The Florida Keys and Key West have been a special place for me since I was old enough to grasp a rod and reel. My father was a dentist who loved fishing, especially throughout the Keys. One of my earliest Keys fishing memories with him was down in Marathon, where I caught a mangrove snapper off a dock on a plastic rod and reel combo he had purchased at a local convenient store. I was hooked big time after that. Over the decades, we fished just about everywhere along the island chain, with most of the focus on the Marquesas Islands, some 18 miles west of Key West, and also Key Largo, where my dad owned a vacation home at Silver Shores. The resulting fish catches and memories are priceless; they keep me coming back here several times a year. The Florida Keys offer just about everything in terms of fishing, be it deep in the back country behind Key Largo and Islamorada, on the Atlantic reefs and wrecks, in and around the numerous cuts and bridges, over the wrecks, rock piles and behind the shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico, or offshore – near and within the Gulf Stream. The odds of seeing me down here with my MARC VI are excellent, so keep your eyes peeled – and don’t forget to say hello!