MN friends return for more great Florida Keys fishing

Three fishing friends return to the Florida Keys for a great catch aboard the SeaSquared!

Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report – Captain Chris Johnson, SeaSquared Charters – November 9, 2010

Howard Preston, his good friend Jerry Witkowski and Jerry’s son Dan escape the cold in Minnesota to do some Florida Keys fishing at least once a year, and they always include a trip with SeaSquared Charters. 

This year, I took them to the patch reefs off Marathon.  They counted 14 different species of fish that ended up on their hooks.  They wanted only enough fish to eat while they’re here in the Keys, so we threw back a lot of keepers in favor of boxing the largest specimens.  The bounty they brought back to the dock included 3 red grouper to about 7 pounds, 4 nice mutton snapper with the largest at 10 pounds, 2 delicious hogfish, a couple of nice size mangrove snapper and a flag yellowtail snapper.

When we had enough fun on the patches, we went to the reef looking for big yellowtail snapper.  The conditions were not conducive, with no current and spotless, crystal clear water.  We did have one shot at a sailfish spraying ballyhoo, but it wouldn’t take our bait.

Having feasted on Porky’s signature barbecue the evening prior to their charter, the guys took part of their fish to Castaway for cook-your-catch.  We always recommend having snapper prepared Mazatlan style at Castaway – delicious!

They were doing some offshore fishing in Key West and a flats trip in Islamorada, and we hope they enjoyed both those trips as much as they did their day with us on the SeaSquared!

See you next time, guys!

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