Celebrating 30 years of marriage, our visit to Key West was memorable, to say the least. We enjoyed exploring all the awesome views, sights, and food on the 3 x 6-mile island on this little scooter.
Sometimes we would just go for a scooter ride for our entertainment, enjoying the sun, views, warm breezes, and being proud that after 30 years we still had fun together.
(And could fit on the scooter, lol).
Key West Florida offers some of the world’s best fishing! John’s love for fishing and mine for sun and fun left us easily sold on this trip! Every fisherman dreams of the chance to dip into these tropical waters. John chartered the fishing trip he took that we are talking about today, the day after he already spent half of a day with Captain Jimmy Bailey of “Hooked Up” in the gulf side of the Keyes. That day before produced a dozen Porgies of which they kept 8 and a few small groupers that were out of season so they couldn’t keep them. That first day was so enjoyable John was impressed to book another trip for the next day to troll for Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, or Wahoo. At the end of the fishing trip that first day, the chum that was thrown in the water throughout the day to attract fish to catch, drew all the ballyhoo fish which are used for bait. At the end of the trip the ballyhoo that accumulated into a larger school throughout the day were scooped up by Captain Jimmy’s net to use for bait the next day on the anticipated trip.
The Ballyhoo are below in the cooler and are like a miniature bill fish.
After a 45 minute boat ride they were in the Atlantic Coast gulf stream water, The mate, Nathan, prepared the ballyhoo with leaders and rubber banded them to the shank of the hook to keep them swimming straight as the captain pulled them behind the boat through the gulf stream. 4 rods
were loaded at a time. 2 rods were on outriggers which put them 20 foot out from the boat on each side and 75 yards back, 1 rigged straight back called a flat line,
and one on a down rigger which is weighted down on a softball sized 3 pound weight, to be set at a desired depth.
Next they were trolling around looking for a weed line, floating debris, or any objects floating in the water which attract fish. Predator fish like to hide underneath to ambush any bait fish that swim by.
They trolled for an hour without seeing any weed lines or floaters, maintaining their patience until the finally found some sticks floating and as they passed by out shot a beautiful Mahi Mahi and the battle began. The battle lasted 10 minutes and the mate gaffed and landed the fish which was placed in the cooler to await the fine table fare it was going to be!
After another 10 minutes of trolling the 33 pound dolphin (also called Mahi Mahi) shot out from under a board and bit the line, which the captain noted and a 20 minute battle was on. It turned out that all the fish were caught in an hour and a half. With his forearms throbbing John was ready to return to the dock
Captain Jimmy surely delivered what John was expecting on this trip to Key West.
Catch of the Day
What’s a day in Key West without a little shopping? My favorite is always going to be a flea market or antique shop and this one went all out with the outside decor. All hand painted, This is the kind of graffiti I don’t mind seeing.
What better way to end the perfect day than a sunset at the most southern part of Key West!
More to come from Florida including the Hemingway house and the Butterfly house.
Have you ever tried to catch Maryland crabs? Here is the way to catch a bushel at a time!