Some Like It Hot
Welcome to August where it feels like we are 3 inches from the sun!
August fishing is smoking hot and this year’s dolphin run just doesn’t seem to want to end which is fine by me. Dolphin (mahi mahi) are lots of fun to catch and great eating - plus you never know what you’ll run across offshore, from billfish to wahoo and tuna, it’s all out there.
The reef fishing has been outstanding with lots of nice mangrove snapper and some great grouper and mutton snapper mixed in for variety. If you’ve never caught big mangroves you’re in for a treat. Pound for pound they are one of the strongest fighting fish out there and they are absolutely outstanding table fare.
Live bait is preferred, but you can catch them on just about anything. Targeting the bigger snapper requires a little skill and know how. Tactics which have been developed over decades of fishing by some of the best fishermen and women in the Keys.
There are still a few tarpon around the area bridges and nearshore flats and channels. Early morning and late evening are the best fishing times for the Silver King - and you can beat the heat.
The wrecks have been producing nice-sized mutton snapper, grouper and big jacks.
Lobster season opens August 6th by all appearances it looks like it will be a good one. I’ve seen lots of lobster in my favorite areas.
Please remember to give a wide berth to those displaying a dive flag. The rule is 300’. Divers and captains remember to keep your divers and snorkelers within a hundred feet of your boat! The life you save may be your own.
The Keys are home to some of the world’s greatest fishermen and women. Don’t be afraid to bend their ear. Most will go out of their way to help you accomplish your fishing and diving adventure here in the fabulous Florida Keys! Stop wishing and go fishing - and stay safe.
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