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“Fishing Big Pine Key”

Lower Keys Adventure Charters
Ranked #2 of 22 Tours in Big Pine Key
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Specializing in Private Back Country Eco Tours, Fishing Charters, Snorkel Trips, and Sunset Cruises/Picnics for up to four passengers (two adults and two children). The diversity of wildlife makes this area uniquely special Customize your trips to do exactly what you like. We have tons of secret locations to lock you in on fun. With friendly service and safety a top priority we create an exciting trip you will remember for a lifetime. Reasonable rates for a family friendly charter. This is how to have Keys fun "local style"!
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Fishing Big Pine Key”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We wanted to do some fishing in the Keys and after a couple of conversions with Mike we decided to fish in and around Big Pine Key for local fish like snapper and mackerel. We arrived early and Mike was ready to go with all the tackle, rods, chum and ice coolers (we brought our owns beer). After deftly avoiding a thunder storm we settled down to a very productive half day of fishing. Overall we caught over ten species of fish. We indicated to Mike that we hoped to keep our catch for preparation at a local restaurant. He adjusted our fishing equipment to focus on the snapper and within a short time we had our limit. Mike then took us to two other spots that he had programmed into his fish finder that were equally productive and we fished and caught everything from sharks to puffers while peacefully observing the local birdlife and the beautiful and ever changing skies while Mike cleaned our catch.

We returned to shore just ahead of a very big weather system with 7pounds of filleted fish. The next day Mike and his crewman joined us at the Half Shell in Key West (what a perfect place to have our catch prepared) to enjoy the rewards of our fishing effort with the rest of our families.

The ability to be involved in the planning of our trip, Mike's easy going behavior, work ethic and knowledge of fishing and the beauty and diversity of the of the lower keys made booking a trip with Lower Keys Adventure the most memorable part of our vacation to the Keys.

Visited February 2014
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Mike T, Owner at Lower Keys Adventure Charters, responded to this review, 25 February 2014
Tom, it was a distinct pleasure taking you and your two friends out to the lower keys back country. Glad you were able to have another successful outing with me. It was very generous of you to share you catch with Harlan and myself. The Half Shell in Key West did a bang up job of cooking the Mangrove Snapper and Spanish Mackerel. Best tasting Spanish I ever had. Hope to see you this summer, looking forward to more adventures together.
take care,
Mike
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Great day on the water with Capt. Mike!”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

My wife and I reserved our trip for late December well in advance, and made the final arrangements with Capt. Mike a few days before we headed for the Keys. My wife was hesitant to go out for such a long day on the water due to being prone to sea sickness, but she had no issues because Mike kept the bumps to a minimum and found a perfect place to anchor for some fishing as the tide went out. We are by no means fisherman of any sort, but had a blast catching about 10 different species of fish, with enough keepers to make dinner for 2 days! What a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner! After that went and visited on of the uninhabited islands and walked around a bit before heading off to snorkel for a while around some old reef heads. Saw a good number of snappers swimming around, but was only in for a short period. As we headed back for the day, we spotted a pod of dolphins and rode along beside them for a bit. When we got back to the dock, Mike even cleaned the fish for us. Talk about going above and beyond!

All in all it was a great day. Extremely relaxing, and a great way to truly see the beauty of the Florida Keys. I would highly recommend a tour with Mike. Next time we are in the Keys, we will definitely be recruiting his services!

Visited December 2013
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Mike T, Owner at Lower Keys Adventure Charters, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
David, it was a pleasure taking you both out and spending the day with you. I do hope that you are able to reside in this area one day. I knew this place was for me about ten years ago. Maybe next time you come to the Keys, the winds will be light or northerly and we'll be able to try the Atlantic side.
Take care and keep using those wetsuits to explore the underwater world.
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Thank you, Captain Mike, we had a great day out near the Gulf of Mexico”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

First we went to a specific spot where there was a lot of fish and fished the whole morning. We caught catfish, yellow tailed snappers and other interesting fish. It was very fun! Then, we went to another spot where it was shallower and swam a bit while Captain Mike cooked some of the fish that we caught. The fish tasted very good. We saw vultures, terns and a cormorant. After lunch, we went to another spot where there was a coral reef. We fished there in the afternoon. There seemed to be a lot of grunts in the area because we caught many of them. They made funny grunting noises. We also caught a few leopard fish. Once we caught a sea creature that sticks to a shark. There must of been a pretty big shark around because the sea creature was long. On the way back, we saw a few dolphins with a baby. It was a wonderful day!

Visited January 2014
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Mike T, Owner at Lower Keys Adventure Charters, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Amber, I enjoyed showing you what our backyard has to offer. Thank you for your generous gifts and the priveledge to show your two girls how to fish in the back country. Even though it was breezy we managed to get more than enough fish to eat. I'm glad you took lots of pictures of the fish and surroundings. When we go out together again, one day, we are sure to catch different fish and see more beautiful scenery. Maybe next time the water will be more clear for snorkeling.
All the Best,
Mike
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Burlingame, CA
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“Great Family Snorkeling Trip”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

We had a great trip with Capt. Mike. We only had time for an afternoon, and he made the most of it. See the pic of his boat from below.

Visited December 2013
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Mike T, Owner at Lower Keys Adventure Charters, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
It was a pleasure taking your family to Munson Rocks and Looe Key Reef for an afternoon of snorkeling fun. Your youngest son, Gus was courageous to go out with his arm in a protected, waterproof bag. It would be nice to see you again if your ever out this way again. Keep on exploring this beautiful planet.
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Summerland Key, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
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“Mike's the Best”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Not a Fan of up- tight, wound-up, over the top blow-hards when I rent a Captain to fish for the day. Captain Mike is down to earth and relaxed. Perfect! We had a very successful day on the water and saw some areas of the Key's which only "locals" know. You wont see this type of beauty simply driving to Key West. If you want to experience the "real Key's" book a trip with Mike. Good Man, Good Equipment, and Great Time.

Visited September 2013
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Mike T, Owner at Lower Keys Adventure Charters, responded to this review, 10 November 2013
It was nice going out with you, too! Glad to share a little piece of heaven. If you're ever in the area, don't hesitate to call and we'll get some coffee. No cigarette jokes, I promise!
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