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Match the hatch to the catch

The one thing I like to do on our fishing holidays is for everyone to have fun. Yes big fish are cool and we do big, best well over 1000lbs and most days fish over 100lb are common but you can only catch whats there. I will always tell my guests enjoy or move. We are so lucky in the Florida Keys with so many different fishing grounds so close together a short move will bring different fish very quickly.

One of the days with Paul and Carol is just what I am talking about. We went to a grass mark some 11 miles back in Florida bay and started chumming and with in minutes the pinfish arrived. Then shortly after the Spanish mackerel and Blue fish came to feed on the pin fish. Now when this happens you have two choices enjoy as they say over here or move. Now as Carol had done beat up big we decide to stay and enjoy.

To say these fish take freely is an understatement, they will nail anything and take the fly or lure right at the boat side FUN. An other upside is they both make top table fare and after bleeding and icing top tucker. While on days like this you cant imagine a shortage of fish both of these are cover by fishing regulations Blue fish 12in to fork and bag limit 10. Spanish mackerel 12in fork and bag limit15. Also spanish are top shark bait and we now use them in our frozen chuck blocks which work so well for the kings and tuna. An other interesting point on our fishing regulations that comes to a surprise to UK anglers is that all fish must remain intact at sea, with heads, fins and tails in place. These regs all work so well and change if there is a need before it is a problem hence our current grouper ban.