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The bucket list

In the early years of doing fishing holidays in the Florida Keys on their first trips a lot of anglers came with a bucket list on their first trip as I said in my last blog things have changed with my regulars but back then it was fun and a challenge.  I suppose in the Florida Keys the number one on the list was a 100 lb tarpon, strangely enough for me this was and still is an easy one.  Yes we still lose a lot but the hook up is nearly ever morning, just keeping them on and away from shark is the hard part.  In the 15 years plus I have been fishing the Florida Keys it is my opinion that the tarpon are in fact getting bigger more fun for the angler but they can be a pain for me and it can become a spectator sport for the other guys.  However it is all worth it and looking back at all my photos the biggest smiles are always from guys with a tarpon on their laps, I have always taken great care in the release and I am happy they all go back OK.

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Next on the bucket list was a very big shark, still this fish has a very special place in most anglers minds jaws has a lot to answer for but it’s just the way they swim and those eyes.  The Florida Keys certainly has many big shark from the 1000 lb hammerhead we had a few years ago in just 10 ft of water to the near  600 lb bull we had in over 1000 ft of water on the tuna grounds last year.  I still like to see the boat go into total panic when a big tiger swims up the chum slick and then the look of horror when the fresh bait gets taken right by the boat.

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An other fun one on the bucket list is  ” I want to catch a fish bigger than me  ”  well most guys are less than 400 lb so again not a hard one for me or the Florida Keys just get some help from my friends the goliath grouper.  I am very lucky with these fish and now we have 4 top wrecks which all have fish over 500 lb and are always there and are nearly always hungry.  I still have to thank my friend  Jim  Whippy who worked out a way to get these fish back to the boat for a silly pic and my friend Kev for jumping in just to let you see how big !!

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So there you have it if you have a fish bucket list you know where to come and I am here in the UK so just give me a call and I am sure I can work out a deal  01668 216173.