Sailfish are here!

2009-02-07 15:22:14
Miami, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Key Biscayne
Hector Mesa

Oh yeah, the month of February: Valentine's Day and the Miami International Boat Show. For some reason they seem to fall on the same dates. It may be time to do a little compromising with your significant other; some flowers, a nice dinner, or take care of the "honey-do-list" a week or two before. Some of you may be lucky enough, that your loved one may enjoy spending Valentine's at the boat show. The boating and fishing enthusiast looks forward to this huge event, but several days may be a must or required in order to see it all. This is a good time to schedule a sea trial or two to get a feel for a particular boat you may be interested in. Maybe you're not in the market to buy a new boat; but are considering upgrading or re-powering your existing one. This is a great place to visit and compare options or prices among the different engine manufactures. Wanting to upgrade some or all your electronics? Then this is the right place to do it. Get professional advice and information for all your boating needs.

Sailfish season if definitely among us. For the first part of January it was a hit or miss. Some anglers were traveling way north or way south in order to find good current and clean water. With the multiple cold fronts passing through, conditions have been more than favorable. A strong and consistent north current has been generating great action. Some of the reports have been at 150' or as shallow as 90' and producing multiple hookups at times. The favorite bait at best is a Goggle Eye, but large Threadfin Herrings will do great as well. Don't be surprised and I'm sure you won't be disappointed to catch some tasty and colorful Dolphins as well, while targeting Sailfish. As you drift into the shallower depths, be prepared for the mighty strike of the silvery Kingfish. It wouldn't hurt to tip your leader with some #5 or #6 wire, just in case. Bait has been pretty good inside Government cut by the jetty or further in by the tug boats, but there are those days that they are a little harder to find. Even though you are targeting Sailfish and the bigger herrings is what you want; keep the smaller herrings or pilchards caught as well for they will be very useful if you decide to target Spanish Mackerel.

Get "Simply Hooked" on a great day of fishing, make it fun and let's take kids fishing.

Let's pass it on!

Fish Species: Sailfish, Dolphin, and Kingfish
Bait Used: Goggle eyes and Herrings
Method Used: Kites on drift
Water Depth: 120
Water Temperature: 72
Wind Direction: NE
Wind Speed: 15 - 20 mph
Greg's Sail before release
Greg's Sail before release

Greg and Paul showing off their dinner
Greg and Paul showing off their dinner

Hector Mesa

About The Author: Captain Hector Mesa

Company: Simply Hooked Charters

Area Reporting: Miami

Bio: I have been an angler on the waters of Miami for the past twenty (20) years. Every day is a new experience, but always a memorable one. I teach anglers of all ages, but always keep an open mind to new ideas and techniques. Whether itís kite fishing for sails, trolling, drift fishing, bottom fishing, or wreck fishing, there is always something to learn or share from the novice to the most experienced.

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