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If you live in the coastal areas of other places in the United States, you know that you often have to travel far out to sea to have contact with fish worth catching. If you are in Key Largo, the Gulf Stream is just offshore, so you don’t have to travel far to find the fish. And, when it’s too rough offshore, you can move over to the Florida Bay side and fish in much calmer water.

But, to fish in Florida waters, either from a boat or from land, you will need a license. They are available in marinas, tackle shops, and the County Courthouse.

There are quite a few sport-fishing charters in the area. You can stop at marinas and bait and tackle shops to get the information you need. In addition, many of the motels and resorts have their own charter boats or will turn you on to a good charter somewhere else. Or you can simply stop at one of the charter concessions you will be able to see from the highway. If you go it alone, it will be expensive, probably over $600. But, with the big cost comes a knowledgeable captain who knows where to find the fish and a crew who will put all their attention on you and the fish you are catching. These private boats will take up to 6 anglers; so, if you don’t mind sharing the boat, or are interested in sharing the cost on a private charter, this may be just the ticket for you. The expense should include your license, tackle, and bait, but you will have to provide your own food and drink for the trip.

For those who want to really commune with nature, backcountry fishing in Florida Bay may be for you. This is fly-fishing at its finest, and you really can’t beat the feeling of outsmarting a cautious and sly bonefish, tarpon or permit. These fish are not in the least edible so, when you catch them, you will simply have a photo opportunity before you have to return your catch to its watery home. Flats fishing guides leave for their destination at the crack of dawn. Make sure you take your food and plenty of drinking water. If you haven’t been in the sun for a while, long sleeves are advisable, but sunscreen is a must. You will also be happy to have a hat with a sun visor. You can find information at Bait and Tackle Shops, motels and resorts, and marinas as well. Of course, many captains have Web sites that will hold information concerning their boats, their experience, and their recent luck.

Bridge fishing is a very popular sport in the Keys and, when you are in Key Largo, Card Sound Road gives you another dimension to this experience. Blue Claw crabbing is also a cottage industry there. No matter where you are staying, you will need your own transportation because you will have to ride a short distance to find a location to your liking. Of course, you will be on your own so you will need your license, bait, tackle and food and drink. The sun is very strong on those bridges so sunscreen and proper clothing are items you will feel fortunate to have.

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