The fish gods have bestowed upon us a rather plentiful late-summer offshore bite.
At the humps, you'll find large blackfin tuna in the 15- to 20-pound range. Fish deep by jigging or using live baits, and you'll have success. I've also heard of some fish picked on the troll early in the morning.
The dolphin bite has been quite acceptable, as well, with lots of gaffer-size fish in the eight- to 15-pound class, along with some slammers mixed in. Most dolphin are being taken on the abundance of sargasso weed currently present.
The weed lines are also holding scattered wahoo, so be prepared during your offshore excursions.
On the Atlantic wrecks, there's a decent pick of amberjack and jack crevalle with the occasional bonus mutton snapper. And the reef action in 30 to 50 feet of water remains good for mangrove and yellowtail snapper.
While not exactly red hot, lobstering in Florida Bay is producing a steady catch of keeper-size bugs. There are loads of shorts and many lobster are molting, so be sure to use your measuring device. And remember, the limit is six per person per day.
While you're snorkeling in the bay for lobsters, have your rod and reel handy for the good-size mangrove snapper there for the taking.
Capt. Chris Johnson specializes in offshore, gulf/bay, reef/wreck, sailfish, shark and tarpon fishing with SeaSquared Charters in Marathon. You can reach him at 305-743-5305, http://SeaSquaredCharters.com and http://Facebook.com/MarathonFishing.