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Dawn Pappas caught this unique looking Triggerfish off a reef east of Key Largo last week. Comparing the species or other saltwater fish to freshwater fish is typically quite a contrast. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Natural bait was the key in the Florida Keys

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This past week I had the opportunity to travel to the Florida Keys to spend some time on the water targeting fish that look and act different than Midwest species.


One similarity between the two destinations, 2,022 miles from Park Rapids, is that varying aquatic habitat attracts different species. An example might be weeds versus sand in Minnesota, flats versus reefs in Florida.

Is the fishing better north or south? Well, that's all relative to what you want to catch.

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