Florida Keys Fishing Report
**The wind machine is still cranking! Evidence of the “soon to be” dolphin blitz is apparent on charter docks around Islamorada. Capt. Paul O’ Donnell on the Skipper charter boat from Whale Harbor Marina had a good catch of gaffer Dolphin last week. Paul boated six Dolphin from 15 to 30 pounds, but had to go 29 miles offshore to find them! Capt. Ron on the Fish Tales also had a good catch recently with four fish over twenty pounds and lots of schoolies.
Only a few reports from the reef with the high seas, but the Yellowtail Snapper seem to be biting well. The Party boat “Miss Tradewinds” has been doing well on the YT”s as well as Red Grouper and Porgy.
**Gulf and Bay:
**Sea Trout have been on the fringe area where the Gulf meets the Bay. Lots of nice Trout are showing up on those banks out to the west. The Gulf has been a little “unruly” for the guys with the small boats. When the wind lays down the action will pick up for Tarpon anglers around Nine Mile bank, Oxfoot and Schooner banks. Look for the Snapper action to heat up in the Gulf soon.
**Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
**Capt. Chris Jones reported lots of Tarpon along the Islamorada ocean side this week. Capt. Gary Rehm had a Bonefish trip on Sunday and reported seeing lots of Bones, but had difficulty getting a fish to eat a Shrimp. Capt. Dave Atkinson from Whale Harbor reported catching three Bonefish one trip last week. In the backcountry near Flamingo, one guide reported a Sawfish sighting! The endangered specie was in shallow water about five miles south of Flamingo. The sighting was reported to the Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota.