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Key West Fishing Report - Offshore

Capt. Ralph Delph
May 2, 2000
Key West - Saltwater Fishing Report

Premit have been the game of the past couple of weeks. They are spawning along the outer reefs and double-digit numbers have been the norm for those in pursuit of the silver slabs. Although many anglers have been using crabs, the fish in front of Key West have been eating yellow jigs and flies on most every cast. Carl Sugarman Jr. (9 years old) landed and released 19 in one day, all on jigs. They have been averaging around 12 to 15 pounds each. This action should diminish over the next several days, however the Gulf fishing should be picking up as they move in on the wrecks. Pat Johnson from Bozeman Montana fishing with Kurt Boerner from Minneapolis MN. Each captured their first permit while wreck fishing near the Marquises.

Sailfishing has been slow but dolphin action is beginning to show signs of heating up. Dolphin up to around 40# have been brought in to the docks over the past several days. Some blackfin tuna and wahoo and a few kingfish are being taken on a daily basis.

Bottom fishing has been good. Mutton snapper will be going into the spawn on the next full moon. Some good catches have been reported. Ken Nelson, Shawn Mills, and Ivar Skoglund boated a good catch of gag and black grouper up to 30# along with a fine catch of muttons while fishing the ledges with 20# test spin.

The shrimp boats have been producing some good to fair days of blackfin tuna fishing along with the ever-present bonitos. The boats have been around 35 miles northwest of Key West and the chum has been hard to line up. Bottom fishing in the gulf has been hard.

The flats have been good with bonefish and permit holding the spotlight while a few straggler tarpon are beginning to show. Those getting an early start have been taking a few tarpon in the harbor before the traffic gets bad.

Well that’s it for now. Tight lines and good fishing.

Capt. Ralph Delph

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