Sailfish Have Arrived

Report Date: November 17, 2003

It must be November. We have our new Mercury Optimax 225s on the boat and the fish are biting. We were off the water last week while the new engines were installed and we took a little trip to North Carolina. Ron, our mate on the boat, spent the week in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

We got out fishing on Saturday and bait was solid in the inlet. Mackerel were there too. They were helping the sabiki manufacturing industry. The Spanish mackerel and small king mackerel cut a bait rig off in a split second. With the live well full of assorted sizes of pilchards, we headed off to find some fish.

We found plenty of 5 to 8 pound kingfish in 90 to 150 feet of water. They came best on the downrigger, fished at 50 feet, but quite a few nailed the flatlines as well. Over the course of the day we raised 5 or 6 sailfish. I will never understand why there are days that fish don?t stay hooked, but Saturday that was the case with the sailfish. We only got one to the boat, and he was lassoed, not hooked. All the sails were small, indicating they were from this years spawn. A good sign for the future of the sport.

In the afternoon, we got a couple dolphin fish for a little spice in the action.

Sunday we loaded up with pilchards and headed out again. This time we anchored in 105 feet of water instead of drifting. We fired up the kite, put out the flat lines and lowered one bait to the bottom. In an hour or two we had 3 big false albacore and three king mackerel from 10 to 15 pounds. We also had worn out our senior anglers from rocking and rolling in the seas that were running 5 feet. We headed into some residential canals to find some tarpon, but the tarpon had other plans. We saw some great homes and enjoyed the day, but the catching was over.

The boats that stayed offshore got plenty of sailfish, kings and dolphin.

I am playing amateur research scientist at this time, and I need your help. If you have ever caught or seen any sailfish or marlin swimming around with a piece of line longer than it?s body attached by a hook (fish that broke off or was released with a long piece of leader), I would like to hear about it. I believe that they don?t survive this situation. Please e-mail me at if you are aware of any billfish surviving with a long piece of line attached. Thank you.

We are doing a seminar on Thursday evening at Dusky Sport Center 110 N. Bryan Road, Dania Beach, Fl.. It will be about ?The variety of winter fishing? and starts at 6:30 PM. Please come on by, Bouncer

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

Phone: (305) 439-2475