We filmed a great episode on Baby Tarpon with Jeff directly after Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys and he is back in our 3rd episode of our 13th season. To say that he is back for another show is not exactly correct. I guess it would be more accurate to say that he never left...Read More
Trolling motors continue to evolve into more effective fishing tools. We have been using the Xi5 motors from MotorGuide for years and have been very pleased. Now, MotorGuide just introduced the Xi3 motor which is a little lighter, and skips a few of the features of the Xi5 and comes in a little cheaper. Here are the Features of the new Xi3...Read More
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Jeff Malone is one of the hardest working guides I know. Every year for the last 15, I have watched him load and unload happy customers onto the dock at Hawks Cay Resort. Jeff is always smiling despite working every single day, double and triple 1/2 days, during the Spring. Jeff goes in virtually every condition and rarely have I ever seen him cancel a trip.
He works so hard that he literally begins to waste away. Jeff loses 20 pounds or more every year off of an already slight frame. By the end of the season, he looks like a mere shadow of his former self. Off season means no double days and maybe a day off a week. During this time he puts on a little weight and might get to sleep to 5:30 am one morning a week.
We talk to Jeff every day and exchange information. Some guides give information that is suspect, but Jeff has always provided sound information, even if we had to twist his arm to get it. You see, guides that talk a lot or are very boastful around the dock are not really listened to by me. I want to know what the guy that quietly comes in, keeps his mouth shut, cleans his boat and takes off fast has to say. That guy has real information and the last thing in the world he wants to do is to tell the world about it. That guy is Jeff Malone.
I have always wanted to fish with Jeff and we made sure that we had an opportunity this year. In fact, we planned a couple of days with him and Jeff produced. Here is the first show we have edited from our time with Jeff. It is set almost immediately after Hurricane Irma when very few people had returned to the water.
Jeff was glad to get back on the water and check a few spots to see if his local friends made it through the storm.
You can see the show on Waypoint TV by clicking here
You can follow Jeff on Social media through his handle @tarpon_time or book a trip with him
Capt Jeff Malone
As always, we had Jason Stemple with us to document this trip in ultra high quality still photos. Here are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
Hurricane Irma was one of the most damaging storms to hit the Keys in a long time. Yet Florida came together, neighbor helping neighbor, and it was amazing to see. Despite the obvious destruction on land, the storm stirred up and reset the Ocean making the fishing as good as it has been in 30 years...Read More
Some power and service has been restored in the Florida Keys. Some landlines are working at Bars and establishments in Key West and other Keys, therefore much more news is getting out of the Florida Keys. We are doing our best to vet this information and republish or share accurate, helpful information. We will be doing this throughout the day today and whenever we see good information. Relief efforts are beginning and supply drops are being organized. If you have a relief effort and want to get the word out, please let us know and we will post it here.Read More
Monroe County will open re-entry into the Keys for residents and business owners in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Entry requires a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership in those three cities. A roadblock will be put around Mile Marker 74, just before Sea Oates Beach where part of the road has washed out. An FDOT road crew will repair the road tomorrow.Read More
The message from Monroe County Emergency Management is that the Keys are closed to the general public (even residents) while damage assessments continue and utilities are restored. Those who arrive in Florida City will be turned away...Read More
Can you imagine having zero warning as a Category 5 Hurricane came straight at you? No Weather Channel, no radar, no phone app, not even anyone to call you and tell you it is coming. That is what happened in 1935 when the most powerful Hurricane to ever hit the Keys took aim at Islamorada. Learn about this historic storm in this feature from our show.Read More
When I saw the Manta Racks at Icast, I knew immediately that I had to have 2 sets. If you don't know what the Manta Racks are, they are a genius invention that solved a big problem. These are simple racks that can hold a single or double SUP, of many different manufacturers, securely on any boat and be completely removed when not in use...Read More