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Posted: 04/14/15 07:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wife and I were in the Keys (Marathon) in March and drove past your campground several times. Always a good time down there, glad you enjoyed it!


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Nice report, thanks for sharing! I have always wanted to seek the bones down in that area as I have heard they run pretty big.

I had the opportunity to fish for them in Christmas Island (aka Kiribati, 900 miles south of Hawaii) and had a blast. They are one of the most interesting fish in terms of their fight and speed. Here is a shot of one of the little buggers from there:

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We had pretty strong winds there and had a guide for the first day. He would say, "Cast 30 yards at 2 O'Clock" and I was amazed how well that he could see them in the water while myself and my buddy were both fishing blind for them. I had polarized sunglasses but I was there for a couple weeks and never was able to see them, is there a trick?

I am headed to Florida next month for my fishing trip there and I am looking forward to it. Do these camping spots on the Keys accept online registrations, then?

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Mike

* This post was edited 04/16/15 08:15am by work2fish *


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Nice bone! Yes, we make reservations ahead of time since sites fill up quick and it's hard to just show up and get one. Last year, we saw several bonefish each day in front of the campground and along the mangroves to the east. Even fed a couple:

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The wind never let up once this year though. Even the poling skiffs were nowhere to be seen. Usually there's at least a couple staked out for tarpon or actively looking for bones. Still great to be out on the flats though. Saw a ton of lobsters while out snorkeling.


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