

I do, however, have several good friends down in Key West. They like to torture me with fishing reports and I definitely need to make it down there one of these days. Capt. Steve Lamp is a guide down there who I think might suit your needs because he doesn't just run offshore OR inshore charters, he runs both. I might be biased because I know him and he runs Yellowfins, but if I were heading down there he's the guy I'd go with. Being that you could charter him for all 5 days you could be flexible and avoid getting locked into an offshore charter in advance and then have the offshore weather crap out or vice versa with an inshore charter. The beauty being that you could just have him on hold for all 5 days and then pick your target species and your heading based on the weather.

His website is here: Dream Catcher Charters

That way you could fly right into Key West or any of the other area airports and rent a car to drive.

Obviously I don't have firsthand knowledge staying there but I was talking to a friend once who stayed at both the Waldorf Astoria and the Key West Marriott Beachside and said that despite the Waldorf being more expensive, the Marriott was much, much nicer and she recommended it over any of the other hotels on the island. No idea what their prices are like or the location or what you're looking for as far as accomodations, but that's what I hear.

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