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Sat. 27, Dec. 97

We canceled today's trip due to an approaching cold front that I believed would not allow reasonable fishing time before its arrival. By 11:00 A.M. winds had increased to more than 20kts. from the SW . Most boats that did go, returned by noon with little for their effort. A few king fish were landed and some nice muttons. But most returned empty handed. Since this is a new feature on my site I will include Friday the 26th here as well. Wahoo's and King fish were the ticket in the morning with action drying up in the afternoon. Our trip for the day boated three Wahoos weighing in at 55/42/35 lbs.and 6 nice kings weighing up to 15lbs.                                              

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Sun. 28, Dec. 97

Capt Dale Bittner aboard the "Bait Stealer" had a fine catch of  King fish weighing 10lbs. to 30lbs. caught on Western Dry Rocks, and a few from "the end of the bar". King fish will remain strong for the rest of this month, so plan on catching your bag limit when you get out on the water here in Key West. We made a short trip aboard the "Looney Tunes" for live baits this afternoon and brought home plenty of threadfin herring, plus blue runners for tomorrow's trip. King fish is the target for tomorrow so plan on checking how we did on the next report.
Thanks for stopping by:   Capt. Carl Rees

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Mon. 29, Dec. 97

I thought we might get lucky and this cold front would be slower to arrive, but I was wrong. Winds are at 20-25kts. this morning with rain. Not fun for anyone to be out fishing in that kind of windy conditions.   Predictions are for up to three days of this for Key West, so I will keep you informed. One good note: having gotten our bait yesterday allows us to be first out to spots I know will be hot when this weather breaks. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesP.S. Since I will have some extra time the next few days. If there are some questions you would like to ask about fishing in
Key West. E-mail me and I'll give it my best shot to answer your question.

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Tue. 30, Dec. 97

If you like sailboarding then today is your kind of day. With winds gusting over 30kts. even kite flying would be a bad idea for today. I know winds like this come every year, but we sure would like to get out for our charters. Wind is due to lay down day after tomorrow. We  hope so. I am certain fishing will be hot. 

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Wed 31 Dec. 97

It was a beautiful day on the water with winds light and variable. Only problem was the water color on the reef was a white green with lots surface grass. That kind of conditions usually hinders fishing efforts and it sure did today. Well I'm sure you know were this is going as far the fishing was concerned, it was in the toilet.  The best I heard by noon time was that one boat had four king fish 15 miles west our position. We elected not to venture to that area and wish we had, around three in the afternoon the fish turned on and most got their limit. Oh well that's fishing!
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Thur. 1 Jan. 98

Its blowing again with winds 20-25kts. A few larger boats are venturing out but I've heard little on catching, just how bad water color is. No trip today. Wind will come around to the east by tomorrow which will clean water up very quickly. We are just beginning our king fish season here that will run through March. I'm booked for the king fish tournament on the 10th and the 11th but have one on the 31 of  Jan. open.  Interested? 

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Sat. 3 Jan. 98

This report is yesterday and today. Windy, blowing and rough which is to say fishing was almost non existent. This windy condition is being very persistent, with another cold front coming our way maybe Key West will have some persistent calm weather. Fish were caught yesterday, but all those fish had been caught by commercial fisherman. If you want those reports as well, then e-mail me that you would like them included, and I will see that some of those reports are written up.
Thanks for stopping by:  Capt. Carl Rees

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Mon. 5 Jan. 98

Its starting to look like thirty-days and thirty-nights of  to much wind. Doesn't sound so good for fishing and it isn't. We did get out yesterday and had a few nice king fish up to 15lbs. and one Black fin tuna at 24lbs. By one in the afternoon, winds had jump to over 20kts. with gusts to 33kts. Most boats able to get too the reef were able to catch there limit of kings, if they weren't eaten first.  An interesting note about porpoises of  late, they seem to have acquired a taste for king fish. Many trolling boats are having numerous fish eaten by the porpoises shortly after hooking the fish up. Its a bit odd since this activity is rather new for the porpoises. Don't know what it means, maybe someone out there has some ideas. Until this wind starts to lay off, fishing reports will be sporadic. Thanks for stopping by:  Capt. Carl Rees

 

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Tue.  6 Jan. 98

Well today was a pleasant change form all the wind that we've been having. Light breeze from the south east made for great fishing conditions on the reef and in the gulf (north side of Key West) for anyone wanting to get on the water today. Reef action included King fish, black fin tunas and a splash of bonitos being caught. A few cobia were landed on wrecks in the gulf along with spanish and cero mackerel in abundance. The commercial king fish quota closed today which means no shortage of fish for recreational anglers from here till April, when those fish begin their migration away from Key West, Fl. We are looking forward to this weekends king fish tournament, giving top angler twenty-three thousand dollars for first place. Blue runners will be the favored bait and those have been hard to find. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Wed. 7 Jan. 98

Today's fish landing here at Oceanside Marina was fairly light again due mostly to !5-20kt. winds from the south-southeast. Very clear water is up on the reef which has slowed the king fishing, however most of the larger boats from Garrison Bight Marina had their limit of kings (two per person). Light tackle boats from Oceanside concentrated efforts in the gulf, fishing the closer wrecks. Capt. Carl ReesWally Albrecht (Debbie Lou) had a great catch of mangrove snapper weighing up to 6lb. from one of those wrecks. We spent our day catching and transporting live blue runners from Boca Grand Channel to our live pen, in preparation for this weekends first King fish tournament for the 98 season. Making one more trip tomorrow for bait before our "spot priming" trip on Fri. Thanks   for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBack to Fishing Key West

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Fri. 9 Jan. 98

If your looking for bait, Oceanside Marina has bait cages scattered all over, with blue runners, threadfin herring, lane snapper and a variety of other bait fish for King fish to snack on at the start of the second annual King fish extravaganza on Saturday. One problem that could arise on Saturday though, is few King fish have been caught over 25lb. in the last couple of days, including today. We made our priming trip today to locate King fish over 30lb.and were successful. We believe several of the fish we had up eating baits at the boat, will run over 40lbs. Still plenty of King fish being caught by the trolling boats, but most are small (20lb. and under). I do know a good bite on the Wahoo's took place early this morning at "The end of the Bar" with fish caught up to 40lbs. A few pods of Sailfish were also seen in the 200ft. range from the 707.0 to 720.0. Thanks for stopping by and I'll try to have the first days results up, for the tournament   by late tomorrow.   


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Mon. 12 Jan. 98

The King fish tournament this weekend went very smooth with all boats returning to port safely each day. Saturdays fishing started off very quiet with most reported kings around 20-25lbs. or smaller. We had very slow action all morning with no hits till two in the afternoon when we still had only three hits of which one fish was landed. Water color was for us the biggest factor, the day before conditions were clear green water, compared with Saturdays white green. Our first indication that the fish we located the day before had moved was that there were no marks in the area. From there we moved next to a friend of ours who was catching yellowtail snapper on the anchor and had seen a few fish jump out of the water. Our first fish was a definite in "the thirties"  but had bad luck when the fish ran underneath the very boat that had called us over. The second fish clipped the leader and the third fish barely missing the other boats anchor line. Once again weather played a factor in where everyone went for the day as winds kicked toward 20kts. both days. The big king for Saturday was 56lb.caught on the "New Wave" and Sundays was 50.4 caught on the "VitaminSea", very nice fish indeed. For parties who may be interested in fishing the Hog's Breath King fish tournament on the 31st of this month, I still have both days open......Interested?? Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesP.S. We finished Ninth in last years Hog's Breath tournament.

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Tue. 13 Jan. 98

Several Wahoo's in the 25-30lb. range were caught aboard the "Vitamin Sea" along with king fish and bonitos. The "Key Limey" had a fine catch of kings, Amberjack s and bonitos. He said most of the bonitos were caught on fly. Reports by radio still indicate continued action on king fish in the Western Dry Rocks area with a few fish showing up at Eastern Dry Rocks. Several other boats leaving from Oceanside returned with a variety of porgies, snappers and other bottom fish. The "Looney Tunes" will be in port for the next couple of days doing "boat things", but we will keep you informed as to fishing and catching in Key West from Oceanside Marina.  Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Wed. 14 Jan. 98

Winds have come around to the south-east pushing in clearer water on the reef line. The benefit of this clearer water after so many days of green to white-green is that deeper water wrecks usually become very active. Such was the case today as a good number of mutton snapper were landed here at Oceanside Marina, Key West. As winds will be increasing from the south south-east, boats will venture into the gulf to fish wrecks located there for snappers, grouper and cobia. The blue water fishing has been real slow, mostly because the majority of boats are still concentrating on catching king fish, which will provide plenty of action for everyone for the next couple of months. Tom Pierce mentioned that plenty of tarpon are in the shallows, but regardless of the number of cast, those fish showed no interest in their baits. He also spotted a fair number of cobia, of which they caught one on fly weighing 20+lb. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Fri. 16 Jan. 98

Yesterdays conditions were small craft advisories with a rather strong cold front pushing through late in the afternoon. There were a few boats out however and they   returned with some large king fish up to 30lb. along with  large to extra large yellowtail snapper. The winds did curtail most smaller boat activities but radio reports still have the trolling boats at Garrison Bight Marina taking there limit of king fish (two per person) along with bonitos and the occasional blackfin tuna. Today's fishing report will be posted by 6:00 p.m.  Well its 5:00 and all the boats that went from here at Oceanside Marina are back in and most said it was slow, I even had one say it was "CaCa". Actual landings were not that bad considering they each had their bag limit of kings up to 20lbs. Joe Green  had a very nice catch of groupers and snapper. A note about Joe Green, over the years here at Oceanside Marina, He (Joe Green) has been tops in consistent production of quality edible fish from the waters around Key West. Anyway, other fishing news is that the trolling boats continue to produce their limits of kings and that a few Sailfish were seen today with a couple being hooked that I heard of.   The "Looney Tunes" has one more day here at the dock. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesA "Looney Tunes" NOTE: Still looking for a sponsor for the second annual SKA Hogs Breath King Fish Tournament on Jan.31-Feb.1. Out of over ninety boats last year we placed 10th and I expect to do better this year. $10,000 first to $800.00 for tenth place. Entry is 300.00 plus boat charter fee. If  your interested in some extreme fishing competition call me or e-mail and we'll arrange everything. Thanks.....Capt. Carl Rees

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Sat. 17 Jan. 98

A fine day on the water for boating, winds 10kts. form the north- north west. The "Looney Tunes" did get out today for a half in the morning. We ventured due south form Oceanside Marina to a spot known as eyeglass bar. Upon arrival there we started with a slow drift across the west end of eyeglass for King fish, first drift produced two hits on the live baits but pulled hooks on both fish. With repeated drifts, about ten in all, we pickup eight King fish weighing at 15-20lb. avg. Having acquired our bag limit on kings we dropped anchor in the same area and fished for snapper. We caught 20-25 yellowtail in the 1-1/2 - 2-1/2 lb. size, which made for a pretty fair morning. We also released several smaller kings that we bare jigged while on the anchor. Other boats that I talked with or heard reported that king fish on western dry rocks were very active in the morning, with most everyone taking there bag limit. Tomorrow we will be making a trip to the west to Cosgrove hump to look for bigger kings, African pompano and black grouper. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

Mon. 19 Jan. 98

Sunday was a perfect day to run west from Key West as winds were light from the north east. King fishing was very slow on the south side today, but one of the spotter planes for the net boats reported big schools about forty miles to the north, a lot of fish still headed our way. Our catch for the day consisted of many large yellowtail snapper, two red grouper, one king, a Blackfin tuna and constant action on Spanish and cero Mackerel. Sorry the report is small today but we were late getting in and have to leave early tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Tue. 20 Jan. 98

Smooth seas today in Key West, winds were light from the east with a bit of high cloud cover. The King fish activity has moved to the east off of Pelican Shoals and the local hump south-west of American light. Even though the fish are there, it has been difficult because porpoises are chasing the fish. Blackfin tunas have been sporadic and found mostly in depths of 200 to 250 feet. Report from the north side, (gulf ) no cobias on the shallow wrecks today but there are plenty of snapper. 50 to 70 foot wrecks are holding some cobia with one captain taking his limit, the fish I saw weighed from 25-35 lbs.  The hot fishing the last few days has been Spanish and Cero mackerel. They seem to be just about everywhere, both north and south side, but large ones are being found over the reef line 20 to 40 miles to the west. Amberjack s on the deep wrecks are showing up in good numbers along with the occasional 10-20lb. mutton snapper. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Wed. 21 Jan. 98

Light winds from the east allowed us to venture about 25 miles west of Key West today in search for grouper. We landed three Black Grouper and one Gag grouper weighing in at 12 to 17lbs. Only one King Fish was tempted by our live baits today, but he was a good one, weighing in at 36lbs. Had our limit of Yellowtail snapper while fishing for grouper and most of those fish averaged about 2lbs.each. If you haven't look at my reef page, you will find Yellowtail and other reef fish that we catch regularly on our trips. Other fishing news is a bit sketchy on catches because we spent most of the day out of radio range, but the little I did pick up indicated a fair amount of Kings still in the area of Pelican shoal. Kenny Harris "Finesse" had the most notable catch of the day with three Cobias weighing 58,59 and 62lbs. Most Cobias are being found now around Gulf Wrecks. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Thur. 22 Jan. 98

Winds have pick up from the southeast at 15-20kts. and reports from the south side were few. King Fish are still the fish of choice with Spanish and Cero mackerel a close second. Only one report from gulf side given by Capt. Carl ReesTony Murphy "Key Limey", he fished rock piles with live pin fish and his anglers landed twenty grouper. That's plenty of action for a half-day. We will be catching live bait tomorrow to restock our pen we have at the dock. Our pen is roughly eleven foot in diameter and four foot in depth which can hold approx. 250-300 baits. We plan on catching Blue Runners and Threadfin Herring. Thanks for stopping by: Capt Carl Rees   
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Fri. 23 Jan. 98

The weather man sure blew the forecast for today. It ended up being around 10kts, while they predicted 20-25.  For those folks who did not cancel because of the forecast, they found good Kingfish activity on the south side from Marilyn shoal to Eyeglass bar. Most kings were caught on top of the reef or on the break to deeper water. Blackfin tunas were again spotty, while boats anchoring and chumming caught plenty of snapper, along with the occasional Barracuda and Kingfish. Heard of no Sailfish being caught or seen today. Gulf or north side fishing sounded slower on Cobias , but the good news is there were a fair number of Kings caught in the 20-25lb. range. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Sat. 24 Jan. 98

Winds were still light today until after 4-P.M., when a steady increase from the north-west brought speed up to 15kts. Fishing boats from Oceanside Marina produced good catches of Blackfin tunas and Snapper on the south side. Spanish and Cero mackerel were plentiful along with a fair amount of Amberjack s. Ralph Delph "Vitamin Sea" had most notable catch, with better than ten Mutton snapper, half dozen Red grouper and several Amberjack s. Wind will increase tomorrow, from the north to around 15-20kts. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Mon. 26 Jan. 98

Yesterdays fishing report is rather simple, Green Bay put up a long hard fight before being mounted over the fire place. Winds yesterday put a damper on everyone here as the day began with a steady  24kt. breeze. No one at the marina went to sea that I'm aware of.  Today was much different in as much the wind died off. Only problem is that it was replaced by rain, then some more rain. The MAN said 90% percent chance of rain. Its 2:30 p.m. now and its still raining. We don't offer duck tours so we stayed here at the dock. Supposed to blow  20kt. from the s.w. tomorrow, but no rain!  If you catch fish under these kinds of conditions then one might say even a single fish was a great day. What do you think?  

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Tue. 27 Jan. 98

Well our full day was cancelled due to an approaching cold front. For the few that decided to go anyway, fishing proved to be a bit slow, with most reports indicating that a few dolphin, blackfin tuna and barracuda were being hooked up. For those looking into Kingfish activity, no one is putting big or big numbers in their boats, that I have heard of. With today's cold front pushing through with winds increasing to 20-25kts from the north west, I believe we will see a increase in kingfish catches. Several commercial harvesters for snapper have told me they are seeing big kings around their boats while fishing for snapper. Another factor for slower activity on the larger kings, may be the large numbers of Spanish and cero mackerel, that showed up recently on the south side, providing better food supply for those big kings. Chip Veach "Super Grouper" reported he and his party caught several very large Amberjack s, two big muttons and three Blackfin Tunas and they had a number of other unknowns on. Sounds like they had a great day. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Wed. 28 Jan. 98

Even though winds were 15-20kts. from the north west, we did get out today. Sea conditions are seldom as bad as the wind would indicate when they blow over the islands. The islands provide blockage and limit the amount of open water the wind can blow upon, to create seas. With about 5 to 6 miles of open water, winds of 15-20kts from the north west, north and north east can only raise seas to about 2-4 feet here in Key West. Our day on the water was very pleasant due to those very wind directions. Now to the catching, we boated two Kingfish at 41, 39 and two others at about 12lbs. each. We also had two nice Black grouper and about 10 yellowtail, even though the barracuda that was hanging around all day ate about half of those, leaving us with only the heads. Other reports that I heard of put Kingfish on Western Dry rocks again, and most boats did get their bag limits. One report on Blackfin tunas, it was slow, water is to green. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesHow to

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Thur. 29 Jan. 98

Winds were almost nonexistent, giving everyone a chance to enjoy the best attraction in Key West, our waters. Our trip today was mostly for bait fishing and exploring Kingfish areas, for this weekends HogsBreath Kingfish tournament. What we found was many boats congregating around the "End of the Bar" and Western Dry Rocks. We saw plenty of boats hooked up with fish in both areas. Fishing for snapper and bottom fish has been productive over the last two days, and conditions should be good through the weekend for this type of fishing. No reports today from the north side. Will probably here something tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Fri. 30 Jan. 98

Short report today as we still have plenty to do for tomorrows Kingfish tournament. Talked with one Capt. Carl Reesthis evening and he informed me that Kingfish are still plentiful in the Western Dry Rocks area and that a few Blackfins are being caught in the 180-250 foot depths. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Sat. 31 Jan. 98

Kingfish, Kingfish and more Kingfish was the catch for today as one hundred and thirty-six boats departed Key West for the HogsBreath Kingfish tournament. The biggest fish caught at the end of the day was 56lbs. Most of the bigger fish were caught on the bar area from Eastern Dry Rocks to the "end of the Bar". Also had reports of a few Sailfish and Wahoo hooked up around the end of the Bar. Sea conditions were fairly light with seas running 2-3 feet. Tomorrow will be the second and final day for the tournament and I will post a final top ten late tomorrow evening. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl Rees

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Sun. 1 Feb. 98   and  Mon. 2 Feb. 98

The posting of the results for the tournament is going to be difficult. Neither owner or managers of Oceanside Marina or Murray Marina was given a copy of the final placing of boats and anglers. Supposedly the tournament organizer will fax a copy to Bill Murray and then I'll receive a copy after he faxes it to Oceanside. So I can tell you how we did. On Saturday we caught many Kingfish in the morning weighing up to 25lbs. We knew that better fish had been landed by a lot of other boats. Winds had let up in the afternoon, so we decided to hit spots we knew had only a few kings, but hopefully the one we were looking for. On our third move we hooked a fish that certainly took enough line to possibly be over thirty, providing he wasn't foul hooked. My angler did an excellent job fighting the fish and we soon had it boated, which weighed in at 39.6 lbs. Sunday winds increased to around 20kts. with gust to over twenty-five. Wind direction played an important factor in fishing as it blew cleaner water up on the reef. Cleaner, bluer water usually slows king fishing down as they do prefer greener water, which is cooler. We boated several fish in the twenties and pulled hooks on  two fish that I'm certain were in the thirties or better. We did not catch a bigger fish than the one we landed on Saturday. We finished in 11th place out of 136 boats fishing the tournament. Not bad, but maybe we will do better next time. As for today (Mon.) winds have increased from the south-east to around thirty to thirty-five knots. I do not think there will be many fishing today. Thanks for stopping by. The Capt. Carl ReesBack to Fishing Key West

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Tue. 3 Feb. 98

No fishing report today, just a weather report and the tournament results. Winds peaked yesterday at better than 50kts. Numerous boats, both sail and motor, were report aground at various locations up and down the Keys. Did hear of a possible death that occurred from a person attempting to separate two vessels and became trapped between the boats. Unfortunate that a high winds safety course is not available for boaters. Mother nature can be such a cruel teacher sometimes. Winds continue today at 20-35kts. with higher gusts. Thursday is looking to be the first possible day to get out on the water. Now for this past weekend Hog's Breath King Mackerel Tournament results. Listed in order of 1st through 15th. Thanks for stopping by.
Capt. Carl Rees

BOAT                                           ANGLER                                             WEIGHT

Warrior                                         La Denzer                                             56.40
Tailwalker                                     Stuart Ballard                                         49.50
Vengeance                                    Clayton Kirby                                        49.60
Bait Stealer                                   Dale Bittner                    Local                 44.10
Diamond Cutter                             Robert Anderson                                   42.50
New Wave                                   Kenneth Parker             Local                 42.30
Crankenstein                                 Buzz Owens                   Local                      41.60
Dealers Choice                             Sid Steverson                                          41.30
My Three Sons                             Terry Grantham                                       41.20
C&H Lures                                  Dave Workman   Guided by Local Capt.39.60
Looney Tunes                               Irving Schwartzman      Local                  39.60
Fish Fever                                     Ed Mecchella                                         38.70
Primal Bond                                  Manny Ravelo              Local                  38.70
Whopper Stopper                         Patsy Stancil                                           38.50
Full Tilt                                         Rob Dunagun                                          37.90
Top Lady Angler                          Lisa Bramson
Top Junior Angler                        AJ Tucker

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Thur. 5 Feb. 98

Winds continued yesterday at 20-25kts from the west with higher gusts. Most Captains canceled trips for yesterday, but a few boats from Garrison Bight Marina are out today. Bill Kieldsen "Fish Buster" is on the south side this morning and reports that water conditions are poor. White green water is beyond the reef line into 300 plus feet. A few Blackfin tunas have been caught, but several other boats are reporting the reef is a complete wash, for fishing.  Water color actually got worse as the day wore on. We have a trip for tomorrow and our plan will take in to account these conditions. When faced with water color that reduces visibility to extremes, trolling is a poor choice. Instead, anchoring and chumming with ground chum, live bait or both, in a known productive area, would be far more productive. Thanks for stopping by; Capt. Carl Rees The Capt. Carl ReesComing soon, "Fishing Joke of the Week"

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Fri. 6 Feb. 98

Not much to report today, unless you like rain and wind. All week has not been fishing weather, and today did not provide exception. I have seen, in the winter, stretches of foul weather like this, its something we have to deal with. It provides no income to have continues bad weather, one of the reasons a day of fishing cost $450 or more. Supposedly, we will have improving conditions as the beginning of the week starts. Tomorrows report will not be much better, due to 25-30 kt. winds that are occurring now. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sat 7 Feb. 98

There were a few Garrison Bight boats out on the reef, but no one from Oceanside Marina. Winds will be dropping through Sunday, with Monday having fishable winds. Our plans are to catch live baits tomorrow for Mon., Tue, Wed. Even though water color has kept the trolling boats very low on catches, we are planning to fish "the end of the bar" Monday and expect to have good snapper and King Fish activity. Water movement has been moving eastward and should provide excellent conditions for the type of fishing we are planning. I'm sure that at least a few boats will make it out from Oceanside tomorrow, and with winds dropping, plan for better fishing reports. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesComing soon, "Fishing Joke of the Week"

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Sun. 8 Feb. 98

The use of the word skunk with fishing is something no fisherman wants on a fishing trip. It refers to what is not in his/her cooler for the day, namely fish. This is not to say everyone had a bad day on the water today, just that a lot of fishing was going on and very little catching. I believe the previous statements best describe fishing in Key West today. Now the cause for this fishing and catching problem, WATER COLOR. It is not unheard of for the waters of the Keys to become a horrible green to white green after a good blow. However, the blow last week was a bit excessive and our fishing will continue to be affected by it, for at least a few more days. We will be out tomorrow for some reef fishing, so check us out as we take on the Dirty Water problem everyone is complaining about. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl Rees

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Mon. 9 Feb 98

The deal was made before we left the dock, only problem is, the devil and mother nature made the deal. Predators were on us every where we went today. The end of the bar had good conditions, east bound current and green water. After anchoring and putting out our first live bait, we hooked up with what looked like a very nice King Fish. Then the first predator, a porpoise, ate the king and left us with lips only. This porpoise continued to surface occasionally, about 150ft. down our chum slick. We put out more baits, but I believe the porpoise shut down the kings. We made use of our chum slick with drifts for Yellow tail snapper and the first three fish were fought a short time before they to were eaten. The fourth was landed with a number of rips over its body. I decided a time out was needed along with a move to a new spot. We repeated procedure with a live bait upon anchoring and lost the bait right away to an unknown (king probably) Drifts in our   chum slick produced some very nice snapper from1-1/2 to 3lbs. It was looking good until the sharks showed up. Now some of you would think this would be great, Shark Fishing now. Not with these small Blacktip sharks, 4-5 foot long. They are as fast as a Barracuda, have the appetite of a shark and are as picky as a dock side mangrove snapper. After the sharks arrived, not a single fish made it to the boat, all were eaten by the sharks. Not a great half-day on the catch side of fishing, but there was plenty of activity. One last thing before I close, the blue water is at about 400ft  and Sail fish were caught early in the morning at that depth along the color change. Thanks for stopping by Capt. Carl Rees

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Thur. 12 Feb 98

Bet you thought I forgot to do the fishing report. Nope, computer would not let me report, but it is fixed now. I have to make this short, as we have a fisheries meeting to attend at seven. Sailfish have been the hot action the last couple of days. The color change in 200ft. of water is holding. Plenty of sails cruising from east to west. Live baits are working best, but a few have been caught on dead ballyhoos. Today the water has finally cleared enough to have a good King Fish bite. Most were caught near the end of the bar, and a few around western dry rocks. Snapper action has been very slow due to very cold water (68F) and very dirty water. Some boats are venturing into the gulf and I saw a good catch of 2-3lb. Mangrove snappers and Gag Groupers, weighing up to 12lb. Only a few Cobias were caught on the wrecks in the Gulf. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Fri. 13 Feb. 98

Well, Friday the thirteenth has nothing to do with fishing, at least not here. I did not hear of anyone complaining they weren't catching fish. Sailfish continue to be active along the color change and Blackfin Tunas are starting to pop up as well. The Kingfish are bunching together very tightly and so are the boats. By nine in the morning, all you have to do to find the Kings is to look for a rather large group of boats, 5 or more and up to twenty. We are not seeing many fish over 20lbs., but the action on light tackle with bare jig only, is super. Our day consisted of Snapper fishing and Kingfish and had our limit very easily. Plans are similar for tomorrow except we are looking for a Wahoo to add to the Kings and Snapper. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Sat. 14 Feb 98

Excellent fishing today, though we did not catch the Wahoo we were looking for. We had our limit of King Fish( up to 25lbs.) our limit of Yellowtail snapper(2-3lb avg.) two nice Red Grouper and a Sailfish, which was released. The action on King Fish should continue, along with sailfish as the wind will remain from the north-east to east for the next couple of days. Even though winds will increase tomorrow, anyone looking for Kings or Sails, will have little problem filling their order. A notable catch for the day was a 45lb. King Fish caught aboard the "Black Sheep" with Capt. Carl ReesMike Delph. There were a few Cobias brought to the dock from gulf wrecks and an unconfirmed report of Yellowfin Tunas at the end of the bar. Happy V-Day and thanks for stopping by. The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail

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Mon. 16 Feb. 98

After a few good days of fishing, mother nature is trying to blow us off the map again. I hate to say the words "El Nino", but something is causing our weather to be some the worst for fishing in recent years. Winds are 20-25kts. from the southeast, a great day for windsurfing, even if its a bit chilly. Some of the protected channels will produce fish, such as Mangrove snapper, a few small Yellowtail snapper and the occasional Tarpon and Cobia. With winds this strong, water color becomes to dirty to be productive. Sorry this does not sound to good, but I have seen this before and fished these conditions many times, I know the effects of to many days of high winds. I will post again tomorrow, it will mostly be weather conditions. No one from Oceanside Marina is out today. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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May 03, 98
The weather is great and fishing has been fair to good. The south side has had generous amounts of Sailfish activity, while the reef has offered plenty of snapper and grouper. The Key West Harbor is hot with Tarpon, and a variety of other fish being caught between Tarpon getting hooked-up. Gulf wrecks have not shown alot of action these last few days, but that's fishing.
Best bet for this coming week, offshore for Dolphin and the reef for snapper.
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May 07, 98

Weather continues to be great with light winds from the south-east. Dolphin fishing is picking up, with good numbers of schoolies being caught. There are a few bigger fish, in the 20-30lb. range, good numbers of that size though is still early for our area. Next new moon will see those big Dolphin in much greater quantity. Reef fishing is becoming more and more active as Mutton snapper are now showing up on both the reef and the deep water structured bottom. This full moon should see plenty of action for them. While snapper are grouping in bigger numbers on the reef, it is not uncommon to catch Big Barracudas, Black grouper, Muttons, Black tip sharks and reef sharks, all of which add to the action for reef fishing this time of year. Permit and Tarpon fishing in the Key West Harbor and other local spots are in full swing. Best bet, the reef and Tarpon.
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May 12, 98

Our temperatures are on the rise, and so is our summer fishing. Tarpon and Permit activity continue to provide plenty of action, along with snapper and small sharks in Key West Harbor. While the reef and deep water wrecks are hosting more and more Mutton snapper. Offshore is beginning to have plenty of Dolphin, and the occasional Blue Marlin. I think you might like to know that the Muttons were very active today, we caught and landed our bag limit (30, ten per person) by 11:00 this morning and came in early. The fish averaged 10lbs. a piece, Irving Schwartzman wants Russ to know just how good it was today. Best bet, the Harbor and the reef. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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May 16, 98

The reef fishing has been excellent for Mutton snapper. On Wednesday we made our first trip for live muttons for brood stock, out of ten fish taken for this project, seven have survived. The average size is over 10lbs. and four are eating. They are looking very good according to Stephen Arneson at American Aqua Resources. On other fishing, offshore is a bit slow due to the north to north east breeze. It should improve greatly as more easterly winds will dominate our weather pattern. Key West Harbor is seeing plenty of Tarpon activity,and the Gulf wrecks are giving up a fair number of Cobia. Best bet this weekend and next week, snapper on the reef and Dolphin offshore. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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May 19, 98

Boy was I wrong about the offshore fishing for Dolphin this week. It is notably slow, with even schoolies in short supply. We had reports of Dolphin being caught in fair numbers, mostly to the east. This was not the case as we made a trip today in search of   a good catch for our customer. The ironic thing about this trip was that the angler wanted to catch a Blue Marlin, and we recommended that  Dolphin fishing as his best chance, though we explained that his chances for a Blue is something that many a angler has invested many trips in, with no results for their efforts. After only an hour of trolling, our angler got his wish as the port flat line was inhaled by a Blue. After three hours and some rather interesting blisters on his hands, his dream fish was released. Estimated weight 250lb. landed on 30lb. conventional. As for the reef, Sundays and Mondays trips were to catch Muttons. Each trip was successful with 30 fish landed on Sunday and 28 fish on Monday. Average size of fish was 12lbs. Best bet for the rest of the week, the Reef.  Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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May 26, 98

Dolphin fishing continues to be slow, and no one can figure why except to blame el nino. Our winds have picked up from the south east, and will hopefully bring those Dolphin to us. Tarpon in the harbor is sporadic, but the Tarpon bite is improving with more easterly winds. Reef fishing continues to be fair to excellent, with Yellowtail snapper and Mutton snapper being the dominant activity. There are still Permit on the south side, though it will take a keen eye to spot them. A notable catch we had last Friday was a 35.5 lb. Permit on 12lb. spin. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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May 29, 98

Good news, reports of fair to good catches of gaffer size Dolphin to the east of our area. That should add up to improvement in our Dolphin catches by Saturday/Sunday. We had an afternoon trip yesterday that was a bit slow, our anglers boated four Muttons averaging 11 lbs., and one Amberjack approx.30lbs. Several other fish were released, including Horse Eye Jack's , Yellowtail snapper and  grouper. Tarpon fishing has settled into a steady catch and release situation. The reef fishing has slowed the last couple of days, due mostly to current/tide conditions being erratic. Best bet, Tarpon in the Harbor, Permit on certain gulf wrecks, and the deep water wrecks on the south side of Key West. Thanks for stopping: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 2, 98

Dolphin fishing continues to improve for those willing to put some time into running and looking, rather than trolling. Though most fish are still in the schoolie size (4-7lb.) we are starting to see a few fish 10lbs. and up. Best depth today was 900ft. The reef has slowed a bit the last few days as current/tide conditions have been fluctuating directions day after day. This keeps fish moving about and does not allow them to congregate in one spot for very long. Conditions should improve as we get closer to the full moon. Permit are still active on the reef and Tarpon fishing has remained steady. Wreck fishing has also been productive the last few days with a few Cobias, snapper and grouper. Muttons have slowed, but expect them to become very active again around this coming full moon. If you're looking for a different kind of trip, I would recommend trying the reef at night, right after the full moon, best bet is the 13th. You can expect excellent Mangrove snapper catching from that day until around the 18th. Catches of note: 2 Blue Marlin were caught today and one yesterday. So best bet for tomorrow is offshore for Dolphin and Marlin, the Key West Harbor for Tarpon. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 6, 98

Weather has continued to be excellent for fishing anywhere you want to go, light winds and bright skies dominate our weather pattern. Tarpon and Permit fishing remains very productive, while offshore for Dolphin is becoming better each day. The reef is very productive, though I recommend early morning and late afternoon to escape the warmer part of the day. As you may have heard, very high temperatures are being recorded here in the Keys, and advisories are suggesting staying in doors between 11:00-4:00. Don't be alarmed, you will find it is cooler out on the water as there is a light breeze most of the time. If you have a trip planned for the Keys soon, you might consider asking your guide about fishing very early or late, avoiding the warmer part of the day. Best bet, offshore and the reef. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 10, 98

The past weekend provided good Dolphin catches, but has slowed again. Offshore consistence on finding fish continues to be very inconsistent. Winds have come up to 10-15 kts., seas have increased some, but it is a welcome relief from those no wind days of last week. It may also be just the thing we need to kick up better offshore activity. Tarpon and Permit in and around Key West Harbor remain active for anglers, that is great news now that we have a bit more wind. The reef continues to provide fair to excellent Snapper/Grouper activity, along with plenty of Barracudas and Sharks. It's time to plan for catching Mangrove snapper this weekend, as there will be sufficient darkness after sunset (no moon) to do so this weekend. You should expect to catch good size fish (2-4lbs). Best bet, Tarpon, Permit, and the Reef. Thanks for stopping by; Capt. Carl Rees The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 14, 98

The last few days have been sunny, with light winds and rather hot. We continue to have slow Dolphin action, though we should be at our peak for them. We have been busy catching Mutton snapper, with most days landing ten too twenty fish, averaging 9-15lbs. The conditions on the reef are a bit difficult due mostly to a very strong current running toward the east. Look for the current to slow as we reach the last quarter of the moon phase. Tarpon and Permit in Key West Harbor are giving anglers plenty of action, though it is a bit hot during the middle of the day. Try for early morning or late afternoon, that will keep you cooler when you hook that big Tarpon. Wreck fishing in the gulf is producing good to fair catches of Permit, with a few snapper and grouper. Best bet this week will be the harbor for Tarpon and the reef for Muttons and Mangroves. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees.
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June 17, 98

Just a bit more wind from the southeast the last couple of days, (around 10 kts.) with partly sunny skies. Though we have shut down the last two days for service on the boat and equipment, we do keep in touch with what is happening. There continues to be plenty of action for those pursuing Tarpon and Permit in the Key West Harbor. Wreck fishing in the Gulf is producing plenty of Permit, some snapper and grouper and the occasional small Cobia. Jimmy Bailey on the charter boat "Hooked-Up" reported the current on the reef has indeed slowed down to a more fishable condition, which is good news for our trip on Thursday.  I did see a good catch of Dolphin brought into the marina this afternoon with fish up to 20lbs. For those of you who are looking to dolphin fish this weekend, and would like to participate in a tournament that has excellent cash prizes, and benefits a good cause, then check out the Gator Dolphin Tournament. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 23, 98

The fishing for Dolphin this past weekend in the Gator Dolphin Tournament was super. First place was a 52 lb., followed by 49, 43,38 and 37lbs. to complete the men's division. It is beginning to look as though we may have a late season on Dolphin, as opposed to a poor season. Other fishing news, the Key West Harbor is in full production for Tarpon, with Permit slowing slightly. The Gulf wrecks continue to generate constant Permit hook-ups, with snapper and grouper competing for a chance to take your baits. The reef reports I have are indicating increased activity on Yellowtail snapper, with the fish averaging 1lb. to 2lb. and plenty of Barracudas for extra action. We did fish the tournament this weekend and that 38lb.fourth place fish was our big fish, a fun time was had by Jeff, Dave and myself. Best bet, offshore for Dolphin and Gulf wrecks for Permit. Look for the weather to continue at 10-15 kts. through the weekend with an increase for rain. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 26, 98

It looks like we will have a fine weekend for getting out on the water, light winds from the south east and a chance of thunder storms. Fair to good catches of Dolphin continue to be brought to the dock, with most fish being found to the southeast, 20-35 nautical miles out. We are finally seeing more big Dolphin ( 10-25lb.), though there is still good numbers of schoolies. The Reef has become very active the last couple of days, with excellent catches for, Yellowtail snapper and Mangrove snapper, though most of the Mangroves are being caught after dark. Western Dry Rocks and the "End of the Bar" are the places with the most activity. Tarpon in the Key West Harbor are still rolling along, and most boats are having good numbers of hook-ups. Permit has slowed for the harbor, but the Gulf wrecks have plenty of plenty of Permit on them now. Best bet the reef for Mangroves and offshore for Dolphin and the occasional Wahoo. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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June 29, 98

Calm, very calm was the wind conditions this past weekend. Though offshore continues to be up and down on Dolphin catching, the trolling or running to look for them is a pleasant way to beat the heat. Tarpon fishing is still productive, along with sporadic Permit activity in Key West Harbor, with most boats reporting five to ten hook-ups a day. Wrecks in the gulf are giving  fair to good activity on Permit, Barracudas, small sharks and occasional Cobia. The reef action is producing plenty of Yellowtail and Mangrove snapper, and the occasional grouper. If you plan on snapper fishing the reef, I highly recommend an early start to avoid the heat of the day. Best bet, the reef on Western Dry Rocks and offshore for Dolphin. Thanks for stopping by; Capt. Carl Rees. P.S. Here are the tournament results for last weekends Gator Dolphin Tournament.
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July 3, 98

Though the heat continues to be a bit above normal for this time of year, we are having light winds and fair to good fishing. Deep water wrecks and structures are providing fair numbers of Amberjack , along with the occasional Mutton snapper. The reef activity continues to provide plenty of Yellowtail and Mangrove snapper, with great action on Barracudas and a few sharks. Key West Harbor has good activity on Tarpon, especially in the early morning and late evening. It seems even the fish are trying to beat the heat. Gulf wrecks continue to produce plenty of Permit action, though this will slow this coming month as they reach the end of their spawn. Offshore has fallen back into a slump again, this Dolphin season is shaping up to be one of the worst we have seen in years. There were a few nice fish caught  in the twenties today, but for the number of boats out, it was a poor show. The last word of the offshore is don't give it up yet, earlier this week did produce some very good catches.  Best bet for the Independence Day weekend, offshore early in the morning, with plans to fish the reef if offshore is not producing. I would also recommend the Gulf wrecks and don't forget to bring plenty of bait for those Permit. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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