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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: 06/26/2019

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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The weekend of the 10th was the 7th Annual Ladies Dolphin Tournament. Results of the Tournament were great. Largest Dolphin weighed was 43.1 pounds. The 31 boats carrying 78 anglers netted many Dolphin over thirty pounds. But the Dolphin seemed to shut down early last week. Many Charters ran off over 25 miles with meager results throughout the week. Come Friday the migration returned, and Charters found Dolphin in big numbers. Captain Rob on the Southern Comfort boxed thirty Mahi on Friday. The Dee Cee, Doghouse and Shake n Bait among others had big catches of Dolphin late week. Blackfin Tuna were biting on the Islamorada Hump and on wind slicks under birds.
Most of those who anchored on the reef had nice catches of Yellowtail Snapper. Captain Billy on his Vera Vita put a limit of Snapper in the box on a half day last week. There have been some Permit on the reef wrecks also.
Gulf and Bay:
In the Gulf there have been reports of good action on Mangrove Snapper and Seatrout. Up in Florida Bay the Tarpon are still in good supply and there are Sharks mixed in just to create a little havoc. Guides have been catching Snapper in the drains and channels in the bay also. Captain Skip Nielson caught a huge Goliath Grouper out back one trip.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Tarpon are in good numbers in and adjacent to the channels in the Islamorada area. Morning or late afternoon trips where part of the trip is in low light is the popular way to do it. Captain John Gargan has been Tarpon fishing the evenings with dead bait and catching every time. In the Flamingo area there are reports of good Snook, Redfish, Tarpon and Trout. Captain Vinnie out od Bud and Maryís Marina got into a bunch of nice Tripletail out in the cape sable area.


Last Updated: 06/26/2019

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weekís report! Another great week of fishing here, with some rainy weather, but the quality of fishing definitely made it worth it! The offshore bite is incredible right now with the Mahi fishing in full force! Even the moon didnít effect the bite this week, and it was all you wanted every day. The tunas on the humps bit well with the football sized fish, but not much from the larger fish. Even the sword ledge produced a few good ones this week, and the deep dropping remains solid! Plenty to do on the offshore scene for shore! The wrecks and deep reefs were the slowest part of the week despite this being a spawning moon for the Muttons. Although, there were some caught, the fish really never got set up due to some really nasty green water that moved in from the Gulf oh Mexico. It has since moved out, but no doubt this had an effect on the fishing. Not much of anything in these areas, but a few kings, jacks, bonitas, and very few Muttons and groupers...of any size I should say. There were plenty of small fish around, and it almost made you feel like the kids were taking advantage while the parents were away. It was sort of weird, but it is what it is...thatís fishing sometimes I suppose. The reef bite on the edge was really good this week with a great bite from the yellowtail snappers, with a few mangrove snappers off the bottom. Some nice cero mackerel in the slick, as well as some nice bar jacks. Some really good fishing this week, and thereís nothing but indications that itís only going to get better. Plenty of bait in the area, and the majority of our fishery seems to be happy! Thatís it for this week, so be safe out there and good luck!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell.





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