Key Largo, Tavernier, and Islamorada
A Summer Floirda Keys King with Craig, Kade & Chase
We will be also adding 2 new dolphin fishing weapons to the spread this Saturday; they arrived in the mail yesterday, and let’s just say these “weapons” traveled along ways to get to the
If you are looking to do some offshore dolphin fishing in the
Have a good memorial day weekend and be safe. Until next week, get those "baits out and wait it out".
May 17, 2012
My crew was rewarded with an outstanding “supermoon” catch of
We have had some very good day’s offshore fishing for Mahi Mahi (dolphin) & Blackfin Tuna.
The weather has been a little bit unpredictable and so has the fishing. We are finding fish in 300-
With the weather improving later this week we look for the Mahi Mahi bite to heat up. If hunting for a trophy fish, May, is a good month to hunt.
On a recent 6.5 hour Offshore/Reef fishing trip we hooked Bull Dolphin pushing
This was her first time ever fishing in the
- John Brownlee
A reluctant advocate for caution, Stanczyk offered up that he might just be jealous because it wasn't he who caught those two huge fish in the past month.
The catches, while celebrated by many as spectacular, also raised eyebrows, in part because they were both made on electric reel. That assistance meant that the International Game Fish Association didn't put the 683-pound swordfish into the record books for Florida. The largest IGFA-legal Florida swordfish, weighing 612 pounds, was boated using a manual reel in 1978.
"Our organization was founded on sportfishing by man, not by machine," Jack Vitek, IGFA's world record coordinator, said last week. "IGFA would not recognize fish caught on electric reel simply because it removes the sporting aspect away from fishing. It's no longer a man or woman catching a fish."
The use of electric reels wasn't what Stanczyk and friend Vic Gaspeny had in mind in 2003 when they first began hunting for swordfish in the depths of the ocean during the daytime. But then again, the duo might not have foreseen how successful they'd be, and how quickly daytime swordfish fishing would catch on once they went public with their techniques in a 2007 Sport Fishing Magazine article.
Prior to the 1970s, very few anglers went after swordfish in Florida's waters. But by the end of the decade the discovery that the meaty fish could be caught consistently at night a few hundred feet below the surface had changed everything. Anglers hit the Florida Straits in hordes with longlines, quickly depleting the fishery.
By 2000 the problem had gotten bad enough that the National Marine Fisheries Service banned longline fishing off the Florida Coast. The change led to a rebound of Atlantic swordfish populations. In 2010 NOAA's Fisheries Service removed swordfish from its list of species undergoing overfishing.
Back in 2003, with swordfish populations on the rise, Stanczyk and Gaspeny decided to start hunting for them during the day. But they weren't looking for them near the surface, as nighttime anglers do. Instead, they were testing a theory put forth by Venezuelan angler Ruben Jaen, who speculated that in daylight swordfish retreat to the ocean floor, some 1,400 to 1,800 feet below the surface.
Jaen turned out to be correct. Stanczyk and Gaspeny caught a swordfish during their first deepwater hunt in January 2003, Gaspeny wrote in a 2010 article published in the IGFA's World Record Game Fishes almanac.
But they weren't just catching a lot of fish, said Stanczyk. They were also catching big fish -- on average twice as big as the swordfish he had caught closer to the surface through the years.
After the 2007 magazine article, anglers around South Florida got in on the act. Today, numerous advertisements for daytime swordfish charters can be found with a simple Google search.
Gaspeny estimates that on a nice summer day there are probably 300 boats on the water from Pompano Beach south, dropping their lines deep for swordfish. Stanczyk says 50 such charters can be found on the waters off the Keys on an average day.
In addition, swordfish are harvested commercially, though commercial fishermen still tend to target the surface using the buoy fishing technique, in which several lines are dropped off a strategically-placed buoy.
Stanczyk himself continues to fish for swordfish. In fact, his Bud n' Mary's website still advertises swordfish charters.
"Daytime fish average around 100 lbs. but we catch plenty over the 200-lb. mark as well. So if you've ever dreamt of catching a big swordfish, you might want to consider giving it a try here at Bud n' Mary's Marina," the site says.
It was a customer of charter guide Kenny Spaulding, who fishes out of Bud n' Mary's, who caught the 520-pound swordfish last month.
Nevertheless, Stanczyk, the pioneer, is worried about the sport's future.
Though populations are still regarded as healthy, both he and Gaspeny say that swordfish are already harder to catch than they were nine years ago when they first started hunting them during the day.
Because anglers are catching much bigger fish than they do closer to the surface, the strain on the breeding population could be further amplified.
That's one reason why Stanczyk is setting his sights on electric reels, which make it easier to pull massive fighting fish up from depths that would dwarf the Empire State Building. It's not uncommon for anglers to take two hours to land a swordfish once they have it on the hook.
"Maybe not using electric reels, that would definitely take a lot of strain off the swordfish population," Stanczyk said.
Florida Keys Fishing Report from Captain Ryan
The dolphin (mahi mahi) fishing was red hot last week off Key Largo, Tavernier, & Islamorada here in the Florida Keys and we took adavatage of it. Friday morning I got on fish first thing. We went 6 for 6 on Dolphin and added a bonus Blackfin tuna to the fish box after only 3.5 hours fishing time before heading back to the dock for lunch.
A push to give a popular Upper Keys dive spot called Snapper Ledge more protection could gain support from a federal fishery agency.
With the naked eye, a person cannot see the 4-
The weather channel reports are pretty accurate this time of year when it comes to predicting high wind conditions in the Florida Keys Marine forecast. Below is the best advice I can give people about booking a fishing trip, snorkeling or diving trip when it comes to the winter wind.
When I am planning fishing trip here are the websites I monitor:
During the ecotour there is a good chance you will spot a dolphin, sea turtle or a Florida Manatee along the way.
As most already know, the
View from Home Port after a Great Day of Off-Shore Fishing for Wahoo in the Florida Keys
Those that fished this morning were kept warm by the hot Sailfish bite! Multiple sailfish releases were reported today.
We will start our 2012 fishing season later this week targeting our favorite fish- wahoo. These great tasting fish are typically caught around the January full moon in depths between 75ft-
Leaving the dock at first light & having lines in the water at sunrise works well for us. Sometimes we sleep in then capitalize on the early/late afternoon bite.
If you are are looking to go fishing in the Florida Keys this winter or spring, contact us today for booking information email@example.com or give us a call at 305-619-2126.