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December 06, 2005

Florida Keys Fishing Report

The annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament was held this weekend. 35 boats released 229 Sailfish in three days

Offshore:
Get used to it, there are few if any boats going more than 6 to 7 miles offshore.  The Dolphin being caught are usually taken by boats fishing for Sailfish near the reef.   Quite often in the 200 foot depth (6 to 7 miles out) you will find Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin  this time of year.  Look for a wind slick with possibly Frigate Birds hovering overhead.  Troll the slick all the while watching for the Frigate birds to dive indicating presence of bait being pushed by predator fish.

Reefs:
The annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament was held this weekend.  35 boats released 229 Sailfish in three days.  Winning boats/releases: Contender One (20)  #2 Relentless (17) #3 Gotcha (14).  Large schools of Sardines were pushing northeast along the edge of the reef and the Cero Mackerels were skyrocketing the baits showing the Tournament Captains where the Sailfish might shower the baits.  Lots of Sails were caught on "showers" of bait on the reef edge.  Otherwise a few boats hit the Yellowtail Snapper with good results. 

Gulf and Bay:
A mixed consensus on Gulf activity tells of slow action one day and great action the next.  Warm and calm weather early in the week and cool windy weather at weeks end made for ups and downs in Gulf activity.  One report tells of terrific Mackerel action one day.   All in all the water is still a little off color mostly due to wind and strong tidal flow .

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo:
The Redbone Celebrity Tournament for Cystic Fibrosis was held this weekend.  Capt. Rich Tudor placed first with Capt. Chris Jones in second place.  Capt. Chris caught 40 Redfish on day one.  Loads of eager Sea Trout were in the channels in the Flamingo area and anglers tossing jigs got arm weary releasing the "out of season" Trout.  A few Reds and fewer Snook were also to be had.  The mixed bag also included Drum and Sheepshead.