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Webmaster's Note:
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: 04/17/2018

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
visit him online at www.RustyIV.com

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Offshore:
There have been a few catches of Dolphin offshore, but no big push as of yet. Captain Brian Cone caught two Mahi in the teens in weight on a current edge last week. Captain Chuck on the Dee Cee boated a few nice Dolphin one trip also. The Blackfin Tuna on the humps are biting good. Captain Paul on the Reef Runner got into the Tuna on the Hump one day boating a dozen.
Reefs:
There is good action on the reef with Sailfish and Yellowtail Snapper the highlight. The Charter Boat Early Bird released three Sailfish last week. Captain Billy on the Vera Vita out of Whale Harbor Marina had a great day on the reef with a box full of Yellowtail Snapper to show for it. There are Permit on the reef wrecks, so always have a few crabs in the live well just in case you want to throw at the Permit. It is recommended using a twenty pound spin outfit [for the Permit] with a short length of light fluorocarbon leader on the terminal end. Use a small sliding lead just to help cast and sink the crab.
Gulf and Bay:
Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end and that applies to the Spanish Mackerel in the Gulf. The Spanish Mackerel has been a great fishery for years and pretty reliable too. The Mackerel are for the most part far and few between now and guides are waiting for the Seatrout numbers to increase. The Trout have been anywhere from slow to great the past week. One thing is that there are some very large Trout around, ranging twenty inches and above. The Trout have been found in the western bay around Sandy Key and the banks that border the Gulf. Drifting and bouncing jigs is the method used by most. On the nice days the Tarpon are in good supply. Guides are fly fishing them, but mostly the big Silver Kings are caught on live Mullet under a float.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
It is pretty much all about the Tarpon for many guides these days. Fishing the island channels the Tarpon are thick. Captain Vinnie Biondoletti has been cast netting Mullet and baiting Tarpon most evenings. Captain Skip Neilson has been also catching Tarpon on live bait in the channels. Captain Freddie out of Smugglers Cove caught two Tarpon one trip and when a third bite came he said the fish was not acting like a Tarpon. At boat side the fish was a Cobia of 38 inches. What a bonus. Captain Jeremy on the A Lil Tail fished Flamingo briefly one trip last week and released one Snook.

 

Last Updated: 04/17/2018

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! A lot of fun happening down here in Islamorada and the Upper Keys, as the fishing this week has been really good! Early in the week the tuna bite was on fire on the Marathon hump. All the blackfin tunas you wanted on the live bait, jigs, and troll. Some really nice fish on the live bait up to 30 pounds with around a 20 pound average all around. Some Mahi have been showing up pretty good as well, so Id say its just about time to start targeting these guys. The terns are showing up in better numbers, and the sargasso weed is lining up pretty good, so its about to go off! The swordfish grounds were a little slow, as we fished for them for a few hours one day and lost one little guy next to the boat. A few boats that did go had some other bites and caught one or two combined, but no great shakes. Im going tomorrow, so I will let you know next week how we did. The wreck fishing is picking up with the muttons starting to bite really good. The Groupers are chewing as well, so lets hope they keep biting after May 1st. The reef bite is absolutely insane right now, as the JUMBO yellowtails are swarming! Some of the biggest fish I have ever caught here in the Keys, and I actually caught my personal best at 6 pounds! We caught around 25 fish this week in the 4.5 to 5 pound mark, and it is just an incredible fishery right now. I would definitely recommend giving this a shot for sure. The Permit are thick on the wrecks offshore, so this is another option if you like these guys. Beautiful fish and what a fight they put up on the light tackle! The weather man says that the weekend is going to be windy with south to southeast winds 20-25 knots, so plan on it being a bit rough offshore. Well, that is it for this week! Have a great weekend everyone, and be safe out there!

Tight Lines,
Capt. James Chappell

 

 

 

   

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