Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

Fishing Report

Here in Marathon the fishing is heating up almost as fast as the temperature! The scramble for big grouper began May 1st when the season opened, with most boats reporting limits being met on every trip out.  All of the grouper species seem to be getting a big boost from the stricter rules that were recently put into place, with average catches ringing in as significantly larger than they were just three years ago. Dolphin (also known as Mahi-Mahi) are reported to be running hard along the offshore weedlines, with scoolies as well as bigger fish sighted in abundance.  Sailfish are also being reported as plentiful, thanks to the warmer weather which results in bold striking of live bait and jumping wildly when hooked.  Almost all local charters have reported between 10 and 30 releases a day, which even for this time of year is spectacular.

What are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get on out there! If you’re at a loss as to which charter best fits your needs or simply need directions to the nearest bait shop, ask one of the helpful front desk agents at Tranquility Bay. They’ll point you in the right direction!

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Sanctuary Friends in Focus Film Series Presents: Sharks At Risk

This Thursday, May 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30 visitors are invited to participate in the most recent offering from Marathon’s own Friends in Focus, a monthly series of lectures and films co-sponsored by the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys. The film series is free of charge and welcomes all who are interested in learning more about marine life and the beautiful but fragile ecosystem we have here in the Keys.

“Sharks at Risk” paints a compelling portrait of the illustrious predator, feared for centuries and often misunderstood. These powerful creatures play a vital role in the delicate ecosystem of the ocean. Modern fishing practices have greatly diminished the sharks’ populations and habitat, causing a dramatic upset in the natural balance of the ocean. Bring family & friends to this hard-hitting, beautiful film to learn more about sharks and their essential role in our world.

Located at the Marathon Power Squadron Education Building, 12 Loggerhead Lane in Marathon, FL. For more information, call 305-289-2288 or email info@sanctuaryfriends.org

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