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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: 03/13/2018

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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There have been no Charters looking for Dolphin just yet in the offshore area. The only activity is on and around the Islamorada hump with captains looking for Blackfin Tuna. There has been little Tuna activity and that allows some Captains to drop for Snapper in the 300 foot depths on the seamount. Captain Don on the Kay k IV tried the Tuna and soon opted to drop and ended up with a nice catch of deep water Yelloweye and Vermillion Snapper. Historically we can expect the Mahi Mahi to show up in the month of April.
Reef action is still going strong. There are still Sailfish being caught and released every day. The mixed bag is evidenced by the catch on the Vera Vita out of Whale Harbor Marina. Captain Billy reported a reef catch consisting of King Mackerel, Snapper, Amberjack and Blackfin Tuna. Captain Brian Cone reported finding a big pack of Cobia on the reef and toying with them by casting at and taking baits away from the smaller Cobia and trying to get the larger ones to eat the bait. Captain Travis on the Indigenous had a pack of very large Bluefin Tuna behind his boat while fishing for Sailfish. Captain Travis reported the big Tuna came up on Ballyhoo but did not take the baits. Captain Juan Garcia fished the ocean on his 22 foot bay boat and caught an African Pompano. Captain Ed Yanetti fished a private boat and released several Grouper but ended up with a great catch of Snapper.
Gulf and Bay:
Spanish Mackerel action has been fantastic in the gulf. The fish have been big and plentiful. Captain Lou Brubaker fished longtime customer Steve from Merritt Island and Steve caught a lot Spanish Mackerel, one of which weighed in at 9 pounds 12 ounces. The Florida State record Spanish Mackerel is twelve pounds. Snapper have been biting well in the Gulf and there are some nice trout mixed in too. While fishing the Gulf continue to look for Cobia to swim up behind the boat and even follow a hooked fish to the boat.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Many guides are in Tarpon mode. There are lots of Mullet around. Big white muds in Florida Bay are holding Mullet and Mullet are pouring out of the backcountry on the falling tide. Skiff Captains are fishing the channels on the west end of Islamorada and hooking Tarpon morning and evening. Some guides are anchoring and chumming with cut fish carcasses and dead baiting the Tarpon also. Always put a small crab out under a float for the ever-elusive Permit while fishing the channels. Beyond the close to home Tarpon action, it would be fair to assume that the Snook action would be good out in the Cape Sable area also.


Last Updated: 03/13/2018

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this weeks report! A great week here in Islamorada, and the weather has been pretty nice! The offshore report for this week will start on the sword ledge. Some nice fish caught this week up to 500 pounds! One fish went 330, and several in the 100’s! We managed to catch 3 this week on my boat “Catchalottafish”! Some great fishing out there just before the moon, and as of Friday were still biting. Some Mahi starting to show up, but still really spread out. Blackfin tuna in size large are beginning to appear on the humps, and the AJ’s are chewing. The sharks are taking their share, but have been manageable. The Sailfishing this week has remained on the slow side, but there are a few around. Mostly swimming in the shallows, but there’s a few around nonetheless. The wreck and bottom fishing has been decent, but a lot of Red Snappers. The Muttons have slowed, but managing a few each day over a few hours. Plenty of Kings and some nice wahoo all week before and after the moon. The reef bite with the Yellowtails has been good with fish to 5 pounds! Some jumbo fish as they prepare for the spawn. Also, some really nice cero mackerel and kings getting in the slick. The patches have slowed a bit, but with the front coming through this weekend they just might spark back up. Got some wind and cold on the way for the weekend so get ready to bundle up. Well, that’s it for now, see ya next week!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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