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FISHING FOR KIDS IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

. Party Boats - You don't have to spend $700 for a charter for the kids to have a great time fishing in the Keys.
Take the entire family reef fishing aboard the 73 foot party boat, Marathon Lady . $30 for Adults and Special Children's Rate $20 for children 12 and under. Twice a day departure and fare includes bait, temporary fishing license and taxes. Rod and reel rental $3 additional. Voted Best and Favorite Party boat again this year by both the Keynoter and WAVK contests. Call 305-743-5580 for times and appointment. Mile Marker 53. Offers discount coupons in the phonebook at their website
http://www.fishfloridakeys.com/marathonlady/

 

Another party boat is the 75 foot Sea King located at MM 50 - Sombrero Marina. Call 305-289-0827 for Winter Schedule hours and Rates for reef fishing , Tuesday is Senior Citizen Day, $5 off and Sunday is Family Day - Kids under 12 FREE with paying adult, Wednesday: HUMP DAY - OFFSHORE. Operator has two boats, Six hour trip costs $42 adult, $25 child, 4 hour AM and PM trips $25 adult, $15 child except Wednesday

 

Gulf Lady - MM 79.8 at Bud and Mary's Marina, full day trips and nights 305-664-2628

Sailor's Choice Party Boat Key Largo - MM 100
Holiday Inn Marina Half day fishing for $29. Families and children welcome. 305-451-1802, 305-451-0041

 

 . Fish off a Dock - For offshore angling, and reef fishing you need a boat, but the novice junior fisherman can have a great deal of fun fishing from a dock. Rods and hand lines are available for rent throughout the Keys and bait is also plentiful.

Public areas and marinas are good places to take the kids to try their skill. Keep it simple. Tie a 1/0 or 2/0 bronze-colored hook to the end of the line with a split shot 2 feet away. Bait the hook with a shrimp, tail first and stand back from the edge of the dock so the fish can't see you.

 . Check out the Charter Boat Fishing

Go to one of the many marina docks located throughout the Keys used by the charter boats. Plan to arrive at the docks around 3:30 PM when the fishing boats start returning. Watch the unloading and cleaning of the day's catch. Depending on the season of the year and fishermen's luck you may see dolphin, tuna, cobia, yahoo, snapper, or grouper on display. Guaranteed to wet the appetite of any young angler.

 

. Stay at the Inn or a Vacation Villa at Hawk's Cay MM 61

Watch the kids fish off the Marina dock, or in the Harbor. Rods for rent at the watersport hut and bait available at the marina store 305-742-9000. Rent a villa and watch the kids fish off the dock while you have cocktails on the verandah. Another possibility - the kids can take turns fishing the protected canal close by the resort's swimming lagoon.

Regardless where you stay there is usually a dock or pier nearby from which the kids can fish. Many local bait shops provide rods for rent.

 

. Try some Bridge Fishing - Bigger fish will be found here and you'll have the most success if you can get you bait and sinker to settle in the bridge's shadow. Use shrimp, squid or cut bait. The folks at the bait shop or the place where you rented the rods will be glad to provide pointers. Don't be afraid to ask other bridge fisherman for advice.

The old Tom's Harbor Bridges and Long Key Bridge are located a short distance away from Hawk's Cay MM 61. Bait and rods are available a little bit south at Coco Palmas MM 59.

The famous old Seven Mile Bridge offers bridge fishing as well. Also close by is the Pigeon Key Historic Island District.

 

 . Rent A Boat and go fishing - Don't just look into the water, hop into something that will take your young fisher person out into it. Rent a boat and take the children fishing.

R & R Watersports, Inc. - MM 54 on US 1 - Boat Rentals, pontoon deck boats for children, center consoles, and open fishermen type boats. Full, half day and weekly rates. Access to ocean and bay. Guides available as well as charter fishing fleet. Tackle, bait, ramp, fishing licenses, rod and reel rentals, snorkel gear rentals (305-743-9385) (Fax 305-743-9996)

Boat rentals start at $65 for a half day at Buds Boats (1-800-633-2283) at Grassy Key - MM 59.

Duck Key Marina - MM 61( 305-289-0161) rents boats from $75 for a half day.

Water Sports at Hawk's Cay - MM 61 Take Mom and the kids touring the canals of Duck Key and finish up with fishing by renting a pontoon boat for $125 for the half day ( 305-743-0145 or 305-743-7000 or 305- 743-9000 ext. 3681)

Coconut Palma's Boat Rentals - MM 60 Boat rentals at $ 95 for half day, $120 full for 19 foot and 90 Hp. , 22 foot - 120HP $120 half or $170 full day, also 3 and 7 day rentals. 305-743-0052, http://www.cocoplum.com

Boat Rental Concession at John Pennecamp State Park - MM 102.5 - Concession will rent boats by the hour ($27.50 for an 18 foot fisherman up to $50/ hr for 28 foot fisherman), half and full day rates available. 305-451-6325

 

. Flats Fishing - Wading the flats is still another way for a young fisher person to have fun. Small and medium sized barracuda can sometimes be caught by casting over the grassy flats. Use a 1/0 hook, shrimp, and a wire leader. A tube lure or a small Millie's jig will also catch fish.

Long Key State Park - MM 68.5 is a good place to try flats fishing. There are picnic tables close by for the non-fishing members of the family and several nature trails as well for young legs to walk. Pack a lunch, swim, fish and explore the park.

 

. Fishing Guides and Backcountry boats

Listed below are some of the local fishing guides available in Keys. Some work out of Duck Key while others service the Upper and Lower Keys as well.

  

KEY LARGO AREA
Captain Sterling - FAMILY FUN FISHING, Catch snook, trout, sea bass, tarpon, mangrove snapper, shark, hog fish, trout, permit, and other Florida Bay and Everglades Park species at a price you can afford. Fish like the locals AND you can bring the whole family! 1-888-224-6044, Email: captsterl@pennekamp.com, http://www.CaptainSterling.com

 

ISLAMORADA
Capt. Anne Baxter - Adventure Tours - MM 81.5 at WideWorld Sportsman. Islamorada, 305-852-4553 Easy Adventures offers private fishing charters for families and groups up to 6. For more information click on Easy Adventures at www.keysboats.com

 

Captains Connection - a website for charter fishing with all sorts of fishing information and recommended guides from Key Largo and Islamorada - www.captainconnection.com  

  

DUCK KEY AREA
Capt. Tom Seiling - Fishing guide for Flats and Back Country Fishing aboard the "Light'n Up"

$300 Half Day, $400 Full Day, $325/$350 Half Day / Night Tarpon, Light tackle sport fishing for Bonefish, Tarpon, Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Permit (305) 289-0429 or Email flysei@aol.com
CLICK FOR CAPT. TOM SEILING'S WEB PAGE

Capt. Joe Winter - Flats Fishing Guide in The Florida Keys. Light Tackle and Fly Fishing Charters for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Redfish, Snook and Snapper. Catch them all from the " SKIMMER ". 305-743-7436

Evening live bait Tarpon trips and Everglades Park Fishing and Sightseeing Day Trips. $ 300 Half Day, $ 400 Full Day, $ 325/350 Half Day/Night Tarpon. (305) 743 7436 email winter@marathonkey.com

Capt. Bill Whitney - Fishing Guide aboard the "Soc-Et-Tu-Um"

Offering the finest in light tackle sport fishing for Bonefish, Tarpon, Snapper, Snook, Redfish, Permit - Everglades National Park Day Trips - Evening Live Bait Tarpon Fishing April through June (305) 743-2332 Home or Marina at Hawk's Cay (305) 743-9000 $300 Half Day, $400 Full Day, $325/$350 Half Day / Night Tarpon

Captain Jim Bennett - Guide services in the Florida Keys for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Barracuda, Shark, Snapper, Cobia, Light Tackle, Spin or Fly, Flats and Backcountry, Full Day - 8 hours - $400.00, Half Day - 4 hours - $275.00, Night Tarpon Trips - 4 hours - $275.00 - (305) 289-3487 or Email:  CAPTJB@webtv.net - Jim trailers his boat so clients are able fish where they want to. Everglades National Park, Islamorada, Duck Key, Lower Keys and Key West, wherever the weather is nice and more importantly, where the fish are! - CLICK FOR CAPT. BENNETT'S WEBPAGE or link to http://www.captbonedaddy.com

Capt. Ron Trobis - 15 years experience guiding in the Keys, fly fishing charters, tarpon, permit, kingfish, dolphin, snapper. Will design trip to fit you, or the family. Great for the kids. Fishing aboard 22' "Desire" - $225 Half Day, $350 Full Day, $225 Nights Home phone 305-743-0776, Coconut Palmas Marina phone 305-743-0552

 

. Fish Feeding - Instead of catching fish it seems many a fisher person spends a good deal of time, though unintentionally, feeding the fish.

Robbies - MM 77.5 A great place to feed fish for children is Robbies. There, children can see and feed scores of giant tarpon. Robbies will sell you feed for tarpon and charges an entry fee for watchers as well. 305-664-9814

Captain Hook's Marina - MM 53 Watch the 4 o'clock feeding of fish at their outdoor aquarium. See sharks and tropical fish in Capt. Hook's 40,000 plus gallon aquarium fish pools. 305-743-2444


 

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