Sure thing. We fished directly out of Key West....which is a loud and tacky place in general but there are some good people there. The first two days were with Captain Jamie Connell from Flyingfish Charters (http://www.flyingfishkw.com/
) and I recommend him highly. We found a group of rolling fish out in front of Fort Zachary Taylor, anchored upcurrent from them, and chummed with chunks of Mahara. We freelined chunk baits back into the pod (40lb leader and circle hooks). It was sometimes hard to feel that bite when the current was up, and we had to chase the fish some with all the boat traffic, but ended up with 7 hooked and 4 to the boat that day. Day 2 was more of the same with a couple of new spots worked in. Went 2 for 6. My 14 year old caught his first and was ecstatic. It was a couple of solid days. Jamie is a smart dude. He'll fish live bait, chum, chase them with a fly, whatever you want to do.
Day 3 was with Dreamcatcher Charters, and we fished with Captain John. Not sure on his last name but he's a young guy and a great guide and a natural coach. We fished the flats this time, drifting live pinfish back into the cuts. Well, my wife and my son did....I stayed on the bow throwing a hoagie lure in a fan pattern. My wife caught her first tarpon, my son caught another, and I jumped 4 fish with the hoagie, fought one for about 5 minutes, but just couldn't get the hook to stick. If there is a way to use a circle hook on a hoagie I wish someone would show me! We did do one last drift with a pinfish before pulling up, and I caught one decent tarpon right as the day ended. Dreamcatcher runs a good operation. Captain John and Captain Tommy Z are both great.
Day 4 the wind started screaming so we only did a half-day....back with Jamie Connell again. My brother caught a hog around 160lbs and I caught a baby around 30lbs chumming in front of Fort Zach again. Broke one off in the rocks. Spent the rest of the day catching yellowtails and muttons. Took them into town that night and had one of the best dinners I've ever had.
Day 5 blew so hard all we could do was find a channel and shark fish. Went with Captain Pepe from Sieze the Day Charters. It was so-so. You could tell he didn't want to be on the water and it translated. No slick, no cuda, just dead snappers on hooks. We caught some Caribbean reef sharks, a couple of nurse sharks, and fought a spinner for about 30 minutes. Overall though he just drove the boat and we did the rest ourselves. Fine for guys with 30 years experience but a novice would've been in tough shape.
In all, a fine trip. Expensive, but we saved up 2 years for it. I know some of the live bait guys down there think "chumming is cheating" but I say BS. It works, and when you see tarpon flashing in the slick your heart gets pounding. I loved it. Would love to try in Texas! Anyway, thanks for letting me run my yap!!!