Dolphin Season has arrived and we are catching plenty on a daily basis. The very best of the Dolphin action should take place over the next month. Over the last 10 days our largest Dolphin was 40lbs. We have caught several in the mid 30 lb range and many from 20-25 lbs. There have been some Sailfish around as well. We caught 4 Sails during one 3 day stretch last week. The Mutton Snapper spawned on the full moon last week and we had a very good catch the one evening we went. Very strong East and North Easterly winds hampered our fishing over the past week. Those with good sea legs were rewarded with good catches of fish however.
Monthly Archives: May 2014
I hope readers of this column were able to participate in the very good Sailfishing which occurred last month during the âTailingâ and âcolor changeâ condition. It was the subject of Aprilâs column, and though it didnât last long, for about 10 days the Sails poured through.
Now that we are into the Month of May itâs time to get serious about Dolphin first and foremost, but also spawning Mutton Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper and the re opening of Grouper season. As I write this, the Dolphin bite is just beginning. There are a fair number of small fish around, most of them associated with birds, but very few of the large âslammerâ fish we expect as the migration begins. Historically the biggest Dolphin of the season will be found in mid May. Watch the weather and try to fish on days with light SE breezes, particularly if they occur after several days of fresh Easterlies. Most readers are experienced Dolphin fishermen (and women) so I hardly need to mention the basics: find the current, find the weed, find birds and keep an eye out for debris.
Grouper season has reopened after a 4 month hiatus. Size and bag limits for Atlantic waters are very specific so be sure you know them. Only 3 Grouper per person, only 1 of which can be EITHER a Gag or Black. Reds have to be a minimum of 20 inches while Gagâs and Blackâs must measure 24 inches. As good a bait as any for Grouper are common pinfish- easy to catch and easy to keep.
We have a full moon during the middle of the month. The May moon is the peak period for the Mutton spawn. Sooner or later there will be a closed season during the spawn, and or a reduction in the bag limit which is currently 10. Until then please harvest responsibly- 4 guys could go and legally keep 40 Muttons in one evening, but I think most would agree thatâs way too many. Until the laws changes itâs up to us to do the right thing.
Tight lines and good luck.
Hey Cap, Just a quick note to say what a pleasure it was to fish with you and Heath aboard SOUTHPAW over the last couple of days. You put us on a lot of fish and that Dolphin I caught is a memory that’ll last forever. While we finished out of the money we did win an award for the largest day 1 to day 2 point gain. Today was a damn good day. I had a great time and will absolutely look you up the next time I’m in Key West.
Paul Melgaard- Shell Tournament participant
The big migration of Sailfish is apparently over, although we are still getting the occasional Sail bite. Dolphin action is ramping up. Over the last week we have seen a steady improvement in the Dolphin bite and over the last several days the arrival of someÂ big fish. The best Dolphin fishing of the year historically takes place during the last two weeks of May. It looks like its shaping up that way again. Several days ago we saw half a dozen largeÂ Bluefin Tuna while offshore. We have also had some decent reef fishing of late, big muttons over 15 pounds, Yellowtail, Red Grouper and even a 125 pound Goliath as well as a trophy size African Pompano.