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Old 01-25-2015, 04:10 PM
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Looking for ideas/recommendations for vacationing the first week of June in the Keys. Looking for a good location that would be the best fit for me, my wife and twenty year old son and his girlfriend. The girls like to fish some but mostly on the troll(aka boat riding) is their favorite.

Is first of June too late for the sailfish bite?

Any suggestions on locations and target species is greatly appreciated!

Just starting to look into options.

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Old 01-25-2015, 07:56 PM
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Islamorada,

Islamorada, really has the best restaurants and places to stay in all the Keys, with out going to Key West. Cheeca lodge, Islander, Moorings, or rent a house.http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...aways.com...It is the more upscale key. Chef's Michaels, Kayio Grill are excellent restaurants $$$..Ma's Fishing camp, Lazy Days are decent other choices..and stop by Bayside Gourmet for pizza or their "Big Fat Chocolate Cake" or delicious Key Lime pie.

You are going at a great time of year to catch lots of things..weather is usually better too...sail fishing is pretty slow that time of year..but Mahi mahi fishing it at its peak, reef fishing is great. Bill Chapman of https://www.captaincadillac.com/home.html is a great guy..first class....Check out Tred Barta's Facebook page and see the 11/17/2014 posting about being his choice for he personal Captain. OR Tred's article in the Florida Sport Fishing about Bill.

I would tell you my Tarpon guide but he's book from April to October..7 days a week...no chance. http://www.mbcboats.com/ttblog/

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Old 01-26-2015, 04:58 AM
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Not to mention your Tarpon guide is a living legend - FishHarder..

In Key West all the same as Fish Harder has mentioned. Good dolphin but offshore frankly I think Islamorada has a better offshore bite in June. Room rates will be slightly better in The Upper Keys than Key West but I think we have more to do in the way of off water entertainment in Key West.

Inshore I think we have it better than the upper Keys just because of the expanse of our fishing area.
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You got that right Capt Steve..I have had the privilege to fish with Mark for over 30 yrs. I guess he has caught 40,000 , a conservative estimate..tarpon in his life time...yet listen to is excitement over the fish that is 20,001.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33N6f5O5ff0

If you can do something 20,000 times and still get this excited...you are in the right job.

You can't go wrong with Key West fishing either, like Capt Steve said...the expanse of habitat is enviable.

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Islamorada or Marathon....
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lower keys or islamorada- if it is rough you stillhave protected waters that hold fish. that time of year= BIG DOLPHIN!
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We always stay in Marathon. It’s a little cheaper and it’s close enough to Key West so it’s not that bad a drive
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June is too late for a dependable sailfish bite, but my guess is Key West would have the best opportunity for a sail at that time of year. KW might have more fun things to keep everyone happy.
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Originally Posted by jws58 View Post
We always stay in Marathon. It’s a little cheaper and it’s close enough to Key West so it’s not that bad a drive
That's one of the things I love about Marathon - it's slap dab in the middle of the Keys and you can get to Islamorada one way and Key West the other easily.
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Live in Marathon, looked all over before I bought. Been here 15 years still love it.
I have a duplex in Key Colony Beach which is a great area with quick access to the Atlantic and Bay.
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Originally Posted by flbluerunner View Post
Live in Marathon, looked all over before I bought. Been here 15 years still love it.
Best place to live in the Keys - we nearly bought a home 83rd on the reef side, private harbor, widow's walk with astonishing views - so unhappy it fell through.

In Marathon, you have the keys, the fishing, the views, the sunsets - and you also have the trappings of real life..Publix, CVS, etc....right there. Reef side in Marathon is indeed the best place in the Keys. Warmer in the winter than the bay side, cooler in the summer.
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Thanks for the replies!


John,

I did not see a selection in the drop down for the unit numbers you gave?
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We prefer Marathon as well for the reasons already stated. If you are close enough to Vaca Cut or 7 Mile Bridge you can fish either side easily although the bridge over the cut is low the average center console can get under it.

Key Colony Beach rentals used to have access to a beach club. I'm not sure if that is still the case, but that was pretty sweet.

We found a nice clean ocean side rental on VRBO that we have returned to 3 times.
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Originally Posted by Door#3 View Post
If you are close enough to Vaca Cut or 7 Mile Bridge you can fish either side easily although the bridge over the cut is low the average center console can get under it.
Yeah, love Vaca Cut area and 7 Mile Bridge area. To me, that IS the Keys...two different oceans - meeting on one small thin island chain. It's funny that between Islamorada and 7 Mile Bridge - about 45 miles or so - everything real estate is based on how close you are to a cut where you can access both the Gulf and the Atlantic easily, regardless of which side you are on.

The other thing is how localized the residents are for driving. I was talking to a realtor, her office was at like MM 53 - and she said "oh, we never go way down there..." - referring to 7 Mile Bridge....which starts at MM 47.
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i am laying out a summer trip also, is alligator reef convenient to marathon or Islamorada?
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Alligator is Islamorada, mm82.

The best plan would be stay two nights in Key West , then two nights in Marathon, then three nights in Islamorada...get a charter in each place...ask each Captain what are my options as far as fish to catch....then go do it.

You will get a flavor of each place and and decide for yourself. Because you know you are going to want to come back again and again.
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
Alligator is Islamorada, mm82.

The best plan would be stay two nights in Key West , then two nights in Marathon, then three nights in Islamorada...get a charter in each place...ask each Captain what are my options as far as fish to catch....then go do it.

You will get a flavor of each place and and decide for yourself. Because you know you are going to want to come back again and again.
I like this advice. My first trip, I flew into Lauderdale and drove down. Everyone should do that once. Islamorada, Marathon and KW are the three main areas....and they're all different....and on that "want to come back again and again...." - damned right.
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Originally Posted by FishHarder View Post
Alligator is Islamorada, mm82.

The best plan would be stay two nights in Key West , then two nights in Marathon, then three nights in Islamorada...get a charter in each place...ask each Captain what are my options as far as fish to catch....then go do it.

You will get a flavor of each place and and decide for yourself. Because you know you are going to want to come back again and again.
We’ve done that before and that’s a lot of running around. This is our 5th time down and there’s a lot to be said for getting a good rental with a boat dock with easy access to both sides of the island and just chill. I get up way before the wife. I can hit the water. Get in a couple hours of fishing before she gets up. Have breakfast and head to Key West.
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Islamorada trip is incredible, watch out for the shallow water though, it is everywhere and tricky.

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