Captain Steve Thomas and his client John Avallone from Philadelphia hold on to another big tarpon caught on live bait in Islamorada. This tarpon was quickly released unharmed to fight another day. (Photo by Capt. Mike Makowski)
Fish Tales with Capt. Mike MakowskiTime is right for dolphin, grouper and tarpon
Every where I go around town people are talking about the great fishing all over the Upper Keys this past week. Its all about the dolphin, grouper and tarpon oh my!
Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2013 06:02 PM EDT
Dolphin are slamming right now
Robert Wolsom (left) and Peter Tagneri from Rumson, N.J., show off some of their nice mahi catch. They spent the day offshore with Capt. Howard Kelley on the 'Papa Pip's' out of Captain Pip's Marina and have plenty of nice fillets to take home.
The dolphin run is in full force. Typical for May, we're seeing fewer fish but larger fish, primarily gaffers and slammers. The onslaught of schoolies will begin in a couple of weeks.
Posted - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Fish Tales with Capt. Donald DeputyThe Keys has its own version of running with the bulls
Every year around Mothers Day theres a changing of the guard, a transition, if you will, in our world of Upper Keys fishing techniques, both offshore and in the backcountry.
Offshore last week we experienced what I would say is our version of the running of the bulls. It was just in time for the Annual Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo that took place last weekend out of Tavernier Creek Marina. Jim Daniels 59.5-pound bull dolphin held up for first place after a lot of nail biting. In the junior division, Zippy Lesko caught an 18-pound dolphin which was good enough to earn him the first place trophy for the tournament.
Posted - Thursday, May 09, 2013 06:52 PM EDT