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PREVIOUS FISHING REPORTS # 2

Wed. 18 Feb 98

7:38    We have light winds (5-10kts.) today at Oceanside Marina and a slight chance of a shower. Plenty of boats will be going out. Will update again later today, after 5:30.  6:05  We were not out today, but sure wish we were. It was a perfect day in Key West, light winds, blue skies and in the seventies. On the fishing side, Sailfish were again very active. Bill Oliver aboard the "Key Lady" reported two Sail's caught and released and another they pulled the hooks on. Ken Harris aboard the "Finesse" caught and released three Sails and that the customers had a great day. King Fish remained active on the "Bar" area, though porpoises plagued some trolling boats by following them, as fish were hooked, the porpoises would eat them. One boat that fished the Gulf wrecks, reported good Snapper and Cobia activity and that there were numerous Kingfish. It's about time the Kings showed on the wrecks, they are considered late, for the wrecks. We will be out tomorrow and plan to pursue Kings, Snapper and maybe a Sailfish or two. One final note, on the color change along with the Sailfish, Cobias are being caught.
Thanks for stopping by; Capt. Carl Rees

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Thur. 19 Feb 98

It was a bit of a tough day. I made a left when I should have made a right, ended up having to run 12 miles back to the west to find what we were looking for. Our morning was slow, but by noon we found a good concentration of 15-30 lb. King Fish that were happy to see us. We had a great time catching our bag limit on 12-20lb. spin tackle. We also had one mystery fish that was able to dump all the line before I could release us from the anchor, it happens. We finished out the day with Kingfish and three nice red snapper. Thanks for stopping by; Capt. Carl Rees

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Fri. 20 Feb. 98

King Fishing was productive for everyone today. Most Kings are being found from, Western Dry Rocks to "The end of the Bar", in the gully area between the reef and bar. Our half-day produced a limit of King's, but was cut a few minutes short as I received a report from another fisherman further west of us. He said winds from a approaching front had increased to 25kts. with rain. With that report, we decided to returned to the dock. We do not have a trip planned for customers tomorrow, but we will make a commercial trip for King Fish. The quota has reopened allowing a 500lb. trip limit. I have had my licenses for commercial activities since the inception of both state and federal licensing. Both agencies require that we land a certain amount of fish to continue to keep our license. I believe they force us to kill fish to keep the license. Not a very good management idea, don't you agree.

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Sat. 21 Feb. 98

Let us call today's report a commercial fishing report. I would estimate sixty to seventy boats, some came and some went, but at least that many boats visited the King Fishing area around Western Dry Rocks. We were able to get our 500lbs. of King Fish, along with many other boats. Some used planers attached to outriggers, while others used live bait and some, like us, use jigs. All of our fish were caught on 1-1/4oz. white upperman jigs. We are a bit tired from pulling fish and I did not inquire about how some of the other guides did today. I will likely include that in tomorrows report. Winds are predicted to swing to the southeast at 20-25kts. and possibly become windier. Thanks for stopping by;   Capt. Carl Rees

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Sun. 22 Feb. 98

Though the weather man predicted breezy conditions, it was not to bad, 16-19kts from the southeast. Most activity on the reef was focused again for KingFish, the majority had a tough time finding Kings. I guess those fish had enough pounding, both by porpoises and fishing boats. The last boat in, that I talked with, said he followed the fish (Kings) to Eastern Dry Rocks, where he lost them. This possibly means that group of fish was going to continue moving east, closer to being due south of Key West. Most guides are starting the annual program of calling shrimp boats for their by catch, and exchanging sodas or other items for a basket or two of this mixture of everything that is dragged up in their net, less the shrimp. Tarpon start to show up in Key West Harbor in large quantities in late February or early March, and this "Shrimp Boat Trash" is used for chumming and baiting them. Along with catching Tarpon, other species such as Mangroves, Permit, Cobia and others are caught using this mix of shrimp boat leftovers. Thanks for stopping by; Capt. Carl Rees The Capt. Carl ReesHow to charter the" Looney Tunes"
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Mon 23 Feb. 98

I will be posting no reports for one week. Please check back on the March 2,1998     Capt. Carl Rees

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Mon. 2 Mar. 98

Well did you miss me? I use a stats program to see how many hits and what pages are being looked at, and if some of you would like to suggest anything to add to the report on a daily basis, please e-mail me to let me know. Or maybe to say what you like or dislike about the report. Now for some fishing news. The King Fish have been red hot, with jigging for them being the most productive method. Eastern Dry Rocks and Western Dry Rocks have the largest quantity of fish we have seen in years. Other light tackle boats from Oceanside Marina have had trophy size Kings from the end of the bar, and one boat had a 65lb. Wahoo from that same area. In the Key West harbor, Tarpon action according to Capt. Carl ReesAl Savill aboard the "Reel and Steel" is picking up, his clients had three Tarpon on for the day, and numerous Bonnet sharks. Permit are also providing good action while fishing for Tarpon in the harbor. I have sketchy info. on the wreck fishing the past week, but have seen some good Mangrove snapper catches that I know came from the Gulf Wrecks. Our fishing aboard the "Looney Tunes" has been for King Fish, and since charters are a bit slow, we have fished for them commercially. Our catch each day has been about 500lbs. which is what we are allowed as a catch limit for each day. For those who may be interested in how that compares to a charter for the day, the fish are currently bringing 1.25 per pound.   Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesHow to charter the" Looney Tunes"
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Tue. 3 Mar. 98

A fine day here in Key West, with light winds, sunny skies and mild temp. King Fish are still biting, but were a little slow in the morning. Once again keep in mind that if you are looking for King Fish, to look for groups of boats. Jigs for jigging would be your best bet. A 1oz. to 1-1/2 oz. white upperman or "Lima Bean" shaped jig with #5 wire about 18 inches long, attached to twenty pound spinning tackle will work just fine. If you want to know how to jig your jig, have a look around at those who seem to be hooking up often. There are many styles for jigging if you watch closely, those boats around you. Another important factor to keep in mind, marking fish on your depth recorder before dropping a jig is an almost must. Great weather is predicted for tomorrow, hope you can get out on the water. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesHow to charter the" Looney Tunes"
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Wed. 4 Mar. 98

Another great day here in Key West. Today ends the commercial taking of King Fish until they return late this year. Catching Kings will continue on a purely recreational basis, and they will remain active in the Key West area for at least another month. We were late into the dock today as has been the case for the last week. I have no other reports on other types of fish caught today, but I will be returning to a normal schedule tomorrow. Thursday we prepare for trips that include Snapper, Grouper, Cobia and still the occasional King Fish. We resume fishing on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesHow to charter the" Looney Tunes"
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Thur. 5 Mar. 98

We have a bit more wind today, but still have mild temperatures and sunny skies. Capt. Carl ReesRob Delph aboard the "Second Generation" guided his anglers to a fine catch of Cobias (weighing up to 45lbs) and Mangrove Snapper. Rob said they also released a small Jew Fish which managed to come in contact with his foot and that the dorsal spines penetrated his boot. Accidents with fish can and do happen on the water, which is why you should allow your Captain to handle all fish brought aboard. Many are not aware that a puncture from dorsal fin spines, a cut from a gill plate or a very unfortunate cut from the teeth of Barracuds, King Fish or Wahoo's can be both painful and very hard to heal. Again it is an excellent idea to allow your Captain to handle your catch until both of you feel comfortable to try it yourself. If you should experience a injury on board, keep in mind that all licensed Captains are first aid trained and carry first aid kits for minimal injuries.
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Fri. 6 Mar. 98

Well if you're planning to be on the  water this weekend, be sure Tarpon, Permit, Cobia or Shark are your target species. Winds are predicated to come up to 20kts. tomorrow and 20-25kts. Saturday night. The Key West harbor, the "Lakes" and an area known as Shark channel provide plenty of protection from the south east winds we will have. King Fish are still very active on Eastern Dry Rocks, along with plenty of   Bonita. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesHow to charter the" Looney Tunes"
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Sat. 7 Mar. 98

I have only a short and windy report today. Winds gusted to over 20kts. from the southeast. The harbor according Capt. Carl ReesAl Savill aboard the "Reel and Steel" was indeed very active, his customers landed and released two Tarpon along with several permit. After having a look at catches at Oceanside Marinas cleaning area, one could see that the wind had restricted where most could fish for the day. A few Cobias and Snapper, mostly Mangroves, and stories of released Tarpon and Permit. Weather will again control fishing again tomorrow, as winds will increase to 20-25 and slightly more to the south. One Capt. Carl Reesrecommended staying home and "Entertaining" the wife. Might be a good idea. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesHow to charter the" Looney Tunes"
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Sun. 8 Mar. 98

Winds are 20-25kts. from the south-southeast. No one from Oceanside Marina took customers out today, thus no fishing report. Winds are predicted to diminish Tuesday. Tanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Tue. 10 Mar. 98
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Our wind has come down to around 15kts. from the north, which provided us an opportunity to fish the south side today. King Fish were still in good numbers on Eastern Dry Rocks. They were taken on trolled ballyhoo, jigs and live bait. Amberjack s and Mutton snapper are providing fair action on the deep south side wrecks, and a few Sailfish have been caught in the 150 to 200 foot range. Harbor fishing for Tarpon is continuing to improve along with more Permit showing up.  Update.....As of 5:30 today our winds are back to 15-20 with temperatures to drop into the 50's tonight. Those who were out all day, complained slightly about the trip home, since the wind did strengthen, but did have a good afternoon catching King Fish. Our tentative plans for tomorrow are for Reef Fishing. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Wed. 11 Mar. 98

Cheer up, so its one of the worst winters in Key West history for windy days over 20kts.and twice as much rain than is normal. Now they tell us, we might even set record lows for tonight, this weather is starting to sound consistent, bad. I guess if your an El Nino fan this will help put Key West on your map of  "Nino" events,   listed in areas to keep an eye on.  Don't do it, just keep us listed under great places to go fishing, doing the Duval crawl and basting your skin to a golden brown. Though it continues to blow 20 kts. with higher gusts, there are people getting out fishing and catching. King Fish are still providing plenty of action on Eastern Dry Rocks, and those deep water wrecks I mentioned a couple of days ago, are swimming with Muttons and Amberjack s, though a few of the AJs may not be keepers. Tarpon in Key West Harbor are jumping anglers to a very long battle on light tackle and Permit are verging on world record size. That record stuff is no lie, word is there may have been a new world record Permit caught in the harbor yesterday, who and size as soon as its confirmed. By the way, we cancelled our trip due to lack of interest in going up and down, further than out and back. Get it? Well that's it, thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Thur. 12 Mar. 98

Winds are falling off and we are making preparations for Reef fishing. Had no reports from Captains here at marina, as very few went for the day. King Fish continue to bite for those who brave the seas. Looking forward to getting out tomorrow, it has been better than seven days. Have spent some time setting up a different way of delivering fishing report the last few days and would like to know what you think. You will need to have java capable browser, if you do, click here and check it out. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Fri. 13 Mar. 98

Winds 15-20kts. from the north today. King Fish were very active on Eastern Dry Rocks in the morning. We caught our limit
(two per person) in a very short time. Fish were average of 8-10lbs. Several boats anchored after getting their limit of King Fish and had good Shark fishing, catching BlackTips and Hammer Heads. We, also sat on the anchor and had a good catch of Yellowtail Snapper in the 2-4 pound size. Sailfish were in good numbers on the color change, but none were caught, that I heard. Winds will change little over the weekend, best bet is on the reef if you can tolerate a bit of bouncing around. The Key West Harbor sounds as if the water has become to cold, Tarpon and Permit activity has come to a halt. Should improve as we warm up next week. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sat. 14 Mar. 98

A bit of bad news for tomorrow, winds will continue at 15-20kts. There was a small chance winds would come down to 15kts., not going to happen, winds will diminish later this coming week. Fishing and catching  today was similar to yesterday, King Fish were plentiful and Snapper fishing for Yellowtail was excellent. Shark fishing on the reef is providing those anglers in quest of "Jaws", plenty of action for Blacktips, Hammerheads and the occasional Lemon shark. The Key West harbor for Tarpon and Permit is not a good idea due to high turbidity and low water temperature. Your best bet will remain the reef, though it is a bit rough.  Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sun. 15 Mar. 98

Though we were suppose to have breezy 15-20kts. winds, they stayed under 15kts. today. We had a very good day catching Yellowtail and had one Cobia, weighing in at 47lbs., caught on 20lb. spin tackle. We did not chase after King Fish today, even though they had a reasonable bite this morning in front of Sand Key Light. Porpoises, from what I heard, were the biggest problem for those King fishing, they were both chasing and eating the Kings as they were hooked up. Winds are once again predicted to pick up, but will increase from the east to 20kts. One more day fishing the south side and we will then be off to do some wreck fishing for Cobia in the gulf.  Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Mon. 16 Mar. 98

Windy and Breezy today and breezier tomorrow. We cancelled this morning as winds had reached 20kts. Most that went today had modest catches, which included Cobia, Tarpon and King Fish. We will remain at the dock tomorrow  Tuesday 17, 98 as 20-25 kt. winds are predicted. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesNEXT UPDATE WILL BE WED. 18
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Wed. 18 Mar. 98

Breezy and windy, 20-25kts. with higher gusts. The weather continues to hinder efforts for anglers and captains to get out fishing. For those who do decide to go, Tarpon and Permit in Key West Harbor and some protected spots for Sharking will be the best bet (more likely their only choices). I do not see any particular improvement for tomorrows weather pattern, but let's hope I am wrong and winds diminish. Tomorrow I will start listing upcoming tournaments and offering detailed information on another page. I encourage anglers to participate in most tournaments, they are great fun and most times benefit a local charity. Try one, you'll like it.  Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Thur. 19 Mar. 98

I hoped I was wrong about the wind, and I was, but so was the weather guy. It turned out to be a clear and sunny day with light winds. Just about everyone got out today, and the best reports were coming from the Gulf. Limits of Cobia, (two per person) and snapper, mostly Mangroves, and Gag Grouper were common on board the boats returning to Oceanside Marina. We plan to be fishing south side tomorrow for Kings and Snapper. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sat. 21 Mar. 98

We are working on reorganization and new items for the site and the fishing report will resume tomorrow Sun.22  Mar. 98 Sorry for any inconvenience. Capt. Carl Rees

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Sun. 22 Mar. 98

After talking with more than a few captains, we will refer to fishing today as the day of few, with plenty of variety. Muttons, Cobia, Amberjack , Almocos, Yellowtails, Mangroves, Hammerheads, Kingfish, Tarpon, Permit and Sailfish were being seen or caught, but none were red hot. Our weather is over cast with light winds, which is wonderful for a change, at least the winds are. This sudden change though, may have had a great deal to do with slow fishing today. Many captains were complaining about having few bites. Water conditions (current and color) was the main reason, I believe, for the slow action. There was little or no water movement, with a green to dirty green water color. The best action was found over the deep water wrecks just off the reef in waters of 150 to 240 feet. Despite the small number of these wrecks, they have been producing most of the better catches coming from the south side.
Harbor fishing is giving up similar action, a few Tarpon and Permit. That is an improvement over last week though. Should have reports from the Gulf tomorrow as winds are predicted to be light. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Mon. 23 Mar. 98

After hearing reports that mirrored yesterdays fishing, one begins to question why would you complain about conditions that you can do nothing about. In this case, the reef waters are green to a white green. That type of water color, as a rule, is very poor for trolling, so why do it. Because of the diverse nature of fisheries in Keys waters, many of these "poor conditions" for one  type of fishing can prove to be ideal for another. For many of you who come to Key West this time of year, take the time to check what is biting, your original plan to catch a particular fish may fall through because you have "poor conditions" or you have chosen a captain who does not have the diversity to tap our diverse fishery. While this type of attitude may seem harsh to those who have a meager understanding of even one type of fishing, but have a "Captains License". I would say you need to learn to catch many types of fish for yourself before you can hope to help someone else catch theirs. As for our fishing trip today, we did not fight conditions and we caught just fine. Your best bet for tomorrow, choose a captain that will teach you how to catch a fish. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Tue. 24 Mar. 98

Winds are moving away from the northly direction we had yesterday, to north east today, and will come from the east tomorrow at 15-20 kts.  Kingfish and most other trolled fish are being caught in small numbers due to the dirty water conditions, and I expect those conditions will persist for at least two to three more days. Snapper and Grouper activity along the reef  has been very good, and that would be your best bet if you fish the south side. Since winds have remained from the north the last couple of days, no reports from the Gulf. The harbor will sustain most light tackle guides over the next few days as winds pick-up from the east to south east. Tarpon catches there are steadily improving, along with catching Permit..
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Thur. 26 Mar. 98

Yes, it is true that windy conditions have returned again to Key West. The pattern for our winds have followed what seems to be, seven days of windy then three of reasonable (less than 15kts.) winds. That makes this winter one of the worst that I can remember. No complaints about it, these statements are just the facts. We were out yesterday and had a great catch of Snapper, and saw others with similar catches. A few of the trolling boats made their way to the 750's and most were able to catch their bag limit of King Fish. Until the wind began again, "the end of the bar" was producing Kings, and several other schools were found in areas that the fish moved out of the very next day. It is time for King Fish to begin their migration back northward, and they will be caught only sporadically after the first of April. A small craft advisory is in place as this is written and I will not suggest any fishing as a best activity. This wind pattern is to continue till Saturday. Tarpon fishing in Key West Harbor is producing, but the reports I am receiving would indicate that the experts on that type of fishing are the ones producing hook-ups. Be sure to ask about your captains experience in what he offers you for your day out fishing. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Fri. 27 Mar. 98

It would be great if I could sell tickets for fishing tomorrow as an amusement ride. Because winds will remain at small craft advisory, I would say you would require an   "E" ticket to ride the ride. It will be what I refer to as an advanced class in "boat aerobics", defiantly not for beginners. As for actual catching going on, Tarpon in the Key West harbor will provide your best opportunity for getting hooked-up and standing up while fighting your fish tomorrow. Winds will most likely slow by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, but don't hold me to that. We will be on the reef tomorrow and if you would like an actual report from the reef, call us, on channel 78 VHF for the "Looney Tunes" or 1-906-984-4079for Capt. Carl Rees .  Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sat. 28 Mar 98

It was a bit of a surprise to have very strong current running toward the west, as we arrived on the reef this morning. With this quick westward water movement and lighter winds than were predicted, it was bumpy but tolerable. We had a good catch of snapper, missed one Cobia and returned to the dock by noon. If this rapid movement of water to the west continues, tomorrow will be very fishable on the reef, give it a try if you have good sea legs. A few boats found their limit of King Fish toward the end of the bar, just off the edge. While others spotted and landed a few Sailfish in the same area. The harbor also produced better than expected, with good to fair catches of Mangroves, Permit and Tarpon. Best bet for tomorrow will be, get out there and try it. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Mon. 30 Mar. 98

Continued activity on the reef. Snapper and Grouper, for those who have skill in that type of fishing, will find the reef most productive as we move toward the full moon. Though the water color on the reef is clear to very clear, you should a find west tide on most of the reef from "the Sambos" to " the end of the bar". King fish have been slow to none the last couple of days and I believe they are on the move back to the north. Tarpon and Permit fishing in the harbor continues improving, a few Cobia are also being caught while Tarpon fishing. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Tue. 31 Mar.98

Was a bit breezy from the southeast today. Harbor fishing for Tarpon and Permit, sharks, snapper and others providing plenty of action. King fishing reopens tomorrow for commercial harvest. We plan to make a rather long journey, 62 nautical miles one-way, and try our chance at filling the box with Kingfish. Weather conditions are predicted to improve over the next couple days, possibly even to 10kts by Thursday. Make your plans now. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Fri. 3 Apr. 98

Sorry that I have not given an update on fishing until today, but we've been very busy catching Kingfish. As I said in Tuesdays report, we planned on trying for Kingfish just off of the Dry Tortugas. Our first stop at "the rock pile" produced no kings and very little in marks on the depth recorder. Our next stop was to Polaski Light, hold on to your butts, cause they were as thick as Kingfish get. We  had our limit (1250lbs.) in under three hours. We went again yesterday and had the same hot bite, we left Oceanside Marina at 5:15 a.m. and returned by 2:00 p.m. This kind of fishing is obviously commercial harvesting, but we enjoyed the hell out the action. We use planners and drone spoons fashioned together uncomplicated, but efficient for our method of catching that many pounds in a short time. We will be dock side for a couple of days and will begin the week with snapper fishing. As for other fishy news, Tarpon are in full swing, one captain jumped thirty yesterday. Permit are also productive in the harbor along with the Tarpon, but not as much as Tarpon. Blue water fishing is slow, but look for the last two weeks of this month to become very active for Dolphin. The reef will have more and more activity on snapper as we are beginning the first phase of their spawn, sailfish will also start showing in better numbers as the month progresses. Wreck fishing has not been producing Cobia in the numbers that we usually see by this time of the year, but they continue to be very active for snapper and grouper. Best bet will be the reef and the harbor. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Mon. 6, Apr. 98

The weekend was as nice as you could ask for, severe clear sky's and light winds. Best of all fishing was great for those who chose the harbor for Tarpon and Permit, the reef for snapper and grouper or the gulf wrecks for snapper and Cobias. Trolling the blue water was slow, but a couple of more weeks will find it much improved. I do know a few dolphin were found off shore but very few. Our winds have pick up from the southeast, at 15-20 kts. so your best bet will be to look to the Key West Harbor for your day of fishing. Catching Tarpon is becoming increasingly easy as the water warms, and if you forget your lunch while on your Tarpon trip, several restaurants are accessible a mile or so from where we do most of our Tarpon fishing. Now is the time to book for your Tarpon trip if you haven't already. We had not planned of fishing on Sunday, but I agreed to take a couple out to the reef for snapper fishing. They caught their limit of snapper and called me yesterday to say their arms hurt from pulling all those fish. They also said that they cooked some of those yellowtail snapper, and that it was worth having those sore arms. Yesterdays trip was very similar, sore arms and plenty of fish. I had an e-mail asking about our weather this winter and what about Aprils weather. It has been a very rough winter, but April usually has a fair number of calm days and winds less in the 15-20kts. range and more in the 10-15kts. April, May, June is a great time to come to Key West as fishing is varied and productive, along with less windy days. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

 

Thur. 9 Apr. 98

The fishing and catching the last few days has been productive for those wishing to venture to the harbor for Tarpon or Permit, and to the north side for various bottom fish and snapper. Winds have remained brisk from the south-southeast keeping most close in. Have seen, as predicted , good to fair catches of muttons from the structured bottom and wrecks off of the reef on the south side. Snapper activity will continue to improve, and I would recommend the reef this weekend as winds will blow from the north west to north east for most of the weekend. We have been busy with boat and dock things and will be out on Sat. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees

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Tues. 14 Apr. 98

This is the first day that I've been well enough to sit at the computer. Briefly, we have never had flu with such staying power. I hope to be back to reporting by Thursday. Sorry for any inconvenience.  The Captain
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Sat. 18 Apr. 98

Well you can bet I've had enough of coughing, and all the bull that goes with being sick. The fishing as I hear it from the dock, is those guys are getting soft out there and are complaining it is to windy again. Wimps, get the flu for a week and you'll pray for rough water instead of being sick. A couple of the bigger boats are sliding offshore for the occasional Sailfish and Dolphin, I even heard of a few Blackfin tunas being caught. It has been a bit rough for most guides and their customers to be out on the reef, but Harbor fishing for Tarpon and Permit has kept their anglers interest with little trouble. Wreck fishing ?, there probably has been, but most of these guys are slow to give it up for the rest of us to hear. Anyway I 'am almost back to full capacity, with one of our biggest projects for the summer coming up. Live Muttons and Mangroves for brood stock for several research projects. Its the kind of challenge I find as an excellent diversion from the normal charter or commercial trip. We were able, last year, to set some new standards for how deep a fish could be pulled from, and have a high survival rate. Six out ten fish caught in 110ft. survived the entire breeding process. Might not sound impressive, until you try it. Thank for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Tues. 21 Apr. 98

What ever your choice of fish or fishing these last couple of days, should have been easy to fill. Every report that I have received was not huge on landings, but every species was represented, except for Blue Marlin. Water conditions on the south side have changed dramatically from the ever present greenish colors of winter, to the "Gin" clear blue of summer. We spent the last couple of days catching and landing some Muttons, Black and Gag grouper and a few Permit in the twenty pound class. Great fun to go along with the light winds.

 

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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 , 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 
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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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July 9, 98

Offshore continues to be poor in Dolphin catching, and it does not look like it will improve until next season. We have tried to be optimistic, thinking they would show late in the season. The problem is that we are getting closer to the end, which is usually marked by mid to late August, with a trickle of fish in September. Better fishing and catching is being found on the Reef and deep water wrecks, providing good catches of snapper (Mangroves, Yellowtails, Muttons, Amberjack s and Black grouper) for those willing to anchor or drift. Those chumming are having the best success, along with using live baits for on and off the reef. The Key West Harbor is producing good to excellent Tarpon fishing, with sporadic Permit activity. The gulf wrecks have plenty of Barracudas and good quantities of Permit, with fair activity on snapper. Best bet is obviously is the Harbor and the Reef/Wrecks on the south side. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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July 13, 98

Well this past weekend got a bit wet, so there was very few boats out. We made a trip on Friday and made an effort to bring back some live Muttons. Problem is that the surface water has become to warm for the fish to survive the transition from the cooler deep water. Well, we went again today and made a few changes that allowed us to bring back six healthy fish for our customer that came from South Carolina to collect Muttons for breeding stock. Plans are to do the same tomorrow, and later in the week we will be taking students to catch their own fish for instructional purposes in brood stock rearing. On other fishing fronts, the Key West Harbor continues to produce Tarpon and Permit activity, along with a few snapper, sharks (small) and sting rays. Offshore continues to be bleak, except for a few Wahoo being caught. The reef and wrecks on the south side are still producing fair catches of Yellowtails, Muttons, Amberjack s and the occasional grouper, and don't forget the ever present Barracudas. No reports from the Gulf wrecks. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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July 17, 98

Our wind has increased to 10-15 kts., which is a pleasant relief from the calm days early in the week. Key West Harbor keeps producing fair to good action on Tarpon and Permit, with a few other species (snapper,small grouper and sharks) to keep variety in your day while fishing their. Offshore is producing a few large Dolphin, and should allow this weekends Dolphindaze Tournament to see some very good fish landed. Wahoo are also out there, but most are small compared to our winter fish. Reef fishing continues to be productive, with fair to good catches of snapper and good numbers of Barracudas to spice up the action. Sharks have been a bit of a problem on the reef, as they have been doing a good job of eating a fair portion of our fish before we can get them to the boat. We will be looking to give those sharks a hard time on tomorrows trip. Best bet, the Harbor and offshore for the Dolphin Tournament. P.S. Keep a sharp eye open for those frigate birds, they have been on the big fish lately. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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July 25, 98

As we reach our slow season for charters, keep in mind that it is not slow fishing. Good action continues on the Gulf wrecks for Permit, snapper and Barracudas, while the Key West Harbor will continue to provide fair to good Tarpon and Permit activity. On the south side Dolphin continues to be sporadic, though most fish landed are in the 15-30lb. range, there is still fewer than we should see at this time of year, a problem that has persisted all summer. Deep water wrecks and structure are providing good action on Mutton snapper along with the occasional grouper and Amberjack . The reef has had excellent action on Yellowtails and Mangrove snapper, with plenty of Barracudas to spice up the action. This past week we completed most of our brood stock harvesting for 1998. We had eleven students that we took out over three days to catch Muttons, Yellowtails and Mangroves for there class studies. We did have a slightly higher death rate on the fish caught, as a good portion of the fish were gut hooked. It is very important to try to lip hook the fish, though that is not always possible. A good time was had by all and we look forward to seeing some of them back for next years harvest time. If you are interested in classes at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, contact them at 1-800-333-4264 for more information.  Or Daniel D. Benetti, Ph.D. at 1-800-333-4264 ext.305 about fin fish aquaculture. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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July 29, 98

Lobster - lobster -lobster, bug hunters are out in force today as the first day of lobster mini season gets started. We will make our trip for those tasty crustaceans later today, but it looks like most bug hunters are doing their limit (six per person) with ease. On other fishing fronts, the reef has become somewhat unproductive the last couple of days, water color has turned an ugly green. Tide or current  conditions look good (westerly movement), but from mid water to bottom the water is moving the opposite direction, making the fishing difficult with that poor water color. Again the offshore report is poor, as it has been most of the summer, we believe the poor action offshore is due to the effects of El nino from early in the year. Most boats are concentrating their efforts closer to the reef, looking for the Barracudas, Wahoos, Bonitos and Tunas (Blackfins). No reports from Gulf wrecks, however you should find Permits still active out on the wrecks. Key West Harbor continues producing fair to good action on Tarpon and Permit. Best bet, go hunt some bugs (lobster) for dinner, then give the Harbor a shot in the afternoon. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Aug. 2, 98

Just a few days till lobster season begins, Aug. 6 to be more precise. Dolphin fishing continues  to be sporadic, though there are some very nice fish in the twenty to thirty pound range being caught. Reef action has pick back up as water clarity did improve from early in the week. Good to excellent catches of snapper are being brought in by the better reef fisherman. Deep water wrecks have slowed, even though we had a good day yesterday with Black grouper up to 25lb., Gag grouper to 35lb., King fish to 40lb.and   Amberjack s to 45lb. The Kingfish were a bit unusual for this time of the year, but that's fishing. That particular trip was made to areas that we do not make trips to often, mostly  because of the distance involved, more than 40 nautical miles one way. Not much to report on gulf wrecks and the harbor as we have been busy with other activities involving lobster. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesThe Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Aug. 8, 98

Well, it has been a bit to long since my last report was put up. Sorry about that, but we have been spending very long days fishing thirty to forty miles west of Key West. Mostly in search of Amberjack s and Grouper (Blacks and Gags). And it has been quite productive, with six to twelve Amberjack s and four to eight Grouper per day. Most of the fish are weighing in at 20-50lbs. Good photos of the customers catching these fish will appear on the Photo page by Wed. of this coming week. Stop by and check them out. I think you might want to put yourself in their shoes. On other fish news, most other guides are still putting efforts into Dolphin fishing and the results are mixed. Some are finding a few good catches, while most are finding the day slow, with only a few schoolies for their time. The biggest thing going on is simply, LOBSTER. Many out of town boats are here to enjoy the fun of diving up the tasty critters and most are doing very well. We will be making a snapper/grouper trip tomorrow with local customers. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Aug.14, 98

Well for those of you who were looking for those fish photos for last week, technology is a great thing until something breaks. The scanner is giving me problems but should be fixed soon. Only made one trip this past week, another one of those long runs to the west for a few grouper and other bottom fish. The catch for the day was going along very well until a jig I was tying on slipped in my hand, only to drive through my thumb. Fortunately the barb passed through so it was a matter of cutting the shank off to be able to pull it back through. But before that accident happened we had great action. We landed two Gag grouper over thirty, one Black grouper that weighed in at fifty-two and six other grouper in the teens to twenties and one twenty pound Mutton. Not a bad day except for the hook in the hand. We will be running in the Gulf tomorrow for Permit on the wrecks and though they are past their spawn we should do fine as they continue to be active though a bit more picky. Offshore is running normal for this time of year with mostly big Dolphin and few in numbers. Tarpon in the Harbor is slowing, but is still very productive. The reef, for YellowTail and Mangroves is very good with plenty of action for anyone in pursuit of snapper. Best bet is the reef. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Aug. 25, 98

We are continuing to have good catches of Yellowtail snapper from the reef. Barracudas and sharks are providing plenty of additional activity while anchored on the reef. Though most of the Yellowtail snapper are ranging 1-2 lbs., we have had managed to keep our customers on fish ranging from 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 lbs. If you have never experienced "Yellowtailing", I recommend you give it a try. You will find it very entertaining and will provide more bites and fish than many of the other types of fishing available in the Keys. Yellowtail are a unique fish to south Florida fishing. Click here if you would like to see more information on Yellowtail snapper and other snapper. I'm  wrapping it up right here as we are leaving this week for some vacation time and will resume fishing reports around the seventh of September. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sept. 9, 98

Well, it has taken a few days to get back into the swing of things. But having spent a few days in the mountains with very little water to look at or fishing to do, I feel it was a refreshing way for a full time fisherman to get away. Since our return, we have made two trips to the south side to catch snapper and do a little deep water wreck fishing. The first trip produced the bag limit of Yellowtails, with lots of activity by sharks and Barracudas. We moved on to one of our popular deep wrecks, where we caught several Amberjack s weighing up to 45 lbs. and five 8-12 lb. Muttons. Not to bad a day. Today's trip was not so good as we had an electronics failure that prevented us from pursuing Amberjack s, which was today's request. Since this occurred as we approached the reef, I informed the customer that there would be no charge for the trip. I do not feel those types of problems are the customers and they should not have to pay for a trip that is not complete because some equipment failed. As it was, I did go ahead and anchor on an area that I can find without GPS/Loran, and we caught the limit of Yellowtail before we headed back in. The electronics (Raytheon-398) is receiving a software update that the manufacture says has a glitch. On other fishing fronts, only thing I've seen is that most trolling boats are spending their time close to the reef line. Which is a good indication that offshore is very slow. Best bet for now would be to work the reef and the wrecks on the south side. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sept. 13, 98

Action on the reef continues to be the best show on the water. Three trips this week have produced fair to excellent catches of snapper (Yellowtail) with plenty of Barracuda and shark activity. The deep wrecks (150-250 ft.) on the south side are producing lots of bites from Amberjack s and Muttons , the problem is that there are to many sharks and they are eating almost every fish that we hook up. In the same depth as those deep water wrecks, trolling has been fairly productive for Wahoos and a few Kingfish. Wind and seas for the last few days have been a bit rough, as they are blowing in from the southeast at 15 Kts. or slightly higher. The plus for the reef is that the current is moving to the west rather quickly, helping to smooth out the sea conditions. Best bet for the next few days will continue to be the reef. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sept.18, 98

Though it has been blowing 15-20 kts. since Wednesday, we have gotten out each day for snapper fishing on the reef. Most of the Yellowtail have been weighing in at 1 to 2 pounds with a few larger. Our catches are averaging about 300lbs. for a 7 to 1 o'clock trip. Today was the toughest so far this week as winds were blowing in from 190 degThe Capt. Carl Rees, giving a in the trough angle to fish from, not really very comfortable, but ok for a half day of fishing. We expect to do similar tomorrow, as I believe current conditions will remain running towards the west. Only a few other boats have been out on the south side, mostly fishing for Bonitos and Barracudas with a few Blackfin Tunas showing up to add to the action. If it's catching and action your looking for this weekend, best bet will be to ease out to the reef. Winds are predicted to still be in the 15kt range, so take your time going out. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sept 26, 98

This is the first fishing report that I have written since hurricane Georges blew by. Being the day after of Georges passing, I can tell you that when we are able to get out, we will be chasing after snapper and grouper, which will be excellent due to the storm. I stayed in Key West during the storm and we have a huge amount of tree and vegetation damage with a large amount of minor to major damage to many businesses and homes. Power and phones are out for most of the lower keys and hopefully will be restored by the beginning of the week. Here at Oceanside Marina, where our two boats are located, things are in fair shape. Lots of debris from wind (which reached gusts over 90 kts. here) and water (which was about 4-5 ft. over our high tide) covers much of the marina and surrounding streets. Only two boats broke lines during the storm and they were recovered before all their lines broke. The dry storage barn survived only minor damage and there was no damage to boats inside. Our 45ft. boat faired well with no damage to the outside or inside, I feel a bit lucky to have had no water intrusion in the boat, many did. To sum this up. We were lucky, very lucky. I expect to get out on the water around Tuesday or Wednesday and look forward to giving you a good fishing report. Thanks for stopping by, The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Sept. 29, 98

As predicted, the fishing was super today. Today was the first day out since Hurricane Georges left us without power, phones, drinkable water and in some cases, homes that are uninhabitable. We do expect to maybe have power by Thursday. Our target fish today was Yellowtail snapper, and boy it don't get any better than the 2-5 lb. fish we caught until   all the ice was gone. We got started around 7:00 a.m. and ended up with 400lbs. of those big snapper by 11:00 a.m. Plans are to do the same tomorrow as it looks like the water will remain the white green found out to 250ft. of depth. Key West is recovering very quickly, so make those fishing plans soon. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Oct. 3, 98

Things and people at Oceanside Marina are getting back to normal as power returned yesterday. We continue to have great catches of Yellowtail snapper from the reef as the water remains very filthy from the high winds of Hurricane Georges last week. A few other guides have gotten out and one said the Flats are in poor shape, water is very dirty and they spotted few fish. Two others ventured off shore and found that this dirty water extends to over 800 ft. of depth. Once they found cleaner water they reported fair activity on Dolphin near or on the color change. One even decided to check out the Gulf side wrecks and reported that the water he saw could not get any dirtier, he turned around before going beyond the end of the northwest channel. The hardest hit in the Keys will be the Lobster fisherman when all is said and done. A large portion of them have lost many of their traps and on top of a poor season, they will certainly need help from the state and federal level. If you're looking to come to the Key West area, local officials are saying the Keys will be open to tourism Oct. 9 or before, depending on all electric being restored. I personally believe it will be a few days sooner than the 9th. Best bet for fishing Key West, snapper on the reef. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Oct. 8, 98

Lets face it, we are having some of the best snapper fishing you can imagine. Just about everyone is catching what they want in any size they like. If you can get it together and get out there this weekend, do it!  It looks like the weather is going to be great this weekend and with the lift of the tourist ban after the storm, we are looking forward to getting visitors out for a great day of fishing. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Oct. 17, 98

We finally have slowed to a normal bite on Yellowtail snapper. It continues to be productive, but not with the ease that the dirty water conditions hurricane Georges stirred. Wreck fishing in deeper water is still happening with a least one or more bites per drift, with hookups on Kingfish, Amberjack , Grouper or Mutton snapper. We have had rather extreme fishing since Georges passed through, and we have been busy enough to be somewhat lax on the fishing report and I apologize. As for other fishing, flats, harbor and the gulf, all have been slow, with the flats showing strongest  reports of fair Tarpon action in and around the Marquesas. Weather conditions have been wonderful and daytime temperatures are much improved, fall for Key West is upon us. While we do have windy conditions (20kts) today, it is not that bad since it is from the northeast. Northeast winds are somewhat over the land and does not allow for seas to build very high. Best bet is still the reef and wrecks to the south. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Oct. 23, 98

It looks like this weekend is a wash out as winds will be more than twenty knots. The last couple of days have been fair for the reef as their has been very little current. The lack of current did give good results for the deep water wrecks, producing fair to excellent catches of Mutton snapper with a few Amberjack s in between Mutton attacks. Signs of winter fishing coming continue, as a few King fish, Blackfin tunas and Sailfish are being reported caught in the areas from American shoals to the end of the Bar. Mostly along the color change that is ranging from the reef to past 300 ft. We are experiencing our first cold front today for the the fall season and I expect water color will be continued dirty through next week and this again will give ideal conditions for snapper fishing to continue in the good to excellent range. Best bet is to stick with the reef and the deep wrecks. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Oct. 29, 98

It will be a busy weekend for Key West as Fantasy Fest (similar to MardiGras in New Orleans) takes place on the streets of old town. With all those people coming for the rather bazaar Halloween event, we have some of those trick or treaters who want to catch fish instead of tricks. So our plan for Halloween is to pursue Blackfin tunas that have started showing in fair numbers this week and then on to the reef, which is still very active with Yellowtail snapper, Barracudas and Sharks. Spanish and Cero mackerel are also showing up in fair numbers and should steadily improve over the next month. Over the deep wrecks, Mutton snapper are still biting, but not as good as early in the week. Sailfish are showing up in spotty numbers with the brisk winds we have had over the last few days and a few have been hooked while pursuing Blackfin tunas. Best bet will be the reef and in the 200-300ft. range for Sailfish and Tunas. Thanks for stopping by The Capt. Carl ReesE-mail
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Nov, 5, 98

Believe it or not, we did get out yesterday morning. Winds were only 10-15 kts. until 10:30. Then things got much worse as rain and stronger winds (20-25 kts.) let us know it was time to go. We did very well on Yellowtail snapper and had no time to pursue anything else. Most of the fish chasing has centered around Blackfin tunas since Monday and with tropical storm Mitch passing through last night and today, most likely water conditions will become very dirty again and we will have to evaluate what's  biting after the winds subside. That will be tomorrow, even then, seas will have a lot of swell action left for the next few days. It is a good guess we will see an increase in reef activity again, as was the case after Hurricane George's passing. The other action will be mostly around the deep water wrecks and structured bottom in 125 ft. to 200 ft. for Amberjack s, Mutton snapper, grouper, a few Kingfish and Barracudas. An interesting note is several excellent catches of Red grouper were brought in to Oceanside marina from the Dry Tortugas area earlier this week. More signs of George's effect on fishing. No best bet until we see how conditions are after winds subside. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees E-mail
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Nov. 12, 98

The rather windy weather we've had the last few days has kept most people off the waters. But like every place you can go fishing, some of us just can't resist. We made it out every day since Sunday and though we took a bit of a beating, we caught very well. The Yellowtail snapper continued snapping up until today, when currents changed  toward the east. That makes fishing in 15-20 kt. east winds with tide into the wind almost impossible. While we concentrated our efforts on the reef, a few other's are finding fair activity trolling outside the reef line on the color change that ranges from the reef to as deep as 300 ft. Blackfin tunas, Sailfish and a few Dolphin are being caught along the change. Because winds are predicted to continue rather brisk for a few more days, your best bet is check here for what's biting and check the wind forecast for how much your fun meter can handle.
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Nov. 16, 98

Winds fell well short of the predictions by weather forecasters for the weekend. Winds are barely over ten knots and Saturday, Sunday and today have turned out beautifully.  Water conditions continue to be the biggest obstacle (or excuse) for most guides and anglers for not catching very well. Sailfishing and tuna action was excellent last week, but has slowed to a crawl and most are sure the water conditions (green to white green) are the problem. The best action for the money has still been for those working the deep water wrecks and the reef. Good catches of Mutton snapper and Yellowtail snapper mixed with a few Kingfish, Amberjack s and grouper have continued to be normal for anglers working the reef and the wrecks. Best bet for the week, obviously the reef and wrecks. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Nov. 19, 98

Catching has been very good the last few days with the exception of trolling, which has been a bit slow. There are a few guides slipping up to some of the gulf wrecks and have returned with excellent catches of Mangrove snapper and some very large King fish. Some of those Kings were weighing in above 35 lbs. Cobia around the wrecks is still sporadic but rumor has it that good numbers are showing up closer in on the gulf side. Fair catches of Yellowtail snapper on the reef continue and a number of King fish being caught while snapper fishing. No trip today, but we did venture west yesterday and had a very good catch of Amberjack s and grouper, with pictures that will be up in a couple of days on the photo's page. Best bet, check out some of your gulf side spots and hit the reef for some snapper and King fish.   p.s. The King fish are still in scattered numbers, but where you find the snapper, you'll probably be able to live bait a few King's. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Nov. 30, 98

Yea, I know I have missed placing the latest fishing info. for a few days. But we did take a few days off for Thanksgiving and I am sure you can appreciate how all that food can slow you down. We did get out this weekend though and had our limit of snapper (mostly Yellowtail) on Sat. morning for a half-day. On Sunday our full day trip was to catch Mutton snapper. It worked out well as we brought home five muttons weighing in from 12 lbs. to 18.5 lbs. and Three black fin tunas averaging 20-25 lbs. We had a good many other fish on, Amberjack s and Barracudas, which made for a very active day of fishing. All the fish were caught in and over deep water structure using 20lb. spin tackle. On other fishing fronts, the reef and deep water are currently the most active, though we did have a minor run of Kingfish on the north side/gulf early last week. Kings and Tunas with a few Sailfish are and will be your best bet until we get a change of our tide moving toward the east, which we are over due for and I suspect will happen in the next two weeks. When we get that tide change, look to have a flurry of Wahoo's show up at the "end of the bar". A SPECIAL catch of note arrived at Oceanside Marina yesterday for weighing. A 30.4 lb. Mutton snapper caught by Richard Casey aboard the fishing vessel "Fish Finder". This will be a tentative New world/all tackle record until approve by the IGFA, which at this time will best the previous record by more than a pound and a half. Angler Richard Casey was  very excited about his catch and Capt. Carl ReesDon Zechman congratulates Richard on his fine catch in some of the photos taken at the weighing that you can see by clicking HERE or going to the photos page and clicking on Richard Casey's name. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Dec. 6, 98

Blackfin tuna, King fish, Sailfish, Amberjack s, Mutton and Yellowtail snapper are what mother nature has been serving up to anglers all week. Black fins have been very dominate over the deep water structures and wrecks with a few King fish snapping in those same areas. Live bait has generated more fish than the trolling of ballyhoo but if you can't get the livees, the hoo's are producing fish. Most sailfish activity has centered around the bar area, from eastern dry rocks to the end of the bar in 150 to 200 foot of water. If your looking for some yellowtail snapper, the sambos, both east and west has had good activity. We had a productive week with some of everything from above except sailfish. We did cut a few trips short this week due to a few guys getting sea sick and I am planning to put up a tip sheet up for people that may get queasy or actually sick, that they can follow that will help them get a fun day of fishing and catching in without fear of getting sea sick. Look for the sheet to be up within a couple of weeks with a link to it on this page in the links below. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Dec. 14, 98

We have been out of town for the past few days before the Holiday fishing rush begins and I have only a sketchy fishing report for you. Blackfin tunas are still popping up along with a few Sailfish. Mutton snapper, Amberjack s and Kingfish are providing good to excellent action for anglers over the deep water structure and wrecks. On the reef fishing, I was unable to get any up to date information. We have an approaching cold front that will pass through tonight, bringing strong north west winds. (20-25 kts.) Winds will last at least into Tuesday. This front is bound to stir up things on the fishing front, but I do not have a prediction for just what. Check later in the week for what does happen. For what you should look for as we come closer to the beginning of January,   Kingfish will become more active over the reef along with Cero mackerel, Spanish mackerel and big Yellowtail snapper. Sailfish and Wahoo will have a stronger showing in the 120-200 ft. depth outside the reef line, though you should expect sporadic activity as the fish are highly mobile. Over the deep water wrecks and structure, expect to see bigger and bigger Amberjack 's (25-60lb.) Best bet will be to let this front slide through and give the south side your attention as that is where we will have our first shot at seeing how the winds affected our fishing. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Dec. 18, 98

The fishing has been very good for Black fin tunas for most of the week though it did slow the last two days. Saifish are still being found on a sporadic bases while Kingfish are showing up in steadily greater numbers. Most of the activity has remained in the western dry rocks area, and toward the end of the bar. The reef is active for Yellowtail snapper, small kings and Mackerel with most of the reef having a west bound current. Because winds have been rather brisk out of the north west and north, there has been no one fishing on the gulf side that I know, thus no reports from there. Best bet will be still on the deep water wrecks and structures, keep an eye the reef areas, if you see a lot of boats trolling close together, check it out, you will probably find they are catching fairly quick on Kingfish. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Dec. 25, 98

With most anglers preparing for the Holidays, it has been somewhat quiet this week out on the water. The most interesting fishing and catching news would have to be that several large catches (up to 1000 lbs.) of Kingfish were landed here at Oceanside Marina. While that is certainly a commercial catch, it indicates what we can expect from our fishing next month. These catches of Kings were made to our north around some of the farther out Gulf wrecks and we can expect most of the "Kings" to move to the south side within the first month of 1999. Next month marks the third annual King fish tournaments, ( there are two) the Oceanside King fish Extravaganza and the SKA open division King fish tournament. They both are great fun with everyone catching plenty of fish, you should drop me a line if you need information on getting an entry form or booking a boat. The general catching for us this past week included Amberjack s up to forty pounds, Kingfish to 20 and plenty of snapper in the 2-3 pound range. While we did not pursue any tunas or sailfish, there was limited activity on both, with a few Wahoo and Cobia also being caught. We still have not had a good run on the Wahoo thus far, but I still expect a run in the next couple of weeks. Best bet will be to still concentrate your activities on the south side this coming week, but if the winds swing more southerly, check out your favorite gulf spots for Cobia and Kingfish that are showing in fair numbers. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl Reesand a Happy Holiday to all !!
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Dec. 29, 98

We hope you have had a grand Christmas and that your New Years Eve plans are safe and exciting. On the fishing front, landings of Blackfin Tuna, Kingfish, Muttons and Cobia have been fair to good, with most anglers finding ample action for their efforts. With winds very light the last few days and very little water movement in the deep water, take time to check out your favorite deep spots, action in the deep continues to good. Places that we see Kingfish frequent each year as they make there annual migration into the Keys waters are showing more and more activity. If you like plenty of line screaming off your reels, I am sure you're pleased to hear that news. The gulf is also showing improved activity, with Kingfish and Cobias being caught over most of the wrecks to our north. Very little activity on Sailfish the past three days, we need for the current to get moving for better action on them. A cold front is expected to pass through tonight, but is forecast to bring only 15 kt. winds for tomorrow with winds dropping off slightly and swinging to the northeast by late tomorrow night. Best bet will be to catch your favorite live bait and try the reef line for some of the bigger Kingfish that are showing. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees Book a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 2, 99

Happy New Year to anglers everywhere !! This past week marks the 1 year anniversary for my fishing report and I would like to thank everyone that has followed my watery ramblings. This last week did have more marks than my own, with fair to good catches of Cero and King Mackerel being reported by captains both here at Oceanside Marina and at Garrison Bight. Most of that activity was reported while anchored or trolling. Heaviest Kingfish activity was in the Eastern Dry Rocks area with moderate action at the "end of the Bar". Blackfin tuna were very active earlier in the week and becoming spotty by mid week. The Sailfishing continues to be slow and be prepared to put your hours in if that is what your heart is set on catching. If you are lucky and get one early in the day, I suggest you look to pursuing other fish while hoping you get lucky again. The south side deep water structures and wrecks continue to be productive this past week with fair catches of Mutton snapper, Groupers, and a few Blackfin tuna and Amberjack s. Captains who ventured into the Gulf this past week had only fair results on Cobia, while a few captains had excellent catches of Kingfish on some of the wrecks located twenty-five to thirty miles to our north. A special catch of note this week was a Mutton snapper caught by Kyle Littleton of Ft. Meyers. Kyle landed his Mutton on 12 lb. spin tackle and it weighed in at 19 lbs.12 oz. Kyle is twelve years old and while it will be pending approval by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), his excellent catch is a tentative New World record for a Junior angler. Great job Kyle! Best bet for this coming week, concentrate efforts on the south side for King and Cero mackerel. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 7, 99

Windy weather has been the main factor affecting fishing the last few days, keeping most anglers either at the dock or close to shore. Another change that will have an effect over the next few days is that the current (water movement) has started moving eastward, beginning at the ships channel running past he end of the bar, water movement has been reported moving quite fast toward the east. With this weekends Kingfish tournament, the sudden change in water direction will affect areas we have been catching King fish, making a bit of a challenge to tournament anglers to find where the fish have moved to. Fair activity on King fish was taking place near or on the following locations, Eastern dry rocks, Western dry rocks and at the "end of the bar". I spent the last couple of days taking care of tackle and catching bait for this weekend. The anglers I have for the tournament are very excited about some information I received about some very large Kings (over fifty lbs.) caught by a commercial boat last weekend while snapper fishing. We are hoping a few of those big fish will continue to hang there for us, so Saturday starts out with a bang. Best bet, if it's a bit rough this weekend, check your charts for some of the shallow water areas on the reef and fish the side that is calmed by that shallow water. A good number of big Kings and good size mackerel have been caught in the shallow around these areas. I know of two fish caught around eastern in thirty foot of water that weighed in at over forty. Good luck this weekend and thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 11, 99

King fish were the fish of choice this weekend as the third annual Oceanside Marina King fish extravaganza tournament was completed. We (anglers; Bud Brewer, Doug Douglas, Dr. Ed Steinmetz and myself ) completed the tournament in third place. Dr. Ed seemed to have the touch as he hooked and landed both of the largest fish for each day of fishing. His first fish weighed in at 35.7 lbs. and on the second day his first bait in the water was gobbled up by a 39.6 lb. King fish. We all had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again next year. If any of you out there are planning to fish the SKA King fish tournament, I am sure you will be interested to know that once again most of the bigger Kings were located in the western dry rocks and end of the bar area. The largest fish landed for the tournament was 45.5 lbs. This report will be short today as I have a lot to do for trips starting mid week and will get a more detailed report up Tuesday evening. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 13, 99

King fish or King fish, take your pick. Large or small, there is fair to excellent activity on both. Though it has been a bit windy, if you can handle moderate seas you will have plenty of action on King's. We did a morning trip yesterday for some jigging on King fish and came home with 400 lbs. for our efforts. We even had one that was twenty-five pounds on jig. Reports of a few Blackfin tuna popping up at the "end of the bar" and Wahoo were also on the list of fish being caught. We have a very fast tide running toward the east (it is actually the gulf stream current) and we can expect the Wahoo's to increase in numbers around the "end of the bar" area.  Reports of Sailfish hook-ups has increased also, with the quick current to the east, we can expect even more sailfish activity. No reports from the gulf because of the brisk northeast wind. Our wind is switching more southerly and expect catches of Cobia's off of the gulf wrecks. Best bet, try some jigging for King's if you have never done it, you will find it great fun. Try using 8 or 12 lb. spin tackle for a lot line screaming excitement. I recommend 3/4 oz. white upperman jigs for the light line and 1 oz. to 1-1/2 oz. for 15-20 lb. line. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 18, 99

Great activity on Blackfin tunas near and around the "end of the bar". We are finally seeing a fair number of Wahoo in the same area. We had a nice Wahoo eat our kite bait that I would estimate at 30-40 lbs., unfortunately we had two tunas on at the time and the Wahoo was able to strip all the line from one of the reels that the guys from Abu Garcia brought along. They are testing  their new reels for spring introduction. The reels are designed for 8-12 test and worked just fine, except you would need a lot more line than the reels can hold for a fish of that size, if you can't give chase. A few Sailfish were caught and released today and with the light breeze from the south, even a few Dolphin were caught. That south breeze has produced some very clear water conditions the last few days and has slowed the Kingfish bite on the reef line to a crawl. If you are willing to make a 30 mile run up to some of the gulf wrecks, the smaller King's are biting very well. The south side deep water wrecks are still quite active, but with a rather quick east bound tide, fishing them is a bit of a challenge. Best bet, gather up some live baits and take a trip to "the end of the bar" and catch some fresh tuna for yourself. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 20, 99
The following is not my usual "general fishing" report, covering the what's being caught. I hope you don't mind.

This a bit of a continuation of the last report. We ( Dave, John, Bob from Abu Garcia and myself) returned to "the end of the bar" on Monday to complete their tackle testing trip. We started out catching "Speedo's" (a member of the mackerel family) with rigs set up on their rods and reels. While they caught about two doz. of these very lively baits, I rigged wires for slow trolling Wahoo. While I do not easily give praise away for tackle that cannot meet the demands of saltwater fishing, and they admitted the tackle was designed primarily for light saltwater and freshwater, they can be proud of these facts. One, the drags remained smooth through the tests, two, the reels had no parts that loosened or failed, three, the rods suffered no snapping or popping sounds, breakage or any other failure. My only complaint about the reels, was insufficient line capacity. After rerigging the rods with the wire rigs for slow trolling we headed offshore a short distance, placed two live baits out and had our first hook-up on a Wahoo within twenty min. Our first fish was lost in a trap rope and the second hook-up was lost on a near by anchor rope. I get to blame bad luck on the loss of those two fish. Then things got worse, we got a double hook-up. I saw both baits get eaten by what looked like a fish in the 40lb. range and the other fish looked in the 25-30 lb. range. This is normally not a big deal, but you already know we are short on line capacity, with a little luck we managed to boat the smaller fish while keeping Dave lingering with only ten percent of his line on the reel. Moving out quickly to retrieve Dave's line, it became apparent he (his fish) was entangled in a trap rope. After using a heavy jig to snag the trap rope that was pulled deep by the current, we pulled rope and up came Dave's fish that was 40 lbs. less 15lbs. or so to the Hammer head shark that was acting a bit confused that his meal was moving to the surface, though he lacked a tail. O.K.!! We're up to 1 and 1/2 fish. After an intermission to rig again. We only spent a short time before Bob's turn at the rods attracted another fish that only lasted a  short run before what looked like a kink in the wire, caused the wire to fail.....but.... while John was retrieving the other rod so Bob could fight his fish, he engaged a fish that he said "it was a little one, I saw it". The fish did not pull much line, so I started to rig Bob's line again and just as I did, Bob say's he's being spooled. A quick chase forward turned into a a full reverse as this "small fish" did a 180 that almost spooled again. Now John spent the better part of an hour and half playing give and take with the small guy on the other end of the rod before John finally won the game, with what had become a big laugh with Dave Bob and I at what John refers to as "small". The small Wahoo weighed in at 55.8 lbs. caught on a rod that was definitely "small". Hope you enjoyed the story. Next time, will be the fishing report as usual. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesThe following is for fisherman that will be fishing the SKA Kingfish Tournament
Hello Fisherman, We ( I am employing the services of two commercial fishing friends) are going to offer live blue runners to a limited number of boats fishing from Oceanside Marina. If you are interested in saving time, by not chasing the bait of choice (Blue Runners) for the SKA Kingfish tour. Then call 906-984-4079 or e-mail kwmacroot@aol.com We will accept orders for bait only through Thursday 1/28 after that, you are on your own. The rate is $50 per doz. and the bait will be available to you at anytime that you wish to pick it up. Thanks in advance, Capt. Carl Rees....C/V "Lonney Tunes"
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Jan. 24, 99

Windy conditions are at the top of the fishing agenda at this time. With winds steady from the south on Saturday at 20-25 kts.
and a quick swing over night to the North West at 20 kts., fishing action has not been plentiful the last two days, obviously due to the winds. However, this is just the change we need to bring on an increase in Kingfish activity, which had almost come to a complete stop. Though we did not get out today, I did receive a report from one Capt. Carl Reeswho did fish the "end of the bar" area and said water color was becoming dirty green and extended past 300 ft. of depth. That is a big plus for our Kingfishing, compared to the clear blue we have experienced for better than the last ten days. Though the past week provided some very good action on Sailfish (off of the Sambos area) and excellent Blackfin and Wahoo action at "the end of the bar" I suspect the water color we will have after this blow will require some hunting for fishing action for the next few days of this coming week. Best bet, start checking the reef line for snapper and King fish activity With the green water that has been reported, they should become very active. I would like to thank all the guys that called on the offer on live bait for the upcoming SKA kingfish tournament and let you know that those of you who called as of Sunday night, the baits are secured and in the pen. One exception is the boat that requested the two dozen snapper, those will be secured by Tuesday. Again, thank you all and hope all of you have a safe trip down to Key West. Last note, we still can accommodate request for more baits. So here is the ad (below) I placed for live baits, give us a call if we can help you out. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees. The following is for fisherman that will be fishing the SKA Kingfish Tournament
Hello Fisherman, We ( I am employing the services of two commercial fishing friends) are going to offer live blue runners to a limited number of boats fishing from Oceanside Marina. If you are interested in saving time, by not chasing the bait of choice (Blue Runners) for the SKA Kingfish tour. Then call 906-984-4079 or e-mail kwmacroot@aol.com We will accept orders for bait only through Thursday 1/28 after that, you are on your own. The rate is $50 per doz. and the bait will be available to you at anytime that you wish to pick it up. Thanks in advance, Capt. Carl Rees....C/V "Lonney Tunes"
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Feb. 1, 99

Tournament fishing was big news as the third annual SKA Kingfish tournament took place this weekend. Top honors went to "Second Generation" Captained by Robbie Delph with angler Alex Gonzales, they caught a 65 lb. Kingfish to have a solid first place fish. We (Ed Steinmetz, Bud Brewer, Doug Douglas and myself fished the "Looney Tunes" and though we had a very tough first day, we did boat eight fish on the second day that averaged over 25 lbs. Doug caught the biggest fish that weighed in at 35 lb. which put us just out of the money but still in the top twenty. While we did pull hooks on several fish close to the boat, only one looked to be in the 40 lb. range, oh well, that's fishing. While there are plenty of Kings to be caught right now, other fish, such as Wahoo, Mutton snapper, Amberjack s and Sailfish are also providing good action for anglers in Key West. The gulf wrecks are starting to have better activity on Cobia and a few Kings, and with the southeast winds we have had, it is a bit calmer out to the north if you would like a gentler day of fishing. Best bet, King fish along the reef line and Cobias in the gulf. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesP.S. Thanks to everyone who requested bait from us for the tournament. Apologies to those we could not provide for. We were a bit surprised at the amount of walk up request for baits and we will do a better job of filling those request next year. Thank you again from, Capt. Carl Rees, Capt. Carl ReesLogan and Katie (my wife).
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Jan. 18, 99

Great activity on Blackfin tunas near and around the "end of the bar". We are finally seeing a fair number of Wahoo in the same area. We had a nice Wahoo eat our kite bait that I would estimate at 30-40 lbs., unfortunately we had two tunas on at the time and the Wahoo was able to strip all the line from one of the reels that the guys from Abu Garcia brought along. They are testing  their new reels for spring introduction. The reels are designed for 8-12 test and worked just fine, except you would need a lot more line than the reels can hold for a fish of that size, if you can't give chase. A few Sailfish were caught and released today and with the light breeze from the south, even a few Dolphin were caught. That south breeze has produced some very clear water conditions the last few days and has slowed the Kingfish bite on the reef line to a crawl. If you are willing to make a 30 mile run up to some of the gulf wrecks, the smaller King's are biting very well. The south side deep water wrecks are still quite active, but with a rather quick east bound tide, fishing them is a bit of a challenge. Best bet, gather up some live baits and take a trip to "the end of the bar" and catch some fresh tuna for yourself. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Jan. 24, 99

Windy conditions are at the top of the fishing agenda at this time. With winds steady from the south on Saturday at 20-25 kts.
and a quick swing over night to the North West at 20 kts., fishing action has not been plentiful the last two days, obviously due to the winds. However, this is just the change we need to bring on an increase in Kingfish activity, which had almost come to a complete stop. Though we did not get out today, I did receive a report from one Capt. Carl Reeswho did fish the "end of the bar" area and said water color was becoming dirty green and extended past 300 ft. of depth. That is a big plus for our Kingfishing, compared to the clear blue we have experienced for better than the last ten days. Though the past week provided some very good action on Sailfish (off of the Sambos area) and excellent Blackfin and Wahoo action at "the end of the bar" I suspect the water color we will have after this blow will require some hunting for fishing action for the next few days of this coming week. Best bet, start checking the reef line for snapper and King fish activity With the green water that has been reported, they should become very active. I would like to thank all the guys that called on the offer on live bait for the upcoming SKA kingfish tournament and let you know that those of you who called as of Sunday night, the baits are secured and in the pen. One exception is the boat that requested the two dozen snapper, those will be secured by Tuesday. Again, thank you all and hope all of you have a safe trip down to Key West. Last note, we still can accommodate request for more baits. So here is the ad (below) I placed for live baits, give us a call if we can help you out. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl Rees. The following is for fisherman that will be fishing the SKA Kingfish Tournament
Hello Fisherman, We ( I am employing the services of two commercial fishing friends) are going to offer live blue runners to a limited number of boats fishing from Oceanside Marina. If you are interested in saving time, by not chasing the bait of choice (Blue Runners) for the SKA Kingfish tour. Then call 906-984-4079 or e-mail kwmacroot@aol.com We will accept orders for bait only through Thursday 1/28 after that, you are on your own. The rate is $50 per doz. and the bait will be available to you at anytime that you wish to pick it up. Thanks in advance, Capt. Carl Rees....C/V "Lonney Tunes"
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Feb. 8, 99

The past week has had plenty of action. Big King fish in the gulf, smaller Kings on the south side (Atlantic), fair to good action on Blackfin tunas and  reasonable action on Sailfish and Wahoo's. Add that to the good action for Yellowtails, Spanish and Cero mackerel on the reef and you have plenty of action. We targeted mostly larger Kingfish on light tackle this week with our largest fish on 8lb. weighing in at 31.4, though we had shots at bigger fish in the forty pound range, the smaller fish (mid to upper twenties) seem to beat out the bigger fish to the bait each time. Fridays trip was south side because winds picked up from the north east, so we targeted Mutton snapper and Blackfin on 8 lb. tackle. With three women anglers that have excellent angling skills we boated several tunas, the largest weighing in at 25 lb. we also lost a number of muttons on 8 lb. in the bottom before we kicked up to 12 lb. to bring home one for dinner. Best bet this week, try the reef for the snapper, I think you will find there are good numbers of big Yellowtail at your favorite spots. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl Reesp.s. To those of you who may be looking for your photos on the photos page, thank you for your patience, they going up very soon. Thanks in advance, Capt. Carl Rees

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Feb. 13, 99

Windy conditions (20-25 kts.) caused us to cancel today's trip. But we need this cold front, our south side water color is certain to change and bring on a better Kingfish bite. Though Kingfish activity has been a bit slow, the biggest reason for that has been the very clear water due to a lack of the normal amount of cold fronts we would have received by this time of year. Though it will be very windy for the next few days, think of this as a good thing and make sure your ready for a much improved Kingfish bite this coming week. Best bet, with water on the reef to most likely change to a green color, concentrate on the reef for snapper and King fish. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl Reesp.s. Most of the photos are up, thanks for your patience. The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Feb. 19, 99

We have spent the last few days dockside taking care of all the maintenance boats and tackle require. Though dockside, I keep in touch with the going's on out in the water and most reports and catches tell fish activity has been slow this past week. With a bit of every thing being caught (Blackfin tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Kingfish, snapper, Amberjack , Cobia and grouper) no particular species has been hot. I also know I predicted a good increase in Kingfish activity this past week and that the prediction never came to be. The reason, simply that the wind came quickly around to the southeast and remained there, keeping water conditions on the reef clear. I will not give a best bet for the coming few days, until I get back out on the water, starting Sunday. Look for a update on Sunday evening for next week. Let's hope for better news. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Feb. 21, 99

Though the fishing was reported slow this past week as I indicated in the previous report. We found fishing to day to be very active. Most of our catches today were hooked and landed on 8 lb. tackle and 12 lb. But most notable was by Bill Kincaid's Mutton snapper that weighed in at 19 lb. 8 oz. That bettered the current world record by more than a pound. Other fish brought to gaff included Blackfin tuna, Horse eye Jacks and  more mutton snapper, ranging from 8 lbs. to 15 lbs.  Not to bad a day, we plan to pursue similar fishing tomorrow. Still looking for the Kingfish bite to improve, maybe this week it will. With the cold front that will pass through tonight, it may just be the ticket. Thanks for stopping by: Capt. Carl Rees
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Feb. 28, 99

As we close the month of February, fishing for this last week has been very productive. With excellent activity on Blackfin tunas , Bonitos, Amberjack , Kingfish and Mutton snapper. As you know, we started the week with a Mutton snapper that broke the current men's IGFA world record on 8 lb. and we finished by breaking it again on Friday with Stephen Smith landing a 22 lb. 12 oz. Mutton on 8 lb. Other fishing news includes a good but short lived bite on Kingfish, to the north of smith shoal and a fair to excellent bite of Blackfin tuna over the wrecks to the west of sand key light. Water conditions on the south side have remained very clear with very little current which is slowing efforts for snapper and Kingfish activity on the reef. Best bet, as a cold front passes through tonight, look to pursue the south side and target the species that are most productive, based on water color and water movement (current). Example: if the water becomes cloudy (greener) target Kings and snapper on the reef or if it remains clear try some of the deep wrecks for Amberjack s, muttons and grouper. If we experience a good current condition with a sharp color change along the reef line, then try some live bait, slow trolled, along the color change for Kings and Sailfish. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Mar. 3, 99

Fair to good activity on the deep water wrecks for Blackfin tuna, Amberjack s and snapper. This is one of the most active times of the year for Black grouper as they gather for spawning and if you have a favorite spot for them, now would be a good time to check those spots. Snapper and Kingfish on the south side continues to be spotty. While there was a brief "Hot Bite" in the Gulf late last week, two back to back cold fronts have effectively shut that bite down due to the water color turning very muddy. Our fishing aboard the "Looney Tunes" yesterday was excellent. We were to pursue a new women's IGFA record for Mutton snapper on 4 lb. test with Suzanne Hauprich of Kent Narrows, Maryland. The current record was 9 lb. 4 oz. and Suzanne did a slam dunk on the record by landing a 16 lb. 8 oz. Mutton on 4 lb. test. Super job Suzanne and congratulations !! While that makes a great day of fishing for anyone, we took it one step further. The current men's IGFA record for Mutton on 6 lb. test is 17 lb. 12 oz.. John put the hurt on that record by landing a 19 lb. 8 oz. on 6 lb. test. This makes the first time to my knowledge that a husband and wife have set new world records in the same day in Key West. Congratulations to John and Suzanne !! Best bet for the next few days will be to keep your boat pointed south and concentrate on reef and deep water structure areas. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Mar. 9, 99

Windy conditions (15-25 kts.) have kept the marina quiet the last two days. Around Oceanside Marina and other local marinas, the big fish question for everyone is where are the Kingfish ? Normally we have ample activity on King's by this time of the year. Its becoming reminiscent of last years Dolphin season that was essentially the worst in many a year. Maybe the Kingfish have not been that bad, but we have certainly  had very slow action for King's on the south side this year. So what have we been catching? Those of us who feel catching is better than fishing have pursued what has been biting. Most action continues to take place over the wrecks in the deep for Blackfin tuna, Jack's (Almaco,Greater Amberjack and Horse eye), Grouper(Blacks and Reds), Snapper (Yellowtail, Red, Mutton and Mangrove) and Bonitos (which are really little tunny). Some captains are putting efforts into the Key West harbor which is starting to produce moderate action on Tarpon and Permit, along with a variety of snapper (yellowtail, mangrove and lanes). Keep in mind that it is still "fishing", not "catching" and you should question your intended captain about what would be your best chance for an action filled day. Best bet, (when the wind lays off) keep working the south side of Key West waters for best action. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl Reesp.s. plenty of new photos coming in the next couple of days, the Captain.
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Mar. 12, 99

Well the good news is that the weather has been very nice the last couple of days with light winds and sunny skies. Bad news is that I have a been sick with a bad cold and have had to put clients with other captains. Good thing is, it has given me "indoor time" to put up most of the photos that were becoming back logged. Click here to check out the new photo links near the bottom of each list. On the fishing front, Kingfish near smith shoal light have been on and off, with the bag limit  (two per person) taken by most boats, though a bit slowly. The fish are averaging around 7-15 lbs. On the south side, anglers continue to produce good to fair catches of Blackfin tuna, snapper and grouper around the deep structures. Something that may be of great interest to you is that we are seeing a fair number of Dolphin being caught offshore. Only in the last couple of days with moderate southerly winds have we seen Dolphin being landed at Oceanside Marina. This may be an early sign of what I believe will turn out to be a super offshore season.  Best bet, watch the weather, it is supposed to deteriorate starting late Saturday. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Mar. 21, 99

No, I did not forget the fishing report. Just a bit sick with a cold and busy with trips. Early last week was slow due to a major change in water color. Green water produced by a strong cold front on Monday has remained over the reef line and out to over 250' of depth. Along with this, little or no water movement made for some tough fishing up till Wednesday. Thursday's fishing saw most boats anchoring down and catching plenty of snapper (Yellowtail and Mutton) in between fending off sharks from eating the snapper. Sharks (mostly Blacktips) are giving many anglers fishing the reef extra action as they have moved onto the reef in big numbers. Offshore is starting to produce a fair number of Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) for those venturing to deep waters (over 300') and are encountering a few Sailfish as well. Tarpon and Permit in the Key West harbor is giving patient anglers good action, mixed with snapper and the occasional Cobia. Deep water wrecks are slowing a bit due to the water color, but try anchoring on them when the water becomes very green, as it is now. Representatives from Outdoor Technologies Group (AbuGarcia, Fenwick, Berkely, Coleman and RedWolf ) have been with me on the water this past week field testing tackle. They have caught numerous species of fish and plenty of them and the tackle is performing well. Yesterdays trip alone produced 22 Mutton snapper weighing an average of 13 lb. along with 6 Almoco Jack's averaging 10 lb. with a good quantity of fish hooked fought and lost. The next five days we will continue testing tackle for O.T.G. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Mar 28, 99

Just a quick report today. Sail fishing has been hot. A very distinct color change in 200 - 250 ft. of water, with a very strong east bound current is holding plenty of Sailfish. Most activity is has been due south of Key West. I will be putting up a more detailed report tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Mar. 29, 99

Sailfish and Sailfish and more Sailfish. It has to be some of the best Sail fishing Key West has seen in many years. Most boats with live bait are hooking and landing at least 3 to 7 fish and seeing plenty more. A few of the boats with tuna towers have caught as many as twenty and one reported seeing more than two hundred through out the day and catching eighteen. It truly is some awesome fishing. We finished last week with Outdoor Technologies Group (AbuGarcia, Fenwick, Berkely ) field testing their new Suveran spinning reel. We caught numerous species of fish over eleven days, including three Sailfish on the last day and two ten pound Dolphin(Mahi Mahi). The reels are designed for light line (6 - 12 lb.) but we did fish as high as 20 lb.test and had no problem with the reels performance. I'm looking forward to customers using these new reels onboard as the reels are placed in full production for public use. Best bet, get some live bait (threadfins, pilchards, pinfish or ballyhoo) and give the Sailfishing a shot. Just head south of Key West to the color change and drift or slow troll. Listen to channel 78 on your VHF radio for how everyone is doing. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Apr. 4, 99

As the Sailfishing activity has slowed from the outright crazy bite of early last week, Blackfin tunas are replacing that action in fair numbers over the sub wreck near the end of the bar. Current (water movement) along the reef line is moving eastward at a quick clip of near 2.5 kts., though this is fast water, it is providing some great action for snapper and grouper (Yellowtails, Mutton and Black grouper)  for those willing to take enough chum to keep the fish happy. We expect to start seeing Permit along the reef line any day now as plenty of large groups have been reported moving through the larger channels southward. When they do get there, you will find them eager to take crabs and supply you a hearty battle on light tackle. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Apr. 13, 99

The fishing highlight for the past week would have to be that Permit have arrived at some reef areas. Good numbers (averaging 10-15 fish per boat) are being landed, with most fish averaging 8 to 15 lbs. While it is the beginning for their activity over the reef, we will see bigger fish (15 lbs. up to 40 lbs.) later in May. Water color over the reef has reached a "gin clear" condition which has hindered some fisherman from pursuing snapper on the reef. Though the water is very clear we did manage good catches of Yellowtail snapper mixed with a few Black grouper, Amberjack s and Barracudas. You can see some of those catches in a few days as I get caught up with customer photos. Along other fishing fronts, the Key West harbor has had good activity for Tarpon along with the usual mix of snapper, runners, grouper, sharks and a few Cobia. On the Blue water, south of Key West, Dolphin and Sailfish have provided anglers with fair action, with most boats finding some of each for their efforts during the day. Best bet for your fishing entertainment, Permits in the Western dry rocks area and Snapper and Sailfish along the reef. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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Apr. 19, 99

Permit activity continues to be very good along with fair to excellent Yellowtail snapper fishing along the reef. Conditions on the reef are still very clear though we did have strong winds from the north the last two days. We scheduled days off this past weekend and took time to keep up with the many things that make a full time charter business and two boats effective for anglers on their fishing trips to Key West. Our wind direction is becoming more of its usual summer pattern with easterly winds dominating the wind flow. With this constant wind direction we look forward to seeing more Dolphin showing up in our waters. Though we have seen few Dolphin thus far, within the next month they will be a frequent catch for many anglers visiting the Keys. Best bet will be to give a shot a catching some Permit this week. Most of the fish are located in the western dry rocks area and all you need do is locate the small group of boats fishing there and be sure you brought some crabs for bait. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl Reesp.s. Haven't forgot the photos. It just takes time. Thanks for your patience.
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Apr. 26, 99

This past weekend marked the beginning of the Key West / Lower Keys Kick off Tournament. With perfect weather conditions, there was an excellent turn out of anglers to fish for the various species that could win them cash, prizes and trophies. Todd Tennen, along with Brother Jeff and friend Nick, fished aboard the "Looney Tunes" for the tournament and we pursued the largest Mutton and the most Permit released. Though we had a 19.4 lb. Mutton that we caught on Saturday, we were edged out late Sunday by a 20 lb. Mutton, ooohhh ###. Sunday was our day to catch and release Permit, Todd did an excellent job of over taking the leader who had seven on Saturday, to finish with a total of 21 releases to win that division. Congratulations Todd!! On other fishing fronts, Yellowtail snapper along the reef has been excellent the last few days, while the deep water and offshore fishing is strong for a variety of fish over the wrecks and structures. Fair to good action for Dolphin can be found offshore and Tarpon in the Key West Harbor has been steady the last few days, with most anglers getting at least four to five hook-ups each day for their efforts. Best bet this coming week, if your hungry for some Dolphin action, now would be a great time to venture offshore. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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May 2, 99

This will be a short report to let you know what you should pursue while out there on the water. On the reef, Permit, Mutton snapper and Yellowtail snapper in the western dry rocks area. Tarpon in the Key West Harbor and Amberjack s over the deep water wrecks and structures. Offshore, Dolphin and Sailfish is slow, due mostly to the north to north west winds we have had the last few days. Look for that to improve when our winds swing around from the east to southeast. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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May 8, 99

Though a bit windy the last few days, fair to good catches of Dolphin and snapper continue to be brought to Oceanside Marina. Most of the Dolphin action has been 300 to 700 ft. with a few bigger boats venturing deeper but not catching more fish for their travel. Most catches are "schoolies" but some fish in the 20 to 30 pound range are being caught and landed. Permit in the Western dry Rocks area continue to be productive and four fish were taken on fly rod today that will be tentative new world records in the newly opened IGFA women's categories. Tarpon in the Key West Harbor have slowed a bit but 3 to 5 fish are being hooked up for each boats efforts. Though wind conditions are favorable for the Gulf wrecks, most guides are optioning for chasing Dolphin on the south side, thus I have no reports for the gulf. We have had a change in tide direction today (it has turned to the east) and this has caused a slow down in today's catches of Yellowtail snapper, if it continues eastward tomorrow snapper action should pick back up in a few days. Best bet will be to continue to give chase to the Dolphin as our winds are predicted to drop to 10-15 and with the east bound current we should have fresh weed and debris each day. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl Reesp.s  Don't forget tomorrow is Mothers Day!!
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May 18, 99

Fishing in the deep water has been excellent for Mutton snapper this last week, with fish averaging 14-21 lbs. We have been landing 5 to 10 Mutton snapper each day along with a variety of other fish, including Almoco Jack's, Amberjack s, Barracudas, Black tip Sharks and Jacks Carvells. Truly great fishing on light tackle! On the offshore action, Dolphin has been consistent, but most fish landed are in the schoolie size, running 5-8 lbs. with few larger fish being landed. Look to see a good run of Dolphin in the 15-30 lb., range next month. The reef is still producing fair to good action for Yellowtail snapper and Permit in the Western Dry Rocks area. Tarpon action also remains constant in the Key West harbor with most boats hooking up on at least 5-7 fish per day along with the occasional Permit, Cobia and shark. Best bet, with the winds light and variable, try some reef or harbor fishing in the morning and then a run offshore for some trolling in the afternoon. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl Reesp.s. Four of the five New World records caught while fishing aboard the "Looney Tunes" have been approved by the IGFA. Congratulations to Stephen Smith, Bill Kincaid, Suzanne Hauprich and John Hauprich.
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May 24, 99

Very good fishing the last few days as the wind has come up a bit. This has increased the action off shore for Dolphin while giving those anglers fishing for snapper and Tarpon while anchored up, a much cooler day. We spent our time fishing the deep wrecks and structures the past few days and had good action on Almoco Jack's, Amberjack s, Mutton snapper and sharks, though the sharks were uninvited, they became extra action for us when they decide to start eating our target species. With a little change in terminal tackle, the sharks soon left us alone as we hooked and fought most of them to the boat. They averaged 5 to 7 foot in length and received a lot of verbal abuse from us for eating our muttons and Jack's. We released each shark back to recover from the average twenty minute battle we put them through. Dolphin reports offshore have been good the last few days and it looks as though we are going to continue to have good offshore action as we reach the full moon this coming weekend. Reports from Key West harbor for Tarpon continue steady with most captains reporting 3-5 hook ups per day. Best bet for your holiday weekend, the reef for snapper fishing, as it has remained excellent and offshore for Dolphin as more large fish are showing up. Thanks for stopping by; The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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May 28, 99

With the three day holiday weekend for most starting tomorrow, I'm sure many are planning to pursue fish for a good portion of their weekend. So here is my recommendation for those coming to the Key's. If you want to Dolphin fish for your fishing action, then get an early start Saturday as you will find ample company out there with you. Most of the action has been between 350 and 1000 feet with very little action beyond the wall. A fair number of gaffing size fish are out there, but most are under birds out away from the weed lines. While the weather forecast looks very good for the weekend, it will also be quite hot and you may want to look to trying a late afternoon trip to try your hand at catching some Mutton snapper. Saturday is the full moon and that is when they will start their spawn. Areas that you typically find good Yellowtail snapper action, you will now find good numbers Muttons. If you have poor luck on Saturday with the muttons, Sunday or the day after the full moon is usually the day I find most productive and you might want to give it a shot again. A simple method for these fish is to run a least a block of chum while fishing and use Ballyhoo plugs either drifted (with the hook below) or a slip sinker on your main line, with your main line attached to a swivel and 25 to 35 foot of fifty pound leader attached to the swivel and a 3407 5/0 or 6/0 hook at the end of the leader to which you thread your ballyhoo plug on. We had twelve muttons on a half-day trip today with customers using a similar method. Have a safe fishing weekend and thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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June 5, 99

The offshore action for Dolphin catching and fishing continues to be the pursuit of most anglers, with most fish being found in the 700 to 1000 foot range under birds and floating debris. On the reef, the gulf stream is in tight and producing very fast water movement toward the east along most of the reef. This quick water is making for some slow down in catching Yellowtail snapper, but if you are willing to bring along some extra chum, you will find most of the popular yellowtail spots will produce just fine. Deep wrecks and deep structure are at this time almost unfishable due to the gulf stream waters rapid movement to the east. Tarpon in the Key West harbor are producing good results, with most boats having 4-8 hook ups per day. I have a correction for the last fishing report. I stated that the full moon would fall on Sat. last weekend, when in fact it was to be on Sunday. Best bet, the reef, as long as you take at least eight blocks of chum. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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June 12, 99

Dolphin fishing and catching continues to be the center of angling interest in the blue waters off shore of Key West. While most of the Dolphin being caught are ranging from 4 to 8 lbs., there have also been a fair number of Dolphin being captured in the 20 to 30 lb. range, with the occasional 40 to 50 pounder being landed. Good news for reef and deep water wreck fisherman, the hard east bound tide has lessened to a fishable condition. Fair numbers of Muttons and Amberjack s can now be caught over the deep structures and wrecks. On the reef, Yellowtails are remaining good for the boats carrying enough chum. Key West harbor is remaining consistent with Tarpon action and the occasional Permit. Best bet, Dolphin or live baits on the deep wrecks. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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June 23, 99

Offshore in the Blue water remains the center of most Key West anglers. Dolphin catching remains good in the Blue, with fair to good numbers of Dolphin, in the schoolie and gaffer size, mixed with the occasional Wahoo and Skip Jack tuna. Over the deep water wrecks and structures, the water continues to move eastward but is fishable. Excellent numbers of Almaco Jack's and Amberjack s are being caught along with minor quantities of Mutton snapper and Black grouper. Two catches of note this past week. A 51 pound Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) took first place in the Key West Dolphin Tournament, caught by angler Dale Bittner aboard the "Bait Stealer" and a 31.5 pound Cubera snapper was caught by Jay Dury aboard the "Looney Tunes" to set a new Key West record on 20 lb. tackle. Best bet this week, Dolphin offshore and deep water wrecks and structures. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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June 26, 99

Dolphin catching remains good to excellent. A glance at the cleaning areas next to Oceanside Marinas tackle store, it is very obvious many anglers found plenty of action today fishing the blue waters of Key West. On the northside of Key West, fishing into the gulf is producing heavy Bonita (actually there Little Tunny) action for anglers fishing near the few shrimp boats that remain in our area during the warm months. A group of fly rod anglers found out just how tough those Bonita's are as they returned from a trip to the gulf with several broken fly rods and very descriptive praise for the Bonita's fighting ability. Though few Captains are pursuing the deep wrecks and structures, those spots are producing fair to good numbers of Almaco Jack's, Amberjack s, Black grouper, sharks and Mutton snapper, with the occasional mystery fish that tries dumping the spool before breaking off. Several of those mystery fish did not get away this past week and became a rare catches to be landed at Oceanside Marina. On two different trips last week customers aboard the "Looney Tunes" brought a total of three Cubera snapper back to the dock. Best bet, Dolphin fishing. With the light winds, a little run and gun will produce very good results for the Dolphin. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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July 2, 99

Dolphin fishing has been very good this past week. Good numbers of both large and small Dolphin are satisfying anglers venturing in to the blue waters south of Key West. Efforts aboard the "Looney Tunes" this past week have been spent collecting live Mutton snapper for breeding purposes for several Aquaculture businesses. Thus far, we have brought 35 live male and female fish in for them. I received word today that they are having excellent results and that close to three million fertilized eggs have been attained from the fish. While catching these fish and bringing them back alive is not your usual fishing trip we are very pleased we have been able to develop some techniques that may prove very valuable to sport fishermen for the safe release of fish caught in depths that usually result in the death of the released fish. While there are several methods used for release of fish that are suffering from the "bends", we found those methods resulted in the death of almost every fish we caught. The thought is that many of the fish released by anglers die anyway due to those same methods we found useless for keeping the muttons alive. We hope to provide the method to the general recreational fishermen in the very near future. Best bet, Dolphin, look for the birds and weed lines. Thanks for stopping by. Capt. Carl Rees Book a charter using the quick form for your fishing trip booking.
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July 7, 99

The fishing report will continue July 24. The Captain is vacationing from his computer.
See you on the 24th.

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July 24, 99

The quick on the Key West area fishing.... Dolphin fishing offshore has slowed. Though catches have diminished, weather conditions remain good for chasing Dolphin. The reef and wrecks have slowed also, but mostly due to increased activity from sharks. Many of the larger fish hooked over the wrecks and structure are being devoured by both large and small sharks. This is not to say we are not having good action over the deep structures and wrecks. Action in the deep has been better than other fishing e.g. (reef,harbor,blue water) But when the sharks move in, you don't have much choice but to move to a new spot. As this coming week begins, many of you will not be in your boats but rather in the water for the annual lobster mini season that will take place on Wed. the 28th and Thurs. the 29th. Remember that there is NO night diving in the Keys and that the daily bag limit is six per person per day and please make sure your dive flag is well displayed and that you have your lobster stamp on your fishing license. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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July 29, 99

Lobster mini season has been the fishing news as thousands of "bug hunters" began diving at 12:01 yesterday in search of their crustacean dinners. We also made our way through the numerous boats to find our bag limit yesterday. While leaving the dock at 8:00 a.m. is considered late, we did manage to dive up the limit of lobsters (30) for the five us. Look for photos of the dive guys with their catch to be up soon on the photo page. It just so happens that the full moon also falls on the two lobster dive days and we finished yesterday with a late afternoon trip capturing only two live Muttons for the ongoing breeding program. Conditions on the reef from American shoal light to near "the end of the bar" are mostly an east bound tide with green to very green water color. While these condition are good for the Mutton fishing, usually the day after the full moon is the best activity for them in any given month. We expect to do much better today. Thanks for stopping by: The Capt. Carl ReesBook a charter, quick form for bookings
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