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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It seems Dolphin catches should remain good
throughout the month of September. As long as the onshore wind keeps
the warm Gulf Stream waters within reach of Charter boats. The
Dolphin catches have been fairly consistent at the twenty-mile
distance. Captain Travis on his Indigenous boat out of Bud and
Mary’s Marina has been finding nice “gaffer” size Mahi for his
clients on a couple of trips last week. The Blackfin Tuna action on
the Hump is still good. The Tuna are found in the current rips and
under birds sometimes way off of the hump. Trolling small black and
red “jap” feathers will do the trick.
Captain Don Reichard on his 27 foot Fishin’
Mission out of Whale Harbor Marina has been getting into the
Yellowtail Snapper on his last few trips. Captain Rob on his
Southern Comfort reports the current was up under the anchor line
and the Yellowtail action was slow on a half day last week. Sharks
took one out of every three Snapper and Rob even moved the boat to
three different reef spots to try to get away from the predators. It
was breezy last week, but the small boats should have good success
on the shallow patches reefs in 15 to 25 feet of water just inside
the reef when the wind lays down.
Gulf and Bay:
Captain Lou Brubaker fished the Trout and Snapper
out to the west where the Gulf meets the Bay. The snapper bit better
than the Trout and they ended up with more than enough legal fish
for a couple of meals. Seeing as the traps are in the Gulf, Captain
Lou decided to go run those trap lines to see if there were any
Tripletail. After a thirty minute boat ride they had boated three
Tripletail keeping just one to supplement their dinner catch. In the
same area look for plenty of Tarpon and Sharks to play with. In the
channels and around the banks live or dead bait will entice the big
guys to feed.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Reports are few these days with the kids back in
school business has slowed down. In the Flamingo area and out around
the Cape Sable area the Snook, Redfish and Tarpon should be willing
participants. Take Pinfish or Pilchards along with he obligatory
live well full of Shrimp. It was a rainy week last week and the
thunderstorms put a damper on the small boat activity. Captain Joe
Gargan skirted the thunderstorms long enough to get into a good bite
of Snook. Joe fished around some mid bay Mangrove Islands and the
Snook provided lots of action. Also, there are lots of Mangrove
Snapper under the roots and some big ones too.
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Hello everyone, and welcome
back to this weeks report! Pretty similar report to last week as the
Mahi fishing is still on the slow side. We did have a couple days of
really good fishing this week, but it has been slow for most. The
fish are sparse, but the ones we are finding are mostly nice gaffer
size. Not as many little ones around this week either. This fishery
is Day to Day, so who knows what tomorrow will bring. The Swordfish
grounds were hot earl in the week, but have slowed as the moon is
approaching. Tunas are on the humps, as well as a bunch of sharks,
so be ready for that battle. There’s been a nice color change just
outside the reef, and the current has been smoking up the road, so
there’s been some sailfish around. If the winds come up as forecast
for the weekend, these guys will probably be tailing again. Pretty
awesome deal to catch sails in August! The reef and wrecks have been
ok this week with Muttons, Mangrove, and yellowtail snappers. The
dirtier water and current has these guys fired up. That’s it for
this week! Be safe and until next time!
Capt. James Chappell