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    Default Re: Trip - Florida in March

    007

    I am going to the Keys later in march from the 20th, so will miss your dates.

    Having been many times and tried diy shore fishing with little success I think youll find it tough.

    My advice is to get boat guides the days you can afford down the keys ,I would also be going after tarpon rather than bonefish .

    then fish the canals and ponds in the Miami / Everglades area diy.Youll find lots of species and good access to lots of water , just google fly fishing tamiami canal .At least up there you will catch something , which could be largemouth bass,peacock bass,tarpon,snook,snakehead, koi,grass carp,pickrel ,jacks,the list goes on...

    This will also save you a fortune as everything is cheaper off the keys ,digs will be 1/3 of the keys etc.

    The above mentioned bonefish whisperer has been ill from what I read so not sure if hes working at the moment , have had a few good days around Miami with him.

    Hope that helps Colin

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    Default Re: Trip - Florida in March

    Hi Shad - thank you for all the info - very helpful. Shame the dates don't quite work out!

    Yes - it seems shore fishing is set to be tricky apart from a couple of place people have mentioned in this thread. I'm looking into finding a place that rents a fishing kayak that I can stand up in. That seems to be a viable alternative. Thanks for the recommendation about the canals too.

    Tell me what you plan for your trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007fish View Post
    Hi Shad - thank you for all the info - very helpful. Shame the dates don't quite work out!

    I'm looking into finding a place that rents a fishing kayak that I can stand up in. That seems to be a viable alternative.
    Think there may be somewhere on the east end of Lower Matecumbe Key that rents kayaks. If you want to stand on one I'd rent a double kayak as you can usually perch in the middle to paddle and lots of space to keep fly line away from your kit.

    We stayed on Lower Matecumbe a few years back and had a double kayak with the house. It was great for paddling like a SUP board and you could see into the water really well - I just had no idea what I was actually looking for...

    Even if you just hook up on a few 3-4ln jack crevalles you'll get towed around for 10 minutes per fish! You'll also realise how many huge sharks there are...

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    Default Re: Trip - Florida in March

    Annes beach , long key state park and Oceanside by the road south of long key are all diy wading spots. Seen bonefish tailing right against the shore in lk state park. Kayaks used to be rentable from Robbies marina thee spot where everyone feeds the tarpon. I have found thee easiest time to catch bonefish is at first light and dusk when tailing. These fish become catch able in these low light conditions when they tear off during the day when you lift your rod to cast. Hope it works out well.

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