Marvelous May Fishing

Report Date: May 15, 2005

Boy, have we had some good fishing. Wednesday we fished with Patrick Fixter from New Jersey. He wanted his best chance for sailfish and tarpon, so we left the dock at 1 PM. This would give us some day fishing as well as the evening tarpon. I hope that by now he can use his arms. Pat fished alone because his daughter is too young for a day on the water and his wife stay with her. Pat caught 4 blackfin tuna up to 30 pounds, 3 out of 8

Patrick caught sore arms

sailfish a king mackerel and 15 bonito. We missed a couple dolphin along the way. This was off Key Biscayne in 120 to 180 feet of water with live bait on flat lines and the kite. We did miss out on the tarpon as we ran out of time before we could get a hook up on the silver king.

Thursday we only fished the evening trip. Ben and Dominick were still trying to get Dom his first sailfish, so we started there. He got it, but it was tough. Dominick fought this sailfish for 70 minutes. It was one very tough 65 or 70 pound fish. After the sail, we headed back to the beach to catch Ben one more tarpon before he headed back north for the summer. Not to be out done, he caught a very tough 100 pound tarpon in another marathon battle.

Friday we fished with John Kunz and one of his friends. It was a good day of action. We caught 15 dolphin up to 15 pounds, 6 king mackerel all around 12 to 15 pounds, a bonito, a sailfish and a blackfin tuna in waters from 100 to 250 feet deep of Miami Beach. Friday evening we were treated to the presents of the Pemberton family. Tom and Cindy with daughter Jeanne. Tom started things going with a nice tarpon. Jeanne followed with a 29 inch snook.

The Pembertons snook

Then it was Cindy with a 45 inch barracuda. Here was a slow down in the action, so we changed locations and Cindy scored with a 100 pound tarpon on a live crab. After she had brought the fish to the leader in 15 minutes, she let Tom fight it for 25 minutes. Then Tom turned the rod over to Jeanne who fought it for another 20 minutes before the tarpon finally surrendered.

Saturday we fished a 15 boat tournament for Avborne Corporation. Our angler was Phil Fields from Seattle Washington. Phil was the hottest hand in town. We left late, and came in early, but Phil caught a load of fish. Phil caught 4 blackfin tuna up to 36 pounds. He caught a king and a bonito. And along with all that he caught 4 sailfish, his first sails ever. Unconfirmed reports indicated that Phil won this event.

Phil wins big with Sails

Saturday night Nick Santori fished with his son Nick and friend Tom. They all were called upon to battle a magnificent 175 pound tarpon that ate a crab at Government Cut. This big lady took them on a guided tour of the area off Miami Beach for over an hour before releasing them to return to the safety of shore. The sight of this lady jumping clear of the water half a dozen times will stick with all of us through many fish stories.

May should bring plenty of dolphin into our waters. Blackfin tuna, sailfish and king mackerel should keep smiles on anglers faces daily. Tarpon and snook will be hot near shore. We will be presenting a seminar on dolphin fishing at Dusky Sport Center 110 N. Bryan Road Dania Beach at 6 PM on May 19th. Call 954-922-8890 for details.

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

Phone: (305) 439-2475