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Jewfish Bush Banks Anchorage (Florida Keys Inside Route, just west of Channel Five, St. M. 1169.5)

This anchorage lies off the inside/ICW route,  just west of  Channel Five. We note that Captain Ron says other guide books suggest dropping the hook in Jewfish Hole (just to the west).  Follow the link below to these water’s listing in our “Florida Keys Anchorage Directory,” and you will see that we have chosen a slightly different position, where cruisers will be partially sheltered by a shoal just to the east. Note either of these anchor down spots are fair weather only anchorages.

The “desired” anchorage according to the guides is Jewfish Hole. Heavy grass/weed bottom. Only a heavy plow has a chance to dig in. Danforth type anchors just skid along the bottom for a good chunk of “salad fixins.” I would not anchor here in any sort of blow as your holding will always be tentative. The only positive is that there is a campground there with ice, fuel and a quik mart.

Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Key Anchorage Directory Listing For Jewfish Bush Banks Anchorage

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