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It’s been a strange year for fishing

and the Dolphin fishing has not been “easy” this year, but we are consistently catching fish. We have been heading offshore most days looking for weed lines, bird activity and other signs of fish. Fortunately, most days we find the signs we need and we find the dolphin are still biting.

Big fish have been a bit scarce.

About two weeks ago, we caught a 42 lb bull. That is by far the biggest dolphin of the year so far. 42lbs is a great fish, but I will spend the rest of the summer trying to beat it. I may not, but as long as the dolphin are still biting, I figure we have a shot. We did end up with a nice catch of Dolphin again today

Dolphin are still biting in the waters offshore of Key West Florida

Most of the better fishing has been inside the “wall”.

I’ve spoken about the wall in the past. It is where the ocean floor drops from about 900 ft to 1,400-1,600 ft in a quarter-mile. It’s a pretty significant drop and can be a good place to find fish. There are days when we are out far past the wall and if that’s what it takes to find fish, that’s where we’ll go if time allows. But fortunately, this year it has not been necessary and it has not been productive. That’s a good thing for me and my fuel budget and also a good thing for my customers. The further I have to travel, the less fishing time.

There has not been a lot of other fish caught

while dolphin fishing. There has been a sailfish or two. I haven’t heard of any wahoo being caught and that’s unusual. The summer is when I’ve caught my biggest Wahoos. I have 3 in the 70lb range. a 72lb fish, a 74lb fish and a 76 lb fish and all were caught in the summer months of July and August. We caught a 66lb Wahoo in the summer also. Hopefully, we will start to see some of those big fish show up.

Today on the way in,

just as we were getting ready to go home, I looked up and saw what I thought was a piece of debris sticking up out of the water. Upon closer inspection, we realized it was a Blue Marlin “tailing” along the surface. When the swim on the surface, you can see the top fork of their tail sticking up. This one had its dorsal fin completely erect. That made it easy to identify. I’ve seen this before, but it is not a common sight. It is a very cool thing to see. We tried to drag a bait in front of the Marlin, but it did not bite. All my customers got to see it and they realized what a special sight it was. Catching the Marlin would have been the perfect way to end the day, but just seeing it wasn’t bad either.

I haven’t head of any Marlin being caught.

We have many blue or white marlin here, but not in great numbers. So far this year, we have hooked 3 on the Southbound, but we have not landed any. Most of the time we catch a blue marlin while dolphin fishing. They eat the same food as dolphin and they also eat dolphin. So if you are into the dolphin, you always have a shot at one.