I just returned from a trip to the Florida Keys. The weather was great, and i was able to fish every day. I didn't catch any of the highlight fish like the Tarpon of Permit, but the Baracuda were fun from the beach of our cottage. One word of note...if you chose to hire a guide for a trip, try to get references, and find out as much as you can about him. The guide my brother and I were out with was with "Born and Raised Charters" with Mike Bassett. For starters, he was late to the dock by over an hour, and after apologizing, he lengthened the trip to a full day from the half day we had originally scheduled. He then took my brother and I out on a 17ft boat that was not his (his was in the shop), which he had a couple of problems handling. After a run on the water, he decided he wanted to catch some bait, which he was not too proficient at doing (caught just a few small pilchers). Luckily he had bought bait (shrimp and pinfish) on the way to the dock which ended up being what was used to fish with. After a longer run, we finally pulled up to a spot to fish. It was now more than two and a half hours after our original starting time. The night before our charter, a call had been made to our guide about what equipment to bring. Our guide had insisted that he had everything we needed. Come to find out that his equipment consisted of the cheaper line of Diawa spinning reels...the two bearing models that are sold at Wal-Mart for around $20.00. Both my brother's and my equipment that we brought with us to Florida were better quality, and we both had left it back at the cottage. Fishing was tough at the first spot with no fish caught. We made another run of about 30 minutes. At this second spot we at least caught a few small fish. Nothing that was a keeper. However, I did hook into one fish that started peeling off line. After about 5 seconds of the line running off the spool, the line dug into the under wraps of line, locking the spool up, and the line snapped. This may have been caused by the reel itself, or the line improperly wound on the spool. Anyway, after several more moves, at the end of the day we had caught only two keeper Redfish (around 19" each, and 2 made a limit, but they were on the shorter end of the keeper slot) and one undersize Snook. And we were 23 miles from the marina, making the return trip a long one. After being out for 8 hours, we actually fished for maybe just over 4 of that. My brother and I didn't do our research on our guide, or at least worded our questions the wrong way. Hindsight is a great teacher. Maybe I will get the chance to go back next year, but I will not be booking with "Born and Raised Charters". One word of note, the sightseeing was great (LOL).