Thursday, March 17, 2005

Fly Fishing Key West

Well, springtime has arrived in the Keys, and with it, warmer temps and the opportunity for flats fishermen. If you enjoy fly fishing Key West should be a top choice among angling destinations. Seasoned guides have helped develop the sport with their inventive fly patterns. Crab patterns can now be respectably tossed in front of a permit in the hopes that he'll bite.
A good source of info on saltwater fly fishing is here (flyfishermen) or here (fly fishing magazine).
The marine fisheries org has a great website describing the fish in Florida waters. Here is a link to their illustration and description of the bonefish: click here.
So, while many are heading to the Bahamas or elsewhere, smart anglers know that the action in the Keys is heating up.
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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Large Numbers of Dolphin are Stranding in the Florida Keys

Over ninety rough-toothed dolphins are stranding in the Florida Keys since yesterday. Many of the dolphin are young calves, some under 1 year old. Officials have reported that in canals and nearshore flats of the island of Marathon, many dolphin are struggling to survive. Marathon is an island located in the middle of the chain of the Keys. Local residents have been working round the clock to help the dolphins. Many of the mammals are weak and unable to keep from drowning, so volunteers are cradling the dolphin and keeping their blowholes above water.
Today and last night are chilly, with lows last night of 62 degrees farenheit. This in not very cold for dolphins, and I wouldn't think that it caused the stranding. More likely is some sort of virus or a toxic algal bloom. This year, another large bloom has been reported forming north of the Keys and stretching to the south of Tampa. Fishermen have reported a lack of fish and unhealthy conditions in the algal blooms.
Here is a link to the local paper's story about the dolphin stranding.
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