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Old 09-30-2020, 11:33 AM
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Found a few videos of my late father fishing in the Keys. He was a charter boat captain in the Northeast as am I. We spent a lot of time in the keys fishing together. Since his passing, my brother and I take the boat from Maryland to the Keys for a few weeks a year to fish. I would love to be able to fish this same spot.


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https://ibb.co/TkwxFjG

this is another one.
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Looks like the Boot Key bridge just SW of Islamorada.
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The bridge on the right is a segmental concrete bridge. There are only 4 in the Keys. Channel 5, Long Key, 7 mile and Niles Channel.

It is not Channel 5 as that one has large single column/wall piers.

It is not 7 mile as that one has circular double column piers.

My guess is long key bridge. However, I can't rule out niles channel bridge.

Here is long key:

https://www.google.com/maps/@24.7951...!7i2576!8i1932


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Keep in mind there are 42 bridges in the Keys. There is a good chance that the bridge in the first and second picture were not the same bridge. Hard to tell though as second picture looks like many in the Keys.

If you know roughly where you stayed down there that would help. The Keys are over 120 miles long.
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
The bridge on the right is a segmental concrete bridge. There are only 4 in the Keys. Channel 5, Long Key, 7 mile and Niles Channel.

It is not Channel 5 as that one has large single column/wall piers.

It is not 7 mile as that one has circular double column piers.

My guess is long key bridge. However, I can't rule out niles channel bridge.

Here is long key:

https://www.google.com/maps/@24.7951...!7i2576!8i1932
I initially thought Niles but the first photo perspective seems to show a long single elevation for the new bridge. Niles has a gradual rise in elevation over most of the length so I don’t think it matches. They are very close together though like shown in the first picture.
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I think it might be the 7 mile bridge. Spent many a nights before 2 day season camped out under a spot that looks just like that. If you look closer I think the columns are round and not square, but I could be wrong. Also note the cross beam has space above the water unlike the long key picture. Although on second look the guard rail on the old bridge appears to be different from my pictures, but I think there were sections where the rail changed on the 7 mile bridge.

A couple pictures of mine of the 7 mile bridge...

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While I was looking for these bridge pictures found a cool picture I thought I'd share. Closest we've been to a waterspout. What was really cool is the think was pulsing like it was alive.
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Are the columns in his picture round or square/rectangular? I can't tell but that would be helpful to know. If round it could be 7 mile.
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Its the 7 mile bridge
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Long Key Bridge
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If the 2nd pic is of the same bridge as the first pic, it’s not 7 mile. Knights Key does not look like that.
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Niles columns are fluted ( branched ) at the top
I think it's 7 mile looking North
just seem squared in pic
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Not Knights key, Little Duck key at the other end... JMHO
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They are definitely round columns. I actually have video of it.... I took some snapshots from them. It is the same bridge in both photos. I thought that them being that close together and one having round arches that someone may immediately recognize it.
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I think it's Niles by the construction of the old bridge.
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I too am now leaning towards Niles channel Bridge.
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I think we didn't ask you the most important question, what Key was your primary destination?
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Originally Posted by axemanst3 View Post
I too am now leaning towards Niles channel Bridge.
for sure not Niles, way to low for a long period of time, Niles isn’t long but high. It’s 7 mile, second picture is coming into Marathon it looks like.
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Originally Posted by LivingBroke View Post
Not Knights key, Little Duck key at the other end... JMHO

You know what, I got turned around. You might be spot on there.

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