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Keys still on fire

Please please if you find yourself in Florida this summer and you have earned enough brownie points at Disney have a look at the Florida Keys for a few fun days.  There is enough to do to keep the whole family happy swimming with dolphins, aquariums where you can even feed shark, turtle hospital, wild bird parks, stunning beaches and much more.  For most of the people who read this there is probably the best and most varied sport fishing in the world whilst I am in the UK for my summer break we are still running our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys.  Both the Captains we use are locals and fish ever day of the year Capt Brent Kindell fishes much like I do with a slightly bigger boat and his passion is mutton snapper coming close to the state record many times and seems to be able to find the bigger summer sailfish.

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Capt James Simcic who runs Spearcrazy Charters not only is a top class charter Captain but has a passion for free diving people who dive the Keys often comment just how amazing the dive is and often too much to see.  Both Captains who on the offshore bite often stop for a bit of deep dropping which has now become very popular in the Keys.  Not sure why but it seems the deeper you catch a fish the better it tastes the first time we had a snowy grouper just blown away.  The dorado are now in full on mode and sight fishing to one of the most colourful fish in the sea a must and again stunning on the barbie.  So if is for a day or a week get in touch and as they say Fish the Dream don’t just dream the dream.

Tuscan tales part two

Ever since I started my passion or as my wife says obsession with fishing now for over 50 years I find it very hard to see any new body of water pond, lake, river, stream or coast line and think I wonder if there are any fish in that.  So when last year our last stay in Tuscany was a converted farm which just one field away had a small irrigation pond I started to ask those questions.  A quick walk round the pond showed yes there were fish so next morning first light with bread and sweetcorn my first trip.  Going down hook size and line breaking strain first fish on and a brand new one to me a prussian carp one good scrap for a crucian like carp except for the spines enough to bring a smile and a flood of memories back. Next morning even more fun and a strange one, larger fish came in but spat out the bread and were not carp at all after a dive into the tackle bag found some Gulp worms and soon we had some large mouth black bass on the bank.  After talking to the owner next day he said he had been told that putting bass in would keep the weed down not sure why may be as a side salad but for me a welcome mistake.  Just like our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys the last day came way to quick but not sure how but convinced the other half a full week at this apartment would be cool so game on for this year.

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So with all my cunning plans made, serious ground bait for the carp and a good selection of US soft baits for the bass expectations were high and as the  “A Team ” used to say I love it when a plan comes together.  Carp up to 5 lb and a serious bend in the rod one after the other and best bass I would put at near 8 lb just a 5 min walk from the door and way to much fun all while the wife was asleep each morning back for breakfast brownie points and a smile.  It seems bass found there way to Italy from the US troops and their love of bass fishing and not sure why but they have done very well.  I am sure they would do well in the UK and after some reading people have tried but not sure why they have not worked but any one who has had them on a line will find they fight way harder than anything else in freshwater so just have to convince the wife again for next year.

 

Tuscan tales part one

Well it’s that time of year again our now annual trip to Tuscany so see my wife’s favorite singer Andrea Bocelli sing in the open air in his home town and for me my busman’s holiday with my travel rods.  It is now becoming like guys who come on our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys the more times you come the better the fishing gets when you get back you are planing your next trip and more things to do to make the fishing better.  Its been five years now I have fished one carp lake and yes this was the best time ever lucky for me the Tuscan carp don’t read fishing books and this year it was the hottest ever and even in full sun in the middle of the day and at 39 c  102 f old money they just kept feeding.  On this lake I have become a bit of a maverick on watching the locals being smashed up on their long poles and light lines I am now using 6 lb line all through and hooks to size 10 light drags still needed as the runs are amazing.

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Also started to use a very primitive pop ups after watching the carp coming right into the margins to clear up baits after match fishing not so much as watching for bites more trying to save rod from being dragged into the lake.  Fun but more for me float fishing very shallow and lots of loose feed with halibut pellets and just trying to hang on to the first run.  If any one is planning a trip to Tuscany the lake is at N 43.50951  E 010.72110 you pay by the hour well-kept pegs bins and chairs I use a travel spinning rods and sweetcorn works but pellets better.  Sorry about the lack of blogs but we were lucky enough to stay in a converted farm deep in the Tuscan hills stunning and the best place we have ever stayed but internet peaked at less than one meg and most days crashed and the 50 mile round trip to a poor internet cafe not on.