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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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.
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
Capt. James Chappell's Fishing
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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!
Capt. James Chappell