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Offshore, reef or flats fishing, Fish the Dream can offer you the complete Florida Keys fishing adventure. Since 2002 we have been providing affordable fishing holidays.

The Florida Keys are a chain of tropical islands extending to just over 100 miles and linking the southern tip of Florida to Key West just 90 miles from Cuba. The most diverse and well managed tropical sport fishing in the world

  • Custom Designed Holidays
  • Small Party Packages
  • Fishing Paradise
  • All year round

Please contact me for more details Rodney Goodship
email: rdngd@aol.com
Tel/Fax: 01668 216173

Below is my informal blog, keeping you updated of our latest catches and adventures


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Quality time

Its nice and satisfying when one of our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys is more than just about fishing.  This recently happened when regular  Andrew  Kretzschmar came over for a holiday.  This time it was to be some serious farther and son time and I have to say looking at the photos I am more than jealous.  My darling wife first presented me with two gorgeous daughters and being very much a hunting, shooting fishing man even  though I did take them fishing it was hard work.  So when our third child was born and it was a boy I had high hopes same problem try as I did and all my friends saying  ” dont force him give him time ” but alas not to be and with his passion of football and golf just not to be.  However I do now have two grandsons and yes I have taken them fishing and I have taken my granddaughter and guess what they love it so its jumped a generation.  Back to Andrew and son Max some cracking fish for the week and a great last tarpon day just what the doctor ordered.

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What was also special about Andrews week was much appreciated thank you email with all that’s going wrong in my life its good to know its going well in Florida.  Capt Drew is working out far better than I ever hope yes he is doing things a bit different to me but with my current problems and being to ill to fly I am more than greatful.  I am sure he will not mind but I will post his email

Hi Rodney

Just to let you know we had a fantastic time, memories for a life time.Drew was incredible, really impressive – you need to hang on to him.The last day topped an wonderful trip, hooking 3 tarpon and landing 1 of them!All the best and wishing you well again.

Regards

Andrew

Super big smile this side of the pond but during tarpon time my heart  (  with all its problems ) is still  4000 miles away in the Florida Keys

My Jersey Boys

As most of you might know personally its been a tough year for me on the health front.  After a very good and healthy 62 years on this planet the last two have been very much making up for it.  Whilst the three hearts attacks out of nowhere meant I very much had to change my life style I could still carry on nearly as normal.  However now with major problems to my immune system resulting in me being unable to fly any long haul we had some major changes to do with our  Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys.  I have to say its going way better than we had hoped and with local Captain Drew at the helm the stunning fishing of the Keys keeps on going and even getting better mixing Drew’s over 10 experience with our 14 years of marks and methods.

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Yes its been tough looking at all the photos of happy smiling anglers and all their fish the blue sky and my beloved boat all over 4000 miles away.  None more so than the smiling faces of one of my top crews  The Jersey Boys,  Rob Shipley has been coming from nearly the start and was not sure if this was his  12 th  or  13 th trip.  Over the years Rob and his crew have brought many a smile to my face and in my opinion just does the fishing thing so right.  Have a target fish but if the weather or conditions don’t allow plan  ” A  ”  go to plan  ” B ”  or even ” C  ”  most of all just fish and enjoy what you can when you can.  One of my regrets with my current health problems is all the days I could have gone fishing and did not go take heed.

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So this year’s target fish was Permit so a long time ago dates were picked and plans made not sure how it happened maybe having to take up to  12  tablets a day but ended up with a few days over lap with the next party so ended up having to put Rob on a friends boat for a few days.  This paid off big time and with the weather gods on his side I thinks its ok to say Rob and his friends well and truly smashed the permit and a great personal tarpon to round his trip off.  One thing is for sure if I ever needed a reason to get well and back to the Keys its to fish with Rob and the Jersey boys again thanks.

It’s that time of year

In  all many years now our  fourteen of doing Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys the most coveted weeks are late April and early May often booking up years in advance. The reason being the migration of the iconic tarpon through the Florida Keys and the annual spawn of the famous permit on the wrecks just offshore.  Both fish the reason people have been coming to the Keys for many a years and many years to come.  Both fish now have new protection and the superb way sport fish are manged in Florida the fishing will only get better.  The only problem this year is that for the first time in nearly 20 years I am stuck in the  UK  to ill to fly some new hope however after recent operations and a somewhat larger than I hope muscle biopsy my team have a small lead and I am being transferred the main university hospital in Edinburgh so fingers crossed.

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The only slight problem I have and slighty annoying one is that Capt Drew seems to doing just fine with out me we are in touch on a daily basis and Drew seems more than capable and with some help on the phone and internet all is going well and the photos are prof.  Drew seems to like fishing live mullet at night where I used to like early morning and crab but the other day with just two anglers he had a 2 for 2 evening you just cant ask for more than that.

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Drew is also smashing PB’s both for the boat and groups of anglers just last week he had Kevin’s group and on one permit trip not one but all four anglers broke their PB’s for permit top marks.  On an other trip of the Shipley boys from Jersey not only did Rob have a near 100 lb tarpon but Chris had a boat PB  jack crevalle a 20 lb plus fish.  Knowing just how hard that jacks fight I bet that one pulled like a train and as we see Chris was more than up to the job stunning fish.  Keep the good work up Drew you will never know how much I wish I was there but when complaining to my doctors the other day one said  ”  stop bitching at least you are the right side of the turf ”  but boy I wish the turf was 4000 miles to the west.

John’s week

It was great to see John, Ian and Dereck back again for their annual  Fishing Holiday in the Florida Keys.  They are right up there as one of my top crews who just get how to have a fishing holiday.  Yes they come to catch fish and yes they all like big but to them its a bit more than just about fishing.  Most years they like to coincide their trip with the local Marathon Sea Food festival this had been going now for many years and is not just about the local seafood but all things to do with the sea from fishing to boats and all in between.  This year with good weather an other great success and a good time was had by all and from the tans and stories John’s crew was one of them.  If any one else is interested just look up Marathon Sea food festival and you can see what it is all about.

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John came round the other day to let me catch up on all the fishing stories and just to say how much he enjoyed the fishing and how well he got on with our new Captain Drew Meyer.  Capt Mike has moved on the lure of a bigger boat, bigger engines is just what happens in the Florida Keys I wish him well and both myself and my wife have many happy memories not only when he was our Captain but from the time he stayed in our house at one stage I thought Helen my wife wanted to adopted him she certainly feed him well.  Captain Drew is fitting very well and all the crews have had nothing but praise and fingers crossed he will stay.

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One of John’s funnier stories was something that happens a lot on the wrecks.  When we fish for our big goliath grouper we have to have the drag set to full from the start as you only have one chance to turn its head.  unfortunately  this means that when something else takes the bait and wants to make a fast run away from the wreck no line will come off the reel.  This happened to poor John the other week when his grouper bait was picked up by a monster shark it all happens so quickly you tend to worry about losing the rod than resetting the drag which with a lever drag means going to free spool first.  John was laughing about it telling us he was very close to going over I often say with a smile fine by me but make sure it’s all on video.

What will we catch ?

When we started our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys nearly fourteen years ago this was the most frequently asked and rightly so question.  Now with the fourteen years behind us its a much easier question to answer.  Most of our guests are repeat customers so they know what to expect but with our new link to Sportquest holidays I am being asked the old question again. This time it’s so much easier  to answer with nearly 500 blogs on this website forum going back to 2010 I just reply have a look at old blogs for the dates you want to come and you will see from our old back catalogue what we caught and you should do the same.  While there are basics like tarpon season April  May and June,  permit spawn April and May if you look through the blogs you will see these fish turning up at other times as well.  With the record for six days fishing  55 species and now  127 different species to the boat you will never be sure which I think is the magic of fishing in the Florida Keys.

 

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With the start of the 2017 tarpon season we nearly always catch our first big fish in March its with sadness I look back at our old blogs and tarpon photos.  Years ago it was OK to take out carefully a big tarpon get the money shot photo safely measure the fish to give a very accurate weight swim the fish to fully regain its strength and release to fight again.  Now with the new laws all fish over 44 inch must remain in the water and no way would I try to measure the fish I have seen way to many 1000 lb shark at tarpon time.  So now its head out of water not the same but it’s what the boffins want its such as shame I still remember the guys round the laptop when we put in the measurements of a very big fish  80 in length and 44 in girth a massive boat PB  208 LBS.

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Very strange request from a new party this year.  Not bothered about tarpon or big just want lots of different species on lots of different methods.  Well as I have said before this is why we are good at what we do you the angler is in total control of your holiday.  Start when you want, stop when you want, fish for what you want and any way you want enough said just enjoy.

Review of the year part two

No review of a year fishing in the Florida Keys is complete without the mention of the two iconic fish of the Keys the tarpon and the permit.  2016 was a good if not better than other years the only problem I now have as people have grown old with us as we enter our 14 th year of doing Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys catching that 100 lb plus bar of silver is no longer top of the to do list.  We have guys who first came out for their 50 th have been coming back year on year past their 60 th and are still coming back.  So when your Captain says see you all at 3 am and yes we still loose 3 in 4 fish, and yes you might be a spectator for 2 hrs, and yes a 1000 lb shark might want your tarpon more than you,  not quite the same replies as I used to get all those years ago.  However saying all that there is still in my opinion nothing in fishing that comes close to seeing your 150 lb tarpon many feet in the air as the sunrises in the Florida Keys pulling you around like a rag doll.  2016 saw the return of two of my hard core tarpon parties  Rodney Rigby and Neil Ford both were still well up for it and both parties did very well.  I know I have said this before and it seems a bit silly but it is so true  ” the people who catch most tarpon are the people who fish for them the most ” I hope you understand that and I cant make 3 am move.

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Rodney was rewarded this year and I have to give him 10 out of 10 for effort as for years he has always wanted to catch a tarpon on his beloved Moocha  reel a type of centre pin reel.  Well in 2016 his efforts were rewarded and the fun started with no good drag or any sort of gears he did an amazing job the rest of the boat did not help at all in fact we were all in hysterics.  However he proved us all wrong and in about an hour he had the fish to the boat leader touched and job done stella.  Also during the tarpon season we lost a few fish to the grander  1000 lb + shark they are only doing what is natural to them and it makes the holiday for many anglers.  To see the whole attack is just a once in a life time experience yes not the end you wanted but when an apex predator wants a tarpon its only going to end one way.

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Permit again a fantastic year by far the best year ever for trophy fish and also the best year for a lack of shark on the wrecks where the permit spawn.  The big plus facts on permit fishing in the Keys no early start and fight not often over 30 mins and often the case more than one on at a time.  An other big plus we often due to the fact the wrecks are 8 miles offshore get a shot at passing blue water fish feeding birds giving them away and the fact we drift fish for permit we are quick to react   So what will 2017 bring well more of the same I hope but what was the saying  ”  the early bird gets the worm ” so  Tarpon.

 

2016 Review Part One

First a belated Happy New Year to all and as we start our 14 th year of Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys its always good to look back on a year.  Whilst there have been some changes to Fish the Dream due to circumstances out of my control our mission statement remains the same, to provide small party custom designed fishing holidays.  The paying angler has always been our driving force, start the holiday when you want, fish as many days as you want, fish for what you want, start and finish the day when you want we are always there for our guests and happy to change anything to give you a better holiday just ask.

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It was great to start the year with my oldest fishing friend  Martin and  Brian.  Martin has been bringing a smile to my face for over 50 years and I always love to watch the style of Brian a true technical fisherman.  Not the best of the weather at the start of the year but here we have two guys who just like catching fish and with the topography of the Keys bad weather no problem.  I often say on a flat calm day we now have near 500 marks in the GPS as the wind picks up the number of marks drop but you can still fish.  For the traveling angler it often seems surreal but on days with winds over 20 mph we will travel deep into Florida Bay to fish on the leeward side of banks that come up to 6 in deep taking all the wave action off the water.  The one thing you need to keep in mind that in the Keys big fish do not need deep water our all time biggest fish well over  1000 lbs was hooked in just 10 ft of water.

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One of my fun memories of  2016 was when Capt Mike asked  Dylan Bruce and Brian what was their biggest fish ever.  Mike was becoming very good at catching our goliath grouper so fish to 400 lbs are common so it was normally easy to give a new comer a new PB. When Mike asked them what was their biggest fish ever the look on his face was priceless when the replies came back, 500 lbs,  600 lbs and 800 lbs they were marlin fishermen.  It was great as always to see at the start of the year my Jersey boys now on their 11 th trip again a group who just get it so right and I have got old with them over the years. Smile of their week seeing poor old Rob destroyed by an amberjack in over 500 ft of water despite good advise letting a very large jig go down to deep I said it would only end in pain and it did.

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My local boys the Slater party whilst they enjoy their fishing and are very good at it still like the holiday part of a Fishing Holiday and always have a good time in the Keys when they are off the boat and without fail every year they come on more than one occasion I will be reduced to tears of laughter.  More of the changes to Fish the Dream in my next blog but what ever happens in 2017 we will be ticking boxes and making dreams come true.

Season’s Greetings

All at Fish the Dream Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys wish all our past, present and future customers a very  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and fantastic and fishy  2017.

 

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As we start our 14 th year of offering holidays in the Florida Keys we have had to make a few changes but the prime object of mine has always been about catching fish and with 127 species to the boat so far and the best week  55 different species we are still on course.  To me this is what the Keys have always been about not just the massive tarpon and huge grouper and shark but just the variety  of fish and many different ways of fishing.  Ticking boxes is what we do and with many people now coming back on their 10 th trip is appears we seem to be getting right.  One thing I have noticed more and more the guys who come to just have a good time always seem to do well, yes you can try to hard have the basics right knots, hooks ect and the rest will just fall into place.  I was taught many years ago always try to learn from a lost fish so as not to do it again or use every bad experience as a leaning curve.

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Nice to see the local coastguard getting into the festive spirit I have always had total respect for the Florida Coastguard and it the many times we have been stopped at sea for a safety check we have always passed with flying colours.  In fact they are always impressed with our over stocking of all safety equipment I have had over the years always worked on the principal two is better than one and 25 miles offshore the shops are a long way away.  So here is hoping for an epic 2017 and ticking more boxes but please remember have fun.

 

Rupert’s week part two

Ever since I have known Rupert he has always been a big fish guy, years ago I witnessed an epic fight on his boat in the North Sea with a massive porbeagle shark and it was only going to end one way fish to boat and so it was.  So knowing of all the 100 lb plus fish we catch all I had to do was get him to the Florida Keys and it would be game on.  At last year I managed to get him over and the rest is history hook, line and sinker as they say he was hooked.  On his first Fishing Holiday in the Florida Keys one fish did it more than the others I think, our good old brawler the Goliath Grouper.  We are so lucky now having many shallow water marks where these awesome fish live take baits freely grow to over 500 lb and beat you up better than Mike Tyson so on his current trip I knew just what he was going to ask our captain to target and how right was I was.

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A few video clips with this blog and sorry about the somewhat colourful language but it a load of boys and mega grouper so it’s not going to be  ” what a nice big fish ” you can always turn the sound off.  Will we ever get one of the granders back to boat time will tell its a very hard balance of line strength and reel drag we have even been broken off using 200 lb line. There is just so much power and they use it so well and know all the places to hide in the wrecks the odds are always on their side.  Something has to be done about the numbers though these fish eat up to 10 % of their body weight and the total ban on harvest has meant on some wrecks now there is little else again time will tell.  I admire the US fish regulations but when you give an apex predator total protection it can get out of hand and numbers in my opinion need to be controlled for the benefit of all fish stocks.

Ruperts back part one

It was great to see Rupert Dury back in the Keys after years of trying to get him to come over it now seems he can hardly keep away. After now doing Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys for over 12 years we can now see and record changes in the fish and fishing.  Take the African Pompano these used to be rare fish in the Keys and we caught them on the deeper wrecks near 200 ft in the Atlantic. I n recent years we are catching more and more on our distant wrecks in Florida Bay in just about 12 ft of water. Rupert’s party had great fishing for these AP’s as they are now being called even getting double headers not only are these hard fighting jacks but stunning table fare if you like me love eating what you catch. The strange thing about the AP’s they keep their long streamer fins which they are born with in the bay but lose them when they migrate to the Atlantic. In the past for a first timer you will hear the shout rooster fish no its just an African but how cool would it be if we had rooster in the keys.

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They also had fun on our cuda wreck still not sure why but we have one distant wreck in the bay that has a very large population of Barracuda.  The numbers can be so high that on a hot sunny day often the come over to the boat and seek shelter under the hulls.  Talk about frustration to see near 40 lb fish just lying under the boat and not taking anything very annoying.  Also hard to take is the fact they often follow lures right back to the boat and turn away at the last moment.  Often the cause is the angler who slows down the lure as he sees the fish this will make the fish turn away rather than strike.  It was taught to me many years ago why with the example if you are being chased by a lion would you slow down if he got closer, no its the natural thing to do to speed up and try to get away.  Next time you are lure fishing and see a fish wind faster and move the rod tip and your strike rate will go up.