Hot Evening Action

Report Date: June 15, 2004

Boy! How time flies. It is hard to believe 10 days have passed since our last report. We had some good inlet trips lately. A week ago, we caught snook of about 5 and 15 pounds in the afternoon, along with a couple jacks and cudas. As the sun was setting we caught two tarpon over 100 pounds. Two days later, the snook were hiding, but we caught one tarpon over 100 pounds and lost another before trying for the snook. The snook, that were not biting, were replaced by a couple 30 pound tarpon. Now for the down side, over the weekend we fished the same area and nothing bit in the inlet. To make matters worse, we missed 3 big tarpon on the same trip, bringing us to a zero trip. See, we can all have a bad day.

Day trips were scarce over the last week. We fished with Don and Sandy Blake on Tuesday. The morning produced a couple mutton snappers and a couple barracudas. The afternoon was red hot. We caught a 22.5 blackfin tuna on 8 pound line for Sandy, then a 32 pound tuna for Don on 12 pound tackle. Then a 22 pound tuna on 8 for Don, while Ron got a 10 pound tuna and Sandy caught a 18 pound cuda on 12. That was a wild triple header.

Don may have a record

Since then we fished day trips on Sunday and Monday. We caught a few dolphin 20 miles offshore each trip. On Sunday we caught 3 nice mutton snapper anchored on wrecks around 150 feet deep. Several barracuda added a little more rod bending action. Monday?s wreck action was slower like the current. We caught a 8 pound gray grouper, a 15 pound amberjack and a 40 pound almaco jack.

Sunday night was a trip to remember! We fished with Tom and Cindy of Boynton Beach and their daughter Jeanne from Lauderdale. From 6 to 7 PM they caught 5 sailfish in 130 feet of water off Key Biscayne. Tom?s two sails were his first ever. On the way home, Jeanne caught a 120 pound tarpon on a live crab at Government Cut.

Monday night, we headed out for swordfish. About 9:30 another boat caught a fish of 60 inch fork length just north of us. The current was half of normal and all the boats were having a slow night. About eleven we move a couple miles offshore. The current was a knot faster and we hooked a fish in 5 minutes of fishing. 30 minutes later we boated a 120 pound, 63 inch fork length swordfish. Once again the current slowed and so did the fishing. Another slow hour of fishing sent us home happy with our 1 fish caught on a squid, fished at 150 feet. Oh! I almost forgot about the school of sailfish that swam up to our Hydro Glow Light. We boated and released a sail about 1.5 inches and watched the rest in the light. We caught a flying fish with whiskers about 1/3 it?s body length in the net and also caught a 6 pound tripletail.

Sandy caught this tuna on 8 lb.

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 or swordfish offshore. 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