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  1. 80# Bulk Ice is in freezer and approaching zero degrees,, 10# pounds of fresh-caught Key West Pinks 26-30's bagged and tagged, a dozen baking potatoes looking for a bed of coals, still have to marinate the Rib-Eyes,(sorry, only 2 of those), and pick the fresh mint from the yard for Mojito's, YEP,, LIFE IS LOOKING GOOD!!!!
  2. Noon-ISH, Maybe a little before,, Use my phone as a backup to Phil's, coverage out there can be spotty. Kurt - 305-304-4066
  3. Instead of two, we will now be there three nights through Monday a.m. A few notes, Tides High ft. Low ft. High ft. Low ft. Moon Set Moon % Friday 4:48am 2.8 12:52pm -0.4 5:37pm 2.1 12:53am -0.1 9:41pm 7% Sat 5:41am 2.5 1:35pm -0.2 6:20pm 2.1 1:55am -0.1 10:44 15% Sun 6:37am 2.1 2:20pm -0.1 7:07pm 2.2 3:03am -0.1 11:44 24% Mon 7:41am 1.8 3:07pm -0.1 8:00pm 2.2 12:28 35%
  4. Yes, there will be several stoves available, as well as pots, pans etc... so as previously posted, if you don't have some stuff, don't feel you need to buy it, we've got the basics covered. Items you NEED to bring. Personal tent and sleeping stuff, chairs if desired for around the fire, (picnic table is on site). Food and Beverages and ICE, ICE BABY in own cooler(s). Flashlight(s), the bathrooms are several hundred feet away and several people actually had trouble finding the site at night. It is REALLY dark if there is no moon. I have a large lantern already for main site illumination when needed. I don't know what the weather will be but last year was VERY cold, so check a few days out and pack accordingly. I am bringing wood for two nights but if everyone else brings one bundle per person we should be set for the whole weekend. Again as Phil stated before, if you need it, bring it with you, the small store at Flamingo is very spartan and VERY expensive.
  5. Last year dinners were definitely a community affair. Lucky for two of the younger guys who came as they showed up for four days with a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, LOL. But yes we all cooked dinners together and did coffee in the A.M. As you can expect, lunch was on your own with whatever you carried on your yak. Hopefully Phil will do his blackened redfish again, it was delicious last year.
  6. I guess I have been elected to bring the shrimp,:(and cook it with my secret recipe),. Don't worry about the cost Phil, you have done, by far, enough. With that said, I remember last year, 12 confirmed and six showed up. Those little devils are a bit pricey and don't keep well so I don't want to bring too many and have them thaw uneaten. The weekend before we should firm up the reality check of who is coming and bringing what. I will be bringing that same cooler of ice, because as you know, I HATE warm adult beverages. Little hint to those of you with the ability to do so. Get your ice, bag or bulk, and re-freeze it in a chest freezer the night before the trip. Pre-chill your coolers with a sacrificed bag of ice the night before as well. The zero-degree ice lasts easily twice as long as the stuff you get from the store in a decent cooler. This is a four day trip, bring more ice than you think you need and you will still run short. It's like 5 bucks for a small bag at the marina store.
  7. When I saw them coming I thought it was a Lemon shark, tail and dorsal were over three feet apart, then the sun shined THROUGH the fins. Sun doesn't shine though shark skin!! Their backs were out of the water because their bellies were on the bottom.
  8. Just as in last year, Carrie and I are in Friday to Sunday. Just fished there a few weeks ago, Redfish were slow but jacks 3-5# on every cast until you got tired and moved on. No snook that trip,(strange); but saw tarpon 120# to OMG size just outside the marina bellycrawling in less than 2 ft. of water. Phil, they were on that flat edge between the marina entrance and your snook hole. Just a note to emphasize what Phil has already stated. BRING EVERYTHING ! I will cover the firewood for the first two nights. From experience it takes about 4 bundles,(I get them from Winn Dixie for 5 bucks), for a decent fire each night. For those that don't have a full compliment of "Camp Stuff", last year we ended up with duplicates of stoves, lanterns, pots, pans etc.. so if you don't have it you probably don't need to buy it. Looking Forward to it, Kurt
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    Annual Keys trip (pics)

    Sorry,,, took your "No Pics" comment to mean None to the boat, my bad.
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    Annual Keys trip (pics)

    Little suggestion, if you went zero for seven on tarpon it might be your hooks. Try the Mutu Octopus circle, Mustad Ultra-Point or Demon circle hooks,, they are not "True" circle hooks, but modified circle and work pretty well for me down here. I usually go two out of three using pinfish and crabs for bait, if using mullet,,,, well.... not so good. Those big baits cause a lot of misses on the first jump.
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    I don't need any for free,, I just want to BUY SOME. I have been looking for it down here ever since Phil turned me on to it on our Flamingo trip. I am sure I could get it at Bass Pro Outfitters but that is 75 miles away. ( I am in Key West, Mile marker ZERO). Do you know if they have it at any dealers a little closer?
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    Keys, Camping, Awesome Adventure... Thoughts?

    Andrew,, "Camping", as you would generally think of it, is not, "Technically" legal in most of the Keys except in designated campgrounds of which there are several. I can help you with choosing one. If you remember my post from a few weeks ago regarding another planned trip, there is one in Key West that has unbelievable tarpon within less than a mile. With that said, I know of several spots in the lower keys where you could probably get away with it as long as you keep a low profile. As for me I will bring the big boat and come visit you, but overnight on those islands is NOT my idea of fun!
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    NooB yak owner... LOL

    BTW, That guarantee applies to hook-ups, NOT landings,,,. Tarpon are fickle and you may also fail to Bow To The King,, and I cannot guarantee you just don't lock up when a 100# plus fish jumps 5 feet higher than your head, scream like a little girl, and break him off..... Seriously, end of April thru June 1st, unless the weather goes bad, which is VERY rare, days of 100 fish per day sightings, dozens of serious shots, and 5-10 or more hooked are the NORM, not the exception. Lets plan a trip,,,, here is O.K,, but I am open to anywhere, anyplace, that has fins and friends.
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    NooB yak owner... LOL

    Next Question.... WHEN and WHERE is the next TOF trip? Chomping at the bit,, someone needs to start a new thread and lets start planning. Or I WILL,, Key West, first second, or third week of May. I GUARANTEE, I Repeat,, Guarantee, an 80# or larger tarpon to all serious comers on kayak or I will pay for your gas to get here. MAX paddle distance 2 miles. Bring it on everyone. Campground is only 3/4 of a mile from the attached picture.
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    NooB yak owner... LOL

    Some of those pics look familiar, Did Carrie take them and is that the same 'yak you had in Flamingo? Nice ride.....
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    Just Got My Shirts

    I just received my new TOF shirts and they are AWESOME! Super high quality, great graphics on back and TOF logo on upper left chest.(Note to staff, you should include a front shot on the ad page). Fabric feels great and super light weight. You can compare this long-sleeve Tee to anything at any Big Box Outfitter shop for nearly twice the price. We're going to bring ours on the "Glades trip, but I don't think I will wear it while fishing,,, too pretty, don't want to get blood and Shitty Kitty slime on it. Go to the "SHOP" tab on the upper left home page and order yours now.
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    Kayak Anglers on TOF

    About six of us or so are meeting in Flamingo for a 4 day 'Yak adventure Fri 17th - Mon 20th, Just bring your gear, I think there is even tent space available and room for more, all campsite rentals already paid courtesy of this site and moderator PHIL. I fish a Hobie Mirage 14'6 Outfitter two seat, with the Mirage drive pedal system. Ever see a 'Yak on plane? Two people pedaling can get this thing to eight knots, (albeit for a short distance, unless you are Lance Armstrong). Nice thing is she pedals up front while I stand in back for sight casting. Real cool ride but drafts a little deep. Nice and stable for stand up fly fishing.
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    1984 13' Boston Whaler (Image Intense)

    Kind of disappointed,, No Follow Up,, Just came upon this topic and would love to see more. Have attached a pic of my on going project, a '75 Hewes 17'6" classic lapstrake. Been in a motivational slump as of late and your project might kick me in the @#$.
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    Catching not Fishing!

    Nice to see the night sky in the background of the Aft-Deck picture, so many charter guys look at their watch at 3:30 and say "Wrap it Up" no matter what's happening. Great that you took the extra time with your clients on a good day. BTW, fish look nice and fresh, good job on the ice, ANOTHER thing that is lacking on many boats.
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    Walleye Hunter got it right, definitely no smallies present, though one may be a sunshine bass.
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    Rapala Skitter Walk

    I have fished Spooks since I was a kid in freshwater, but have found that in salt they tend to be a little light and , while the strikes are impressive, when a large salt-grade fish hits, the bow wave invariably results in a miss too often. I have started using the Ba-Donk-A-Donk recently and find that its deeper body profile, weight, and internal rattles work well, especially in a light to moderate chop. It has a mullet/pilchard profile that's sits deeper in the water than the Spook/Pencil style baits and a tighter wobble when walking the dog. I still favor the quieter Spook on those calm early morning/evening situations where a subtle approach is required.
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    Bubba Blade...amazing fillet knife

    I have three of them, 7 and 9 inch flex and the 9 inch Stiffie. Best knives I have ever owned. They hold an edge very well but I keep two grades of stones handy when doing a large batch of fish to keep them prime. Two-three strokes on the medium stone, and same on the finish stone and they are good to go. The Stiffie is really just a bone/ steaking knife, unless you are filleting a very large fish, it is too stiff for most fillet jobs and WAAY too stiff for proper skinning. It does however make short work of steaking out a big wahoo or king. Best thing about them are the grips and the anodized finish that makes them impervious to any kind of corrosion.
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    A few recently tied flys

    REALLY NICE WORK! I refuse to throw a purchased fly as well. Little secret, I will BUY a fly I like and then try to copy it.
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    Quantum Smoke

    Whether you wanted to or not I think you just ditched Quantum with that last post.... lol
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    The Knot Changes Everything

    Interesting knot, going to try it, seems like it might be smaller and smoother through the guides than mine I currently tie with braid.