First, let me thank all of the board members who offered suggestions, Capt'n Bob even offered to accept my fishing rods via Fed-Ex or UPS. You guys are great. I called Southwest Airlines main reservation no. I can buy a 72" shipping container specifically for fishing rods at the ticket counter. The cost is $10 and supposedly, it will hold 2 rods. That sure makes life easy. I'm flying into Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow afternoon and driving to Marathon for 3 days (reefs) to Islamardo for 1 day (offshore) going out of Whale Harbor. Last year, I hitched a ride on the Sea Horse and we had an amazing day, catching just about everything (including 9 blackfin tuna) but dolphin. I'm staying in Ft. Lauderdale for 3 days before returning because I've never been there but it looks like the beach is nice. If anyone has other suggestions for Ft. Lauderdale, I'd enjoy hearing from you. Thanks again!