The Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament just concluded; no blue marlin were caught, but there were some white marlin. The Ruckus released a white marlin, weighed in a 38.75 pound bull dolphin and a 40 pound wahoo to win the tournament on points.
The B n’M II’s Captain Nick Stanczyk out of Bud and Mary’s Marina in Islamorada has been doing very well on daytime swordfish. Capt. Nick also weighed in a 57-pound bull dolphin this past week.
Dolphin fishing has slowed a bit as the ocean temperatures reach 87 degrees but there are still some nice catches and big fish being brought in.
The dolphin season here in the Keys and along the East Coast has been good with larger than average fish.
School fish normally run 20 to 24 inches but this year’s schools have been averaging 25 to 28 inches. Dolphin ranging from 12 to 30-pounds have been plentiful.
The mangrove snapper fishing on the reef has been steadily picking up as the snapper move out to the reef to spawn. Nighttime has been best in 60 to 90 feet of water. Yellowtail snapper, grouper and mutton snapper are still biting in good numbers.
Although it is getting late in the season for the tarpon, there are still good numbers being caught along the bridges and inside Key West harbor.