You know, one of the big questions I get asked by my buyer clients is, “Where do we go fish??”
What You’ve gotta understand is, that’s like asking, “Hey where is the Oasis in the Sahara??”
It’s a big ocean out there boys and girls, and this question is kind of an ambiguous one as well. A lot of factors go in to determining what’s a great fishing spot.
What maybe great to you isn’t necessarily so great to me depending on the type of fish you like to catch, the style of fishing, and how much you can handle being rocked on a boat in “sporty ” chop, before you are chumming the waters yourself.
The phenomenal thing about our Fabulous Florida Keys, is that they offer such a widdddddeeeee variety of fishing options!!
So, if you’re looking for a constant rod pending action, where the thrill might not be so much catching that elusive big one, as much as being excited with every cast, you can’t beat the Patch Reefs. Small sets of reefs on the Oceanside usually close inshore about 3.5 to 5 miles. They hold of wide variety of fish including Grouper, Snapper, Porgies, Grunts, the so delicious Hogfish, and sometimes Mackerel.
Patch Reef fishing is my personal favorite, and generally what I like to do most, as damn it, I wanna put fish in my box!!
Guess what!? I gotta fever. And the only prescription is more patch reef fishing (that said in my worst Christopher Walken voice from the infamous Cowbell SNL skit). It’s pretty close inshore, doesn’t take a lot of time to get out to, and lots of different spots.
Now, if you’re looking for that real sense of adventure, start going a little bit deeper. But know that the time between catches and bites may be a little bit longer.
When you’re looking just past the reef, in the 125 foot range, now you’re starting to talk about some of your bigger Groupers, your Mutton Snappers, and especially Kingfish and more.
But, if you’re ready for some bad ass Hemingway action, you go deeper, and by deeper I’m talking about 600 to 2000 feet.
Here’s where you strap on your big boy, or big girl, pants and you throw your line and you’re looking for Dolphin, (No, not Flipper, but Mahi-Mahi), Tuna, and especially if you’re lucky, Swordfish, each a tasty, tasty treat.
Your style of fishing can also be determined by Where you are in the Keys.
I find Upper Keys fishing quite different from Lower Keys fishing especially when you talk about going on the Gulf side in the Lower Keys, and Bay side and the Back Country in the Upper Keys.
These are whole different fisheries.
And of course, there are particular habitats for other great target species like Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish.
The bottom line (pardon the purposeful “line” pun) is, get a rod in your hand, get some bait, learn how to throw a cast net, be safe, and most of all … have fun.
For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call Mykael at 305.439.7730 or email him at [email protected].