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Old 02-08-2011, 04:09 PM
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Ok, I have been to the Keys numerous times at different times of the year. But I am planning another trip with some friends. We are trying to decide what the best month is. We were planning on May for the Dolphin bite but the more I read about it, it seems like the dolphins are small then. I am also concerned that Grouper will still be closed?
I was thinking September might be a better option. I read you run into bigger dolphins and the grouper should be open again.

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Old 02-08-2011, 04:26 PM
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Grouper is set to open May 1. (unless I am missing an update). May should be good with lighter winds, not too hot.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:07 PM
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May,June,and July are usually our best months for Dolphin,depending on the water temp.You may catch bigger fish in Sept. but they could be few and far between.
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:25 PM
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june by far the best month no winds big fish 32 years fishing in the keys.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:37 PM
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We went May last year and did great on dolphin. Going in May again this year, the winds sure as hell can kick up but if your willing to go out in it then you can surely be rewarded.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by fishinmaniac View Post
We went May last year and did great on dolphin. Going in May again this year, the winds sure as hell can kick up but if your willing to go out in it then you can surely be rewarded.
Where are you fishing out of in May ? and how far of a run out ?
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:00 AM
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I have caught my largest dolphin in May the last three years, but as others have said the winds can be a problem. The last two years the bite slowed in late June.
My recommendation is last part May or second week in June. Stay away from a full moon.
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Originally Posted by gsrsol84mm View Post
Where are you fishing out of in May ? and how far of a run out ?
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Marathon, only about a 5 mile ride out last year, we will see where they show up this year
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:06 PM
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May-June is a good choice. No matter when you are there fishing and diving will be good. If you want that 50lb Mahi I would lean towards May off the Full Moon. But if you like alot of action and enjoy reef fishing the Full Moon in June is great b/c of the Mangroe snapper spawn, set up at night in 45ft of water (approx. 3.5 miles out) and catch 3lb grovers all night, or your limit of 5 per person!
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