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A school of Yellowtail Snapper. Some of the other fish we catch in the Florida Keys areTuna, Wahoo, Blue & White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Sharks, Kingfish, Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Grouper, Cobia, Tarpon and more.

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Webmaster's Note:
Due to numerous emails about the "practice of Dolphin fishing" I would like to make the following clarification.
The fish we are referring to as dolphin, as it is called in the Keys and south Florida, is a fish, also known as the Dorado and Mahi-Mahi. This is not the Dolphin mammal.

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Last Updated: 06/20/2017

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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Dolphin catches remain very good with the Mahi being caught from 350 feet out to 750 feet of water. The Islamorada hump area has been giving up some good catches of Blackfin Tuna. The Tuna action drops off as the sun gets high in the sky and of course with lots of boats present. There are some big Dolphin, but mostly school size fish from 4 to 8 pounds make up the bulk of catches. The 5th annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament winning team was the Islamorada Beer Company with the large Dolphin weighing in at 45.6 pounds. Captain Billy on his Vera Vita out of Whale Harbor Marina fished a six-hour trip and wailed on the school Dolphin big time ending up with thirty Mahi to fillet. Captain Glen on the Gonefishin V had two slammer Dolphin weighing in the thirties. Captain Easy with Captain Bruce Anderson also had a couple Slammer Dolphin one trip last week.
Yellowtail Snapper fishing is quite good all along the reef from Tennessee up to Conch reef. The yellowtail are being chummed up to baits drifted in the 60 to 70 foot depths. Look for some Mutton and Mangrove Snapper to be in the catch also. There have been a few “summer” Kings caught, but with most charters being offshore it is tough to get a handle on how substantial the King Mackerel populations are. Bay boat guides are fishing the patches and getting good catches of Snapper, Porgy, Hogfish and Grouper.
Gulf and Bay:
Not much has changed in this venue recently. The Trout and Snapper action is good to great with the Snapper being more aggressive than the trout as the water warms. Just drifting and jigging is the method for success for the Trout and Snapper. Tarpon and Sharks are in good supply where the bay meets the gulf and live or dead baits will do the trick. In the Gulf, there are a few wrecks and plenty of areas of live bottom or reef bottom that are holding Snapper, Grouper, Trout, Sharks and the occasional Cobia and Permit also. When in the gulf in depths of ten to fifteen feet keep an eye on your depth finder and look for the dark line that shows hard bottom.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
It is fair to say that the Tarpon is still king in the shallow water areas. The channels in the Islamorada area or back in Flamingo hold plenty of Tarpon. In the Islamorada area fish darkness or low light for the best shot at a Tarpon. Back in the Flamingo area find the tide change to spur the bite. Captain Skip Paxton went in search of Bonefish one day last week and got his client shots a few on fly. Captain John Gargan has been Tarpon fishing evenings and getting lots of action chumming and dead baiting. Look for Permit around the overseas Highway bridges and give them a shot by drifting a small live crab in the tide. And of course, Seatrout are pretty much all over the Flamingo area especially on and around the banks that bump up against the Gulf.


Last Updated: 06/20/2017

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! Excellent fishing this week here in the Florida Keys, as the offshore fishing is on fire! Lots and lots of Mahi's swimming through right now, and about everyone I know already has a full freezer! Not a lot of monsters, but plenty in the 4-7 pond range with a few around 8-12 pounds. Large schools of fish as well, so once you find them it doesn't take long. 450' to 750" seems to be the sweet spot, and pretty much all you want, so get on out there and put some in the box! The Sword ledge was fairly productive this week with a few nicer fish being caught over the 100 pound mark, and some really nice ones to the North. Looking for this to pick up as summer gets underway. The humps are the same with BFT's, AJ's, Almaco Jacks, and Sharks, and the deep dropping in the rips is still pretty solid as well from what I'm hearing, but we haven't done much of that lately. The wrecks and deep reef were a little on the slow side with the Muttons Spawning, but they didn't seem to really "get going" the way we wanted. I think it's a week late so this week could be the week. They were definitely late last month. The reef Snapper bite remains solid with Yellowtails and Mangroves, although the current has been heavy they are still biting. Looks like the winds are going to pick up Saturday, so keep an eye out for the changing conditions. Thanks for reading everyone, be safe!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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