Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Offshore 23 May


 The weather guy lied a bit but we were able to troll out today in confused three plus footers to see what was going on offshore.  We missed two fish then boated these two gaffer dolphin.

Added a Blackfin Tuna appetizer trolling back in.  We had plans of fishing the reef but it was too sloppy for the crew, so I showed them a Bay Side spot and called it an early day. 

Winds are supposed to lay down Friday for a few days so we might get some more offshore fishing in this weekend. 

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Poor photos but happy customers



The photos suck, but that was part of a half day Shark/'Cuda trip.  I love bucket lists because there are so many people that still have a Shark or 'Cuda to scratch off.  Most of my regulars are caught up there, but I know one crew that is pretty ticked off at Barracuda still :)

In spite of my "trash" fishing adventures there are "family" fun adventures that involve snorkeling, beach combing and some fishing.  These don't produce many good fish photos but they do help with the bills.

"Real" fishermen have been slaying Grouper, Snapper and Tarpon when the weather permits plus getting a few nice Dolphin aka Mahi.  Tuna have been a little slow since I wrote about how good they were :)

The real good news is it is May, so you can keep grouper which opens up a few areas I don't like catching grouper when you cannot keep them.  May should also mean better weather, so with any luck today might be my last over 20 knot day for a while.

My last half of May bookings look pretty good and July is starting to get more interest, but June is lagging. 
Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wicked Tuna - Keys Addition

 While the Tarpon bite is on and the Sailfish have been thick, the big news is big Bluefin Tuna making people look bad.  200 plus pound Yellowfin and 500 plus pound Bluefin tuna do wander through the Keys now and again.  I have had a solid 200 pound Yellowfin Tuna eating Yellowtail on the reef is 32 foot of water.  It was great to see, but chances are slim and none with yellowtail spinning tackle.  You get spooled if you hook up and that warm feeling of burning drag is all you get to show for it.

If you go out loaded for bear with bent butt 80s and big live baits, more often than not you have a shark encounter which gets old after an hour or two on the rod.  I am pretty sure someone around Marathon will hook up a big bluefin with the right gear and eventually bring one to the dock, but I am not going to hold my breath.

I have been spending most of my time in the kiddie pool with fishing 101 trips and a few hiding from 20+ knot wind trips.  Even on a slow day we are getting dinner and more often than not, some bucket list fish for someone in the crew.   The near shore action though is far from hot.

Permit were on the artificial reefs if you have the weather and the Tarpon bite is better than normal for many right now, mainly at night but there have been a few early and late daytime bites.  We have another 20 grouperless days until that opens back up and a few larger dolphin are being picked up here and there.

If you are into sailfish, you are likely to be a hero or a zero.  Last week one boat released 28 of 32 while many other boats were talking about yellowtailing to make a trip.  That is fishing.   Finding a day when the wind lays down a bit is the biggest trick this time of year.  The great thing about this time of the year in the Keys, is you never know what you might get into.



 Whatever happens, spring is here and the Frangie Pangies are showing off, so if you get a chance you might as well try your luck.

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Friday, March 31, 2017

More Fishing 101 - Yellowtail plus

 Got a call at 8:30 yesterday from a vacationer in town from the UK.  They had rented a house, a boat, had all the gear, read the required magazines and were catching nothing.  So they gave in and asked me if I was busy.

About an hour and half later they were catching Yellowtail snapper, cero mackerel, lil' Tunny, Baracuda and missing a few fish that once lost, could be anything they liked.  All they had to do was dial the number on the blog.

Right now you just about have to hide if you want to bait your hook.  Permit are on the wrecks, sailfish are just off the reef, Tarpon are at the bridges, Snapper and mackerel are just about everywhere so if the wind isn't blowing over 30 you can find some fish.


With all the great fishing, it is just about a sin to be wandering around aimlessly like a ... well, tourist :)  You can hook up with loads of great local captains for your bucket list fishing trip of a life time or an old fart like me so you can learn how to do it on your own.

The crew that called were easy, catch some Yellowtail, maybe a Baracuda and learn a few tricks.  While Yellowtailing you can put out a live bait and who knows what will show up.  We had lots of fish busting baits in the slick within an hour and they could have made a day of it right there.  But I took them Bay Side in case the wind picked up and they caught Mangrove Snapper, Bluefish, Blue Runners, Porgies, while Baracuda and sharks showed up.  Its the Keys.

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tuna at the Hump

After a long blow and with a nearly full moon, it was a bit of a guess yesterday, but we picked the Marathon Hump and Tuna to target.  Plenty of other boats picked the same option.

The Blackfin were smaller than normal but still tasty.  We actually caught bigger Blackfin in 300 foot off the reef, but there were no birds to help us hone in on them.  West of the Hump there were plenty of birds working Skipjack tuna, but since we have a taste for Blackfin we passed.  That might have been a bad choice, but we stuck to the game plan.  One lost Dolphin wanted to get a lift back to the dock, but the Hump was all Blackfin other than that lost soul.  

Sixteen fish is below normal but certainly beats a skunk which unfortunately happens from time to time.  The crew was happy, which is the main thing.  If I had to do it over again, I think the 300 foot range would have provided bigger fish and a larger variety albeit with a slower bite.

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

 Capt. Dallas

Friday, February 24, 2017

2-24 Slow Day

After having a string of better than average days catching you have to get a slow one.  What was supposed to be a quick half-day fun eating fish trip turned into an over time half-day trying to get enough for the crew's dinner.

Instead of Mackerel we had Bonnet Head Sharks get in the slick at a spot I doubt we have ever caught one before.  We caught a few decent Lane Snapper and then the tiny fish took over.  Second spot marked up great but was dead so we headed out to the reef.

The reef bite was slow because of a very weak current, but at least the Yellow Tail Snapper were big enough to filet. 


 So no big fish stories, just more than enough fillets for a large family on vacation.

 At least a Manatee added something to the floor show, drinking water out of the motors while we were flushing them.

We had a West wind early in the morning that may be to blame for the slow bite or perhaps the weather was too good, in any case, slow shouldn't last long and even when it is slow you still eat pretty good.

Marathon in the Florida Keys should be your next fishing vacation destination. Join us for charter fishing, fishing guide trips or our fishing 101 so you can fish on your own with better success.

Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas