While out sword fishing in 1,500 feet of water, angler Dean Torgensen hooked a sickle pomfret, a very rare species, aboard the Capt. Easy with Capt. Bruce Andersen and mate Mike Mason. (Contributed photo)
Michelle Marinelli caught this monster cero mackerel off Key Largo.
Capt. Ron Garrett and David Gross had an outstanding day on the reef line in Islamorada recently.
Kacey Mearns of Marathon catches her first sailfish with Capt. Marc Anderson off of Marathon.
Joe Kline from Miami, shows off his 35-pound black grouper he caught aboard the Gulfstream with Capt. Chan Warner.
The Matecumbe Anglers Fishing Club held its last tournament (Snapper/Grouper) of 2013 from Nov. 15 - Nov 21. Anglers were only allowed to fish one of the six days. Points were awarded based on the size and species caught. Greg Chorebanian came in third place with a 24-inch yellowtail snapper. Second place went to Jim Winstel, with a 31-inch mutton snapper and Richard Bankhead took down top honors with a 32-inch mutton snapper. For more information on the club and its activities,go to matecumbeanglers.com, or call Dave Demos at (248) 913-0128.
MJ from Long Key holds a big beach snook she caught recently.
Marathon resident Drew Dinan displays the first sailfish he's caught on his new boat. He got it in about 70 feet of water off Marathon.
Marissa Sivyer shows a 21-pound mutton snapper she caught on the 'SeaSquared' while fun fishing with her boyfriend, deckhand Jason Bell.
While out on her first fishing trip with her parents, 6 year old Seren Vroman from Miami caught her first snook. With the help of her father Josh, she proudly shows off her catch before quickly releasing it. (Photo by Capt. Mike Makowski)
A client of Blackfoot Charters holds a redfish she caught in the backcountry last month. (Photo by Capt. Mike Makowski)
Jim Wilson of Ohio caught this 15-pound kingfish on 12-pound test in about 170 feet of water off Marathon with Capt. Ariel Medero of Big Game Sportfishing.
Capt. Carl Ball holds up a bonefish that might have been caught during spawning east of Elliott Key at Biscayne National Park. Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks are all closed due to the government shutdown.
By SUSAN COCKING
Capt. Lee Lavery holds two nice-sized mutton snapper she caught on her boat, the Ladyfish, last week. She was fishing with her friend, Debora Calhoun.
This shows a nice redfish caught on fly by Rainer Schael at Snake Bight near Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Schael was guided by Capt. Benny Blanco. Under the government shutdown, those fishing grounds are closed.
By SUSAN COCKING
The second annual Marathon Lionfish Tournament the weekend of July 27 resulted in 163 of the nonnative invasive fish being removed from Middle Keys waters by 21 divers who were in depths from 6 to 200 feet. Here, Carmen Powers of the Last Minute Team brings in two of the biggest fish, including a 17-incher that spit out two small reef fish at the dock. By Kristen Lievengood