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Old 02-08-2011, 11:38 PM
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I am planning a fishing trip to Southern FL (somewhere in the Keys) in March and was wondering what fishing opportunities were available, where a good and reasonably priced place to stay is, and was also wondering about who the reliable charter captains are in that general area and how much they charge, and finally how would I be able to get my catch home? I live in NE Pennsylvania.

I know this is a lot of questions at one time, but any information you can offer to me would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-09-2011, 11:24 AM
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Islamorada or Marathon is where i would recommend staying. There are plenty of places listed on-line. Depends if your are going with the 'boys' or the family. Not much in the way of beaches but great diving or snorkeling, even from shore. March can be iffy as to weather so be prepared to have high winds and some cold breezes if your trip coincides with a cold front. Hawks Cay in the Marathon area is superb but pricey, however it is good for the family. Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada is another one. Check out Trip Advisor for reviews on properties. Can't help you as far as guides but there are a couple of guides on here including David Shugar who should be able to help. Good luck!
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:50 PM
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You need to try to narrow your search a little. There are great places and captains from Key Largo to Key West ( 125 miles !! ) Check out the Florida Sportsmans site and look for boats on the local charterboat association web sites. Both of the places to stay mentioned above are real pricey,but nice. Good luck in your search,and PM me if I can help you further.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:55 PM
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It would be my wife and myself. We both enjoy fishing.

We would be going on March 11 to March 17th.(Yeah, I know Spring break.) We would like to avoid the Spring break crowd if at all possible. We are both in our 30's, laid back, and like peace quiet and relaxation.

She would have a fit if the rooms were not completely clean, too small of a size, not quiet, or if the place did not have a friendly staff.

We would like to spend no more than $100 per night for lodging.

We would like to visit the keys, but would also consider other locations in Florida as long as the fishing was good.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:17 PM
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You won't get past the front door at the Cheeca or Hawks Cay for $100 !! Try Lime Tree Bay or The Yellowtail, for out of the way nice places that are on the water and won't be full of crazy spring breakers. Should be closer to your price range also.
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Thank you.

We will be looking into The Yellowtain Inn.

How is the fishing in March?
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:58 PM
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I would avoid Key West that week b/c that is in the middle of spring break for most colleges and it is INSANE. Trust me I am in college and will be going again this year!!!
For $100 a night I would look into some places from Islamorada to Marathon, and as far as Charters go I would look into getting a charter out of Caloosa Cove at Mile Marker 73.5. They will likely be alittle bit cheaper than some of the charters just up the road at Bud n' Mary's.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:40 PM
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If you have never been to the Florida Keys, you are in for a great experience, but FYI, the Keys are a very expensive destination and you are kidding yourself to think you can find decent accommodations that your wife would approve for anything close to $100/nite in season.
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Did anyone say Little Palm Island? No, wait. That's a little over $100. Per hour!
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Did anyone say Little Palm Island? No, wait. That's a little over $100. Per hour!

ROFLMAO; been there done that........... $100/nite in season... maybe Days Inn in Key West.

Look for a shower and a bed then do everything else in between.
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We've been going to Key West in March for the past few years and I will say that there are plenty of fish to catch no matter whether you stay inshore (on the grass flats and channels), patch reefs, or outside the reef. We've caught over 20 different species just on the flats and in the channels in March...some of them small, others sub-legal size or closed season...but fun to catch. The reef has many more species, and the pelagics are outside the reef. March is a transition month and some species will be migrating out and some will be coming in. Tarpon and mahi may not be in strong yet, but kingfish and blackfin tuna should still be pretty strong. Catchable numbers of sailfish too, if you're not going for meat.

One thing about March though - it can be windy, which can make the seas outside the reef quite bumpy. You might get 2 days a week when it's pretty calm out there (less than 15 knots and seas less than 3 feet)...seas of 4-6, 5-7 ft are fairly common. If it were me I'd be tempted to wait until 2 days out and check the weather before booking...in this economy you can probably find plenty of captains available.

Good luck on finding anything decent in the Keys for $100 / night.
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Did anyone say Little Palm Island? No, wait. That's a little over $100. Per hour!
LOL
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LOL
Right. They've got a few Special rates this month on a few open dates where they are not booked up. The "Special" rates are $790/night!

The up side to Little Palm Island is that it is beyond 5 star, if you have the means.
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Right. They've got a few Special rates this month on a few open dates where they are not booked up. The "Special" rates are $790/night!

The up side to Little Palm Island is that it is beyond 5 star, if you have the means.
I used to stay there when I was a kid 3 or 4 nights a week with the former caretaker when it was just "Little Munson Island" for free. I didn't know how good I had it.
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