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Deep Sea Fishing in the Keys

Posted: Jan. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Some look to fishing as a form of relaxation, others as a sport. Some rely on fishing as a way to gather food and some even (luckily) do it for a living. Deep ocean fishing is a pretty difficult task as it requires a lot of patience, a virtue that not a lot of people have, but it's well worth doing for anyone visiting the Florida Keys.

Want to catch bonefish in the Florida Keys?

How about fishing for them in water as deep as 130 feet?

For flats anglers, that concept seems absolutely absurd. After all, bonefish are normally caught and released in shallow waters anywhere from 1 to 4 feet in depth on light-spin, fly or plug tackle.

But during the past holiday season, anglers aboard two Islamorada-based party boats reeled in bonefish in deep water while targeting lane snapper and porgies.

An angler on the Miss Islamorada, skippered by Captain Ben Loy out of Bud N’ Mary’s Fishing Marina, caught a small bonefish in the early afternoon of Dec. 29. The fisherman was using a rig with multiple hooks baited with squid. The “silver ghost” was photographed and quickly released.


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