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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Bluewater fishing is arguably better now that
anytime this season. The Dolphin are closer and there is variety
with all the pelagic species being caught. The Indigenous caught 25
Dolphin and a Sailfish while trolling the Bluewater. On the
Broadminded they went four for four on Swordfish last week. The Vera
Vida and the Southern Comfort both had great catches of Dolphin in
650 feet of water with most fish needing the gaff. The Floridian out
of Whale Harbor Marina had a nice day with a load of Dolphin and a
Wahoo. Then a Blue Marlin comes to play, and they released that Blue
estimated at 450 pounds. There have been Blackfin Tuna on the
Islamorada Hump and on current edges. The Tuna are eating trolled
feathers and are in the 5 to 10 pound range.
The Yellowtail Snapper bite is still very good.
Captain Dave [usually the mate] on the Kay K IV ran a trip and they
scored big time catching all the Yellowtail Snapper they needed.
Look for the occasional Mutton of Mangrove Snapper while on the
Yellowtail spot. Also, the Cero Mackerel will become more numerous
on the reef. Look for King Mackerel in depths from 100 to 140 feet
of water. Find a color change just off of the reef and there may be
Sailfish and or Blackfin Tuna.
Gulf and Bay:
If you are looking for solitude, this is the
region to fish. There are Trout and Mangrove Snapper available all
over Florida Bay. In the Gulf look along the lines of Crab floats
and find Tripletail. Anchor and chum and the variety will be great
in depths from 6 to 12 feet of water. There are still plenty of
Tarpon and of course Sharks for those who want a bug pull.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Other than some areas of Tannic water the
backcountry is in fine shape. The tannic water is a product of rain
water flowing down through the system and washing the Red Mangrove
color down tide. It is totally normal and happens every year in
summer and is not associated with any algae bloom. Along the
mainland shoreline there are Snook and Redfish to be had. Out in the
Flamingo and Cape sable area there are lots of Tarpon inhabiting the
channels and up on banks chasing Mullet. There is a great
opportunity to sight cast to the Tarpon at this time. Usually a crab
on a spinning rod will do the trick. Of course, a variety of
artificial baits including plug or fly offerings will also work. The
bread and butter species, the Trout, Jacks and ladyfish will be
found in off color water and will take a jig nicely.
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Hello everyone, and welcome
back to this weeks report! Pretty similar report to last week as the
Mahi fishing is still on the slow side. We did have a couple days of
really good fishing this week, but it has been slow for most. The
fish are sparse, but the ones we are finding are mostly nice gaffer
size. Not as many little ones around this week either. This fishery
is Day to Day, so who knows what tomorrow will bring. The Swordfish
grounds were hot earl in the week, but have slowed as the moon is
approaching. Tunas are on the humps, as well as a bunch of sharks,
so be ready for that battle. Thereís been a nice color change just
outside the reef, and the current has been smoking up the road, so
thereís been some sailfish around. If the winds come up as forecast
for the weekend, these guys will probably be tailing again. Pretty
awesome deal to catch sails in August! The reef and wrecks have been
ok this week with Muttons, Mangrove, and yellowtail snappers. The
dirtier water and current has these guys fired up. Thatís it for
this week! Be safe and until next time!
Capt. James Chappell