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 few nice light wind days last week allowed some
charters to run offshore to the Islamorada hump. Captain Paul
Johnson on the Reef Runner reported a good bite on the Blackfin
Tuna, but there is still a Shark problem and it was tough to get
many Tuna to the boat. Captain Travis Dickins ran a Swordfish trip
on his charter boat Indigenous out of Bud and Mary’s Marina. Captain
Travis put his fare on a Sword and made the day a success.
Captain Billy Chrisman on his Vera Vita charter
boat out of Whale Harbor Marina fished the reef area last week and
among other finny creatures caught a handful of Mahi in 140 feet of
water. The action on the King Mackerel has been good and Sailfish
cooperated also. The annual Bartenders Sailfish Tournament was held
last weekend and of the 16 boats there were 15 Sailfish releases.
The first place boat was Olympic Gold with four releases for the
anglers from Hog Heaven bar. The next three boats in line released
two each. It was a little rough that day for the bartenders
unfortunately. Captain Lou Brubaker fished the reef on one beautiful
pre front day last week. With just one angler fishing thirty feet of
water, they quickly had a limit of Snapper including one Mutton that
weighed in at fourteen pounds. There were quite a few Black and Red
Grouper released along with miscellaneous other reef dwellers. With
some time on their hands they decided to run out to 200 feet of
water and troll some lures back up towards home port. In 235 feet of
water one reel screamed and a Wahoo of about fifteen pounds came to
Gulf and Bay:
The action on Spanish Mackerel, Trout and Snapper
has been good one day and slow the next. Finding the clean water has
been the secret to finding the bite most days. Captain Tim Klein had
a banner day with the Snapper and Trout last week in the bay.
Captain John Gargan also fished the Gulf and did an excellent job on
the Mackerel and Snapper. Captain John said two Cobia swam up the
chum slick and they caught both, with one being just short of the
legal minimum size of 33” to the fork.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
With the air temperatures in the low eighties and
the water temperatures in the mid seventies, some Islamorada guides
opted to Tarpon fish. Captain Vinnie Biondoletti cast netted some
Mullet and did catch Tarpon close to home in the channels. Captain
Tim Klein also got his gang a Tarpon bite, releasing one Tarpon
estimated at 80 pounds. Captain Skip Paxton ran a half day trip up
towards the northern region of Florida Bay and found Trout and
ladyfish for his efforts.
Capt. James Chappell's Fishing
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Hello everyone, and welcome
back to this weeks forecast! A little rough early in the week, but
the weather is shaping up nicely for the weekend. The fishing this
week has been slow on the Sailfish side, but decent on the reef and
wrecks with muttons, kings, a lot of nice big jacks. The reef bite
has been good with cero macks and Yellowtail snappers. Sharks have
been bad, but we have been able to get what we need. A few wahoo
still around offshore, but not real consistent. Now that we have
some calmer weather we will see what it brings. The cobia fishing
has been nearly non existent on the Oceanside, but better in the
gulf. Good charter fishing with a decent variety really, but nothing
too crazy. Stay tuned for next weeks report, and stay safe everyone!
Capt. James Chappell