Dolphin hit or miss; snappers more reliable – Marathon Florida Keys fishing report August 21, 2013

Fishing on the KLIMAX, Capt. Chris Klimas put his trio of Georgia anglers on this 41-pound bull dolphin in about 200 feet of water off Marathon.
Fishing on the KLIMAX, Capt. Chris Klimas put his trio of Georgia anglers on this 41-pound bull dolphin in about 200 feet of water off Marathon.

Marathon Florida Keys Fishing Report – August 21, 2013


Well, folks, the dolphin fishing is still pretty good, with plenty of slammers out there in addition to lots of fish in the eight- to twelve-pound range.  Look for birds and weed lines anywhere from 200 feet on out.

There are also good numbers of skipjack and blackfin tuna in the same areas as the dolphin. 

To get bites, you’ll want to use smaller lures, such as billy baits like the mini turbo, dropped way back behind the boat.  The trick is to get out in front of the general direction in which the school is heading and troll your baits through the school without actually driving your boat through the fish.


The wrecks are holding mutton snapper as well as amberjacks, almaco jacks and large jack crevalles.  Live ballyhoo or live pinfish are your baits of choice.


On the reef, the yellowtail and mangrove snapper action continues in earnest.  The best areas for the yellowtails are 50 to 70 feet of water, whereas the mangroves are in shallower at 30 to 40 feet.

There are also plenty of mangroves on the patch reefs.  Keeper size yellowtails are there, too, but not the real big flags you find on the reef.


In the bay, the mangrove bite remains consistent on the grass banks and inshore wrecks.  There’s also lots of fun fish, such as jack crevalles and small cobia, prowling these areas.

Fresh chunks of pinfish or ballyhoo are working for the mangroves and live pinfish for the jacks and cobia.

Lobstering continues to be productive in Florida Bay, with many bug hunters reporting specimens two pounds or better.

The week’s best catches

Fishing on the Klimax for SeaSquared Charters, Capt. Chris Klimas had a couple of offshore trips that produced tuna and dolphin, including a 41-pound bull.  He also did some family fun fishing for snappers.

The SeaSquared spent much of the week shallow-water shark fishing, with landings from nine to sixteen lemons, with snapper fishing on the reef and in the bay filling in the blanks.

Click here for pictures of all of this week’s great catches and smiling anglers!

August 21, 2013
Capt. Chris Johnson
SeaSquared Charters
Marathon Florida Keys

Capt. Chris Johnson is a member of the Yamaha National Fishing Team and specializes in offshore, gulf/bay, reef/wreck, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters out of Captain Pip’s Marina and Hideaway Marathon.  You can reach him at 305.743.5305, and

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