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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.