Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Category Archives: Key West Offshore

Miniatures for Miniatures

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Permit… this member of the jack family is well known for frustrating fly anglers and testing the limits of light tackle spinning rods on a daily basis through out the Lower Keys. They are commonly found in the 10-20 pound range with some 30+ pound monsters found at times. When sightfished in the shallows, casting must be quick and accurate ... Read More »

The Mako Shark

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As seen in the Keynoter on August 30, 2014 We weren’t setting any FishMonster Charters records the late August morning that Robert Quirk and John Palmer from Texas joined us. Our dolphin success was at a big fat ZERO and the deep dropping had been limited to just a few minuscule black belly rosefish and a mystery fish that departed ... Read More »

Distractions!

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Captain Seth Hopp and I have never lost so many fish as we have lately fishing over one of our favorite Key West artificial reefs with our charter clients. We drop the baits deep, they get eaten by a large gamefish and a battle begins. However, at some point during a few of these battles, a catastrophic failure occurs that ... Read More »

The Old Men and the Sea

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You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.  – George Burns There’s a well-known old bumper sticker that says: At my age, “getting lucky” means finding my car in the parking lot. Although I’m in my 60’s now, I really can’t fully identify with that quote, mostly because – living in Key West – I almost ... Read More »

Catch and Release African Pompano

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By Capt. Marlin Scott as seen in the Keynoter, Saturday June 7, 2014 The pelican took a tight airborne turn to it’s left side and then dove straight down crashing into the shallow oceanside flat. Seemingly stunned, the bird sat upright for a few seconds and then extended its neck skyward to swallow the catch. This was a good sign ... Read More »

Isn’t That A Door(able)?

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Doors are ubiquitous. They’re literally and figuratively everywhere. Doors can be of different sizes, shapes, materials or purposes. They can also be obvious or hidden. Literally, they can be used to keep someone/something in or out. Figuratively, they can be good or bad. For instance, it’s good to “get your foot in the door” as a start to a great ... Read More »

All Not Quiet on a Western Front

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A Key West Dolphin Fishing Experience “All Quiet on the Western Front” was a novel written by Erich Maria Remarque, a German army vet from WWI, about the horrors of war and, in particular, its effect on the young men forced to endure it. According to Wikipedia, it was first published in 1928 in a German magazine and then in ... Read More »

The Bossman’s Broadbill

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My morning routine is simple. Wake at 5am, grind the coffee and prepare for lift off. Sometimes this simple life in paradise isn’t that simple as was the case revealed early on February 26th 2014. My smartphone had gathered a few late night texts and quietly held them until morning. One of the reports came from Captain Roger Corliss out ... Read More »

The Day Before Christmas

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Twas the day before Christmas And all through the bight Charter captains were scrambling To make their boats right. Checking their lines, And planning their spreads While visions of dollar signs Danced in their heads. That time was upon them The tourists were coming The bars would be filled And the docks would be humming. They had to be ready ... Read More »

Giving Thanks

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There comes a point every month when I start becoming more aware that we have a first of the month deadline for all new Fishmonster articles. In other words, this November article had to be submitted by October 1. So around the 15th of each month I start to get a little “antsy” if I don’t have a trip that ... Read More »

Luck is a Lady

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Guys and Dolls” is a  multiple award winning Broadway musical which debuted in 1950, starring Robert Alda, who is probably better known for being the dad of TV’s “M.A.S.H” star Alan. It had a long, successful original run – 1,200 performances – and later became a very popular movie musical as well as starring, believe it or not, Marlon Brando. ... Read More »

What Luck! or What Luck?

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“Everything in life is luck. -Donald Trump “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” -Benjamin Franklin We’ve been on a pretty good roll here lately on the High Class Hooker. If you read my July article, you know that we won the Yamaha Dolphin Masters Tournament on June 1 with a group of locals, including four servers from the neighboring ... Read More »

A Really (or is that Reel-y?) Nice Boat Ride

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Anyone who has fished offshore (or anywhere for that matter) more than a few times has had days when it seems there are no fish in the ocean or  if there are, none want your baits. In the charter biz, there are any number of ways to describe those days. Some include “a day in the barrel,”  “scrupulously avoiding  the ... Read More »

A Month To Celebrate

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July always starts off with a bang – literally – the July 4th Independence Day celebration and the traditional accompanying fireworks (legal and otherwise!) Celebrations are a great to enjoy such special occasions and one of the nice things about having an “up-scale” charter fishing boat like the “Hooker” – a sleek 47’ Buddy Davis with lots of custom features ... Read More »

Fishin’ Musician

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In February, I said I was going to occasionally write articles about people who are only tangentially related to the charter fishing business here but contribute greatly to make it what it is. The article that month concerned  local musicians who entertain us in the clubs here when we’re not fishing, focusing on three “veteran” (I don’t dare say “older”) ... Read More »

Age Before Beauty

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.” -Henry David Thoreau The generally accepted interpretation of that quote is that you should do things for the experience itself, not for the end result. That’s not just a great fishing philosophy but a life lesson as well and I’m sure ... Read More »

The Mating Game

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The Mating Game” was the title of a fairly popular 1959 MGM romantic comedy starring Tony Randall, Debbie Reynolds and Paul Douglas. It’s one of those timeless movies that had a second life for years on AMC. It contains this classic funny exchange about a stubborn pig borrowed for mating purposes: Why’s he have to be so ornery? Well you’d ... Read More »

Who Are Those Guys? – Part 1

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“Who are those guys?” That’s  what Paul Newman asked Robert Redford in the Oscar-winning western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as they were being doggedly pursued  by a posse intent on getting its prey.  It’s also now a theme for some “change of pace” articles I hope to do occasionally on people who either directly or tangentially make the ... Read More »

A Tale Of Two Cities

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(and Also Two Boats And A Captain)   It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring ... Read More »

Lessons (Re)learned

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We had a chance on Veterans Day, officially observed this year on Novemeber 12, to do something I’ve thought about doing for a while – take some vets out on a free fishing trip. As I’ve said in previous issues, I’ve always believed that it, along with Memorial Day, are our most important holidays. Most basically, we wouldn’t have the ... Read More »

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