Tuesday, July 31, 2018

You've Bought A Fantastic Keys Home. Now, Where Do You Go To Fish???

You know, one of the big questions I get asked by my buyer clients is, "Where do we go fish??" 

What You’ve gotta understand is,
that’s like asking, "Hey where is the Oasis in the Sahara??"

It’s a big ocean out there boys and girls, and this question is kind of an ambiguous one as well. 
A lot of factors go in to determining what’s a great fishing spot.


A just undersized Grouper caught on the Patch Reefs.
What maybe great to you isn't necessarily so great to me depending on the type of fish you like to catch, the style of fishing, and how much you can handle being rocked on a boat in "sporty " chop, before you are chumming the waters yourself.

The phenomenal thing about our Fabulous Florida Keys, is that they offer such a widdddddeeeee variety of fishing options!!


Mrs Conchquistador with a super mackerel caught in 17 ft of water!
So, if you’re looking for a constant rod pending action, where the thrill might not be so much catching that elusive big one, as much as being excited with every cast, you can’t beat the Patch Reefs. Small sets of reefs on the oceanside usually close inshore about 3.5 to 5 miles. They hold of wide variety of fish including Grouper, Snapper, Porgies, Grunts, the sooo delicious Hogfish, and sometimes Mackerel. 
Patch Reef fishing is my personal favorite, and generally what I like to do most, as damn it, I wanna put fish in my box!! 
Guess what!? I gotta fever. And the only prescription is more patch reef fishing (that said in my worst Christopher Walken voice from the infamous Cowbell SNL skit). It’s pretty close inshore, doesn’t take a lot of time to get out to, and lots of different spots,


A super Hogfish caught in some deeper water
Now, if you’re looking for that real sense of adventure, start going a little bit deeper. But know that the time between catches and bites may be a little bit longer.
When you’re looking just past the reef, in the 125 foot range, now you’re starting to talk about some of your bigger Groupers, your Mutton Snappers, and especially Kingfish and more. 

But, if you’re ready for some bad ass Hemingway action, you go deeper, and by deeper I’m talking about 600 to 2000 feet. 
Here's where you strap on your big boy, or big girl, pants and you throw your line and you’re looking for Dolphin, (No, not Flipper, but Mahi-Mahi), Tuna, and especially if you're lucky, Swordfish, each a tasty, tasty treat.


Mrs. Conchquistador with a tasty, yes tasty Jack Crevalle
Your style of fishing can also be determined by Where you are in the Keys.
I find Upper Keys fishing quite different from Lower Keys fishing especially when you talk about going on the Gulf side in the Lower Keys, and Bay side and the Back Country in the Upper Keys.
These are whole different fisheries.

And of course, there are particular habitats for other great target species like Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish. 

If you's like even more detailed fishing info and some great gps numbers, visit my GPS page.  And for even GREATER accuracy, visit www.profishingspots.com.  they have INCREDIBLE #s and I know this first hand. May cost you a few bucks, but very much worth it. Tell them my friend Heiko from The South Florida Fishing Channel on youtube sent you. ( More about him and his phenomenal channel in a later post.)


The bottom line (pardon the purposeful "line" pun) is, get a rod in your hand, get some bait, learn how to throw a cast net, be safe, and most of all ... have fun.
 
Work with an Agent who can get you a home closeest to your ideal fishing spot.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Today Is One of My Favorite Days of the Year, And Let Me Tell You Why ...

OK, 
Penn rods and reels ... check 
Pinfish ... check 
Boxes of Chum ... check 
Knocker Rigs... check.
So what is this laundry list, you ask?? 
It is essential gear to stalk my favorite fish to both catch and eat
.
Yes, today is May 1, and that means just one thing ...
the start of Grouper Season!!!
These denizens of the rocky bottom are my favorite prey by far. And to me personally, as table fare, they really can’t be beat. Yes, the Mahi-Mahi is fantastic, and the stats are divided that Hog Fish is on its own plane, but to me, Grouper, yes big fat, sloppy, tasty Grouper is the king of the sea.

The cool thing about Grouper is that there are so many different varieties. Gag, Nassau, Black, Red, Snowey, Hind, and Strawberry are just a few, with Reds my personal favorite.

The most important thing to remember is that there’s only a particular season where we are allowed to get out on the open water and cast our lines and catch and keep these tasty beasts.  That season runs from May 1 to December 31. 

So where am I going to go?? Well, I’ll give you a couple of insider insights.
I just found the most incredible reef off the southern tip of Islamorada, about a mile and a half off shore. It’s got about 12 good sized patches within a 1 mile diameter and lots of great rocky outcrops and corals that make for great Grouper apartments.

Note that in grouper fishing, it is that the first 10 seconds of him on your line that is really going to tell the tale of who is going to be bitch slapped, you or the grouper.  As that is when they head for their nearest whole like a cockroach who's just seen the light in the kitchen. And when the get in that hole they puff up in it, like me after I eat popcorn rice. So getting them out, is where the real challenge begins!

So whether fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water or 150,  there's  always a variety of grouper to be found, especially if you have some type of structure on the bottom.

Oh very happy day I’m ready to get my lines in the water and pull up some dinner.

Pass me some tartar sauce!
  
Work with an agent who can help your reel in the ideal property.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Tattoo Who?? My Wife Gets Her First Tattoo Ever, In Key Largo.

You know, I think all of us have a Bucket List; climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Run with the Bulls in Pamplona, buy a house in the Florida Keys!! 
Well, one of the items on your Conchquistador's Wife’s Bucket List has been to get a tattoo! 

So, after a milestone birthday, and considering doing this for almost 15 years, she decided she wanted to get a tattoo in Key West. 
When I informed her, that until very recent years tattoo salons had been prohibited in Key West, we realized that we wanted a much more established salon.

So, I asked quite a few of my esteemed inked friends where they suggested, as I’m sure you can figure there are a plethora of Keys-ites that enjoy being out on the water, drinking tropical drinks and enjoying their colorful tattoos. We are known for our Character here in the Keys!!

And funny enough the salon that most recommended was one that I was already familiar with, located in Key Largo next to my favorite cigar shop. Now your Conchquistador himself his tattoo free. As a hirsute gentlemen, they just would not look good on me, though I’ve always had great admiration for the incredible artwork done on a living canvas.

South of Heaven Tattoos is located in the Pink Plaza at mile marker 103. It is owned by a tattooing family that has years and years of experience that is actually multi generational. 
To me, it is the ideal salon. Very, very clean, very inviting, super luxurious chairs for their clients to relax in as they are getting their body art, forever woven into the fabric of their skin.

I booked an appointment with Jason, a fantastic artist (Sporting a half shaved head with tattoos from the side of his head through his neck down to his calves, and standing about 6 foot 3! But underneath, a very kind soul!!), and when we got there he and his associate Caitlin we’re ready to get to work!
My wife had a specific design in mind and he was able to embellish it further. They made us feel very relaxed, and within an hour, she had her beautiful tattoo.
 
Bucket list item… Done!!
And wow what outcome. Even better than we had in anticipated.
In conversation with Jason, we found out, funny enough, that one of the most popular tattoos is the still clich├ęd anchor!!
South of Heaven Tattoos caters to locals and tourists alike.

Those of you wonderful readers who follow my blog know that Service is extremely important to me and a critical aspect of what I like to provide to my clientele. In fact my motto is, "SERVICE… Plain and simple".
I love it when I see other professionals give great service, and that is something my Wife and I received at South of Heaven Tattoos.

So yes, and I’m sorry Honey, and I mean the following with all the Love and Respect, LOL ... my Wife was able to get her Tramp Stamp Tattoo.!! And it is smoking hot!

The Keys are such a colorful and wonderful environment to express your individuality and one of the reasons we so love it here.
So whether you’re saddled up to the bar and sitting next to a tattooed biker dude, or long-haired musician, or a seemingly mild-mannered real estate agent, there’s always fun in store here in the fabulous Florida Keys!

Work with an agent who offers indelible service that will leave its mark. .Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Just Closed in Key Largo - Turnkey Waterfront: $725,000, A Direct Result of My Radio Show!!!

You know what's Cool?
View down the Canal at 19 Harbor Dr. Key Largo. My latest sale.

Being able to assist really fun, cool, clients turn their Island Dreams into their new Tropical Reality.
Yes, yes I know, you've heard me say or post that tag line before. But it's true!!  
Home ownership for most people in the Fabulous Florida Keys is a Dream, not a necessity. It's bucket list material.  Something you one day hope to achieve. So you toil, and save, and work for that goal.  

And that's where your humble Conchquistador comes in. I'm here to help you find your new toy! Your piece of our Paradise, your very own slice of our proverbial Key Lime Pie!!

And that brings up my latest Sale.  A Super cool couple from Illinois that found me through my award-winning Radio Show, "The Florida Keys Real Estate Guys ...Live"  Broadcast worldwide every Monday at Noon, Keys time on RadioA1A.com and their take along app.  Also simulcast on Soundcloud, Tunein, and bouncing off all kinds of satellites, I'm sure.

We have a lot of fun doing the show, and if you haven't listened... what are you waiting for???  Fun and irreverent chat about our Florida Keys Lifestyle, Fishing, Diving, drinking, cool guests and oh yeah...informative information regarding our Florida Keys Real Estate Market, all with yours truly and my co-host Mark Mills.  And we don't fall under the auspices of the FCC!!

And while we get a lot of Keys listeners we get a TON of folks tuning in Nationwide, and even in other distant Ports of Call.  I even know some Kiwis that tune in every so often.

RadioA1A caters to folks who enjoy independent Trop-Rock with an Island feel and is tied into the biggest nationwide Jimmy Buffet fan club.  And your Conchquistor is also proud to be the their exclusive Real Estate Sponsor!!  This also gives my sellers a great edge as I run several hundred commercials a month!! Talk about exposure for your property!!!??? This, in addition to the great shows I sponsor on our local radio station, Sun103.1 FM. 
Just another out of the box approach that I take to getting the job DONE.

Go Here to download the RadioA1A app to take our show on the go!

So after that long winded explanation, some more info about the Home my Super Cool Buyers just Purchased!

19 Harbor Drive, Key Largo
3 Bedrooms / 2.1 Baths
Waterfront
List Price: $747,000 / Sale Price: $725,000

This Property was sold furnished for immediate enjoyment!
It was also listed by my friend, Myriam Morales of The Keyes Company, who was a pleasure to work with.

Description: 
BEAUTIFUL HOUSE! ON THE WATER!! 3/2/1/2. CONCRETE ROOF! ALL IMPACT WINDOWS AND DOORS! GRANITE COUNTER TOPS IN KITCHEN ALL TILE FLOORS! YOUR OWN DOCK!

View a Detailed Brochure and Mapped Location Here

Bucket List? For sure.  But truly attainable. 
And, after all, what is a life without dreams??

Work with an Agent who can help flesh out your Island Dreams.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

And Thus, We Bid The Devil Adieu - Today Ends a Harsh Hurricane Season


The Buzz-Saw that was Irma en route to the Keys
So, every June 1st, I do a blog post referencing Florida Keys Profanity, and that the “H Word” is the most foul.  Of course, “H” standing for Hurricane.
As you know, this Blog is quite often tongue-in-cheek, but this year, this year it rang very, very true.

Heartbreaking Devastation at one of my Buyers' Properties on Grassy Key
It's been some time coming, can't say we were surprised. But it still doesn't lessen the blow, both literally and figuratively. 
Irma came through like a buzz saw, but a buzz saw that was very, very slow moving. We were extraordinarily fortunate that it didn't do as much damage as it could have, and that the casualties were not as great as they could've been.
That being said, the wounds have definitely been inflicted and anyone driving our glorious Overseas Highway can see the scabs that are now forming.
 
Hurricanes in the Keys are a way of Life. They are part and parcel of the Keys experience. They is the Ying to the diving, fishing, drinking and revelry’s Yang. 


So what happens now???

Participating in a TV interview with NBC6 Anchors about what happens next
Well, real estate wise, Irma may have actually been a good thing on several fronts.

It's certainly showcased those homes that were well-built and can stand up to brutes. It also thinned out some of our invasive foliage that has grown here, chocking out our natives. And, it has forced homeowners to take a serious look at the condition of their properties.

And even with all the devastation that has occurred, Buyers still, still, very much want a heaping slice of our proverbial Key Lime Pie.



There is no place on Earth like the  Florida Keys. There is no place that offers all the intangibles.

Yes, there may be some places that have more vibrant for reefs, better fishing, Island lifestyle, but, as a package, and for ownership and value… I believe there’s no compare. 


"H Word"  - The Most Profane.
So, today, as we pack away our generators and store away our shutters and get ready to say goodbye to a very trying Period, we remember those that lost so much, and commend those whose efforts are unparalleled in helping us to effectively rebuild.



As once again, we try to reason with Hurricane Season


Work with an Agent whose ridden the Storms.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.