Hot May Action

Report Date: May 23, 2004

What a week!!!! Last Saturday we fished the Avborne Tournament out of Miami. This tournament had about 40 boats fishing for eating fish to weigh at 1 point per pound, no more than 3 per species. Plus 3 sailfish releases at 25 points per fish. We won with 3 tuna from 29 to 31 pounds, a cero mackerel, a king mackerel, 2 mutton snapper, 1 dolphin and a sailfish release.

What a week!!!! Last Saturday we fished the Avborne Tournament out of Miami. This tournament had about 40 boats fishing for eating fish to weigh at 1 point per pound, no more than 3 per species. Plus 3 sailfish releases at 25 points per fish. We won with 3 tuna from 29 to 31 pounds, a cero mackerel, a king mackerel, 2 mutton snapper, 1 dolphin and a sailfish release.

Chub Cay was full of big bulls

Sunday we ran to Chub Cay, Bahamas for three days of fishing with a group of men from Wisconsin fishing on 3 boats. All the boats had dolphin action that dreams are made of. We caught far more dolphin than we could keep track of. Our best were 40 pounds on 20 pound spin tackle and a bullyhoo cast and retrieved and a 25 pound bull on fly. One of our anglers, Pat Helland, caught more than 20 dolphin over 12 pounds on fly in 5 hours. We had a blue marlin on for a few seconds and raised 1 sailfish in the few hours we trolled for billfish. The big dolphin were soooo thick that we would stop fishing with them all around the boat while we took refreshment breaks. Thursday we ran home in 5 hours.

Friday we went tarpon fishing in the evening and caught 2 tarpon out of 5 strikes plus some blue runners for the young kids on the boat.

Saturday we caught a mutton snapper and a gray grouper on the bottom. A couple barracuda ate our surface baits to provide a little action. We caught a couple bonitos on the kite. Fishing was slow till we stumbled onto a school of permit on the surface. We caught 4 of them. 2 in the mid 20 pound range plus a 36 and a 37 pound fish. Those were our best permit so far this year. This trip was a birthday present from Meg to her husband Jeff Wright. It was a great present.

The Saturday evening trip was a tuna special and produced a big sailfish and a 15 pound king for Jim Herndon plus a 30 pound blackfin tuna for John Herndon.

Sunday was like a dream come true for some long time friends who love bottom fishing. We caught 5 mutton snapper up to 12 pounds, 3 gray grouper to 18 pounds, a cobia, several barracuda and a 25 pound blackfin tuna for a great day.

June is knocking on the door, so plan on dolphin offshore, snapper on the reefs, both day and night with snook and tarpon around the inlets.

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 fish together on Bouncer?s Dusky 33 or we see you on the rip, Bouncer
Sunday we ran to Chub Cay, Bahamas for three days of fishing with a group of men from Wisconsin fishing on 3 boats. All the boats had dolphin action that dreams are made of. We caught far more dolphin than we could keep track of. Our best were 40 pounds on 20 pound spin tackle and a bullyhoo cast and retrieved and a 25 pound bull on fly. One of our anglers, Pat Helland, caught more than 20 dolphin over 12 pounds on fly in 5 hours. We had a blue marlin on for a few seconds and raised 1 sailfish in the few hours we trolled for billfish. The big dolphin were soooo thick that we would stop fishing with them all around the boat while we took refreshment breaks. Thursday we ran home in 5 hours.

Friday we went tarpon fishing in the evening and caught 2 tarpon out of 5 strikes plus some blue runners for the young kids on the boat.

Saturday we caught a mutton snapper and a gray grouper on the bottom. A couple barracuda ate our surface baits to provide a little action. We caught a couple bonitos on the kite. Fishing was slow till we stumbled onto a school of permit on the surface. We caught 4 of them. 2 in the mid 20 pound range plus a 36 and a 37 pound fish. Those were our best permit so far this year. This trip was a birthday present from Meg to her husband Jeff Wright. It was a great present.

The Saturday evening trip was a tuna special and produced a big sailfish and a 15 pound king for Jim Herndon plus a 30 pound blackfin tuna for John Herndon.

Sunday was like a dream come true for some long time friends who love bottom fishing. We caught 5 mutton snapper up to 12 pounds, 3 gray grouper to 18 pounds, a cobia, several barracuda and a 25 pound blackfin tuna for a great day.

June is knocking on the door, so plan on dolphin offshore, snapper on the reefs, both day and night with snook and tarpon around the inlets.

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 fish together on Bouncer?s Dusky 33 or 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