Big Bottom Action

Report Date: May 30, 2004

It must be time to target dinner fish. We have had a great week of angling action for those looking for some great meals. Monday we caught some dolphin in 1100 feet of water. These fish were found under birds and traveling rapidly to the south. In the afternoon we caught a big almaco jack, one king mackerel and a rare for south Florida, mystic grouper. Monday evening we had the Yori family out. They caught a sailfish, a cero mackerel, a remora and at 8:35 at night caught a big blackfin tuna.

Tuesday it offshore again to catch a 20 pond bull dolphin and a bunch of school sized dolphin under the birds again. The afternoon produced some gray tile fish and a yellow edged grouper. The evening trip brought us a double header of blackfin tuna of 28 and 32 pounds. With dinner in the box, it was in to the beach where we caught and released a tarpon well over 125 pounds.

Thursday we set out for some more bottom action as our angler had to stay within phone range of shore. It was a banner day. We caught a 20 pound black grouper on the first bait in the water. Then it was a couple mutton snapper followed by an 18 pound gray grouper. The next fish was the biggest mutton snapper I have seen caught. This 23.5 pound beauty was a sight to behold.

A 23.5 lb. Mutton Snapper by Gary

Another gray grouper released, a sailfish released, 3 king mackerel and 3 bonito rounded out the day. Thursday evening we had a super group of anglers up at Dusky Sport Center for our seminar on dolphin fishing. A special thanks to Bo Walker for joining us.

Friday, Thursday?s angler brought help. They wanted more of those bottom fish. They caught 5 mutton snapper and another ?biggest ever?. Tom caught a 38 pound gray grouper off

Tom caught our biggest gray grouper. 38 lbs.

of one of the Dade County artificial reefs.

Saturday found us bottom fishing again, but no monsters came to the boat. We had 9 mutton snapper from 4 to 6 pounds and a blackfin tuna of 30.5 pounds. Saturday night we headed out for some swordfish action. The action we got, but not the score. We had four good swordfish strikes, had 4 on, but some how pulled the hook on all of them. We got 3 close enough to see in the glow of the Hydro Glow light. I hope we get them closer tonight.

June should offer a few more blackfin tuna before the season ends. Snook are now catch and release only. Good tarpon action should last for one more month. And dolphin should be hot!. For those who like late nights, it is mangrove on the reef time. Please release some for the future, Bouncer

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

Phone: (305) 439-2475