MARQUESAS

Among the enraptured faces viewing the Key West sunset are surely a number of  anglers who envy the sunís westward transit towards the Marquesas Keys. Although the road may end in Key West, for the adventurous saltwater angler, in many ways the fun is just beginning.  A multitude of intricate shallows, flats, small cays and channels extend lavishly towards the sunset.

              
 

Twenty-five miles westward, perched between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, lie the uninhabited Marquesas Keys.  The treasures to be found in this area  include not only a billion in gold and precious jewels of Mel Fisher Atocha fame, but of more interest to anglers, permit and tarpon. According to Captain Tom Rowland, who is noted for guiding anglers to permit on fly, "there is no better place on the planet to pursue permit with a fly."

Furthermore, he states in a Saltwater Flyfishing article, "It is not uncommon to see and have shots at several world record fish in a single day."  While all months offer good chances for permit, they typically begin to move off the flats to spawn in April making way for increasing numbers of tarpon. Silver King aficionados should note that both the Gulf and Atlantic migratory groups converge in the Marquesas.  This migration peaks in May and June.  If so far this discussion has your competitive nature counting to two, there are a few bonefish to be found in the Marquesas.  Sharks, jacks, snappers, and barracudas, as well as a multitude of reef and offshore species create a smorgasbord of angling opportunities. 

 

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