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Keys on Fire

Wow!  What a week!  Despite fishing here for nearly 12 years and running Fish the Dream for more than 6 years, some weeks blow me away.

Neil, a regular from Ireland, came with 3 newcomers and what a week they had, starting with a giant sawfish in the 700 to 800lb range and taken just yards from where we caught one last year.  A once in a life time experience, twice in two years.

At last the water is back to normal temps and the tarpon are running big style.  The biggest this week broke the boat PB fight record – 2hrs 35mins and took our boat 3.49 miles.  It was too big to get in, probably near 200lb.  So big you could have put a saddle on it.  Grouper to over 300 on the gulf wrecks cobia to 25 and permit over 20.  Also this week a fantastic tiger shark over 200lb, in my opinion the nicest looking shark in the sea.  And to mark the reopening of grouper season a stunning 35lb black on a deep atlantic wreck.  Also the start of the dorado trolling offshore.

What a week and despite the worry of ash clouds on the way home Neil and his friends headed home tired from big fish and a bit sunburnt, but with memories that will last a lifetime.

All the local guides reckon that the tarpon season will last well into July – a good opportunity to take advantage of our summer specials – JUST £55 PER PERSON PER DAY and only a few dates left.

Cheers, Rodney.

When a Dream Comes True

As I said in recent blogs, 2010 has been a strange year in Florida with the coldest start to the year for over 100 years.  At Fish the Dream we have been lucky with a boat that’s not restricted to the bay or flats and is just at home 30 miles offshore where we have found warm water and fantastic fishing.  It was on one of these trips we were able to make one dream come true.  Our regulars from Jersey were trashed last year deep wreck fishing  when nearly all the amberjack were taken by shark, and Rob said at the start of this trip “I would just like to get one big one back to the boat”.  Well on one trip this year fishing a 200+ft wreck it was big fish on for Rob and despite many hard long runs we got it back to the boat.  God knows what the Florida record went like at 142lbs – Rob’s fish was probably round the 40lb mark.

If there is anywhere in the world with a heat problem my boys from Jersey will lower your average temps 15 to 20 degrees no problem.  Please, not next year!  Well done to Nigel who came with a PB 4lb, then 65 then a 100+lb hammerhead – check out video clip.

On a more up to date note, the big tarpon have arrived at last and the Summerells, newcomers to Fish the Dream, had a fantastic day on tarpon with 4 fish on and 2 long fights to the boat.  Well done – true pros.  Pic of Stuart getting slimed but smiling.

Cheers, Rodney.