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Marathon, Florida Keys

Capt. Bob Brown
October 24, 2000
Marathon - Saltwater Fishing Report

The holiday season is upon us and so is the season of the Sailfish. This past week has seen some fantastic action for winter's best sport fish. The past two days were exceptional with many boats hooking up multiple Sails. Aboard the Sundance we've had a run of at least one Sailfish on each of our last five trips. We've caught several the past two days with many of the fish weighing out in the 50-80 lb. range. Our anglers Andy and Doug Lothrop of Vermont each caught their first Sailfish yesterday and Bert and Judy Copeland of Jupiter, FL. caught 2 Sails the day before. Judy's fish was a big 90+lb fish that was foul hooked and gave her a 2hr.+ fight. Quite an exciting ordeal for her first Sailfish! The fish did swim away healthy after the big fight which made us all happy. Other charter boats in Marathon have been scoring on the Sails as well. At one time yesterday I looked around and could see as many as 7 boats hooked up at the same time! Also multiple hookups of double and triple headers have been common. Look for the fishing to remain excellent for Sailfish from now through April. It may fluctuate at times but all in all it looks like another banner year for the Florida Keys Sailfish.

Other species have been going good also. The past few days good numbers of nice sized King Mackerel have been showing up. We've caught several in the 20-30 lb. range and heard of a few larger ones. Also, the reef fishing for Yellowtail Snapper has been great, and some good catches of large Mutton Snapper have been coming in as well. Nice Black Grouper have been coming in off the reef in 90-170' of water and some large schools of Dolphin have been hanging around the edge of the reef in 100-200' of water. Some nice Wahoo have also hit the docks lately with some up to 50lb.! All this translates into a great fishing day in the Marathon area. Don\'t miss out if you are coming to the Keys this Christmas season! All this fun can happen for you. Just do it!!

Good luck in all your fishing adventures!

Capt. Bob Brown, Jr.

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Light tackle sportfishing for Sailfish, Tarpon, and other sport fish in the middle Florida Keys. Since 1980 Capt Bob has been putting anglers on the big fish! Offshore, reef/wreck, Gulf wrecks, and Tarpon fishing. Live bait specialist, tournament winners!

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Sundance Sportfishing Adventures
PO Box 504345
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: 800-282-1712
Alt. Phone: 305-289-1542
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