Friday, August 29, 2008

Wacky Weather

With Gustov and Hanna dancing around in the tropics your chances of finding an open charter boat on Labor Day are pretty good. The chances of me posting any fishing reports are a bit low. The weather right now is pretty nice and Gus looks like he won't be much of a problem for the Keys. Hanna is predicted to miss us to the North a good ways but the computer models five days out are goofy, so who knows.

As for the fishing, its pretty good. Dolphin are decent sized and close in to the reef. Yellowtailing is a little frustrating because the small fish are every where. You have to use a lot of chum to get the big ones up. I try to get people to burn a block of chum fast and reload before putting a line in the water. Rolled oats is really a big help this time of the year. It really gets the fish up close to the boat making it easier to pick out the larger fish.

Sandwich size Mangrove snapper are everywhere with quite a few over two pounds in the bay and Hawk Channel. There are some fatties at the bridge now that the spawn is well over.

I haven't been fishing the flats lately but have heard it is worth a shot if you are so inclined. The lobster season is going gang busters right now. Fay got them moving so they are a lot easier to find.

The photo above was taken last year. I haven't tracked down the photographer so I can't give proper credit. Hopefully, I can fix that soon. By the way, I was underneath the larger water/land spout trying to get my own photo. As ominous as it looks, the only casualties were two umbrellas and a trash can down at Pips.

With things looking slow for a while I am going to try to rearrange the blog to make it easier for people to find stuff. The boat ramp link is going to take a while because the photos are a pain to load. I may end up using slide shows to make things easier.

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

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