Solid Fishing Action in May

Report Date: May 13, 2006

Talk about variety. Try this schedule.

April 25th we fish in the evening with Dan, Big John and Alex targeting tarpon at Government Cut. 4 big tarpon on live crabs made for a busy evening.

April 26th we fished with Ron and Bill. They caught 3 sailfish, 6 dolphin fish, 4 king mackerel and a mutton snapper right out front of South Beach.

That evening we headed back out to the edge where George and Georgie (6) Bubrick caught 4 sailfish and a King mackerel.

The 27th it was off to Jamaica for my nephews wedding. We got back to Miami on the 30th and it was back to fishing on May 1st.

We started the month with a day full of dolphin up to 20 pounds, several bonito, 3 kings and a skipjack tuna. Monday evening we boarded the Timely Sale for an adventure of fishing in Bimini the Bahamas. We found a floating board half way across the Gulf Stream and caught half a dozen dolphin on artificial lures and light spinning tackle.

Our goal in Bimini was world record almaco jacks. Tuesday morning we scored with 4 pending world record almaco jacks on fly. They ranged from 10 to 14 pounds and were caught by Marty Arostegui and Jeff Harkavey. They also caught some barracuda and small yellowtail snapper.

Tuesday we headed for some shallow water wrecks south of Bimini. We had a great day catching 3 cobia to 45 pounds. Jeff caught a 40 pound king mackerel on 10 pound spinning tackle rigged with a white bucktail jig. A bunch of big blue runners, horse eye jacks, barracudas and a couple small black grouper filled out the day. We arrived back in Miami as the sun set in the west.

Thursday we fished in the evening and caught a tarpon of 120 pounds as well as jumping a couple more.

Friday, May 5th we fished with Joe and Joe Carroll Jr. They went home with a lot of fish dinners in the bag. They caught a gray grouper, scamp grouper, red grouper, 2 yellow eye snappers, a 25 pound african pompano, a king mackerel, a barracuda and 2 big amberjacks.

Ben Eskanazi 's guest caught a 130 pound tarpon on the evening trip on the 5th.

On May 6th Rich Harnish and his guest caught a sailfish, a bonito, a king mackerel, a big amberjack and 2 mutton snappers.

The evening trip produced 3 tarpon over 100 pounds for Brad and Drew Orvieto. Drew's best was about 130 pounds.

On May 7th Jeanne Pemberton and Twig Tolle wanted blackfin tuna. They scored big with 4 sailfish a bonito and 3 tuna from 25 to 35 pounds. That was 4 hours of fast action.

May 8th it was off to Bimini with Don and Sandy Blake. This was 4 days of solid action. We caught a pending women's world record almaco jack on 4 pound line of 10 pounds. hooked fought and lost a big amberjack on plug tackle, a possible record almaco jack on 8 pound fly and had a 40 pound amberjack on fly eaten by a shark after about 30 minutes. 3 great fish producing 3 heart wrenching defeats. We did capture a few cero mackerel and mangrove snappers.

May 9th it was aspirin time. Piles of barracuda caught and released on jigs plugs and flies. Same story with yellowtail snappers, 8 pound amberjacks, cero and king mackerel, big blue runners, black groupers and loads of gray snappers. It was non-stop action all day.

The 10th we caught 6 bonefish, fought a big amberjack on 8 pound line for 40 minutes before the line failed, caught a bunch of yellowtail snapper, numerous cero mackerel, 15 pompano and a 37 pound amberjack.

The 11th we caught a bonefish, searched the stream for dolphin as we ran back to Miami and caught a permit and big king mackerel off Miami Beach. I hope Don and Sandy's arms recover soon.

On the 12th we fished with John and Kent Cheesborough from North Carolina. They both scored with our first Gold Coast Grand Slams of the year. They caught 3 sailfish, 12 and 25 pound dolphin and a pair of tarpon. All this plus several school dolphin on fly, 5 king mackerel and 2 barracuda.

Saturday we caught a dozen king mackerel to 25 pounds, a couple 12 pound dolphin, a barracuda and way too many false albacore. The evening produced 4 tarpon from 70 to 120 pounds.

We are sold out through June, but July and August offer loads of snook and swordfish. Plan your trip soon. Email Bouncer at

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