Tarpon Time

Report Date: April 11, 2004


I wish I could rave about our fishing action this week, but I can?t. During the Miami Billfish Tournament we had shots at 6 sailfish. We only caught 3 and it took 4 to come in the money. We caught a lot of dolphin, a few kingfish and bonitos plus a cobia to fill out the days.

Wednesday we tarpon fished all day. The tarpon rolled around the boat and they swam under the boat in nearly every spot we tried, but they never took a bait. We missed a permit and another cut us off in the bottom. The onlt good action was Spanish mackerel and big blue runners on light tackle while begging for a tarpon.

Thursday afternoon we had a couple young children out with their Grandfather and mother. We got a nice barracuda, a bonita and a huge sailfish on a trip lasting less than 4 hours. The sail fought an hour of that time!

Thursday evening we had 2 youngsters and their dad and grandpa. They caught several Spanish mackerel, a bunch of big blue runners and two tarpon over 100 pounds each.

Friday was very slow with a couple grouper and Spanish mackerel during the day and two lost tarpon in the evening.

Saturday was a lot better. The Gulf Stream moved in near the reef and the fish fed a lot better. We caught several kingfish, a mutton snapper and one of two sailfish that bit. The evening trip produced tarpon of 50 and 110 pounds plus mackerel, snapper, blue runners and bluefish.

April is here. Look for a run of big king mackerel this month. Blackfin tuna will appear in good numbers. Both of these fish will feed very well at sundown. The good news is that Daylight Savings Time started on April 4th, meaning sundown is about 7:30 at night. Lots of fishing time after work hours. Sailfish will be very active all month, dolphin will bigger and more abundant, tarpon will be very hungry and snook will move out toward the inlets. It is time to GO FISHING!

Mark your calendar. We will be doing a dolphin seminar at Dusky Sport Center on May 27th from 6 to 8:30. I hope we see you on the rip, Bouncer

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

Phone: (305) 439-2475
Email: CaptBouncer@bellsouth.net