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Southbound Blog

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

In the Boatyard

October 12, 2018 It's been a long couple of months in the boatyard and it's almost over. Started putting in a new deck in late August. We did more than originally planned and it took longer than expected, (always does). But it's starting to look like a boat again and...

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First Big Catch

First Big Catch in 1958 Going through some old photos and, at my wonderful wife's suggestion, I thought it would be fun to put up this picture taken in July of 1958, that's 60 years ago this month. Can't say I remember the picture, the fish or the trip to the Catskill...

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Fish Still Biting!

While there haven't been enough big fish to make me happy, (then again there never are or will be), the dolphin fishing has been good enough that nobody has had to anchor up to catch Snappers. I have nothing against bottom fishing for snapper and grouper this time of...

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Key West Recovers after Hurricane Irma

June 24th, 2018 Key West has fully recovered from Hurricane Irma and then some. We've been very busy since the beginning of the year. I think this is in part to the lack of rooms and services in the middle Keys that were hurt so badly by the storm. Unfortunately, the...

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Keep Life in Perspective

September 20, 2017 Keep Life in Perspective I watched the Giants game Monday from a motel in Sebring FL while on my way back to Key West. I evacuated a week ago Saturday, (9/9) at 1 am. Originally I intended to ride the storm out in a big hotel but after seeing Irma...

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Riding Out Irma

September 8, 2017 I've decided to stay. The projected tracks were showing Irma passing over the upper keys a couple days ago. If that happened, they would have been crushed but we would have gotten tropical storm winds here. The projections are now for Irma to pass...

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Hurricane Irma Approaching

September 6, 2017 This may be the last entry I make here. Getting ready to evacuate Key West as Hurricane Irma approaches. I've been here just shy of 36 yrs, almost all of my adult life. I've built a good business and a great life here and I'm grateful for it. I...

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Summer of 2017

August 16, 2017 It's been a pretty good summer in both the fishing and business sense. We've been running 6-9 trips most weeks and there have been a good, but not great, number of dolphin offshore. On Half days, we've had great action with big Bonitos, a (very) few...

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Remembering Gary

March 27th, 2017 - Sad News I received a  phone call today. One of my best customers/friends had passed away. Gary has been fishing with me for probably close to 20 yrs and was always a pleasure to have on the boat. We had a lot of good days........and some not so...

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Today’s the Day!

November 21, 2015 I'm always telling my customers I know how lucky I am. I make my living by taking people fishing on the waters of Key West, I have a nice house 1 block off Duval St in Key West, and Most of all, I live with the sweetest, most amazing woman I've ever...

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Ups and Downs in November

November 26, 2014 Fishing has still been up and down the last few weeks, but with more ups than down, which is good. Black Fin Tuna and Wahoo have been showing up offshore finally and the schools of Ballyhoo, (bait fish), have finally moved out to the reef as the...

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It’s been a mixed bag of fishing

September 29, 2014 It's been a mixed bag of fishing the last month or so. Inshore, there have been a few nice Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna as well as some bonitos for the boats that are trolling. The reef is holding some nice schools of big yellow tail snapper. Generally,...

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