Summer Fishing is Hot

Report Date: July 12, 2004

We have had another great week on Bouncer?s Dusky 33. We spent the holiday weekend bottom fishing off Miami. We had the same group for 3 days. We started with an attempt at cubera snapper. We had one cubera strike, the teeth marks leave no doubt, and caught 2 almaco jacks. That first day was a bust.

Day two was a big improvement. The guys wanted bottom fish to eat as well as trophy sized grouper. The current was running very strong on Sunday, so we anchor fished in several spots. By days end we had 9 mutton snapper, 4 yellowtail snappers, a 40 pound amberjack and two small grouper. The top lines produced 1.5 king mackerel and 1.5 bonitas. Hey the cudas have to eat too.

Day three the current died. This opened the possibility to fish deeper waters. We had a banner day with a bunch of grouper up to 15 pounds, a couple of almaco jacks and four gray tilefish to 8 pounds.

Rick's dog snapper is a beauty

Our next adventure was four days in Bimini. We fished with Rick Aizpuru and his son Matt, nephew Robbie and good friend John Mahoney. After John?s catches, I hope they are still good friends. Day one brought smooth running to Bimini. Bait catching was tough in the harbor, but good on the bank. With a well full of ballyhoo and yellowtail, plus a couple barracuda for action, we headed for the drop off. Anchored up for a couple hours produced some very nice fish. We got a big yellowtail snapper, a beautiful dog snapper, three big amberjacks and a horse eye jack. For extra action we caught big ocean tallys and the world?s largest hound fish. A swim in Bimini Beach Clubs cool swimming pool and dinner of our fresh yellowtails completed day one.

Day two produced loads of yellowtail

Matt caught a big nassau grouper

snapper up to 3 pounds, two very nice grouper (John got one of the big ones), several big sharks (John got the only one on light tackle) and an assortment of jacks, tallys and hound fish.

Day three was fishing shallow wrecks. It was non-stop action for jacks, yellowtails, Nassau groupers, sharks a few gray snapper and lots of barracudas. All the fish were on light spinning tackle rigged with jigs or plugs. A lot of laughs were had by all. At the last spot of the day, John Mahoney scored big with a nice 35 pound cobia.

John scores with a cobia

Matt caught a huge lane snapper.

Day four was back to the reefs. We found the yellowtails a little tougher and smaller, but still caught plenty. Robbie spiced the action with a nice mutton snapper. Several sharks provided big fish action. And of course John stole the show with his 35 pound king mackerel. The last hour was spent deep dropping. Fishing in 700 feet of water produced 10 nice yelloweye snappers and stories of the one that got away. Of course John caught the most on one drop (4). The run homes was flat calm and future trips are already on the drawing board.

In July and August you should plan to visit the Bahamas, fish for snapper on the reef at night, swordfish a lot and do some catch and release snook fishing around inlets and beaches. We have a swordfish seminar at Dusky Sport Center on July 27th at 6 PM. Call 954-922-8890 for details. See ya on the ocean, Bouncer

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

Phone: (305) 439-2475