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Keys - What to fish for and who to fish with?

Old 03-06-2019, 07:21 PM
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Default Keys - What to fish for and who to fish with?

We have never been to the Keys before and are staying in Key West at the Hyatt Beach Club, with a few families during the last week of July. A group of 4-5 guys is looking to book a one day fishing charter. The age varies from 16 to 55 and there is a wide range of fishing experience. Who should we fish with and what should we fish for? Any ideas on the a solid cook your catch restaurant? Any other must see/do recommendations are appreciated as well, thanks in advance.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:11 PM
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Not the greatest time of the year to be fishing in Key West. Hot. It's mahi time. Bonefishing is good, but not for a big group, obviously. You could always go reef fishing, yawn.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:37 PM
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Set up a day with Robert Trosset Spindrift Fishing ? Sportfishing with the world famous Robert Trosset tell him you want action...no matter what you catch....but you would like to catch enough good eating fish to feed X number of people....you could easily do two types of fishing in a single day..reef for yellowtail...troll for mani.....live bait for tuna...live bait for kings....
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:02 AM
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Dream Catcher Charters will hook it up!
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Old 03-07-2019, 04:21 PM
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Unfortunately we don't have any control over the time frame as we are lucky to be taking advantage of a friend's time share. It will definitely be hot but hopefully the wind is laying low and the Mahi as well as some other species are hitting.

Thank you for the recommendations I will check them out. I had a friend fish with RT's son a while back and he had a good experience so I am going to explore that option as well. Keep them coming as I appreciate the heads up.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by ReefTroller View Post
Set up a day with Robert Trosset Spindrift Fishing ? Sportfishing with the world famous Robert Trosset tell him you want action...no matter what you catch....but you would like to catch enough good eating fish to feed X number of people....you could easily do two types of fishing in a single day..reef for yellowtail...troll for mani.....live bait for tuna...live bait for kings....
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I've had a few great charters with the Dream Catcher crew. Nice fleet of Yellowfin boats and top of the line gear.
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Half shell raw bar will cook your catch.
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Originally Posted by ReefTroller View Post
Set up a day with Robert Trosset Spindrift Fishing ? Sportfishing with the world famous Robert Trosset tell him you want action...no matter what you catch....but you would like to catch enough good eating fish to feed X number of people....you could easily do two types of fishing in a single day..reef for yellowtail...troll for mani.....live bait for tuna...live bait for kings....
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Old 03-11-2019, 09:13 PM
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I appreciate the feedback folks. Going to try and make one of these happen and will let to you know when I do. Still have a few months before we head down so feel free to let me know any KW info you care to share.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:56 AM
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Officially booked with RT for the end of July. We will be sure to hydrate and hopefully there is plenty of hot action.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:48 PM
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So many things to do, but considering the wide age range, would suggest you put these on your list:\

Sunset for sure - Mallory Square or Ocean Key (crowded place), very touristy but everyone will ask you when you get home if you did it.
Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum - take the tour
Take both of the tour trains - they cover some different areas, and it will give you a good overview of the island
tour the lighthouse museum
Hemingway's house is worth the tour, especially if you have read his books
Wreckers Museum tour - its cool in there (nice in July)
Visit Martello Fort.
Walk around, see the B&B's, other threads have great suggestions for great happy hours, etc. There are churches, old neighborhoods, for goodness sake get off Duval and see the city. It's magnificent away form the tourist crap.

Get some neck cooler towels for everyone. Have fun!
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:59 AM
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Officially booked with RT for the end of July. We will be sure to hydrate and hopefully there is plenty of hot action.

RT’s son Robert Jr runs a New Freeman 34 for dive trips (also out of Ocean’s Edge) being July its hot and the water clarity is usually very good its a great time to be in the water if that is of interest to you? Robert is a phenomenal dive instructor and like his dad and other brother (chris) a lot of fun on the water.

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Old 03-16-2019, 11:12 AM
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Current - Thank you very much for the info outside of fishing. The age range for total guests on the trip will be 2yrs - 61yrs so the more tricks up our sleeves the better off we will be. I appreciate you taking the time to list quite a few solid options and will let you know which ones we hit up.

Trayder - Thanks for reaching out. It is ironic that you mention Robert, I touched base with him last night via text. We were unaware that it will be mini season for lobster and when we found out his name came up. Diving in general and lobstering both interest us so we are going to see if we can make it happen. I know folks have there own take on mini season but that is the time we are there so might as well experience it for ourselves. Being able to hop on a Freeman would be an added bonus.

I appreciate the willingness of all to share your first hand knowledge and experience. - - Cheers
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