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Tates posted 04-17-2015 09:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tates   Send Email to Tates  
Will be in Florida Keys for three days in early May [and seek] any tips on lodging and fishing out of Islamorda. I want to get offshore for Blackfin, Dorado, and Cobia. My wife and I [have been] fishing [for over] 30 years in the Pacific. Thanks--Tates
elvis posted 04-18-2015 05:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for elvis  Send Email to elvis     
Well, look here for starters:

On fishing, almost anywhere deep offshore on the Atlantic side is good for the big gamefish. Dolphin are prolific in May, and I've gotten them in as close as 3 miles, but the bigger bulls are generally in 200-500' water. You can also read ... Google about the humps off Islamorada...much deeper ... But never know what may bite out there. Good's a beautiful place to visit and fish. My hands on offshore trips there have been in 17' and 18' whalers, a little bouncy on some days, but ok if you watch the weather carefully, as storms can come up suddenly.

jimh posted 04-18-2015 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Tates posted 04-18-2015 11:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tates  Send Email to Tates     
Thank for the info Elvis. Looking forward to fishing this trip, was there briefly in Oct 2005 for a sea burial and sightseeing.It would be great to get offshore fishing this time. We will check out Bud and Marys.I was surprised to see off season rates only in the fall months, oh well the price of pleasure. Thanks
welldan18650 posted 04-19-2015 07:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for welldan18650  Send Email to welldan18650     
Fishing and diving down here are great right now. We hooked 7 sails yesterday, and we only fished 10ish till 2. water temp is 85....literally 85degrees 5 miles out in the ocean. it's like diving in a hot tub. Enjoy.
welldan18650 posted 04-19-2015 07:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for welldan18650  Send Email to welldan18650     
I can't stress enough the importance of picking up a local guide, even if it's for the first day. Every bait shop will recommend tons of old retires looking to get away from their bitchy wives and fish for a little beer money. They all ask for a $300 daily fee but typically will agree to $100 or 150, especially if you offer an extra $100 if you catch lots of fish. Tides, currents, winds, offshore trolling, offshore drifting, bottom / wreck drifting, reef fishing, back country fishing....the options are limitless and the locals know which weather factors play toward each type of fishing. They will also know all the live bait spots, you will catch more fish with live bait. My favorite fishing this time if year is Mahi. First you have to get a live well of pilchers. Drive around in a few hundred feet of water, whenever you find a weed patch, palate, any sea garbage, toss In some pilchers, if there is a mahi within 100 yards they will chase it out of the water....then just drop a pilcher on a hook and troll it around whatever garbage pile you found. Once you hook the first Mahi the real fun starts as most of the time they travel in pairs so don't boat the first one till you get the mate. Literally leave it hooked right off your transom, I've had the partner get so close we've been able to simply gaff the other fish. Enjoy!
Tates posted 04-24-2015 06:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tates  Send Email to Tates     
Looking forward to it we hopefully get some mahi, Its nice to hear of potentially good fishing.We will be there in Marathon May 5-7 then on to Marco and Sarasota till the 12th. 85 deg water can't wait we are stoked.

I had a busy week here sorry for the late response

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