On the Water
Florida Fish and Wildlife turtle program scientist Sara Schaf and Mike Shipley, owner of Island Bay Resort in Tavernier, prepare an injured sea turtle for a journey to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. (Photo by David Goodhue)
While out fishing in Florida Bay off Key Largo Monday, friends Kerry Wingo and Mike Shipley saw something odd bobbing in the water.
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 06:37 PM EDT
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)
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
An injured loggerhead turtle was saved by a group of good Samaritans, state wildlife police, U.S. Coast Guardsmen and Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers Sunday.
Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013 07:00 PM EDT
A diver puts the size of a Goliath grouper in perspective. (photo by Tim Grollimund)
The other day I got a note from my science mentor Suzy Roebling about a goliath grouper that was swimming around Molasses Reef in distress. It had been speared. The animal was spotted by one of the glass bottom boats while cruising over the south end of the reef.
Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013 06:45 PM EDT
Grouper season kicked off with a pair of 15-pound black grouper, along with flag yellowtails and a big mutton, on the SeaSquared.
Grouper season is off to an excellent start, with plenty of reds, blacks and gags to be had in all venues.
Most of the black grouper are coming off the deeper edge of the reef and wrecks, whereas the gags and reds are being taken on the shallower side to the patches and Hawk Channel. The Gulf is giving up some gags as well.
Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
Capt. Mike Makowski holds a tarpon his client caught on a recent trip. The fish was safely released. (Photo by Mike Makowski)
Fish Tales with Capt. Mike MakowskiMay marks the arrival of the silver kings
May has finally arrived and the fishing could not be better here in the Upper Keys. Anglers from all over the world flock to the Keys for some of the best fishing of the entire year.
Posted - Thursday, May 02, 2013 05:06 PM EDT
Belina and Chris Harman from Phoenix, Ariz. hold a 54-pound bull dolphin they caught recently on the Drop Back charter boat out of the Post Card Inn at Holiday Isle.
Fish Tales with Capt. Donald DeputyBig dolphin and wahoos have arrived for the summer
Lots of big dolphin were caught last week including a 54-pounder aboard the charter boat Drop Back out of Post Card Inn at Holiday Isle.
Posted - Thursday, April 25, 2013 06:04 PM EDT
Certain species are protected and specific educational programs are available through various organizations in the Florida Keys. (Photo by Tim Grollimund)
Dive Time with Tim GrollimundEducation and participation can help us all
After my column on connectivity, I got an interesting email from a local resident. I always like to hear from people. I wish more folks would speak their mind, especially during the zoning review process underway by the marine sanctuary. It's important to get input from all users of the sanctuary.
Posted - Thursday, April 25, 2013 06:01 PM EDT