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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A relatively calm few days last week allowed some
charters to make the run to the Islamorada Hump somewhat
comfortably. Reports tell us that the Blackfin Tuna were inhaling
small “jap” feathers in the current rips on the Hump. The Tuna were
what we call “footballs” in the 4 to 7 pound range. No reports of
any rogue Dolphin being in the mix.
Here is where the bulk of the oceanside action
will be for the foreseeable future. It is Sailfish season and there
will be a Tournament pretty much every weekend for a few of months.
The 54th Islamorada Sailfish Tournament will be held November 30
through December 3rd this year. Captain Travis Dickens on his
Indigenous charter boat out of Bud and Mary’s Marina released three
Sailfish on Wednesday last week. Charter Captains were reporting
good action on King Mackerel also. While slow trolling live baits
deep there have been Mutton Snapper and Grouper caught. Anchoring in
70 feet of water Captain Lou Brubaker got into the Yellowtail
Snapper with a box full at trips end. In the chum slick were Cero
Mackerel and a variety of jacks to provide additional action. While
drifting baits for the Yellowtail Snapper, take a break and cast
jigs into the chum and retrieve them erratically for the Cero
Mackerel bite. Captain Rob on the Southern Comfort caught a few
Kingfish in 130 feet just off the reef and then as a bonus put a 32
pound Cobia in the boat.
Gulf and Bay:
The Spanish Mackerel finally seem to have gotten
consistent in the Gulf. In water from 6 to 12 feet over the grassy
bottom the Spanish Mackerel are willing participants and hitting
jigs tipped with Shrimp. For the most part run just a little way
beyond the Yacht Channel on the bottom of Florida bay and anchor.
And as they say, “chum and the will come” and also you will find a
few species of Snapper as well as the occasional Trout hitting the
jigs intended for the Mackerel. Also, there may be Cobia and Sharks
swimming around to investigate all the activity. Cast a live Shrimp
ahead and to the side of the brown shape and reel to keep the bait
near the surface to get the bite.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Captain Dave Borras out of the Lorelei Marina in
Islamorada fished a couple of trips last week and had some fun up
shallow sight casting to Redfish. Captain Rich Burson out of World
Wide Sportsman Marina fished the Cape Sable area and got into Snook,
Redfish and released one small Tarpon, all along the most beautiful
beach you will ever see. Captain Eric Scoble fished a half day trip
and stayed close to home catching Snapper in the Island moats.
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Hello everyone and welcome back
to this week’s report! It has been an exciting week here in
Islamorada with winter time proving that it is well on it’s way! The
Sailfish are showing up in decent numbers where at least you can
definitely feel like you can go out and catch a couple each day if
you choose. The water temperatures are dipping down around 80
degrees, and I even saw 79 degrees on the ocean side this morning.
This is good news for our winter fishing, and we are looking forward
to things cooling off a little more. The offshore report still has
some green hornets in it, and even been a few nice ones around for
the guys that have been venturing out. The Humps still have some
nicer Blackfin Tunas on them, and the AJ’s are getting thicker.
Sharks have lightened up a bit, but that is short lived for sure.
The reef and wrecks have been pretty solid as the fish have been
really moving around in the deep. The Muttons and Groupers have been
on the move with these cooler temperatures and coming off a big
moon, and it has been a lot of fun chasing them around. There has
been a really good bite on these guys the past week, and we have
beat up on them the last 2 days. Got one more day of bottom fishing,
then it will be Sailfish mode for the rest of the year I believe.
The Red Snappers were a nice treat this past weekend, and we are
looking forward to catching more of them tomorrow. What a great
eating fish, and a lot of fun to catch, so after years of letting
them go were finally got to eat a few! The Yellowtails are still
biting, but they did slow a bit on the deep reef. The patches were
the best of it this past week, but as the temps level out the deep
reef will get going again! Well, that is it for this week! Stay safe
everyone, and we will see you next week!
Capt. James Chappell