The Fall Migration is On

Report Date: October 6, 2004

October is here and fishing is back to normal. Last week we fished with Terry Jackson and his two sons one afternoon. We fished live herring and speedos by slow trolling flatlines and a downrigger.

The Jackson boys caught kings and cudas

The Jackson family had a lot of fun catching and releasing 4 big barracudas. Even more fun was catching king mackerel of 10 and 18 pounds and then eating them at Monty?s. I stole a filet of their blackened leftovers while waiting for the captains meeting for the Miami Swordfish Tournament and it was great.

The swordfish tournament was greeted by 15 to 20 knot winds out of the east. 16 boats had fairly good action on very small swordfish. 11 fish were released the first night and 8 the second. On board our boat 12 year old Martini Arostegui released the second fish of the tournament to secure ?top junior angler? honors. Hopes of defending our title from 2003 were not in the cards, but we had a good time trying. Our congratulations to #1 Complete Angler, #2 Git Lit and #3 Chips Ahoy.

A couple days after the tournament we fished with Sandy and Don Blake. We were out for fun action on light tackle. The Blakes had a lot of fun with several king mackerel up to 9.5 pounds on 6 and 8 pound tackle, about a dozen Spanish mackerel up to 5.75 pounds, loads of small amberjacks, numerous big blue runners, a 6 pound jack crevalle and a dozen bluefish on tackle as light as 4 pound test. That was a lot of action for several hours.

We are rapidly approaching the tournament season. For the first time in years we have openings to take on new teams to fish these events. The Dark Side of the Moon, swordfish tournament is October 23rd. The Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tour. is November 19-21. A new tournament takes place in Miami December 18th and 19th. Cocoplum Sailfish is January 14-16. The Mayor?s Cup is January 29 and 30. Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge is March 5 and 6. Billfish Masters is March 19 and 20. And the Yamaha/-Contender Miami Billfish Tournament is April 8-10. Most of these dates are still available on Bouncer?s Dusky 33. If any of these appeal to you, let us know and we will give you all the details.

October is the prime month for the fall migration. That means a lot of action on a wide variety of fish. In October we are booked solid till the 14th, but plenty of friends are available. We have a bunch of open dates between the 14th and 28th . November means the sails are arriving along with African pompano, big jacks, groupers and a lot of others. So give us a call at 305-945-5114 or e-mail capt.bouncer@att.net to make a reservation. Let?s go catch some fish!

We are having a swordfish seminar at Dusky Sport Center on October 14th at 6 PM. Give them a call at 954-922-8890. Hope we see you there.

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

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