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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpalms View Post
    A couple of thoughts:

    !) Do not listen to this guy quoted above - as he has no idea what he is talking about. Key West has an amazing fishery - flats, near shore, offshore, Marquesas. Tons of opportunties, every serious fisherman should spend some real time there. However, like any tourist destination, there are jokers that earn their living taking tourists for a ride. these guys are easily avoided.

    2) A good place to start would be RT Trosset or any of his sons. Those guys are all business. Dream Catcher also has a good reputation.
    Calling me out on my view of key west? Who are you? I've fished all over Florida for ten years, yes it's boring stalking fish all day, some people might enjoy it, but I do know what I'm talking about, if that's your thing then by all means try it. No idea what I'm talking about? You got a lot of nerve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brigantine13 View Post
    Calling me out on my view of key west? Who are you? I've fished all over Florida for ten years, yes it's boring stalking fish all day, some people might enjoy it, but I do know what I'm talking about, if that's your thing then by all means try it. No idea what I'm talking about? You got a lot of nerve.
    Yes, you said something foolish and I called you out on it. Others agreed - now get over it.

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    I also have to respectfully disagree. I've had the best times fishing in key west. And the atmosphere down there at places like sloppy joes is uncomparable. My favorite place by far and flats aren't the only type of fishing...

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    We all are fishermen and we all know that any trip can be hit or miss no matter where it is, or more importantly with whom it is experienced. Rick stated in opening this thread that he has allready had a poor experience in Key West. What he, and others like myself are looking for is someone with a recommendation of a good guide. Thank you to the couple of guys who chimed in with that. So is there anyone else who can recommend a good guide in the lower keys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeper Seeker View Post
    We all are fishermen and we all know that any trip can be hit or miss no matter where it is, or more importantly with whom it is experienced. Rick stated in opening this thread that he has allready had a poor experience in Key West. What he, and others like myself are looking for is someone with a recommendation of a good guide. Thank you to the couple of guys who chimed in with that. So is there anyone else who can recommend a good guide in the lower keys?
    I've posted this on other lower key threads. I've fished with Capt Pat Bracher of Fish Overtime charters for 7 years. He fishes the back and the flats for tarpon, bonefish, and permit. In those 7 years (each 3 day trips), we've caught 127 tarpon. We also did one year where we stalked the flats and caught bonefish and permit.
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    http://www.lifeisfishing.com/

    Contact Capt. Ryan and tell him Tommy from New Jersey sent you. He will hook you up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barnegat Light Mike View Post
    I've posted this on other lower key threads. I've fished with Capt Pat Bracher of Fish Overtime charters for 7 years. He fishes the back and the flats for tarpon, bonefish, and permit. In those 7 years (each 3 day trips), we've caught 127 tarpon. We also did one year where we stalked the flats and caught bonefish and permit.
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    http://www.lifeisfishing.com/

    Contact Capt. Ryan and tell him Tommy from New Jersey sent you. He will hook you up..


    Thank you gents. I have emailed both of these guys. Appreciate the names.
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    I used "Almost There Charters " , Just north of KW airport and had a great time & caught fish !

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    Thanks again everyone. Good info here

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    It's interesting the different types of operations there as represented in these three recommendations. Cap. Pat seems like the real deal, an old salt with vast experience and his finger on the pulse. Cap. Ryan seems like a younger guy with lots of energy and an upbeat personality, geared for family and kid friendly fishing.Almost there charters seems to be a larger corporate operation with lots of boats and captains. I think Pat would be my first choice. But so far his availability is the least open With only the first and last day of my stay open. Lifeisfishing has 3or4 days available in the middle of the week. I have not contacted the folks from almost there yet.

    Question on protocol. As far as tipping would go on this type of charter, what would be the policy? With a one man operation is it customary to tip a cap who is an owner/operator? I noticed that the larger operation has a note on their site that gratuity is not included in the fee even though their rates are higher. I don't mind paying the fare at all, but that seems to be a pretty good buck for a half or whole day of fishing with very little overhead without a tip as well. So what's the norm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeper Seeker View Post
    Question on protocol. As far as tipping would go on this type of charter, what would be the policy? With a one man operation is it customary to tip a cap who is an owner/operator? I noticed that the larger operation has a note on their site that gratuity is not included in the fee even though their rates are higher. I don't mind paying the fare at all, but that seems to be a pretty good buck for a half or whole day of fishing with very little overhead without a tip as well. So what's the norm?


    Here's a good article on tipping guides...

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    Thanks Dan. Very helpful, and I know you are aware that I needed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by striper13 View Post
    Headin to Key West for a week March 1st and I'm lookin for a reputable backwater/flats guide. Last time I chartered one there the kid took me for a 4 hour cruise . If anybody knows a good guide that will try hard to put me on fish I would appreciate the advice.

    I was just there over MLK weekend. We did well on the Blackfin Tuna bite, chumming with live pilchards. Capt. Paul D'Antoni of Seize the Day charters was excellent out of Garrison Bight, cant say enough good things about him. However, he is not a flats guy, but, the flats bite was very slow anyway and may still be - due to the cold front and would have been a waste of money. Stop in Hurricane Hole Marina on Stock Island or Google it to check out their fleet of charters, some of the best Captains in KW are their. Also great bar and food, local flavor.

    I can PM you name and # of flats Capt. I was referred to if you like. I didn't fish with him.

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    I can't remember the names I used,but I would go down to the docks around turtle krill and schooner wharf and talk to the captains . I guess around 3or 4 pm .when they get back. I had good trips. FromSight casting sharks and permit, quick meat to bring home(mutton and grouper) also fishing around moored boats for tarpon. If u get a chance snorkel at the fort. It was a great surprise. Saw school squid, ray's, deep in rocks saw big snook, ocean side saw speedster Mack's, on the rocks all types reef fish. It's nice because you walk in right off of the beach. Let us know how you do. Have fun

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