Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fishing Report

Now that the wildness of mini lobster season is finally over, we’ll go back to regular fishing for a couple of weeks before the season opens in full.  Tuna are being consistently caught out on the hump, but not in the numbers that we saw a few weeks ago.  Tarpon are also still somewhat available, but again the numbers are a bit patchy compared to their prime season.  The best fishing right now is probably for snapper and the smaller grouper– look near the reef, in holes in florida bay or by bridges.  We have had reports of good numbers from Bahia Honda and some small bridges, and some fantastic days from fishermen at the Seven Mile Bridge. Weather is still expected to be patchy as the summer continues, so stay alert when booking a charter and be aware of refund or rebooking policies ahead of time. And as always, don’t forget to bring sunblock! Summer weather will be at its hottest this month and August, so protect yourself and those you love to insure everyone has a great time out on the water.

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Lobster Mini-Season in Marathon

Lobster Sport Mini-Season, everyone’s favorite two-day event where lobster fishing is open for a small window of time before the regular season (and commercial fisherman are excluded) is officially under way– and the crowds out on the water are growing by the minute! The weather is perfect, the water is warm and the lobsters are waiting to be snatched up. This popular event is always held on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of each year–- so what are you waiting for? Get out there and grab some bugs! The season ends at precisely midnight on Thursday, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

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Weekly Forecast

Get ready for a sweltering and sunny week! Temperatures are expected to rest near 90 degrees from today through Friday, with isolated thunderstorms hanging around this afternoon through tomorrow evening. Wednesday through Friday are looking like excellent beach days, so start staking out your favorite pool chair now!  Today’s medium strength winds should die down by the evening, with light gusts of between 5 and 10 mph expected for the rest of the week– that means this week should be perfect for getting out on the ocean. Whether it’s fishing, snorkeling, jet skiing or simply a leisurely swim, now is the time to get some salt water on your face! (Just remember to wear sunblock and drink plenty of fluids…nothing puts a damper on a vacation like heatstroke.)

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Mark Your Calendars: Marathon Lion Fishing Tournament is This Weekend

Want to help protect our delicate reef ecosystem from dangerous intruders? Simply like fishing with a cash prize incentive? Whatever your motivation, the Marathon Lionfish Tournament is scheduled to begin soon, so get registered and start preparing! Cash prizes will be awarded for first place and runners up in quantity & size categories. Hosted by Sanctuary Friends, this tournament is a great way to help out the reef and have some fun! Register at any of the participating dive shops: A Deep Blue Dive, Captain Hook’s, Tilden’s, Dive Duck Key, Hall’s, Big Time Bait and Tackle or Abyss Dive Center. Four person teams are $100, including hot dogs and beverages at the team meeting at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Captain Hooks, and a lionfish tasting and award banquet held at Sparky’s Landing on Sunday, at 6 p.m. For more information, call Kristen Livengood (305) 289-2288 or email her at kristen@sanctuaryfriends.org
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Weekend Forecast

Your weekend forecast has arrived, and in typical summer style it’s all over the place! Today’s cloudy morning may break for a bit of sun, but scattered thunderstorms are scheduled to pop up the rest of the weekend, with sunny skies in-between. Temperatures are expected to hover in the high 80′s during the day, with evenings coming down a few degrees to the low 80′s. Humidity will continue to linger in the high 65% – 70% range, with the UV index at an intense 10-11 all weekend. That means that sunburns are possible even through clouds, so remember to be safe and reapply SPF on you and your loved ones’ exposed skin! Here’s hoping the scattered thunderstorms clear up a little earlier than forecasted and we have a few perfect beach days ahead of us.

As always, enjoy your weekend here at beautiful Tranquility Bay!

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Pigeon Key Foundation Summer Day Camp

If your kids are tired of the usual fun & sun activities, why not give them something new to do? From July 9 – 13, neighboring island Pigeon Key is offering summer Marine Science Camp opportunities for children age 8 and older. With hands-on programs that include workshops on coral reef systems, underwater photography and more, this is a summer camp that’s sure to make a lasting impression on little minds. Children ages 10 and older also can get scuba certification during a camp session or take a refresher course if already certified! For more information, call Amanda Ellis  at 305-564-8014  or email pigeonkeyed@aol.com
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Fishing Report

For those of you looking to get out on the water, you’re certainly in for a treat: reef fishing is at a season high right now, with Mutton, Mangrove and Yellowtail Snapper being hauled in at astonishing rates. Local charters are reporting that the Snapper bite is good around the clock– which means that now’s a great time to try out night fishing, everyone’s favorite way to beat the heat and still take home some prize catches. While offshore fishing is also excellent now, with Mahi Mahi being pulled in regularly, the reef fishing is truly spectacular and anglers of all skill levels will definitely enjoy the rod-bending bites they’re sure to get from some of the best fighting (and tasting) fish out there!

As always, feel free to talk to the front desk at Tranquility Bay about setting up a charter or gear rental– they’ll be happy to send you in the right direction.

Happy fishing!

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Fifth Annual Florida Keys Open Spearfishing Tournament Begins Tomorrow

We hope you’ve recovered from last night’s festivities, but just in case you need a bit more time, the Fifth Annual Florida Keys Open Spearfishing Tournament begins tomorrow– giving you one day off to prepare and get registered! Officially spanning July 6th to the 8th, this underwater event is both challenging and fun, with prizes and trophies awarded to top hunters and all proceeds to benefit the local American Cancer Society. Entry fees are $100 per two-person team or $50 per person. Sponsored by Captain Hook’s Marina & Dive Center For information, call 305-743-2444 or email james@captainhooks.com
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Happy Fourth of July!

Just a reminder that the big fireworks extravaganza will happen tonight at Sombrero Beach, where festivities are already under way. Whether you come by boat or car, there’s plenty of space and the show is sure to delight. Hurry on over and have a happy and safe Fourth of July, everyone!

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What a perfect beach day!

Today sounds like the perfect day to relax on the beach and catch up on our reading… highs in the 80′s, mostly sunny with the occasional cloud, and winds at a low 5 – 10mph.

See you on the sand!

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