OFFSHORE: A few days of 15 to 20 knot winds and now calm. Many DOLPHIN from 25 to 40 pounds have been taken this past few days. Run and gun on the frigate birds have been the consistent producers of the larger fish. SAILFISH, BONITO and BLACKFIN TUNA continue to be in good supply, however, KINGFISH action has slowed. The dolphin and tuna have started coming around again in the afternoon.
Bottom Fishing: Along the reef, YELLOWTAIL SNAPPER seem to be in fair supply. GROUPER fishing on the deeper reefs is good, might be due to the 4 month closure. GOLIATH GROUPER continue to be a nuisance around the wrecks and will take their share of your catch. Fish ranging from just keeper size to as big as 25 and 26 inches are making their way into fish boxes throughout the Keys. Great Yellow tail action on the Gulfstream on the Friday night trips 7 to 11 pm. Light tackle is essential to catch the larger flag ‘tails, as they are much more wary than their younger siblings are. A good start is 12- to 15-pound test with 15-pound fluorocarbon leaders and No. 2 or No. 4 hooks. Baits such as silversides, glass minnows, filleted chunks of ballyhoo or peeled shrimp all work to entice bites.