Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Key West Redfish

Two of the best flats guides on Key West are my buddies Capt. Mike Bartlett and Capt. Tony Skinner.  Some days I'm convinced that these guys could find fish in a rain filled pothole.  Mike just called me yesterday to tell me about he and Tony finding a pile of legal sized redfish on a backcountry flat just north of Key West. 

Reds are extremely rare that far south in the Keys.  In the entire thirteen years that I lived and fished on the island I saw exactly one redfish on the flats, but Mike has caught them in several different locations down there over the past few years.  This says a lot about his skills as a guide but it also tells me that the waters of the Keys, and all of Florida for that matter, are probably healthier now than they have been in a long time.  Just remember that the next time your read another doom and gloom prediction about our fish populations from some of the more well known environmental groups out there.  (I'm looking at you, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.)

You can go to Mike's blog to read about it and see more excellent photos like the one above, clearly taken by Tony's North Korean made cell phone camera.