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Southbound Blog

What’s biting and the random ramblings of a local boat Captain.

Fishing Karma

Some people seem to always catch fish. Call it luck, good timing or maybe it's just  "Fishing Karma". It seems that I have certain customers that come back year after year and always seem to have a good day. Now, part of it is their timing. I can't tell you how many...

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Tough Day Fishing

Yesterday was a very tough day fishing. Probably not the "best" business move to say on the internet that we didn't catch a lot of fish. But it's the truth and one of the reasons I started my website.  I got tired of the BS I was seeing on the ads and websites of...

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Taking a break

Taking a few days off To go up to my hunting camp with some friends and go hog hunting. Fishing has been tough and the weather, while spectacular with calm seas and no rain, has been hot. So I'm taking a break to get away for a few days. I know I have a great job, But...

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Fishing with Vikings

We have had good conditions for fishing the last 4-5 days, but not good conditions for the fishermen. The current has been in close and running hard to the east while the wind has been blowing 15-20mph out of the east. This means the waves are big and the boat does...

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Boat Yard Blues

Every boat owner has to deal with the Boat Yard Blues. Charter boats such as mine or any "working" boat usually go every year or two. It's never fun. When you are a boat owner,  always feels good to get your boat fixed up. There is always a sense of accomplishment...

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Summer in the Keys is starting early

Summer in the Keys usually starts right at the beginning of June. I know the "official" first day of Summer is June 21st. Usually, it is dry and not so humid until the beginning of June. But this year, Summer in the Keys is starting early. Being in the tropics, and...

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Key West Wildlife March 24th, 2019

I know how lucky I am to be able to make a living on the tropical waters of Key West, Florida. Many people only see some of the things I see by watching the discovery channel. After doing this for 30+ yrs and I still get a thrill out of the Key West wildlife I get to...

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March 12, 2019

This was the view while sitting in a tree stand on the last morning of my hunting trip this week. Just sitting there in the woods and watching the world wake up was fantastic. It's been dry up there, so the bugs were not an issue. The temperature was in the 60's so it...

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March 3rd, 2019

Weather has been beautiful all week. Beautiful blue water, calm seas and warm temperatures, (a littel too warm for this early), but fishing has been a bit tough. There are still a few Mahi offshore, but most days one of two boats get a few and the rest of the boats...

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February 18, 2019

Sometimes it's not about what you catch. Sometimes just being out there is worth the "price of admission" I realize, people book me to go out and catch fish and I am always trying to give my customers what they want, But yesterday, We hooked the first Blue Marlin I've...

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Feburary 16, 2019

The only thing that has been consistant with the fishing lately is that it is changing every day! One day we have warm SE wind and we catch some Dolphin, (mahi-mahi). The next day the wind is out of the north and cold. Seems like we don't get more than a day or two of...

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No fishing for a couple days

January 8th-10th, 2019 No fishing for a couple days Took a quick trip to my hunting camp up in Glades County. Saw a lot of hogs and hit 2, but lost the trail and did not recover either. Hate to shoot something and not use it, but fortunately, a dead hog is good for...

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