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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: 08/29/2017

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Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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Bluewater fishing for Dolphin has gotten even better in late August. There are still plenty of school Dolphin to be had and they are better size lately. There are also more gaffer and slammer size Dolphin to be had. Captain Chris on the Dog House out of Whale Harbor Marina had a great day on the Dolphin with a 36 pound Bull. Captain James Chappell on his Catchalottafish charter out of World Wide Sportsman Marina had a 40 pound Slammer to his credit one trip last week. The Floridian out of Whale Harbor Marina had a rack of big gaffer size Dolphin with one slammer on Thursday. Captain Benny Spaulding on the Play baby had family out on a morning trip and had ten nice Blackfin Tuna in the ten to 15 pound range and a couple of gaffer Dolphin in the teens in weight.
The Yellowtail Snapper action is still good. It will be best to fish early before the sun gets too high in the sky. Look for lots of fun with the Cero mackerel in the Yellowtail chum slick. Cast jigs on a short piece of #2 wire and work them erratically. It is time to begin to look for some King mackerel in depths of 90 to 200 feet of water. The Charterboat method is to slow troll live baits deep. One other method that will also produce King mackerel as well as many other species is to deep jig. Using a two ounce bucktail jig, crush and limber a Ballyhoo and fix it to the jig using three hooks in tandem on the jig. Free spool the offering down and then jig it back to the surface.
Gulf and Bay:
Out to the west the bay is producing great action on Mangrove Snapper. Drifting the grass lakes and dredging a jig through the foliage on the bottom will make for a great bite of Snapper. Some just use a twister tail and others will fix a Berkley Gulp bait to the jig. No need to chum, as the Mangrove Snapper are simply voracious in this hot water. The Trout may surprise you and join in, but the Trout are far and few between in most areas other than in the very northern area of the bay. There will be some willing Tarpon and Sharks in the channels along the banks near the Yacht Channel.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Some guides are fishing the mainland shoreline and island moats with good action on Snook and Baby Tarpon. Captain Gary of Ivory Keys charters has been getting into just such action this past week on Pinfish and Pilchards. There is good action on Tarpon in the evening in many of the channels in the Islamorada area. If you have a full day to devote to fishing run out to the Cape Sable area and be ready for anything. Along the beaches and in the canals and creeks there will be Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Drum, Trout and lots of other rod bending fish such as Jacks and Ladyfish.


Last Updated: 08/29/2017

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! It’s been another incredible week of fishing here in the beautiful Florida Keys! The weather this week has been a little touch and go with all the tropical weather that has been moving around, but the seas have mostly been nice. The fishing has been solid with the Mahi action still going off! Plenty of Mahi’s around offshore and the Humps have been on fire with some solid Blackfin’s too. Some Pilchards finally showed up in the local canals, so we have been able to catch enough bait to do this for an hour or two in the mornings. Nice size ones at that ranging from 15-25 pounds on the live bait. The feather tunas have been decent on the troll and vertical jigs with a few AJ’s mixed in here and there. The Swordfish Ledge has remained on the quiet side this week, but rest assured this is going to turn on any day now. There are some fish being caught, but nothing over 60 pounds that I have heard of. The deep dropping was pretty solid all week, but the past couple of days the current has been smoking so it is difficult to say the least. We caught some really nice Snowy Groupers, and Blueline Tilefish this week, but we had to work at it for sure. The deep reef and wreck fishing has had its ups and downs this week with the Mutton bite being on the slow side. The good news is that there have been some nice Groupers and Cobia showing up in these areas. Plenty of Jacks and other stuff to stay plenty busy with, and as usual tons of Bonita and plenty of Kings. A really good variety out there on the deep reef and wrecks to be had right now. The shallow reef bite with Yellowtails and Mangroves continues to be decent even as the water has increased in temperature. The reef from 90’ to 30’ is still pretty good, and doesn’t look like it is going to slow down. The current on the reef has been pretty good the last couple days, and has really slowed down the sharks, so this is a good option for a short day over the weekend. The weather this weekend is looking pretty good on the wind forecast, but who knows what is going to happen with the rain. As of now, the forecast is calling for “scattered showers and thunderstorms”, but I am sure this tropical activity coming over the Bahamas will be the deciding factor. Time will tell on this one, but if the weather permits the fishing should be good. Well, that is it for this week! Have a safe weekend everyone!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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