Fishing 101: Where to Start

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Fishing 101: Where to Start

Two men enjoy the beautiful glass-like water and scenery

Two men enjoy the beautiful glass-like water and scenery

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Two men enjoy the beautiful glass-like water and scenery

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Two men enjoy the beautiful glass-like water and scenery

KC Spaulding, Staff Writer

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Every day out on the water there’s the hard life question you are faced with, where exactly to go.

This all depends on what fish you want to catch that day. The Florida Keys are filled with marine life and fish to catch for people of all skill levels.

If you are into backcountry fishing, here are some of the things you can look for in order to excel at it.

One of the best spots in the backcountry is the Mangrove islands.

Here, you can find mangrove snappers, snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, bonefish, sharks, and many other species on these beautiful chains of islands. Be wary though, because these fish live deep down under the roots of the island so you must have patience.

Some  islands closer to the mainland of the Florida Keys are more frequently fished than others, which is not to say that you can’t catch fish there, it’s just the likeliness of catching something is slim to none.

The farther back you go, the better the fishing will become. This is because get the more secluded a spot is, the less human interaction is likely to take place meaning there are plentiful fish.

For the offshore side, some key things to look for are seaweed patches and floating debris. These would be anything such as wood or anything that could hold bait.

This method is for pelagic fish. These species include dolphin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna, marlin, tripletail, and countless others.

Now for the reef it’s a bit different. You can fish patch reefs or deep reefs. Patch reefs are typically small isolated platforms of coral while a deep reef consists of a ridge of jagged coral that’s mostly submerged. Just drop your anchor in front of the spot you pick and drift back until you are right on the edge, but remember to be careful and try not to damage the precious coral.

This will prevent you from get taken into the bottom by grouper, mutton, yellowtail, and mangrove snapper you might encounter.

Hopefully this can help anyone that is going fishing sometime this week. Stay safe, and make the decision on where to start properly.

K.C. Spaulding is a fourth-generation fisherman on the fishing boat Caribsea, a local family-run and family-owned business.

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A prime example of pelagic fishing in action.

 

 

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