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A school of Yellowtail Snapper. Some of the other fish we catch in the Florida Keys areTuna, Wahoo, Blue & White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Sharks, Kingfish, Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Grouper, Cobia, Tarpon and more.

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Last Updated: 02/25/2019

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Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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This past week has been a trifle “sporty” off the edge of the reef with onshore winds making for bouncy conditions for a few days. Whether the sea state has anything tom do with it or not, there have been no reports filtering in regarding any Bluewater fishing. Again, the Humps should provide some good action from Blackfin Tuna when the current is running. Wes King on the Expedition did report putting a gaff in a Blackfin Tuna weighing in at Thirty pounds last week.
There were a few quiet days with regard to Yellowtail Snapper, and a couple of half day trips targeting Sailfish that were a bust, but things have rebounded nicely with lots of catching on the reef. The 34th annual Islamorada Bartenders Sailfish Open was held last week. There were 45 anglers on eleven boats and there were eleven Sails released. First place boat was Cloud Nine, second was Esperanza and third was the OV Lounge. The Kay K IV fished the reef and has been doing a bang up job catching Yellowtail and some nice Muttons. Captain Paul on the Reef Runner slammed the Yellowtail and Muttons and released a Grouper. Bay Boat guides have been fishing the shallow live bottom areas inside the reef and results have been great. Captain Jeremy on his a Lil’ Tail tore up the snapper with Lanes and Yellowtail in the cooler at days end.
Gulf and Bay:
Seatrout action has been really good. The trout are up along the mainland shoreline and also down in the lower bay too. Captain Joe Gargan fished the Trout down along the Gulf Boundary and is getting plenty of Mangrove Snapper in with the Trout. In the Gulf proper the Spanish Mackerel are still on fire. Captain Vinnie out of Bud and Mary’s marina put a hurtin’ on the mack’s and got a few Pompano also.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
The catches of Snook and Redfish are still going on with big numbers being caught and released. While casting live Shrimp for these two species there is a nice incidental catch including Trout, Snapper, Drum, Sheepshead, Tarpon and the ever present Jack Crevalle and ladyfish. Look for the giant migrator Tarpon to show up any day, first in the Cape Sable area and then at the Bridges in the Islamorada area.


Last Updated: 02/25/2019

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! The weather has had its ups and downs this week with some nice weather in the beginning of the week, then the wind started back up toward the end. The good news is that the winds are subsiding and should be nice for the weekend. Maybe a little wind close to 15 knots for Saturday, but Sunday is looking beautiful at around 10 knots. The fishing this week has been marginal for Sailfishing, as this wind should have kept the current in on the edge of the reef, but somehow did not. The HUGE moon that we just had I am sure pushed it out with the big tides, so with the wind staying out of the southeast, as this moon shrinks I am hoping the current will come back. A few sails around each day with most boat getting a shot or two throughout the day, but this is not the fishing we are used to. I think the weekend is going to have a more positive outlook than the past 2 weeks, so we will see what it brings. The wreck fishing has been picking up with the mutton snappers, and the groupers have been chewing. Can’t keep any groupers until May 1st, but they are still fun to catch. Still seeing good numbers of Kings and bonita, and a few really nice Wahoo this week with one weighing in at 61 pounds. That is a pretty good one for these parts, but we still haven’t seen the big numbers of them yet. The reef bite remains good with the yellowtail snappers and ceros if that is what you are after, as the wind has been creating enough movement to keep these guys chewing. The best of it has been from 60’ to 80’ as usual, so not much change here. Although, the patch reefs have some pretty nice fish on them, so you definitely don’t have to go deep to get them. No report from the Cobia on the ocean side this week mostly due to the weather, but if we get it to slick off, and the water cleans up, I will bet you they will be on the rays. Should start seeing the permit on the wrecks pretty soon, as they begin their annual migration to spawn. I have received one report already from the bubble blowers that they are starting to see a few on the offshore deeper wrecks, so stay tuned for this update. Still some pretty good fishing around, but you just have to fish smart. It has definitely been a week to “fish for what is biting’. Well, that is it for this week everyone! Check back next week to see what’s going on in our little piece of paradise!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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