Photo Gallery – There’s Nothing Like Key West on Memorial Day

Key West Mag takes a break from shooting and joins The Great Dane for a sunset cruise.

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A Lot to Learn About the Florida Keys

There is a lot to learn and do in the Florida Keys. If you can’t find what you need here visit http://www.fla-keys.com/ and see all the great things to do.

Braverman Family Cruise

Had a GREAT time with the Bravermans!!!

Anglers From All Over the World Gearing Up for 2010 World Sailfish Championship

The fishing captains over at Key West Top Guides as well as hundreds of anglers from all over the world are gearing up for one of the most famous and high-paying Key West fishing tournaments, the 2010 World Sailfish Championship, starting April 13th

Online PR News – 07-April-2010 – While the longest Key West fishing tournament started last month and will last through October, the most prestigious fishing tournament in Key West is starting up later this month. For three days, a fleet of some 100 ambitious fishing boats will compete in the annual World Sailfish Championship, which happens every year in sunny Key West Florida.

The event kicks off on Tuesday April 13th with the kick-off party at 5:30PM and a free concert in famous Mallory Square featuring up-and-coming Nashville artist Randy Houser. The first day of the actual Key West fishing tournament is on Wednesday, April 14th with boats heading out to the waters at 7:00AM. The night wraps up with a Seafood Extravaganza in Mallory Square.

The second day of fishing, Thursday April 15th, wraps up with an after party at Cowboy Bill’s Honky Tonk Saloon featuring mechanical bull riding. Friday is considered the “lay day,” a break between fishing days. The day features an early afternoon dock party at the A&B marina and a late afternoon cocktail party at the Mel Fisher Museum. Saturday April 17th is the third and final day of fishing, which wraps up with the awards banquet at 7:00PM.

Key West Top Guides, the leading center for private Key West fishing charters, will be on hand during the event representing their fleet of offshore, flats, and light tackle fishing boats. Spring is prime season for fishing Key West trips aiming for sailfish like marlin.

“The World Sailfish Championship is hands down the most exciting Key West fishing tournament,” says Tommy Walker. “Some of the best anglers in the country come down for the tournament and we’re always excited to see how dedicated and talented some of these anglers are.”

Key West Top Guides runs the informative and user-friendly website KeyWestTopGuides.com, providing Key West visitors with information on a variety of Key West fishing charters. The center works with one of Key West’s most talented and experienced team of charter captains. To learn more about this year’s World Sailfish Championship and to book your own privte Key West fishing charter, call the Key West Top Guides at 1-877-885-5397.

Spring time in the keys

I am elated to announce that Saturday is the official start of spring. Hopefully you have adjusted your sleep and are now used to the extra hour of daylight since last weekend when we wound our clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time.

The areas of the Upper Keys have been brimming with life both offshore and in the backcountry once again. It’s still on the chilly side but hearty souls have been fishing despite it for weeks and catches have been various and bountiful.

Offshore on the patch reefs and at the reef’s edge activity seems like it has been nonstop, especially off of Islamorada for those fortunate enough to have gotten out. A mix of yellowtail on the edge of the reef, big mangroves on the patches, and mutton snappers at the deep wrecks has been the constant topic of conversation at a variety of different spots and at different times of the day.

There are some big cobias traveling through the area right now. Some have been found swimming with a big whale shark or a leatherback turtle on the surface out in 200 feet, but some have been taken from a traveling stingray at or near the bottom in 30 feet of water just inside the reef.

A tuna tower with smooth-working controls is something you can take advantage of during the spring of the year when many of our fish are now migrating through or out of our area on the offshore side of the Keys.

Both offshore and in the Gulf, the Spanish mackerel continue to hang around in Florida Bay and connecting waters near Long Key even in the cooler weather. Plenty of king mackerel have been easily available off Tennessee Reef and areas to the southwest as far down as Key West.

Tunas and amberjacks are swarming at and around the hump areas off both the Islamorada and the West Hump off Marathon. Live bait is always a fun way to fish the surface of the hump areas offshore, but the butterfly jigs are producing a lot of bites as well.

Capt. Kerry Price, who is known as “Zilla” to most of his friends and fishing family, did it again with a fish as big as Godzilla.

Last week while he was guiding his guests around the hump areas to some big tunas and trying for amberjack, he noticed it was a little on the slow side. After drifting back a bonita that they had caught, back into the swift-running Gulf Stream current and right over the top portion of the hump area, they got a tug on their bait.

Over two and a half hours later, and despite the monster’s snapping jaws, Zilla reached down and pulled a 250-plus-pound hammerhead shark over the gunwale for some photo opportunities for the group. Amazingly, Zilla does it again aboard his boat the Heidi Baby. The man never ceases to amaze me.

Kids please don’t try this at home. If you do, watch your fingers around a shark’s mouth.

Good luck fishing this week. I will catch you next tide!