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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: 02/12/2019

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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There have been some charters fishing the Islamorada Hump for Blackfin Tuna this past week and there was a good bite to be had. Captain Ed Yanetti captained the Skipper out of Founders Park and got into the Tuna on the Hump with a showing of Dolphin catching three wintertime gaffer Mahi.
This time of year, there are Sailfish Tournaments every week. The Islamorada Women’s Sailfish Tournament was this past week. First place boat was the Floridian with 4 sailfish releases. Second place was Last Dance with 4 releases and third was IBC with 3 releases. There were 10 boats fishing the two day affair releasing 25 Sailfish. Captain Don on his Kay K IV out of Whale Harbor Marina had a few nice days on the reef doing battle with a few Sailfish and lots of King Mackerel. On the “Shake and Bait” out of Post Card Inn anglers caught King Mackerel, Dolphin and Yellowtail Snapper mid-week. Captain Paul Johnson on the Reef Runner had a fare out from Maryland and caught a bunch of nice King Mackerel and Bonito. Inside on the patch reef areas bay boat captains fished 10 to 25 feet of water on the calm days. Captain Lou Brubaker chummed up a mess of Mangrove and Schoolmaster Snapper along with Mutton, Red Grouper on a sixteen-foot deep live bottom patch.
Gulf and Bay:
The Spanish Mackerel and Snapper were willing participants invading chum lines in the Gulf last week. Just outside the Everglades National Park boundary, just beyond the Yacht Channel the Spanish Mackerel are really on fire. Anchor and chum and the Snapper usually get things started and then the Mackerel get the scent and its drags screaming. Casting jigs tipped with a pencil erasure size piece of Shrimp is the method of choice. There have been a few Cobia reported too. Captain Joe Gargan has been catching Snapper, Mackerel, Jacks, Ladyfish and a few Pompano in the Gulf.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
The news from the backcountry is just great as it has been for many weeks. Guides are carrying a well full of live Shrimp to fish “the park” and just bailing the Snook and Redfish. Mike Forester of Mangrove Mikes Café in Islamorada summed it all up staying the action has bee great for quite a while and over time the fish have grown in size. Captain Freddie out of Smugglers Marina on Snake Creek has fished several Flamingo trips and reports releasing Snook and Redfish in double digit numbers every trip. Seatrout catches have been very good in the upper bay near the mainland shoreline.


Last Updated: 02/12/2019

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Some pretty good weather we have had this week, but doesn’t look so great for the weekend. The winds are forecast to pick up to 25 knots, so it’s not going to be easy for any of you with smaller boats. With that out of the way, the fishing this week has been decent. A couple days of good fishing, and a couple that were just downright tough. The sailfish bite has had its ups and downs, as we really need a new body of fish to move in. Several of the fish we are catching have multiple hooks still in their mouths and are getting smarter every day. The wreck fishing is picking up with the bottom bite, and there have been lots of king mackerel around the wrecks and reef. The Yellowtail bite on the reef was great early in the week, but slowed as we lost our current and the water became gin clear. South of Alligator light has been better for reef fishing as the water was dirtier with good southwest current. The patches are producing well after this last cool front, with some decent bottom dwellers as well. This wind is hopefully just what we need to push in the gulf stream current, and get these sails on the move. A lot of fish being caught north of Miami, so keep your fingers crossed. Well, be safe this weekend, and we will catch you next week!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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