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Old 04-05-2004, 01:30 PM
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I'm a Minnesota boy moving to the Keys. Where would anyone recommend getting a good primer on fishing in the Keys. I know I'll do some Tarpon fishing as well as reef. Eventually offshore. Also looking for advise on rods, reels and other essential gear. Assume I know nothing.

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This is a good place to start
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Old 04-05-2004, 01:54 PM
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Ask a ye shall receive!

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Happy reading! Just think how much longer it would take you to get this kinda info before Al Gore invented the internet .

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thomasfxlt - 4/5/2004 12:30 PM

I'm a Minnesota boy moving to the Keys. Where would anyone recommend getting a good primer on fishing in the Keys. I know I'll do some Tarpon fishing as well as reef. Eventually offshore. Also looking for advise on rods, reels and other essential gear. Assume I know nothing.

Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the Keys. Used to live down there and fished all the time. Put away the muskie sticks, or save them for grouper fishing. Break out a limber spinner for bonefish and a medium heavy caster for tarpon. Stop in at Capt Harrys in Miami or World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada and listen to the old timers. If you're a fly fisherman, all the better.
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Old 04-09-2004, 09:58 AM
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So I suppose I might as well leave all my walleye gear up north. I'll miss those elusive little bottom dwellers.

Looking foward to a change of pace. Moving to the Keys in Oct. Hope to spend June and July in Minnesota at our cabin on Gull Lake. I wish we could stay through August, but schools start in August in Florida. (what's up with that?)
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You can't beat Ugly Stick rods, especially the 'Custom' series, for price and versatality. And a Penn 650 SS will last forever and can catch a wide variety of fish. Shimano Baitrunners are real nice too if you like to put the rod down and relax for a while.
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Old 04-09-2004, 04:34 PM
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thomasfxlt - 4/9/2004 8:58 AM

So I suppose I might as well leave all my walleye gear up north. I'll miss those elusive little bottom dwellers.

Looking foward to a change of pace. Moving to the Keys in Oct. Hope to spend June and July in Minnesota at our cabin on Gull Lake. I wish we could stay through August, but schools start in August in Florida. (what's up with that?)
Nope, didn't say that. Bring the walleye gear. You'll find a use for them down there. There's plenty of snappers and flats dwellers that provide hours of fun. You're lucky to be going there after the 'cane season. Some places in the state have year-round school.
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Old 04-11-2004, 01:05 PM
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I made the same transition about a year and a half ago, from fishing the N GA mountains and bass fishing on the lakes, to living in coastal SC. Keep your freshwater gear around, it will come in handy with alot of inshore fish, you just have to get in the habit of washing everything when you are done. I'd recommend you find a fishing club down there and join immediately, for the dues of a fishing club you can ride out with other locals and save $$ on what you would have spent on charters to learn everything. And you make friends, which can be tough to do when you move across the country.
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