The Florida Keys are one of the state’s biggest tourist draws. This island chain is unlike any other place in the United States — basically, it’s a little piece of the Caribbean that you can drive to instead of hopping a plane or cruise ship. Although it’s just a few hours from Charlotte Harbor, the difference in climate and atmosphere is more akin to going to another country. And the fishing — well, there are fishing opportunities there that just don’t exist in our neck of the woods.
Recently I had the chance to sample the Florida Keys for the first time. Although I’m a Florida boy, I’d never made it south of Homestead until a few weeks ago. Capt. Mike Myers, his brother Scotty and Mike’s mate Jeff Connor were making plans to go swordfishing out of Islamorada and were thoughtful enough to ask if I wanted to tag along. (Swordfishing? In the Keys? Nah, sounds super boring — I’ll just stay home and watch Frasier reruns.) Naturally I jumped at the offer. The game plan was to go on a boat Mike had fished many times before: The Capt. Easy. And being diehard fishermen (or maybe just idiots), we were booked for a 12-hour trip.
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