Fishing Reports by Captain Dean Panos
About The Author:
Company: Double D Charters
Area Reporting: Miami and South Florida
Bio: Captain Dean Panos is U.S.C.G. licensed and insured and is dedicated to providing you with an angling experience of a lifetime. He has been fishing the South Florida waters for over 19 years and is a proven tournament winner. Saltwater fishing for sailfish, swordfish, dolphin, tuna, kingfish, tarpon, wahoo - Just to name a few of the possible species available for the fishing trip of a lifetime.
[Miami,FL] The final push of sailfish happened about a week or so ago. Sailfish season is typically November through May and April can be an outstanding month, and it was.
[Miami,FL] The same was the case last year, and just like last year, April is turning out to be one of the best months for sailfishing. Eventually the fish will push through the area and right now they are coming through in some pretty big packs. In three trips last week we caught 30 sailfish.
[Miami,FL] I have frequently talked about how the right conditions can give you a red-hot bite. On the other hand, the wrong conditions can mean the bite will be slow that day. F
[Miami,FL] About two months ago we caught a 100 plus pound yellowfin tuna. Although we catch yellowfins in the Bahamas, they are not frequently caught in Miami.
[Miami,FL] The past week the sailfishing has continued to improve. We have been averaging 3 to 6 sailfish per day
[Miami,FL] Luckily a much-needed cold front came by on Friday and that coupled with blue water and strong north current resulted in a pretty good bite. The past couple of days we went 6 for 8 one day followed by 8 for 8 the next day.
[Miami,FL] This is a great time of year to fish in South Florida and trust me once we get a cold front or two, the sailfishing will go off.
[Miami,FL] The one fish that we caught that stands out is a big yellowfin tuna we caught yesterday.
[Miami,FL] The current has slowed down in Miami and the blue water has pushed out a bit, but even with these conditions, we have been able to catch sailfish on all our full day trips
[Miami,FL] I know when I have to put on a jacket in the morning, it means only one thing, and that is, it is finally sailfish season in South Florida.
[Miami,FL] We are now well into the fall and the species we are targeting are swordfish, sailfish and wahoo. Luckily all three of these species have cooperated.
[Miami,FL] Fall is definitely here and al our fall species are cooperating. We had a banner trip to Bimini high speed trolling for wahoos, we have caught swordfish on all our sword trips, both day and night, and the sailfish bite is already picking up.
[Miami,FL] This past weekend was the 10th Annual Miami Swordfish Tournament. I have fished many of the Miami as well as the Islamorada Swordfish Tournaments in the past
[Miami,FL] Again, we had a variety of trips from daytime swordfishing, mahi fishing, and fishing on the edge.
[Miami,FL] I was looking forward to the sword trips as we are getting into the absolute best time of year for daytime and evening swords. Late August through October and even November is the absolute best time to target these fish.
[Miami,FL] For the past two weeks we have had a variety of different trips. The majority have been daytime swordfish trips, one combo day/night sword trip, some trips on the edge and some trips for mahis in the Gulfstream.
[Miami,FL] Usually May and June are the best month for mahis, but this May and June the mahi fishing was relatively slow. Last year was the same but it got very good in August and September.
[Miami,FL] This time of year the best bet is going to the Bahamas on a multi day trip or doing a mahi or mahi/swordfish trip.
[Miami,FL] overall the fishing has been very good. I did have a few half day trips that the fishing was a bit slow, but we did catch quality fish on every trip. Fishing on the edge has been producing some decent kings from 10 to 30 pounds. The majority of the kings have been in the high teens, which on 20 pound or 12 pound spinning tackle is an absolute blast. There have also been quite a few sailfish around as well. Our best day we caught 4 sailfish
[Miami,FL] The fishing still remains very, very good. Donít get me wrong, we have had a few trips that the fishing was slow, but overall spring is the best time to fish especially for variety and that was definitely the case this month. Just the other day we had a late afternoon trip and in a little over two hours we caught 3 big blackfin tunas, a few sailfish and quite a few bonitas. It was non stop action during the whole trip.
[Miami,FL] The tunas are definitely here. Blackfin tunas in Miami and yellowfin tunas in the Bahamas. Starting with Miami, the big blackfins have shown up and in big numbers. For the past week or so we have been averaging 3 to 6 tunas per trip. The fish are decent in size as well averaging 25 to 35 pounds. We have been catching most of the balckfin tunas on the kite baits but caught some on the flatlines as well.
[Miami,FL] What a great couple of weeks of fishing. This has definitely been the best fishing of the year. The sailfishing has exploded and we have gone almost double digit releases every day.
[Miami,FL] This weekend we fished the 7th Annual Fisher island Tournament and we have fished this tournament every year since its inception.
[Miami,FL] The sailfish action has definitely picked up these past few weeks. We have been averaging from 4 to 8 sailfish per day
[Miami,FL] We are still averaging between 2 to 5 sailfish per day and that has stayed pretty consistent. Although that is not bad at all,
[Miami,FL] Sailfishing has still been relatively slow. We have been averaging about 2 to 5 sailfish per day and our best day since the last report we caught 6. Not bad, but not what it should be.
[Miami,FL] As busy as it has been, I wish the fishing was a little better. It is not bad, but not red hot like it should. We have managed to catch a sailfish on every single trip but one since the last report. Our best day we caught 9 sailfish, but for the most part have been averaging 2 to 5 sailfish per trip.
[Miami,FL] Sailfish season has been a little late in arriving but as we are getting more and more cold fronts rolling in, the sailfish bite is picking up.
[Miami,FL] Now to the fishing part. Itís been a few weeks since my last report, but as usual the holidays weeks in December are extremely busy and I have been fishing every day. I wish the fishing could have been a bit better, but we did have a lot of quality catches, including some big dolphin, swordfish on every trip, and sailfish on every trip but one.
[Miami,FL] The wind finally laid down after an extremely windy two weeks. It laid down just in time for us. Today I had a great customer and good friend, Roger, fishing with us. Roger and I have caught practically every species that inhabits our area and have caught countless amounts of sailfish and swordfish as well as wahoo, dolphin, kings, tunas etc.
[Miami,FL] Even though we are still plagued with green water and little or no current, the fishing still remains good, as long as you are willing to venture outside the box.
[Miami,FL] Before the heavy rain, the fishing was actually very, very good. With decent looking water and good north current, there were plenty of sailfish around.
[Miami,FL] The good news is that the daytime sword bite is still on fire. Good sailfish action on the edge, good wahoo action in the Bahamas
[Miami,FL] The day sword bite is definitely on! Since my last report I have fished every single day with the exception of 2 days. The vast majority of the trips have been swordfish trips, mostly daytime, some nighttime and also some combo trips.
[Miami,FL] Great daytime Swordfishing, early push of sailfish on the edge
[Miami,FL] The new Double D has arrived but before we let go of the old Double D, she still had lots of luck in her and we did really good on our past few trips.
[Miami,FL] Sorry for the delay between reports, but I have been tied up getting my current boat ready for sale and getting ready for the new boat which is due next week. In the middle of that I have also been fishing a little bit.
[Miami,FL] Probably the best bet this time of year is a trip to the Bahamas. I just got back from a trip over there
[Miami,FL] Since my last report, I was away on a fishing/business trip for a week and then came back and did a few daytime sword trips.
[Miami,FL] The tunas are finally here. Iíve been complaining about the lack of big blackfin tunas that usually arrive in April and May and finally in the last week the bigger blackfins are here.
[Miami,FL] The fishing in the end of April surprisingly slowed down a bit, but luckily it picked right back up in May. There are still plenty of sailfish around.
[Miami,FL] Sailfish are still the main species being caught and are coming through in decent numbers. Since my last report, we have had a few double digit days (10 releases) and quite a few 6 to 9 sailfish release days.
[Miami,FL] The sailfish action continues to be great. Add dorado, blackfin tuna and big kings as well as swordfish offshore.
[Miami,FL] With the exception of the last two days, the sailfishing continues to be epic. We have had many double digit days since my last report and had our best day this year releasing 20 sailfish out of 26 strikes.
[Miami,FL] I have been on the water every single day since my last report and have had some great trips. To start, we have caught a sailfish on every single trip since my last report and have caught a sailfish on every single trip this year.
[Miami,FL] This has been a very good and consistent year for sailfishing in Miami. Since my last report, two weeks ago, we have averaged 5 to 7 sailfish per trip and had some double digit days and one incredible day catching 16 out of 17 sails.
[Miami,FL] It has been an incredible 2 weeks of fishing from my last report. I fished every single day but one and caught sailfish on every single trip. The first week the sailfishing was simply incredible.
[Miami,FL] the fishing has been very good as well, especially the last few days. Typically this time of year we expect to catch sailfish on live baits with kites and that is exactly what we have been doing.
[Miami,FL] The fishing has been great. We have had a great start to the sailfish season and since the last report, the sailfishing has gotten even better. Our best day we went double digits
[Miami,FL] We have had some really decent cold fonts roll through South Florida, but cold fronts mean one thing and that is very good sailfishing and that is exactly what we have had.