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A VARIETY OF FISH MAKE THE KEYS TOPS
Here, in paintings by John Langley Howard and Rudolf Freund, are the most popular species on the Keys, with all you need to know to find and catch them
The most challenging sport fish on the Keys, this "Gray Ghost of the Flats" can be caught all year. Islamorada is the hottest spot. Best fishing in bayside back country, but inshore wading can produce fast action. Look for tailing fish and approach quietly. Usually taken with spinning tackle on plugs, flies,' spinning lures, small crabs and shrimp. June is tops. World record: 18 pounds two ounces.
Scrappiest of the reef fishes, they weigh anywhere from 12 pounds to over 100, and when hooked make deep dives for bottom rocks and holes. Drifting and slow-trolling is best fishing method, with live bait, strip bait, spoons and tin squid preferred. Chumming them up with mullet can produce results. World record: 120 pounds eight ounces.
The most spectacular jumping fish on the Keys, they can weigh over 100 pounds and are found in bays, inlets and just offshore. Common everywhere, Islamorada stresses plug-and fly-fishing, and Marathon boasts most live-bait fishermen. Popping and diving plugs, flies and live mullet all produce. Heaviest concentrations are from March to July, with best angling April to May. World record: 283 pounds.
Famous for charging bait at great speed, these excellent eating fish are abundant during March, April and November. Commonly called kingfish, most are caught slow-trolling or drifting, and wire leaders are needed. Pier fishermen find them around pilings. Best trolling baits are strip and whole fish, shrimp, spoons, tin squid. Average weight: eight to 10 pounds. World record: 76 pounds eight ounces.