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The fishing has been pretty good the last few days.

Yesterday the snapper fishing was still good. In the morning, we anchored up to catch some snappers for dinner. The yellowtail snappers and the Mangro Snappers have been biting. The spawn this time of year, so if you know where they gather, you can do really well catching them.

Where they spawn is not much of a secret.

Most of the local fishermen know. If you are not a local or you don’t know, just look for the “city” of small boats all anchored on top of each other. Most of the time it would be considered bad fishing etiquette to anchor close to another boat. You always give the other guy a little room. But when the Mangro snappers are spawning, it is not uncommon for boats to anchor within 25-30 feet of each other.

You have to allow for your boat to swing back

and forth so you don’t bang into each other. Also,  you never want to anchor on top of the other guy’s anchor line. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, if his anchor line is under your boat, you will lose fish when they wrap around it. Second, you will lose hooks in his anchor line, which is bad for him when he pulls it. Nobody likes to grab an anchor line and get a hook stuck in their hand. Another reason is because if the other boat decides to leave, you will have to move so he can get his anchor up. It’s just better to stay off to the side of other boats.

Because the snapper fishing

has been steady and we wanted to make sure we had enough fish for a couple of dinners, we started the day on the anchor catching Yellowtails and Mangro snappers. Catching our limit was not the goal,  we just wanted enough for a couple of good dinners.

Snappers, dolphin and a tuna caught in Key West with Southbound Sportfishing

We spent the afternoon looking for dolphin.

We had a couple of good fish on but pulled the hooks near the boat. It just happens that way sometimes. We ended up catching one “keeper” dolphin, one Black Fin Tuna and released one nice barracuda in the deep.