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Hurricane Irma

It will not of gone unnoticed to all fishermen who follow this blog and the stories about our Fishing Holidays in the Florida Keys that Hurricane Irma made a direct landfall just to the west of Marathon and at a cat 4 strength  with winds over  160 mph.  Not just the winds but on the south side of the islands took the full force of a near 12 ft surge tide which when you live on an island where the highest point is just 8 ft above sea level means flooding.  I was very lucky with all my friends help the boat was taken out weighted down with water and it was on the north side of the island.  Irma with an eye of over 50 miles has caused massive destruction in the Keys around  25 % of homes have just gone and I mean gone and very few escaped damage of some sort flooding being the worst.  Bait and tackle shops hit very hard with some losing all at ground level my heart goes out to all it has happened before and sadly will happen again but the Keys are strong they will rebuild.  So where has it left Fish the Dream and our holidays out of respect to all in the Keys who are in a much worse situation that us we have put on hold our operation for the rest of the year starting again in 2018 when I am sure normal life will return.

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To me the Keys come to life in January it the peak of the winter mackerel migration full on sport with spanish, cero and king mackerel.  Weather is at its best height of the dry season very pleasant high 70’s and low 80’s and much less mosquitoes.  It’s also good to get away from the getting longer UK winter and just to post-Christmas pick up people seem to want a tan in Jan always works.  It’s also a great time of the year for a serious species hunt base record is still 55 for 6 days fishing and in all fairness now with 127 species to the boat this should fall very soon.  Along with the mackerel come the men in grey coats the shark are not very far behind you have two options stay and enjoy them or move.  Offshore there is the winter run of sailfish and tuna one a fight and spectacle to stay with you for a lifetime and one if you like eating fish a taste to stay a lifetime.

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So please take this as an apology for having to shut down for the rest of the year but I hope you can see why and Fish the Dream will be back fighting fit  2018.