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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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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: 08/22/2017

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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Dolphin catches have been just great and there have been a lot of big fish too. Captain Benny Spaulding on the Play Baby out of Whale Harbor Marina has been getting into some slammer Dolphin this past week catching one bull that weighed over forty pounds. Captain Alex Adler on the Kalex out of Bud and Maryís Marina had six nice gaffer Dolphin and ten heavy lifters with some school Dolphin also in the 4 to 7 pound range. Captain Don on the Kay K IV had a split party of two couples and kept 40 Dolphin making it 20 for each group. Otherwise, captain A J Stewart on the Priority out of Post Card Inn caught a Swordfish last week. And, Captain Charlie Tindall fished a bay boat with a friend last week and they too caught a Swordfish. Beyond that, it seems some captains are deep dropping and getting into a variety of Snapper and Grouper with some Porgy too.
If the Bluewater action slows down, then we will have more to talk about on the reef. For now it is still the Yellowtail Snapper that is the big draw. If the customer can only fish a half day then it is the reef option due to the short run time to fishing. Expect the charter boats to begin live bait slow trolling soon and then we will see King Mackerel along with some Mutton Snapper and Red Grouper. With two baits up and two baits deep the variety can be great and will include Sailfish, Dolphin, Bonito, Tuna and more.
Gulf and Bay:
With school back in session the business has slowed down some. Fishing is still great for Tarpon in the bay and in the island channels. Captain Tim Klein is still getting lots of action at the big channels west of Islamorada using Mullet and Crabs. Some guides are dead baiting and chumming with carcasses in the evening and scoring on Tarpon most trips. Trout action is fair to good from day to day, but Snapper are biting well in the warm bay water. In the Gulf, good Snapper catches are the norm with Jacks, Trout and Ladyfish rounding out the bite. There are plenty of Sharks cruising around the chum and the action created by the catching of fish. Some captains will put a heavy rod out with a wire and Jack or Ladyfish as bait to entice the Shark.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Again, the Tarpon action in the channels and around the bridges is good early morning and late afternoon/evening. Look for the opportunity for a Permit also, so always keep a few small crabs in the bait well for Permit bait. Fish the crab under a float just like when using a Mullet for Tarpon, just smaller everything. Lighter leader and smaller hook such as a 3/0 or 4/0. In the Flamingo and Cape Sable areas the Tarpon are also in good supply. Fish the canals and creeks and shorelines for Snook and Redfish. There have been some reports of Black Drum also.


Last Updated: 08/22/2017

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weekís report! Some windy weather we have had here this week with some gnarly winds up to 25 knots. This wind kept a lot of boats tied up at the docks, but there were several of us that did make it out each day, and the fishing has been pretty darn good! The seas have made it difficult, but even with the moon filling up, we still managed our limit of Mahi almost every day. Only once I believe we came up short a few, but this was only due to the towel getting thrown in by the customers and wanting to go home early due to the seas being a little difficult. Therefore, there is some pretty good fishing out there, and after this moon it should stay decent. Hopefully the weed lines will be coming back through and lining up with the winds calming down and make for some great fishing over the weekend. The Sword Ledge report has been quiet this week, mostly due to the weather, so we will have to table this until next week for now. The deep dropping has been good all week as the current has weakened, and made life a little easier to target these tasty critters. Some nice catches of Tiles, Black Belly Rose Fish, and Groupers despite the windy conditions. The heavy winds can be as bad as heavy current, so power drifting has been working well for us to keep the gear straight. The humps were still producing Blackfin Tunas and AJís this week, but the rips are ripping! Itís a little bumpy on top of the hill to say the least, but there are plenty of fish in the area for sure. Donít be surprised if you get jumped by the Mahi while trolling the feathers for the Tunas too. It happens all the time! The wrecks and deep ledges produced nicely this week with the moon, so the backside should be pretty good too. Not a lot of current out there, but hopefully when this weather moves around we will get a little help from the tides and keep it going. The reef remains solid, and the wind has been creating the current behind the boat. You really should be planning on fishing the tide to get the job done here so pay attention as this will be key if the wind falls all the way out. Use the tide to your advantage with the wind direction and try to get it all going the same direction. This will be optimum for the best Snapper bite. Yellowtails and Mangrove Snappers have been biting well in this area, and some nice Cero Macks too, so put yourself in the best possible situation to be successful and really pay attention to the conditions for maximum success. Well, that is all for this week! Be safe everyone, and I will see ya next week!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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