Holiday Variety

Report Date: November 27, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be thankful for today. Healthy family and friends, the opportunities to fish or do as we please in a great country and many other things that could fill volumes.

We tried for another swordfish on fly Monday evening. We put out one rigged squid 250 feet below a float. Then we put a squid with no hook down 100 feet as a teaser while Marty worked his 10 inch swordfish fly in the glow of our Hydro Glow light. We were in about 1100 feet of water off Miami Beach at 9:30 when a swordfish about 100 pounds ate the squid with the hook in it. We released the swordfish at 10 PM and called it a beautiful night.

The last couple night have been very calm and the swordfish have been hitting very well. The bad news is that we were only able to get out once due to day trips, family obligations and sick clients. Several boats caught 2 or 3 fish in an evening this week, including fish to 200 pounds. We have some dates open in December, Let?s fill them up and hope the weather will let us get out and catch these great fish.

When the weather was flat calm, the mackerel slowed down. Wednesday the wind was up and the mackerel were biting again. This is great light tackle fishing from the inlet to 60 feet of water. Chum, small live pilchards or shrimp and a little luck will allow for some fast action and good eating.

There are some small sailfish around, scattered king mackerel and Wednesday afternoon the dolphin were swarming in about 500 feet of water. They were a little slow to bite, but if they are out there, they have to eat some time.

Tuesday it seemed like fishing was slow, but by days end we had 3 kings, 12 mackerel, 2 mutton snapper and 4 dolphin.

Have a great Thanksgiving and we will see you on the water this weekend!

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

Phone: (305) 439-2475