Florida Keys Islamorada

FL Keys

The wind machine is still cranking!  Evidence of the "soon to be" dolphin blitz is apparentt on charter docks around Islamorada.  Capt. Paul O'Donnell on the Dkipper 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.

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.