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The Whippy Walk

Just finished the Facebook challenge of 10 fish or fishy moments in 10 days having run our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys for over 12 years and fishing for 55 years guess it was more about the fish to leave out rather than the ones to post.  Despite Windows 10  ” Upgrade ”  costing me many photos, yes I should have done more back ups, still fantastic fun going back through old photos.  Still amazes me just how much our fishing in the Keys has changed in just 12 years, methods, baits and tackle just goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks.  None more so how one of our favorite targets the goliath grouper has changed now reliably giving us fish to 500 lbs and I still have to give the credit for this to one man Jim Whippy.  When Jim first came out to do a magazine article on us the way we used to fish for goliath was to drift across the wrecks which were nearly all in very shallow water and with the power of these fish most just turned and went straight back to the wreck and game over.  Jim came up with a plan this being to anchor up tide get the fish to come out of the wreck then with no drag just locked up use the full length of the boat to drag the fish back never letting off, no pump and wind so the fish never could turn and get back to the wreck.

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Also the hooks have changed we now use massive 24 / 0  circle hooks all debarbed you can see just how well these work from the photos.  As has the bait now our number one bait is one of the numerous small shark in the keys we have three species we can use not sure why but again have a look at the photos they just love them.  We have to say we were the first in the Keys to start the swim with grouper way back in 2011 young Kevin jumped in and started a craze that is spreading to other charter boats for that photo of a life time a bit mad maybe but one of my top photos.