Thursday, October 09, 2008

Grouper Closure?

Yep, they are planning a closed season on grouper in the Keys because of the Atlantic Gag Grouper issue. I hate to say it but that will kill a lot of charters in the Keys. It really makes no sense. North of Marathon is the Florida Bay. South of Marathon is the Straits of Florida. There is no Atlantic Ocean here. So why are we being held to Atlantic Fisheries standard? The Keys are a unique fishery needing unique regulations. The Fisheries Management Councils need to learn how to read charts instead of screwing the Keys with every new regulation meant for other bodies of water.

It make no sense. Here is what does make sense. Send Secretary Gutierrez an old fashion letter. Whether you live in the Keys or just visit, drop him a line. That includes my English and Canadian fishermen also. I don't ask my readers to get viral often, but past this link or the address below around.

US Department of Commerce
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20230


Now that is out of the way how' fishing? Pretty damn good! The reef is the main story with plenty of Snapper and big King Mackerel. The Bay is pretty hot with Mangrove Snapper everywhere. You will have to wade through plenty of smaller Mangs to get the bigger fish, but plenty of action. Mackerel in the Bay a pretty thin, but should start showing after a few cold fronts. Offshore has been a little spotty, but there are still good size Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna and some humongous Rainbow Runners.

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