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Ultimate game fish ?

After doing our fishing holidays in the Florida Keys for now over 10 years and fishing here for over 15 I am often asked the question ” what is your all time best fish to catch “.  Well when one thinks of the Florida Keys tarpon is often the first choice then maybe permit sailfish and bonefish are well up there as well.  So what makes a top game fish, well I think it must fight hard long powerful runs the type that gets you thinking have I enough line and will this sucker ever stop.  Jumps are good, nothing gets the heart going like seeing your fish airbourne and the feeling am I attached to that !  So when you put that lot into the equation you come out with tarpon and sailfish, both are seasonal and sails can be hard to find and tarpon which are night feeders more than often come off.  Well the other day with Kev’s party it came to me here in the Florida Keys we have a true game fish that ticks all the boxes the good old blacktip/spinner shark.  These near 100 lb fish are here 24/7 do all of the above, easy to find, feed all day and stay on the hook for the most part and just look at the anglers smiles makes you think doesn’t it.

Last week not only did the lads want to let Sid feel the pain of goliath grouper but asked could I get him an amberjack  as well so like a good skip I ticked that box not a monster but at near 20 lb bent his rod as they say.  Cool little vid of Kev no wasting time just catching one fish at a time when you can do two at a time.  We had one of those sessions where it is a fish a cast this is often a shock to UK lure anglers, I have often seen guys cast away from the fish just to see the whole shoal turn and fight to be the first fish to get to the lure awesome or what.