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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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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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Last Updated: 04/24/2018

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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There has been evidence that the Dolphin migration is beginning offshore of Islamorada. The Reef Runner crew got into a bunch of Blackfin Tuna on the Islamorada Hump and also caught some Dolphin. Captain Rick on the Sea Horse had a great catch of Dolphin with thirty in the box at days end. Captain Rick also caught two big Wahoo. Captain Rick Stanczyk out of Bud and Mary’s Marina landed a Swordfish of 600 pounds last week.
The reef has been on fire lately making for lots of good catches. Captain Chuck on the Dee Cee caught Amberjack and King Mackerel one trip last week. Captain Billy Chrisman on his Vera Vita charter boat out of Whale Harbor Marina fished three reef trips last week and got into pretty much every species of fish known to man. One trip they went two for three on Sailfish. On another trip they got into the Yellowtail Snapper big time with a few Mutton and Mangrove Snapper also. On the Vera Vita’s third trip they got into some Kingfish and caught one Dolphin on the reef, but also caught two Wahoo. With the calm seas Captain Juan Garcia took his bay boat out off of the reef and caught a Sailfish for his fare.
Gulf and Bay:
In the near Gulf and the western reaches of Florida bay the Trout action is good and getting better as the weeks pass. There are some Mangrove Snapper in the mix also. And, in the western area of the bay the Tarpon fishing is going on big time. Drifting a Mullet under a float or just putting a fresh chunk on the bottom can provide action with Tarpon and Sharks. Captain Fred out of Smugglers Cove Marina fished the Cape Sable area and got into a good bite of Snook. Then Fred took the long ride home in the Gulf and ran the crab buoys and hit the tripletail hard.
Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
Captain Vinnie Biondoletti out of Bud and Mary’s Marina has been fishing Tarpon evenings and getting the bite on live Mullet. Captain Vinnie also has been backcountry fishing and getting into Jack Crevalle and Pompano. Captain Gary of Ivory Keys charters put his client on Bonefish catching and releasing two Thursday. And of course the Tarpon are thick most everywhere and being pursued on flats and in channels around Islamorada.


Last Updated: 04/24/2018

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
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Hello everyone, and welcome back to this week’s report! Pretty nice week here in the Florida Keys weather wise, and it appears that it is going to stay at least manageable throughout the weekend, with Saturday being the only day over 15 knots. Having said that, how has the fishing been? The fishing has been pretty good most of the week, with some great variety just as we should expect this time of year. The Swordfish bite remains good with at least one to two shots per trip, with the average size fish being around 100 pounds. It isn’t red hot, but if you can catch at least one per trip you are doing really good with these guys, as we are fishing between 1500’ and 1700’ of water, so nothing is easy when fishing this deep. The areas west of Islamorada seem to be the best right now, but these fish are moving around a lot now, so they could be anywhere up and down the line. The offshore report on Mahi is getting better each and every day. The schools are getting bigger, and some nice fish around as well. Starting to see some true slammers, and some nice heavy lifter/ gaffer sized fish mixed in with the schoolies. The humps are doing well with the Tunas as they seemed to have “reloaded” with some better sized fish. The sharks remain strong on all the humps, but have been letting some nice one’s get by. The AJ’s are still pretty thick in these areas as well, but the sharks haven’t been too nice with these guys. Sailfishing off the edge has slowed a bit this week, but most have been able to manage a fish or two most days that fished for them. There is still a good bunch to the north of us, so we are hoping that they make one more really good push out front. Wreck fishing and the deep live bottom was starting to heat up last weekend, but seemed to taper off after that weak cold front came through. All it will take is 4 or 5 days of consistent warm weather and things should be back to normal. The Permit fishing has been really good all week with the calm seas on the wrecks. This has been a lot of fun, but be warned that the sharks are beginning to get aggressive. Reef fishing this week is solid, and has yielded some really nice JUMBO sized flag yellowtails! The biggest have come from live chumming with pilchards, but some really nice ones have been caught on the drift and oat balls. This is going to continue for weeks to come, so this is always a viable option if the conditions are right. The Wahoo bite still continues too off the reef’s edge, as the fish are still coming through and I think these fronts have been sparking them up. The size of the fish are getting smaller now with around a 20 pound average, but they are in packs and pretty large one’s at that. Plenty to catch right now down here in our little piece of paradise! Have a great weekend everyone, and be safe out there!

Tight Lines,
Capt. James Chappell





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