Key West Grab Bag

Salt Water Sportsman joined Zebco in the Keys for great wintertime fishing

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Salt Water Sportsman was invited down to sunny Key West by the crew at Zebco. Here, we had a chance to test the latest Quantum and Fin-Nor gear against an array of Keys species -- both inshore and offshore -- with some of the area's top captains...Alan McGuckin
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Heading offshore with Capt. R.T. Trosset in his 34 YellowfinBen Holtzclaw
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Live pilchards are a bait of choice in the Keys.Ben Holtzclaw
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Alan McGuckin of Zebco and R.T. with a small tuna caught on light tackleBen Holtzclaw
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John Kushnerick of Zebco fishes Boca Grande Channel with David Brown and Capt. Tom RowlandGlenn Law
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Alan and Tom with a nice Keys 'cuda caught on topwater
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Capt. Rich Tudor with a sizeable Marquesas permitDoug Olander
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One of many small jacks we caught and releasedGlenn Law
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Gerry Bethge of Outdoor Life turns the screws to a fishGlenn Law
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A little tunny about to be releasedGlenn Law
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Gerry proves the mettle of the venerable Zebco "33" with a topwater tunaGlenn Law
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...but Capt. Chris Trosset proved to be the real master of the "33" after he hooked up to a dolphin offshore.Ben Holtzclaw
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Chris took the prize in a little side contest of who could land the best fish on the Zebco 33 with this 15-pound dolphin.Alan McGuckin
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Capt. Chris Trosset prepares to release a healthy sailfish that took Ben Holtzclaw's freelined pilchard.Alan McGuckin
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A lemon shark provides an inshore surprise for Rich Tudor in the MarquesasGlenn Law
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One of numerous cero mackerel that kept us busy offshore on the first day of fishing.Ben Holtzclaw
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Anchoring up after marking fishBen Holtzclaw
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Ben Holtzclaw and Chris Trosset with a double hook-upAlan McGuckin
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A nice blackfin tuna caught on spinning gearBen Holtzclaw
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Handfuls of live pilchards and bonito chunks can often kick off a feeding frenzyBen Holtzclaw
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Chris deploys a kite over a wreck offshoreBen Holtzclaw
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The kite will keep this mullet struggling enticingly near the surfaceBen Holtzclaw
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A cow dolphin that fell for a pilchard comes boatsideBen Holtzclaw
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Alan and Chris double up on nice jacksBen Holtzclaw
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Ben Holtzclaw with a mutton snapper caught using dead bait on a jighead in about 30 feet of waterCapt. Ted Lund
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Bob Bagby of Zebco with one of the many mangrove snapper we found on the bottomBen Holtzclaw
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The red grouper were also thick here - we lost count of how many we releasedBen Holtzclaw
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Bob with a colorful wrasseBen Holtzclaw
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A 25-pound kingfish provides some real excitement on Bob's Quantum EXO baitcasterBen Holtzclaw
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The anglers win in the end. Here, Bob and Capt. Ted Lund show off this light-tackle prize.Ben Holtzclaw
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R.T. puts the bend in a Fin-Nor rodAlan McGuckin
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R.T. with a nice yellow jackAlan McGuckin
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It never hurts to bring home a few for dinner!Ben Holtzclaw