The Lower Keys

Lane Snapper

We were between fronts and it was a calm beautiful day as I left Murray Marine on Stock Island, with Alex Van Pelt and his lovely wife Brooke. Alex is a former pro quarterback for the NFL Buffalo Bills and should be a familiar name around Tampa, as he is now the QB coach for the Tampa Bay Bucs. We started our fishing day on the rock piles, in Hawks Channel but ended up on the shoals just NW of Sand Key. We caught red grouper, snapper and Cero mackerel.

A few days later, the wind had picked up out of the southeast and I headed out with a group from Birmingham, England. John and Tracy Ridley were visiting with their friends Andy Hopkins and Paula Demaine. They had heard about the great fishing in Key West and were ready to experience it for themselves.

Once again, we started out in Hawks Channel working rock piles to catch grouper, snapper and mackerel but the seas had kicked up and we decided to head over to the Gulf of Mexico side of Key West, where we had great action with gag grouper, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and lane snapper.

We are very lucky in Key West that we have so many fishing options on both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic sides of the islands.

Why not come on down and see what winter fishing in the Lower Keys and Key West is all about!

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