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Old 08-26-2013, 09:15 PM
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I was at duck key April 2012. As you cross the bridge to enter the island to the right will be Tom's bay. Follow that shoreline to the south and you should find an area loaded with juvenile barracuda. Most are only 12-18 inches but they readily take a fly can be cast to from shore and are sitting in less than three feet if water. The canals that run thru the island are loaded with mangroves and grunts and are easily accessed by kayak. My son and I fished three days and caught fish til we literally had blisters. We stayed in the townhouses that are on the right just after the bridge I mentioned earlier. Directly across from there was hawks cay. They have a small store and bait shop fight there. We rented two kayaks and had a ball. We will be returning in 2014 if I can convince the troops to stay stateside.
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Thank you for all your responses, definitely going to try for some jack with the kids, that sounds promising, would anyone suggest one of the hawks cay guides, or are there others that might be better?
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Derek Rust is still with Hawks Cay according to the website. He is an awesome dude, knows the area extremely well, and put me on a ton of fish. He's also a fun guy to fish with. I can PM you his personal info if your interested. When I go back to the keys I'll be using him again.
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I am using Derek Rust next week for a few days. He's out of Marathon. I've heard nothing but good things about him and from our conversations he seems like a pretty cool guy. I'll post a fishing report when I eventually get back
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Thanks I would appreciate a report, particularly see if targeting bones for a day is worthwhile for the adults.
On another note, any recommendation for a spin cast set up?
Rod length , action and reel size
I have an orvis 8 wt fly rod and matching orvis saltwater reel and line, but need to get set up for spin cast
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What campus are you fishing at? I'm a college student with no boat looking for a place to fish from shore on fly down here. I do alot of bass and peacock fishing with little success. I dont mind not catching large fish. I just enjoy the sight fishing aspect. So any fish will do.
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What campus are you fishing at? I'm a college student with no boat looking for a place to fish from shore on fly down here. I do alot of bass and peacock fishing with little success. I dont mind not catching large fish. I just enjoy the sight fishing aspect. So any fish will do.
Your choices are endless! Get a map and you will see either fresh salt or brackish. No boat necessary!
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Bonefish and Permit are your best bet. You can get tarpon by the bridges, but the best time is in May
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What are the best flies for bone fish in the keys?and what size hooks are best?
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There are many good patterns that work there, but for basic selections Gotcha's, Crazy Charlies & Clouser Minnows work well. Various shades of tan, white/pearl, browns, and pinks are the most popular colors. Basically you want the color to match the bottom, not contrast with it. Light colors for light bottoms, darker for dark bottoms.

The most popular sizes are 6 to 2. 8's & larger than 2 are sometimes used, but not often in the Keys, unless they're used for Permit flies.
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