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    Default Florida Keys Angler: Home Thread

    This thread will remain at the top of this board to provide a home for general links which will take you to various options for information on fishing, accommodations, boat rentals etc. here in Paradise.

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    Thank You, and enjoy your visit in Paradise.

    PUBLICATIONS:With local info and reports,

    upperkeysreporter-dot-com - Your best source of print and online news about the upper Florida Keys

    keynoter-dot-com - Your best source of print and online news from the Florida Keys (middlekeys)

    KeysNews.com - The Florida Keys Best and Only Daily Online News! (lower to middle keys) go to columns-sports


    Florida Sportsman Magazine - The Florida Fishing Experts


    The Weekly Fisherman Magazine

    General info Web Sites: some also have fishing reports

    Florida Keys On-Line Guide

    Florida Keys travel info - Key Largo to Key West - diving, fishing, snorkeling and attractions

    Florida Keys - Hotels, Resorts, Lodging, Vacation, Attractions, and Tourism in the Florida Keys - From KeysDirectory.Com

    The Official Tourism Council Web Site for the Florida Keys! Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Lower Keys, Key West

    FLORIDA KEYS NET - A Guide to Key West, Big Pine, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo.

    Florida Keys travel info - Key Largo to Key West - diving, fishing, snorkeling and attractions


    Captain Pips Marina and Hideaway
    most expensive but includes use of a boat everyday of your stay
    price the rental of a boat and you'll see why I stayed here.

    White Sands Inn
    Ocean front, row boats and kayaks, small beach, w/outdoor pool
    wadeable flats outside your door

    Tropical Cottages, 61st, Marathon
    small old keys style cottages, a/c, cable tv, some with kitchen
    very inexpensive, comfortable but very plain as well, no beach, no boats, no pool

    Vacation Rentals by Owner® Vacation Homes Rentals by Owner
    a place to locate weekly rentals

    (these are not advertisements, just factual first hand knowledge of places I stayed)

    TACKLE SHOPS: ( a few from each area) north to south ( not a complete listing)

    Key Largo: Key Largo Bait and Tackle, 305-451-0921
    One Stop Shop Tackle and Bait, 305-453-9818
    Yellow Bait House, 305-451-0921

    TAVERNIER: Cuda Bait and Tackle, 305-853-0191

    ISLAMORADA: Islamorada Outfitters, 305-664-3232
    Islamorada Tackle, 305-664-4578
    Abels Tackle Box, 305-664-2521

    MARATHON: Big TIme Bait & Tackle, 305-289-0199
    The Tackle Box, 305-289-0540
    World Class Angler, 305-743-6139 ( Has seminars Oct-Apr on Thurs Eve's)

    BIG PINE: Reef Light Tackle, 305-872-7679

    KEY WEST: Conchy Joes Marine & Tackle, 305-295-7745
    Key West Bait & Tackle, 305-292-1961
    The Salt Water Angler, 305-294-3248
    Last edited by Capt Bob; 02-20-2008 at 11:13 AM. Reason: update

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    I spent a week at Capt. Pip'
    s a few years ago and had a great time.
    Fishing can be anything you want it to be

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    I have a few questions that I think pertain to The Keys. First off, why did they change the name of the Jewfish to Goliath Grouper? and I'm sure a lot of you have caught them before, but I have not. So I'm wondering if I need to know anything in particular before fishing for them. Or will a guide suffice? Thank you much

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    I'm going to reply and in 2 days remove this post as it belongs on a thread of its own as this is the base info post and needs to be kept concise as was posted in the beginning of the thread

    People of the Jewish faith found the reference to the fish offensive...and since it grows to Goliath preportions it got that name any guide can put you on Big Goliaths...just bring plenty of pain meds for your back...after 2 or 3 you'll never want to hook another one EVER again...

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    You mentioned Reef Lite Tackle on Big Pine. Good store, and GREAT people there. I was so glad when they opened.

    10-4 on the pain meds for goliath grouper fishing. got into one at the west end of the Bahia Honda bridge a few years ago.

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