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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: 08/07/2018

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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The Dolphin bite has been the same as the past few weeks. The main body of Dolphin are from 20 to 25 or more miles from the dock. There have been some fair to good catches of Dolphin closer with some small throw back Dolphin in the mix. The Backfin Tuna on the Islamorada hump have been cooperating nicely some days with Tuna hitting small black and red feathers. Then other days, when there are no current rips to be seen on the Hump and then no birds working the action slows down. Captain Travis on his Indigenous charter boat out of Bud and Mary’s Marina did some dropping and boated a Swordfish mid week.
The reef bite is pretty much all about the Yellowtail Snapper, with some nice Mangrove Snapper too. All along the reef from Molasses to Alligator and below near Tennessee Reef the Snapper are biting well. Captains are anchoring in water from 50 to 90 feet deep and chumming hard. Mixing oats with softened chum and using a ladle to cast the slurry mix off the transom creates a cloud that the Snapper cannot resist. While drifting baits on light 12 pound spin gear the Yellowtail Snapper are accompanied by some real nice Mangrove Snapper also. There will be some nuisance fish in the chum like Bermuda Chubs and Filefish that will annoy you by eating your bait before the Snapper. And, also occasionally there may be some Bull Sharks hitting hooked Snapper, but that is the food chain.
Gulf and Bay:
The Trout and Snapper are still going strong in most of Florida Bay. Up north along the shoreline Captain John Gargan has been catching lots of Trout and often keeping some for dinner by using the old tried and true popping cork method. Down to the west where the bay meets the Gulf the Trout are in good supply. With the hot water the Mangrove Snapper are absolutely voracious. While drifting and jigging for the Trout you will get non stop Snapper bites and hooking the ones large enough to get the hook. In this area the Tarpon are still in good supply and will be prowling the banks and sitting in the channels feeding on Mullet, Crabs and all manner of forage that thrives in that rich area. Fishing a live bait under a float or a fresh chunk of Mullet, jack or ladyfish on the bottom will also prompt action from Tarpon and Sharks.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
In the Flamingo area there will be good supplies of Trout living and feeding in the lush grassy lakes. Drift a live bait such as Shrimp, Pinfish or Pilchard and you will find Snook and Redfish in the channels or up shallow in potholes. Captain Lou Brubaker set up next to an island where the tide ran deep under the Red Mangroves and got into Snook and Redfish casting Shrimp and Pinfish. Sometimes the juvenile Mangrove Snapper will hit your bait over and over and drive you crazy but persevere and you will be rewarded.


Last Updated: 08/07/2018

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s report! A little windy this week with a lot of rain in the area making conditions a little less than favorable. Offshore fishing this week has been a bit on the tough side with a lot of shakers in the area. Not the norm for this time of year, but nice to see they are making new ones nonetheless. We usually see these numbers in June, but with the NE commercial quotas having been met should mean these fish will be coming back down creating an incredible fall fishery for these guys. Still some decent fish around, but we are really having to weed through the small ones to find the better fish. The Sword grounds have been less than desirable this week due to the weather, but the boats that have made it out have produced a few decent fish. The humps have been decent this week with some fat football sized Tunas, a few AJ’s and Almaco Jacks, but the sharks have been tough on anything deep. On the reef the Mangs and Yellowtails have been loving this weather and continue to eat out of the chin bag. This fishery is as good as it gets right now, so don’t miss out on it. The deeper reef and wrecks are still trying to come together, but no great shakes by any means. Some nicer kings are starting to show up, but the Muttons and Groupers have not been too easy. We’ve been able to catch a few, but the bite has been tough. Fishing has been ok as a whole, but fishing for a variety has been the key. The weather for the weekend is looking like the same as we’ve had all week, but hopefully things will pick up a bit. Have a great weekend everyone! See ya next week!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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