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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: 05/06/2019

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

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Offshore:
Still not getting any reports of the full-on Dolphin season that is coming soon. Charters and private boats that are looking for Mahi are finding a few or five or maybe a dozen Dolphin in the 450 to 600 foot range. Keith Sullivan brought some cronies down from Brevard county and they ran out and found ten school size Dolphin and a few Blackfin Tuna on their 25 foot boat.
Reefs:
Captain Wes King on his Expedition boat released a Sailfish and put a couple nice Mutton Snapper in the box for dinner. Captain Jack on his Shake n Bait charter boat out of PCI on a rough day caught Mutton and Yellowtail Snapper and Kingfish. As Grouper season opened on May 1st Captain Jack put his fare on some nice Black Grouper and Snapper. Captain Jeremy out of Whale Harbor Marina took his 22 foot bay boat out and caught a couple of Black Grouper. Hogfish season also opened May 1st with a daily bag limit if one fish measuring 16 inches to the fork.
Gulf and Bay:
The seatrout bite is great all over Florida bay. The north central area within sight of the mainland has been especially good. Drifting off color water and jigging is the ticket for success with the Trout. Captain Lou Brubaker fished a Mangrove lined creek and found Mangrove Snapper, Trout, Snook and Jacks to keep his clients busy.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Captain Fred out of Smugglers Cove Marina has been finding some Snook in the Flamingo area. Bamboo charters have been Trout fishing and getting some Redfish in the Everglades. Captain Mark Johnson found some juvenile Bonefish and they caught six one outing. The Tarpon results are good with more bites coming in darkness. Captain Vinnie Biondoletti has been booked up solid and getting Tarpon bites and releases most trips in the channels. In the channels there are also lots of big Jack Crevalle eating Mullet intended for Tarpon

 

Last Updated: 05/06/2019

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
visit him online at www.Catchalottafish.com

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weekís report! Another crazy week of windy weather, but we are all pressing on. Fishing this week has been pretty good with the Groupers opening up and the Muttons really starting to bite. The deeper reefs and wrecks have been pretty good all week, and should continue for the next couple months. The reefs edge is still solid with an incredible bite of Yellowtails and some really nice mangrove snappers have been mixed in. The offshore bite remains on the slow side as the Mahiís just arenít that thick yet, but they are coming for sure. This hard East/ southeast wind should get this going in full force this next week we hope. The tuna fishing on the humps remains good, but the biggest tunas have been spread out over the deeper wrecks the last couple months. Not much from the Sailfish as of late, but Iím still saying thereís gonna be one more good push before itís all over. Tough week we had this week with the weather, but next week is looking much better. Letís hope we get some current in close to really get things fired up. Be safe everyone, and we will see you next week!
Tight Lines,


Capt. James Chappell
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