THE LIGHT BITE

Marlin - - BEFORE THE STRIKE -

The Florida Keys has five 19th-cen­tury lights mark­ing its ma­jor reefs: Carys­fort Reef, Al­li­ga­tor Reef, Som­brero Key, Amer­i­can Shoal and Sand Key. The lights were con­structed to re­lieve light ships that would an­chor out­side the reefs to warn sailors of the shal­lows, but were de­com­mis­sioned in 2015 by the Coast Guard and are no longer main­tained. With the prox­im­ity of the shal­low reef to the deep edge, com­bined with large quan­ti­ties of bait, you’ll nor­mally find feed­ing sails pa­trolling where the wind and tide push the bait against the drop-off, which is largely dis­tinct and pro­nounced.

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