aving worked as a captain in North Key Largo for almost 20 years, I have been up and down these fabulous Florida Keys both fishing and showing my boss and his guests the sights and tastes along the way. When this week’s cold front makes way for the next wave of sailfish to push into the area, there are plenty of what-to-do-when-it’s-blowing activities to pass the time. So whether you want to take your own boat down, charter your way through or tow a center-console for a serious road trip, spending a winter season in the Keys is a great way to gain some memorable experiences, on and off the water. North Key Largo 25° 18' 42" N, 80° 16' 46" W At 33 miles long, Key Largo is the largest section of the Keys archipelago. Its claim to fame started in 1948, when the movie Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, came to town to film setting and background shots, even though the actual movie was shot in Hollywood, California. The hype caused the town, from the northern part of Rock Harbor down to Tavernier, to change the name of the post office in 1952 just to bear the words Key Largo in its postmark. Fancy. Key Largo starts the Keys’ southwest curve toward the Gulf of Mexico, from the Everglades National Park to the northwest and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to the east, which marks the northern boundary of the only living barrier reef in the continental United States. Key Largo is also one of the first places southbound sailfish stop to feed — sometimes for weeks. A word of caution: When navigating in the Keys, remember there are rocks and coral heads lurking in the shallows, and these surprises don’t always show up on the charts. Just bring your Bahamas navigation skills with you and keep in mind the reef is not as forgiving as sand or grass, and it’s also protected.