Miami's Diversity of Fishing

Report Date: November 3, 2017

Let me tell you about our last three trips. It will help you understand the diversity of fishing we enjoy around Miami Florida.

Last Saturday we were scheduled to fish with Don and Mark from New York. They have fished with us for years. They enjoy everything they catch, but are very fond of shipping some fish back home.

The wind was blowing 25 to 30 so I decided some inlet fishing might be a lot more comfortable than offshore. Plus, we might catch some taste snook for their fish dinner plans.

What a successful plan. In a few hours we had caught 10 snook. They had their limit of one a piece from 28 to 32 inches and released the rest.

Don is planning a snook dinner

Mark’s best snook

They also caught 5 jack crevalle. The highlight of the morning was when a 300 pound bull shark chased a jack right up to the boat. When it turned away, it threw water all over the whole crew with the shark’s broad tail.

I decided we could give some offshore fishing a try. Over a few hours Don and Mark caught 5 bonito, a tuna, a mahi, a barracuda, a shark and two sailfish.

Tuna and mahi, its what’s for dinner

Again sharks played a big part in the adventure. Don hooked two big amberjacks on vertical jigs. Both times he put up a valiant fight before huge sharks ate his amberjacks and swam away without a care.

Our next trip was yesterday. Rob, Ron and Chad came down from Colorado and Georgia. This was another party that has fished with us for years. Again it was a group who enjoy all their catches, but like fresh fish prepared at Montys Sunset, a resturant right behind our boat, and taking fish back home.

Our first 45 minutes produced a nice kingfish, a shark, a mutton snapper, a red grouper and a beautiful small sailfish. As the day progressed we caught several kingfish up to 18 pounds, a barracuda, a couple more sharks, a big sailfish and 3 cobia we tagged and released.

Big red grouper offer great filets for dinner

Everybody caught a cobia yesterday

This trio fished with us again today. They caught 3 snook, a mutton snapper , a blacktip shark and a big jack crevalle at the inlet.

Rob caught today’s best snook

Big jacks like Chad’s are tough fighters

After stocking the livewell with pilchards, cigar minnows and herring we headed south of Fowey Rocks Light. Within 20 minutes of putting out the baits, we caught 2 sailfish.

Rob caught our smallest sailfish today

Ron caught today’s biggest sail

Over the next several hours we added 3 mutton snappers, a couple kingfish, 6 mahi from 5 to 10 pounds, a huge barracuda and another sailfish.

One of today’s 6 mahi

Today’s Big barracuda

As you can see, the diversity and quantity of fish action has really been good.

I will be at Dusky Boats in the convention center this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. I hope to see you there.

Capt. Bouncer Smith

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Capt. Bouncer Smith
1521 Alton Road, #505
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Phone: (305) 439-2475