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Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

The Southbound found a message in a bottle on Friday We were fishing about 12 miles Southeast of Key West. I saw a big Loggerhead turtle on the surface near some weed patches. Sometimes bait will follow a turtle same as it would anything else floating on the surface....

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The Mahi are biting

The Mahi are biting

We have been targeting Mahi for the last few weeks. It is the time of year when they start showing up and right on schedule, the mahi are biting most days. We do have a late season Cold front coming tomorrow. The change in the wind and/or pressure might slow the Mahi...

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It’s getting to be that “Mahi” time of year

It’s getting to be that “Mahi” time of year

May is usually the start of the "Mahi" time of the year That is when we start to see some South and East wind. Hopefully, we also see some strong East current and weed lines forming up offshore. When that happens, it's time to go fishing for Mahi, (dolphin fish). We...

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Mahi are coming!

Mahi are coming!

Spring is here and that means Mahi fishing. This is the time of year when we start to see more Mahi , (also called Dolphin locally), offshore. The wind starts to come out of the East and Southeast most of the time. It brings the humidity we see in the summer months,...

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Late March and April Sailfish Run

Late March and April Sailfish Run

In the spring It is normal to get a run of Sailfish. We catch Sailfish all year long, but they tend to come through the Lower Keys in bigger numbers this time of year. Mostly it depends on the conditions. if the conditions are "right", the fish are usually here. So...

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Late afternoon Tuna fishing

Late afternoon Tuna fishing

This time of year, The Black Fin Tuna are usually around. You will mark the schools while driving around outside the reef. Most of the time they are deep during the day so most don't bite. But just before sunset, they will all come up and feed. For this reason, we...

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He Wanted a big Fish!

He Wanted a big Fish!

I had a young man on the boat Southbound today, and he Wanted a big Fish! The trip was his "Christmas" present from his mom. He wanted to catch a big fish and my 1st mate and I wanted to make sure he caught one. We had 2 trips scheduled and on the first trip, it was a...

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Some days are better than others

Some days are better than others Sometimes the fishing is good, Some days  - Not so good. Some days the weather is fantastic,(more often than not here in Key West), and some days the Weather is not so good....................................and some days the weather...

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Every day is Different

Every day is Different

When you fish for a living, One thing you learn is every day is different. You can fish in the same place, with the same baits and lures going the same speed and one day will always be different from the next! Always! I have said for years that the only thing...

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Two Trips Today!

Two Trips Today!

The Southbound had two trips today A 4 hr. in the morning and a 6 hr. in the afternoon. My morning customers asked to catch Dolphin, (Mahi) and normally in January, I would have recommended against it. It's not a good time of year. But there have been a few around the...

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Going for Action on Day #2

Going for Action on Day #2

As I mentioned in my last post, We were going for action today as it was the second day with this group. We got a few dolphins,(Mahi) yesterday with these folks, (that made Mom very happy) and so on Day #2, I planned to get live ballyhoo and fish the Reef. I expected...

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Fishing for Dolphin in Winter

Fishing for Dolphin in Winter

Generally speaking, fishing for Dolphin in winter is the wrong time of year to expect success. The key phrase there is "generally speaking". That's because after over 30 years of fishing in Key West, Florida, I have learned to never say "never"! Just about the time...

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