Monday, August 29, 2016


¡Un Héroe Mio! A Farewell to a Key West Icon

¡Un Héroe Mio! A Farewell to a Key West Icon

If you are one of the countless number who have enjoyed fishing charters here in Key West in the past, you may not realize it, but you just lost a great friend, who most likely helped make sure your trips went as smoothly as they did. More personally, if, like me, you are one of the countless operators who have …

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Fish On

Fish On

Fish On, Fish Port flat line……”Zzzzzzzzzzzz,” says one thing…..Wahoo! Nothing screams line faster out of an 80 wide than a wahoo. These lightning bursts of screaming line are an indication of a big wahoo. Once the reel seems to sing a slower song, comes the anguish of reeling against a 14-17 knot troll speed. After what seems a muscle burning …

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Fishing Guides Join Costa to Kick Plastic


The Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) joins Costa to support the company’s Kick Plastic campaign and help educate consumers and businesses throughout the Keys about the plastic problem. “This isn’t some distant problem, this is an issue that directly impacts all of us in the sport fishing industry,” said Costa’s Al Perkinson. “Simple changes such as carrying a reusable bag …

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That’s a Double Wrap!


I noticed his character right away, his swagger. The challenge at the time was to buy a boat and become a Key West charter captain. He wasn’t just looking for the title, he was truly looking to compete and succeed in one of the most competitive charter fishing climates there is. Not only do you need thick skin here, but …

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Marina Weather Signs


Over 100 marinas operate in the Florida Keys, each representing an important center of maritime activity.  In marinas, various watercraft are stored, put in and out of the water, maintained, serviced, and fueled.  In addition, many marinas are “communities” where people gather to share a meal or a story, help each other out, socialize, communicate, and make decisions about vessel …

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The Small Craft Advisory


What is a “small craft advisory”, or a “small craft”, for that matter?  What is the difference between an “advisory” and a “warning”?  Anglers, boaters, guides and other captains here in the fabulous Florida Keys often ask these questions.  I hope to provide some answers to these excellent questions in this article. The U.S. National Weather Service marine weather warning …

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Cult of Personality: Captain Ron Teke


The rainbow was directly in our path and once we reached the base, it surrounded us. Sun rays illuminated every drop of the cascading mountain rain making the array of rainbow colors pulse. People were pulling over to take pictures and bathe in the colorful Colorado scene. Everyone seeming equally amazed. My partner Dianne Scott and I, were on our …

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Strange Conditions


The first of November brought a double whammy of cold fronts within just 12 hours of each other. The winds were clocking  so fast it would make most captains dizzy. While cold fronts bringing high winds are normal for fall/winter here in the Florida Keys, they typically come once per week on average leaving a few days of good dive …

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Islamorada Offshore Fishing Report


Sailfish, kingfish, mahi, blackfin tuna and snappers have been caught with regularity lately.  Slow trolling with live ballyhoo and cigar minnows on and around the edge of the reef from 50 to 200 feet of water has been the most productive.  Depth of water and exact locations change from day to day with the migration of fish.  The fish are …

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Hemingway as a Naturalist: Preserving Marlin and Tuna in the Florida Straits

Bust of Hemingway overlooks Cojimar Harbor (photo by Roberto Leon, AP)

By Jeffrey Boutwell Jeffrey Boutwell is a board member of the Latin America Working Group Education Fund based in Washington, DC. He is an avid Keys flats fisherman and has organized previous international science workshops in Cuba on issues such as biotechnology and medical research. The gleaming bust of Ernest Hemingway, sparkling in the warm Caribbean sun, greeted us as …

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The Bayview Inn on Conch Key


FishMonster Magazine is one of the first things you see as you open the entrance door of the Bayview Inn on Conch Key. We have had a relationship with the owners, Cathy and Ed Buxton since our first issue was produced and distributed throughout the Florida Keys. It was a natural fit to include the historic fishing village and hotel …

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An Appreciation of Cudas


by Guest Writer – John Tulp I ‘ve spent a lot of time over the past thirty years prowling shallow shoreline flats in a poled canoe, casting to practically everything that moves. From time to time, with a little help from my friends, I’ve found myself in the bow of a skiff with a fly rod in my hand and …

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The Great Wahoo Vortex of 2014


The reports were coming in daily and at times, by the minute as the Great Wahoo Vortex Of 2014 unfolded. It’s normal for the Florida Keys and Key West to experience an uptick in winter wahoo catches but this was an anomoly. To catch more than one wahoo in an outing is rare but when spearfishermen are limiting out (2 …

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