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Key West Fishing Report of Dolphin at Tournament
One of the better dolphin brought in during the annual Drambuie Key West deep sea fishing tournament.

August 25, 2015

Flats: Typical summertime heat has resulted in very warm waters over the flats. Early morning fishing is recommened as once the sun gets high the flats will be less productive. More productive will be the edges of flats, near deeper water, where bonefish, permit, and tarpon will forage for a quick meal. Small sharks are also present on the flats. Key West flats fishing guides are often focusing on jacks and other sporting fish in the channels.
The water temperatures are currently around 88 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what, make sure you bring a good pair of polarized fishing sun glasses.

Bottom Fishing: The yellowtail snapper fishing has been very good. Ideal water temperatures and mostly calm conditions have made productive fishing trips with plenty of action. Mutton snapper and black grouper are also hooking up in good numbers. Might want to head out on a Key West party boat fishing trip. As always, wear a good pair of fishing shoes.

Key West Deep Sea Fishing: Offshore, the Key West deep sea fishing charters are reporting Dolphin (the fish = mahi mahi = dorado) are offshore as weed lines form up. The largest of the Dolphin are currently being seen at a depth of 2000 feet, approximately 20 miles offshore. Closer in, along the color change (approximately 6+ miles offshore), Sailfish and Bonita are being caught and released, providing plenty of thrills for deep sea fishing. Dolphin fish should begin to show up nearer to the color change as the summer Dolphin season gets into gear.

Kayak Fishing: Anglers heading out on kayaks have been running into a few bonefish and plenty of snapper. The super-elusive permit have made a rare appearance as well. Medium to large sized barracuda are mostly staying off the warm flats, preferring the cooler deeper water. They have been willing to chase cuda tubes and plugs quickly retrieved.

 

 

 

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"Outstanding...if you fish Florida, a must-have"
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Sport Fish of Florida
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The Florida Keys are located in the most biologically diverse area of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean sandwiching the islands, while the warm Gulf Stream current meanders close by, the ocean surrounding the Keys contains more species of fish than anywhere else in the Atlantic.

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