A Lot Of Sailfish and Some Dolphin
We have had a lot of sailfish, some dolphin and kings. Bottom fishing has been a bit tough with an occasional mutton or grouper. We had one trip with a bunch of almaco jacks and then none the next trip.
There have been tons of tarpon rolling in the inlet and off south beach, however I think they are trying to starve themselves to death. This is the worst tarpon season I have seen in all my 30 years fishing for them. They are here and will bite someday.
So let me tell you about a couple recent trips.
Last week we had 4 guys from England out for the day. One chap named Ray had never fished before. He saw the worst and best of the sport. First he developed food poisoning ( symptoms were vomiting every time the boat rocked or rolled) then he caught his first fish, a 39 pound african pompano. Then his second fish was a nice wahoo. His pals caught 3 amberjack to 30 pounds and a big barracuda.
Another trip we trying for sails and bottom fish. We caught 1 sailfish and nothing off the bottom for hours. We tried one more wreck. In three drops we caught a 9 pound mutton snapper, a 10 pound american red snapper and an 18 pound black grouper. We have fished that wreck several times since then without a bite.
Elise, Camille and Marina brought their parents down for a few days of fishing. Camille and Elise caught 4 sailfish and a small shark. Marina was recovering from a shoulder injury, so she gave great moral support.
This week has been good for sailfish. Monday we caught 2 of 3 sailfish, 5 dolphin, 2 bonito and a mutton snapper.
Tuesday we were fooled by a bad weather forecast.
Wednesday we caught 10 out of 14 sailfish, an 18 pound dolphin and a 5 pound dolphin, an 18 pound barracuda, a scamp grouper and a skipjack tuna.
Thursday the same guys wanted to try the bottom fishing and caught 2 scamp grouper, a mutton snapper, 2 sails, 2dolphin and a king mackerel.
Today we fished with the Powell family. Everybody caught their first sailfish. Randy caught 3, Kathy caught 2 and John caught 1. They added a dolphin, 5 kings, 2 bonito and an amberjack for spice.
We are planning summer swordfish and snook trips for the coming months. We have a few trips left for sailfish and tuna or tarpon in April, May and June. Let's go catch some.
Ray also caught a great african pompano
Steve caught this 175 lb. swordfish
About The Author: Captain Bouncer Smith
Company: Bouncers Dusky Charters
Area Reporting: Fort Lauderdale to Miami out to Bahamas
Bio: CAPTAIN BOUNCER SMITH is experienced in every aspect of the sport of fishing, in South Florida as well as a variety of ports in both North and South America, he has devoted his life to sharing fishing with others, through his radio shows, magazine articles, seminars, and on the water. Bouncer has been running boats out of South Florida since he was 19, working on them since he was 15. He shares his love of the ocean and fishing with children and adults from the novice fisherman to the tournament sportsfisherman.