Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2018

Guy Harvey Magazine is focused on fishing, boating, scuba diving, and marine conservation. Portfolios from the world's best fishing photographers, articles on gear, travel, tournaments, apparel, lifestyle, seafood recipes, sustainable fisheries.

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64 | DAY 1&2 - APRIL 8/9 Riding down with photographer Sean Reilly, the straight-line Route 1 through the Keys was a little rough near where Irma really pounded in Bahia Honda, Cudjoe Key and Big Pine Key—there were a bunch of empty lots and desiccated mangroves, but overall, it was surprisingly cleaned up and rebuilt. I was happy to see the community not only moving forward, but succeeding. Sean and I put our bags down at Ocean's Edge Resort & Marina in Stock Island and took an Uber to hit the night life in Key West, imbibing on libations at Sloppy Joe's, Captain Tony's and Boars Head Grill & Tavern, just to make sure the vibe was still alive and kicking. It was. Tenfold. Mallory Square's sunset and revelry timed right in like clockwork. My first question of the fishing rebound was answered the next morning when we hopped on with Captain Dave Brucker of Key West Charters at Stock Island, sending live pinfish out of Key West in Flemish Cut. Tarpon were rolling, giving us shots of adrenaline as they cruised the floats where the live pinfish fluttered about. It was but a second until Sean jumped a 100-lb. tarpon clean off. After two more hookups and bust-offs, we poled the Key West flats banging on huge, 4-ft. great barracuda, then set up on the bomb wreck, casting leadheads tipped with shrimp to pick off mangrove and yellowtail snapper. Then we tucked back into Key West Harbor where it was a knock-down battle with one jack crevalle and yellow jack after another. Pork sandwiches at Hurricane Harbor iced the day off straight. Key West was alive! I was pleasantly surprised—like nothing ever changed. Top left: Palm trees sway and beckon visitors in a timeless view at Cheeca Lodge. Bottom left: Iconic Alligator Light weathered Irma just fine, and still holds its legendary barracuda schools. Above: Permit eagerly inhale blue claw crab baits along the Islamorada flats as Honachefsky hoists a fine specimen with Captain Richard Stancyzk. Photos courtesy of Nick Honachefsky.

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