Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Fishing the Conch Republic

There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a flash of silver as you step off the dock onto a flats skiff and realizing that it was a good sized tarpon rolling pretty much right at your feet. This sort of thing happens all the time in the Florida Keys (although the guides consider the ones around the dock to be pets and it to be bad form to fish for them...don't ask how I know this). Jack Teague has an article about fishing the "Conch Republic" on the Florida Game & Fish website.
"On almost any given day of the year, an angler may have opportunity to catch a bonefish, tarpon, or dolphin in the Florida Keys. But those chances of success improve considerably with the arrival of early summer's weather conditions. At this time of year, these species congregate in peak numbers in the Keys' waters."
Just in case you were curious, the neon sign pictured above resides on Duval Street in Key West, Florida. Feeling a bit stressed at work today? Does your company have a strict policy against Margaritas during work hours? Check out this Duval Street Web Cam (with sound even) located outside of Sloppy Joe's for a mid week fix.

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