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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: 09/05/2018

Quick Glance
Provided by staff writer Captain Russ Pellow
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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.


Last Updated: 09/05/2018

Capt. James Chappell's Fishing Report
Provided by Catchalottafish Charters
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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!

Tight Lines,

Capt. James Chappell





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