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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Dolphin catches remain good, although the body of
fish is still way offshore at over twenty miles. Of course, there
are some Mahi being caught inshore, but not in big numbers. Captain
Travis on his Indigenous charter boat out of Bud and Maryís Marina
has been making the long run and getting into plenty of Dolphin. On
one recent trip catching a very large Bull Dolphin in the forties in
weight. It has been very calm allowing the smaller boats to
comfortably make the run offshore. Captain Juan Garcia has been
taking his 24 foot bay boat out in search of the pelagics and
getting Dolphin and then switching up and doing some deep dropping.
Captain Juan has been finding deep water Snapper and Tilefish
dropping baits in well over 200 feet of water. As usual there have
been some Wahoo and Blackfin Tuna caught also.
Even with the clear water charters are having
good success with the Yellowtail Snapper. Captain Rob on the
Southern Comfort fished the reef last week and did a bang up job on
the Yellowtail Snapper. Captain Don on the Kay K IV stayed on the
reef a couple of trips last week and did well on the Yellowtail too.
Beyond the reef in the 200 plus foot depths some charters report
getting into good action on Vermillion Snapper. Captain Billy
Chrisman on his V era Vita out of Whale Harbor Marina fished the
reef and got Snapper and mackerel and also released a Sailfish.
Gulf and Bay:
Itís a broken record in this zone these days. In
the boundary area where the bay meets the Gulf the Trout and Snapper
bite is on and just great. The method for success is to drift and
jig through the lush Turtle Grass bottom. It will be either Trout or
Snapper to take the jig. In the same vicinity there are still plenty
of willing Tarpon. Fish tide for Tarpon. Anchor or drift in the
channels with live Mullet or Ladyfish and concentrate on the last of
the falling or first of the incoming tide.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
In the Islamorada area the Tarpon still garner
most of the attention. Morning or evening in the low light or in
darkness the bite will be better. Live bait or chunk bait on the
bottom in the channels or just of the shallow banks will be the
target rich area. Captain Vinnie Biondoletti has been on the Tarpon
in the evenings. Look for Permit [fish] in the channels and using a
float hang a small live crab just a few feet below the surface. Look
for good results on Snook and Redfish in the Flamingo and Cape Sable
areas. The water is hot, so fish early and fish the moving tide for
the best results. There have been some Tripletail caught in the bay
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Hello everyone, and welcome
back to this weekís report! Some great weather we are experiencing
down here as the seas have been nearly flat calm. A little breeze on
the offshore side has made for some incredibly comfortable
conditions, and the fishing has been pretty good too! Lots of Mahiís
still around, and most of the fish are still moving to the
northeast, which means it should be a great late summer and fall!
The fish will turn around as summer progresses, and will come back
down even bigger. Not a lot of large schools, but some really nice
fish. The bite has been on the deep side, but the birds are on them
and they are biting! The wrecks and reef remain good with a decent
mutton snapper bite, and the yellowtails and mangroves have been
happy too. A few fish have been caught off the sword ledge, and the
deep dropping remains good. All is well down here with some great
fishing, so come give it a try! Thatís all for this week, be safe
Capt. James Chappell