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Keys trip - Islamorada

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Sep 4, 2002
I'm going to Islamorada - March 5-9 and I was looking for some information on spearfishing opportunities while I'm there. Can anyone help with suggestions? Thanks.
Staying at the Cheeca and I can bring all of my equipment or none of it depending on what is available for use there.
I love the keys in the spring. I like to dive over the wrecks. In march there should be good numbers of amberjack cruising them and if you can make it to the deck you will find the usual suspects...cuberas, black grouper, muttons, ect. You also stand a good chance at spotting a wahoo or two cruising by if the wrecks are deeper than 100'.

You can always find some good reef and hunt that.

Check on lobster season...I think its still open in March.
Thanks - more specifically I am trying to locate a person or place that I can contact there in order to get some information or make a reservation or plan for a spearfishing trip. I am certified in scuba but don't plan on doing it - I usually only freedive/spearfish here in RI. Right now my plan is to take my mask, snorkel, and fins with me - use a kayak from the resort that I am staying and paddle out to some random places. (Not a very good plan I know) That's why I'm looking for some more guidance.
I don't think you can get anything decent from shore. In addition, spearfishing is illegal within three miles from shore down to Long Key. It is hard to find an operator who is spearo-friendly in the Keys. I would advise you to rent a boat from Cheeca or another local marina and take it outside the 3 mile mark and look for color change/patch reefs. A lot of those areas are pretty shallow (less than 30 fsw). You can also try the ledge (drop-off) or the wrecks. Here's the Keys wrecks GPS list . Punch the areas that are close to Islamorada. It will cost you about $200 for the day and you won't have to clean to boat at the end. Bring a 3 mm wetsuit, floatline and your long guns. You will also need to get a fishing license and review the regulations. It gets tricky in the Keys, you will most likely get checked and ignorance is no excuse. Lobster season ends March 31. Have fun and let us know how you do.


if you want to go a little further down the keys to Ramrod Key. My son and I had a very nice spearfishing trip with Jeff last June.

Also, some of the Islamorada fishing charter boats also do spearfishing trips. Just be prepared to pay regular fishing rates. I can get contact information for at least one of them. Also, try googling or yahooing Islamorada spearfishing or Florida spearfishing.
Thanks for the posts. I e-mailed Jeff and it looks like he is about a 45 minute drive from where I will be staying. I'm not sure yet if I have to lug all of my equipment with me but I will try to find out.
He did indicate that March may not be the best month to freedive/spearfish due to having a history of bad weather and wind. Has anyone been there recently? What is the best time of year for the keys diving? What's it like right now?
Here in Ft Lauderdale, which is somewhat north of the keys, we are expecting 6 to 9 foot seas this weekend...
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