FMT (Florida Marine Tracks) Navigates The Trickiest Path In The Florida Keys

FMT (Florida Marine Tracks) Navigates The Trickiest Path In The Florida Keys

Glenn Housman of FMT (Florida Marine Tracks) shows how his product works on a Simrad unit in the Lower Florida Keys. This is significant because this is a very tricky path to run. It can be done under good tide conditions with good light, but the repercussions of being even slightly off track are serious.

The Lower Florida Keys are home to some of the best fishing and also the fewest boats found almost anywhere in the entire chain of the Florida Keys. Why? It is because the bottom is concrete hard and extremely unforgiving. Many lower units have met their watery grave in these waters.

Secret Weapon On The Flats - Binoculars

Secret Weapon On The Flats - Binoculars

In my professional as a fishing guide in the Florida keys, the most important thing that I can do is continually learn new spots. Learning how to explore areas quickly is one of the most valuable skills a guide or angler can acquire. I used to run up to a flat and then pole it as fast as I could. The first time I ever went to the flat, I wasn’t completely concerned about actually catching the fish that are there, but more concerned with discovering if this was a spot worth returning to.

How To Keep Shrimp Alive Overnight

In a recent episode on the Tom Rowland Podcast, Captain Tom Rowland talked about ways to keep shrimp alive overnight using the Frabill Bait cooler. You can listen to the podcast below:

Many people have asked about how to keep shrimp alive. It isn’t as easy as it might sound and I have certainly killed my share of shrimp. Over the years, I have worked out a continually improving system that allows me to keep shrimp alive overnight without a problem. I go into this in detail in the podcast episode offered above, but here is the Cliff Notes version:

  1. Keep your crabs and shrimp separate. Never try to keep shrimp with pinfish either

  2. Make sure the shrimp have plenty of oxygen but also a place that they can rest.

  3. Keep the water cool

You can make your own apparatus to create this type of environment or invest in a Frabill Magnum Bait Station . It has everything needed to transport and keep shrimp alive overnight or out on the bridge or pier.

If we have shrimp left over at the end of a day this setup allows us to also save money by keeping these alive through the week. On tournament day, the starter gun goes off before the bait shop opens so we have to be ready to go the night before. Our bait has to be alive and kicking. Dead bait means no fish.

I have gone through many different setups and experienced failure and success before settling on this method. Give it a try and let me know if you are able to keep all your shrimp alive as well. If you liked the podcast, share it with a friend and please consider rating and reviewing it on iTunes.

Let me know if you have any more questions, comments or concerns,

See you on the water,

Tom Rowland

The Most Versatile 9 Foot 9 Weight Fly Rod For Florida Keys Fishing

The Most Versatile 9 Foot 9 Weight Fly Rod For Florida Keys Fishing

St Croix is known the world over for producing some of the highest quality rods on Earth. Did you know that they also produce some of the best fly rods?

The new St Croix Sole is a unique idea in fly rods. It is a 2 piece fly rod, but the breakdown is unusual. The tip section is where the rod breaks down and the rest of the rod remains a one piece. This is a cool concept for the fisherman that fishes both fly and spin because when you break down the rod, the one piece portion is the same length as all the spinning rods. It is easily transported along with all the other rods.

When Can I Catch A Tarpon? - Tarpon Fishing Calendar For The Florida Keys

When Can I Catch A Tarpon? - Tarpon Fishing Calendar For The Florida Keys

Tarpon are the ultimate gamefish. They are big and athletic, they jump when hooked and make insane drag screaming runs. People from all over the world descend on the Florida Keys to try to catch them. They are called the Silver King and that name stuck for a reason. They are the King of the gamefish found in the Florida Keys for several reasons:

Adjust Your Settings To Run The Florida Marine Tracks Chip In Lowrance HDS

Adjust Your Settings To Run The Florida Marine Tracks Chip In Lowrance HDS

The Florida Marine Tracks chip can be loaded into your Lowrance or Simrad unit and will display the best and most impressive aerial photography that I have ever seen. When you are running your boat in the Florida Keys, the boat is displayed as a triangle as normal, but you can see individual trees, PVC stakes, Markers, roads, marinas and every detail of the area that you are running through. You can see yourself moving through the area almost as if you are seeing it real time. I would buy the chip just for these photos. However, to make things even more interesting, they have the safe running paths throughout the Florida Keys backcountry and throughout the entire State of Florida!