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Old 02-08-2007, 06:30 PM
bobsold bobsold is offline
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A friend and I have booked 4 nites at the Rainbow Bend Resort at MM58 in mid March. We have a guide for our middle day, but hope to have some success on our own on day 1 and 3. It looks like pretty good water not too far away to the NE.
Anyone got any good local info.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:28 PM
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Head south to Bahia Honda. It is stunning and not far from Marathon.

If you don't spot fish, blind cast into the deeper channels and you will probably hook up. Next time I go there I won't be such a "purist"

Not sure if will have warmed up enough by mid March but it's definitely a place to check out.

Also, if you make it down to Key West you can visit Ernest Hemingway's home.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:44 PM
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Adrian knows his stuff.

Depending on the weather I would also consider doing the guide the first day. That way he can hopefully point you in the right direction to some wade spots or possible Yak spots. Also Depending on funds.. the cheapest place I've seen for renting a small flats boat is The lady I talked to was super nice, I almost booked through them for my trip in June but the boat is still small for 3/4 people. If you check out google earth you know where some flats are located. Then do a search on tides and HIT EM!! Make sure you take lots of pics and give a big report when you give back.

Quick story.. If you do some blind casting in a channel where it gets deep consider a Int. sinking line. My last trip to the Keys couple of years ago (way to long) I was blind casting a large Chrt/wht clouser into the channel at the condo we were staying. I casted my entire fly line and was counting to 20 before stripping it in letting it get real deep. Close to 20.. my line started moving.. I strip set the hook and line started being ripped out my Super 8 screaming, the fish never slowed down shortly in the battle my 15lb test broke frayed end.. Never saw what it was. Later that day for fun we set up a chum block. We were catching snappers, jacks, having fun when a 60lb tapon showed up started following my older bro clouser it bite but broke off right away.. had on 15lb test.. We were rigged for Jacks. The moral be PREPARED use bite tippet 40lb at the min.
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:36 AM
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Doesn't Rainbow Bend still have free use of a Boston Whaler for it's guests ?
If they do, just go off to the right (west) to the Grassy Key sand spit. Anchor the
boat or beach on spit if tides are right (still use the anchor). When that bar floods, HUGE cuda come up on it's edge from the flat. Bones are also present at the right tide. Have taken bones & cuda there & had shots at Tarpon cruising by the west
end of spit. You are only talking a few hundred yds. from the Rainbow bend dock.
The spit and flats may have changed some due to hurricanes the year before last. Have fun.

PS - around the end of the spit & into the mangrove lined bay is one of the only
areas I've had consistent shots at permit.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:31 AM
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Yes, Rainbow Bend offers use of a small Whaler for half a day. Thanks for the tip to the west. Doe you know anything about east?
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