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Wahoo are Here


August 14, 2017

Later than expected, but the wahoo have finally started to show up. 

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Cold Weather Equals Hot Bite


November 21, 2016

North winds, north current and cold weather made for a hot sailfish bite over the weekend.

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Sailfish are Snapping


October 5, 2016

Sailfish are already starting to show up in numbers in South Florida.

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Daytime Swordy


September 22, 2016

It only takes one bite....

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Feb 27 Report


February 27, 2015

The swords are chewin!

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Jan 29 Report


January 29, 2015

They are tailing everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cool Front Triggers Bite


October 13, 2014

....all kinds of fish are tearing them up. Tarpon, jacks, sharks, bluefish, big ladyfish, kingfish, snook, and an occasional redfish are all following these huge school’s of mullet.

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Unpredictable September Fishing


September 12, 2014

Fishing in September can be very unpredictable. The bite on the edge has really tapered off. A few wahoo and even fewer kings have most anglers running offshore looking for dolphin, deep dropping for swords, and everyone begging for those first coldfronts to push south so our fall pattern will get underway...

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September Kings


September 3, 2013

They’re not great to eat, but they are a lot of fun to catch.  We’re talking about big Kings in the summer time.

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August 21 Fishing Report


August 21, 2013

If you ever wanted to catch a wahoo, now is the time to get out there and do it.  They are snapping and have been for the past two weeks. 

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Strong Showing


April 28, 2013

The final push of sailfish happened about a week or so ago.  Sailfish season is typically November through May and April can be an outstanding month, and it was.

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Lots of Sails


April 10, 2013

The same was the case last year, and just like last year, April is turning out to be one of the best months for sailfishing.  Eventually the fish will push through the area and right now they are coming through in some pretty big packs.  In three trips last week we caught 30 sailfish. 

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Conditions are Key


March 22, 2013

I have frequently talked about how the right conditions can give you a red-hot bite.  On the other hand, the wrong conditions can mean the bite will be slow that day.  F

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Another One!


March 10, 2013

About two months ago we caught a 100 plus pound yellowfin tuna.  Although we catch yellowfins in the Bahamas, they are not frequently caught in Miami. 

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Getting Better


February 18, 2013

The past week the sailfishing has continued to improve.  We have been averaging 3 to 6 sailfish per day

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The Fish Rae Finally Here


February 3, 2013

Luckily a much-needed cold front came by on Friday and that coupled with blue water and strong north current resulted in a pretty good bite.  The past couple of days we went 6 for 8 one day followed by 8 for 8 the next day.

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Capt. Skip Dana Jan. Fishing Report


January 17, 2013

After a red hot start to this winter’s Sailfish bite, the lack of steady cold fronts has put us back into more of a transitional late fall pattern. While we are still picking at a few Sailfish locally, the best bite has been from Palm Beach to Fort Pierce, and from Key Biscayne south...

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Capt. Art Sapp Report- South Tide Sailfish


December 27, 2012

Typically, if a fisherman in South Florida was looking to catch sailfish, they would look for clean blue water moving north up the coast in a depth ranging from 100 to 200 feet.  Leading up to the inaugural Operation Sailfish Tournament all reports had green water moving south from Fort Pierce inlet to Hillsboro inlet all the way out to 300 feet.  This is the entire tournament boundary basically.

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Capt. Art Sapp Dec. Report--Sailfish Season is Here


December 11, 2012

One of the great things about South Florida, besides the weather, is the annual migration of sailfish.  Along with the sailfish, of course, come the tournaments. The Liquid fishing team decided to open our season with the SeaVee Mercury Sailfish Kickoff, held on December 8th and 9th.

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Mahis and Sailfish


December 11, 2012

The current has slowed down in Miami and the blue water has pushed out a bit, but even with these conditions, we have been able to catch sailfish on all our full day trips

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Double Digits are Back!


November 25, 2012

 I know when I have to put on a jacket in the morning, it means only one thing, and that is, it is finally sailfish season in South Florida. 

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Capt. Art Sapp Report--Fish When You Can


November 19, 2012

Fishermen are always speaking with one another trying to find out if and where they should go fishing.  This is often helpful in producing good trips.  There is, however, the saying that a bad day of fishing beats a good day of about anything else.  For that reason, it is always a good idea to go when you get the opportunity. 

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Capt. Art Sapp Nov. Report- Sailfish Season Begins!


November 7, 2012

We are very fortunate here in South Florida in that we always have some sailfish around. There is, however, a season in which we see large numbers of them traveling south through our local waters.  Typically that season starts in late November and continues through April.

 

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Fall Species Are Here!


November 5, 2012

We are now well into the fall and the species we are targeting are swordfish, sailfish and wahoo.  Luckily all three of these species have cooperated. 

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Wahoo in the Bahamas


October 22, 2012

Fall is definitely here and al our fall species are cooperating.  We had a banner trip to Bimini high speed trolling for wahoos, we have caught swordfish on all our sword trips, both day and night, and the sailfish bite is already picking up.

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Swordfish Bite Picks Up


October 1, 2012

This past weekend was the 10th Annual Miami Swordfish Tournament.  I have fished many of the Miami as well as the Islamorada Swordfish Tournaments in the past

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Capt. Skip Dana - Broward County - Early Fall


September 19, 2012
After the recent tropical storm the bottom fishing really went off. A combination of rough weather for more than a few days, lot’s of rain, and low pressure is the perfect recipe to turn the bite on.
 
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Almost There


September 11, 2012

Again, we had a variety of trips from daytime swordfishing, mahi fishing, and fishing on the edge.

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Get Ready


August 26, 2012

 I was looking forward to the sword trips as we are getting into the absolute best time of year for daytime and evening swords.  Late August through October and even November is the absolute best time to target these fish.

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Variety


August 6, 2012

For the past two weeks we have had a variety of different trips.  The majority have been daytime swordfish trips, one combo day/night sword trip, some trips on the edge and some trips for mahis in the Gulfstream. 

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Mahis are Here


July 20, 2012

Usually May and June are the best month for mahis, but this May and June the mahi fishing was relatively slow.  Last year was the same but it got very good in August and September.  This year the mahis have finally arrived and it looks like a great July and August for dorado fishing in Miami. 

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Capt Art Sapp Report - Tuna Frenzy


July 17, 2012

With all the phenomenal yellow fin tuna reports coming in from the Bahamas, we had to go check it out for ourselves.  To say the least, we were not disappointed...

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Snappers, Tunas and Sharks


July 4, 2012

This time of year the best bet is going to the Bahamas on a multi day trip or doing a mahi or mahi/swordfish trip.

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Capt Skip Dana - Broward County June 26


June 26, 2012

Fishing up and down the reef the past couple of weeks has been very inconsistent, especially with the crazy weather we’ve had. The days that the conditions have been right, east wind and north current, the fishing has been great almost springtime like...
 

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Summer is Here


June 16, 2012

overall the fishing has been very good.   I did have a few half day trips that the fishing was a bit slow, but we did catch quality fish on every trip.   Fishing on the edge has been producing some decent kings from 10 to 30 pounds.  The majority of the kings have been in the high teens, which on 20 pound or 12 pound spinning tackle is an absolute blast.  The initial first run and the second run they do when they see the boat are impressive.  There have also been quite a few sailfish around as well.  Our best day we caught 4 sailfish

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Spring Time on the Edge


May 30, 2012

The fishing still remains very, very good.  Don’t get me wrong, we have had a few trips that the fishing was slow, but overall spring is the best time to fish especially for variety and that was definitely the case this month.  Just the other day we had a late afternoon trip and in a little over two hours we caught 3 big blackfin tunas, a few sailfish and quite a few bonitas.  It was non stop action during the whole trip.

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Tuna Fever


May 12, 2012

The tunas are definitely here.  Blackfin tunas in Miami and yellowfin tunas in the Bahamas.  Starting with Miami, the big blackfins have shown up and in big numbers.  For the past week or so we have been averaging 3 to 6 tunas per trip.  The fish are decent in size as well averaging 25 to 35 pounds.  We have been catching most of the balckfin tunas on the kite baits but caught some on the flatlines as well. 

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Capt. Skip - Broward County - May 1


May 2, 2012
We haven’t fished at all the last couple days because of the weather, but before this blow the springtime bite was just starting to heat up. Big kings, some dolphin, our first couple blackfins of the season, and some cobia to go along with a pretty solid snapper bite. After this wind the fishing should go off.....
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Double Digit sailfish Releases


April 27, 2012

 

What a great couple of weeks of fishing.  This has definitely been the best fishing of the year.  The sailfishing has exploded and we have gone almost double digit releases every day.

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Sailfish Tournament Win


April 15, 2012
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Capt Art Sapp Report - Meat Tournament Practice Time


April 6, 2012

With the meat fish or edible fish tournaments right around the corner, it’s time to start getting your crew and gear ready.  The Saltwater Shootout here in Pompano is less than a month and a half away.

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Spring is Almost Here


March 28, 2012

Sailfishing has gotten better with multiple shots each day.  Kings and tunas starting to show up.  Suprising amount of white marlin caught off of Miami this past two weeks.

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Action on the Edge


March 12, 2012

We are still averaging between 2 to 5 sailfish per day and that has stayed pretty consistent.  Although that is not bad at all, we are still missing those banner double digit release days. 

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March Report from Capt Art Sapp - Native Son Charters


March 6, 2012

March 2012 – Spring conditions are early

As warm of a winter as we have had I guess it should be no surprise that we are getting spring patterns early this year.  On a recent trip we saw large kings in the mid to upper 30’s with some in the 40’s. 

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Monster Swordfish


February 23, 2012

Sailfishing has still been relatively slow.  We have been averaging about 2 to 5 sailfish per day and our best day since the last report we caught 6.  Not bad, but not what it should be. 

 Besides sailfishing, we have also been mixing it up with some tarpon fishing as well as a couple of swordfish trips. 

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Capt. Skip Dana - Broward County


February 9, 2012

What a strange winter it’s been so far.  Fishing along the reef has been pretty good overall, but without a steady dose of coldfronts like we’re used to it’s been hard to put any kind of pattern together...

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The Wait Is Almost Over


February 7, 2012

 As busy as it has been, I wish the fishing was a little better.  It is not bad, but not red hot like it should.  We have managed to catch a sailfish on every single trip but one since the last report.  Our best day we caught 9 sailfish, but for the most part have been averaging 2 to 5 sailfish per trip

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They are Coming!


January 17, 2012

Sailfish season has been a little late in arriving but as we are getting more and more cold fronts rolling in, the sailfish bite is picking up.  There are plenty of sailfish up north and these cold fronts are what pushes them south into our waters.

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Thank You for a Great Year


January 1, 2012

Now to the fishing part.  It’s been a few weeks since my last report, but as usual the holidays weeks in December are extremely busy and I have been fishing every day.  I wish the fishing could have been a bit better, but we did have a lot of quality catches, including some big dolphin, swordfish on every trip, and sailfish on every trip but one. 

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Captain Skip Dana Report Dec 22


December 22, 2011

Fishing over the past few weeks seems to have a common theme, big wind, it’s been blowing pretty much nonstop for about 2 months now. For those willing to brave the seas fishing has been pretty decent.

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Outside the Box


December 8, 2011

The wind finally laid down after an extremely windy two weeks.  It laid down just in time for us.  Today I had a great customer and good friend, Roger, fishing with us.  Roger and I have caught practically every species that inhabits our area and have caught countless amounts of sailfish and swordfish as well as wahoo, dolphin, kings, tunas etc.  Today we were looking at breaking out of the routine and trying something different. 

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Big Swordfish on the New Double D


November 20, 2011

Even though we are still plagued with green water and little or no current, the fishing still remains good, as long as you are willing to venture outside the box. Typical depths for fishing on the edge with kites targeting sailfish, mahi, kings etc. is usually from 100 to 200 feet in depth.  The only problem is that we have continued to have green water and little current in that zone.  We have been venturing a bit farther offshore and anywhere from 300 to 500 ft we have usually found a bit of a color change with some north current as well. 

Although it still has been a bit windy, we have had a few days where the weather cooperated and we went daytime swordfishing.  Both of our trips we caught swordfish

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Capt. Skip Dana - Broward Report - Nov. 18


November 18, 2011

Fishing the past few weeks has been pretty hit and miss. We had to deal with a serious amount of fresh water from all the rain we had which made the water offshore look like chocolate milk and the cold fronts aren’t steady enough yet so we’re stuck in transition

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Capt. Greg Bogdan - Palm Beach County Report - November 15, 2011


November 15, 2011

The mullet run is going on and the fishing is incredible for Palm Beach.

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Tough Weather but Still Good Fishing


November 6, 2011
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South Palm Beach Report - Oct. 22 - Capt Skip Dana


October 24, 2011

Water quality up and down the line over the weekend was mediocre at best.  The water cleaned up a bit from Delray up towards Boynton Inlet on Saturday.

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Sword Bite Continues


October 17, 2011

Great Swordfish Bite, especially during the day, good sailfish bite on the edge and great wahoo fishing in the Bahamas

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The Swordfish Bite is ON!


September 30, 2011

The day sword bite is definitely on!  Since my last report I have fished every single day with the exception of 2 days.  The vast majority of the trips have been swordfish trips, mostly daytime, some nighttime and also some combo trips.  I have also done a few trips on the edge. 

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True Fish Catching Machine


September 12, 2011

Great daytime swordfish bite as well as as an early run of sailfish on the edge.

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Broward Report - Capt. Skip Dana


September 9, 2011

Fishing the past couple weeks on the reef has still been all about the snappers. Big yellowtails and muttons along with some vermilions and mangroves...

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Miami Fishing Report - Double D Charters


August 29, 2011

The new Double D has arrived but before we let go of the old Double D, she still had lots of luck in her and we did really good on our past few trips.  We did a few more trips on the edge and were lucky enough to catch a few more sailfish.  Although it is summer and not really sailfish season, we still managed to catch sailfish on all our trips but one.

We also did a few swordfish trips and we caught swords on all our trips (three trips in a row) and had one outstanding combo trip

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Broward County Report - Capt Skip Dana 8/21/11


August 22, 2011

The fishing out of Hillsboro has been red hot for the past few weeks, either along the edge, or on a reef or wreck you couldn’t miss.

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Dade County Report - Capt Bouncer Smith


August 22, 2011

I wish I had good news, but we just came off a lousy week of fishing. We blame the west wind. We did catch a huge Almaco jack. The bonito bit every morning, but not in the afternoon. David Raymond caught a 35 pound African pompano with us Saturday morning. Please bring back the east wind and the mahi and swordfish from a couple weeks ago!

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West Palm Beach - Captain Greg Bogdan


August 22, 2011

The Wahoo bite has been going off in West Palm Beach for the past two weeks.  

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Capt. Bouncer Smith - Miami Report - August 10


August 10, 2011

Aug 10th, 2011

Sorry for the delay between reports, but I have been tied up getting my current boat ready for sale and getting ready for the new boat which is due next week.  In the middle of that I have also been fishing a little bit. 

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Bouncer Smith Report - Miami, FL


July 21, 2011

Our day trips have centered around good mahi fishing in 800 to 1000 feet of water. These fish have been from under sized schools to  good number of fish from 20 to 35 pounds. .

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Captian Dean Panos - Miami Report - July 12


July 12, 2011

Things have been a little bit quiet since my last report.  I have been fishing but just not as much as I am used to.  We did a few dolphin trips in the Gulfstream and the dolphin fishing this year has been very poor especially for bigger fish. 

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Captain Skip Dana - Broward Report - July 12


July 12, 2011

Fishing the past couple weeks has been all about snapper. Yellowtails, muttons, mangroves, lanes, some vermilons, and a monster true red snapper.

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Capt Skip Dana - Broward Report - June 29


June 29, 2011

Fishing before this last full moon was red hot. Lots of nice kings a few late season tunas and some nice size dolphin and cobia. The snapper bite was on fire too particularly in the afternoon and early evening. Lots of muttons and yellowtail snapper, we had 3 afternoons in a row that both the Helen S and Fish City Pride had over 60 snappers and 20 off those

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Captain Dean Panos - Miami Report - June 20


June 21, 2011

If you want action then there are several things you can try.  Fishing on the edge has been good, especially if you like bonitas.  There are a ton of them out there.  Besides the bonitas, which are great fun on light tackle, there have also been some

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Captain Skip Dana - Broward Report - June 2


June 2, 2011

Fishing for the past week has been spectacular. Lot’s of kings, big kings, blackfin tuna, dolphin, yellowtail and mutton snappers, cobias, and african pompano.

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Capt Bouncer Smith - Miami Report - June 2


June 2, 2011
We went tarpon fishing Sunday night and caught 2 tarpon of 120 and 70 pounds, plus jumping 2 more. Crabs were the hot bait.
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Captain Greg Bogdan - West Palm - Quick Report June 2


June 2, 2011
Offshore: There have been kingfish, some dolphin, bonito, sharks and cobia (in the area around the sharks), mutton snapper lots of amberjacks on the wrecks and some blackfin tuna.
Inshore: There are snook, tarpon and big jacks around the inlet.
Bait: Lots of threadfin herring, some sardines and cigar minnows
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Captain Dean Panos - Miami Report - May 23


May 24, 2011

The tunas are finally here.  I’ve been complaining about the lack of big blackfin tunas that usually arrive in April and May and finally in the last week the bigger blackfins are here.  Our best afternoon we caught 4 big blackfins and have been consistently catching a few each trip.  Average size is around 30 pounds and I have heard of some 35 pounders caught this week. 

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Captain Dean Panos Report - Miami - May 12, 2011


May 12, 2011

The fishing in the end of April surprisingly slowed down a bit, but luckily it picked right back up in May.  There are still plenty of sailfish around.  We have been averaging 3 to 4 sailfish per day.  Most of these sails are the full grown spring sailfish and are around 50 to 70 pounds. 

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Captain Skip Dana Report - Broward - May 2, 2011


May 3, 2011
Fishing out of Hillsboro Inlet the past week has been spectacular. A very solid snapper bite along with the springtime kings with a few nice cobias mixed in has made for some great trips.
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Bouncer Smith Report - Dade County - May 1, 2011


May 3, 2011

May has opened as we all hope it will. We had four big mutton snapper, five nice kings, three mahi, a bonito and two sails today in just six hours. Trout action is great in the bay. I just hope those tarpon start biting again instead of driving us crazy by rolling all around the boat, but not biting.

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Capt Dean Panos - April 8, 2011


April 8, 2011

Sorry for the bit of delay between reports, but I have been fishing everyday and trying to get caught up.  The sailfish action continues to be great.  We did have two days were the bite for sails was non existent but we did manage to catch quite a few dolphin, some decent kings and some small blackfin tunas on those days.  The sailfish action was slow those days because we had practically no current and the water was pretty green.  The good news is that we now have good current again and some decent looking water.  Our best day since my last report was 12 out of 18 sails and that was on a half day trip.  We have been averaging 4 to 6 sails a day and are now starting to see more dolphin and steady action on the kingfish.  We are also seeing blackfin tunas on practically a daily basis, but the tunas have definitely been on the small side.  We should see the bigger tunas very soon and am excited to get the bigger blackfins in our area.

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Miami Report - 3/31/11 Captain Bouncer Smith


March 31, 2011
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Palm Beach Report - Captain Greg Bodgen 3/31/11


March 31, 2011
There have been spinner sharks on the beach. Some permit and big jacks over 30lbs in the mouth of the inlet.  Big mutton snappers over 10 lbs and african pompano over 30lbs. have been around the wrecks off Palm Beach in 80 ft of water. There has been a good kingfish bite off the Juno pier. There are still some sailfish around in 120 to 150 ft of water off the Palm Beach inlet. A few black fin tuna and dolphin have been showing up in 200 to 300 ft of water off Palm Beach.
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March 24th Captain Skip Dana Report - Broward


March 24, 2011
The past week or so it’s started to feel like spring. We’ve been sporadically catching a few decent kings and we’ve been seeing schoolie dolphin almost everyday, and the tails are starting to bite.  This morning is the first time the king bite has "Gone Off". ...
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Captain Dean Panos Report - Miami


March 21, 2011

March 20th, 2011

 

With the exception of the last two days, the sailfishing continues to be epic.  We have had many double digit days since my last report and had our best day this year releasing 20 sailfish out of 26 strikes.  The fishing was pretty much non stop and red hot.  We also had a day releasing 17 sails in one day and another day releasing 12 in one day. ...
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Record Setting Sailfish Bite!


March 14, 2011
The Sailfish bite in Miami was nothing short of exraordinary.  15 boats in the K-Rock Classic combined to release 460 fish in 2 days of fishing. ...
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Captain Skip Dana Report - Broward County


March 3, 2011
Still catching snappers: muttons, tails, and mangroves in the shallow water inside the 2nd reef south of deerfield pier from 65-30 feet. Catching kings mostly on the small side and a few spanish in that same area.
 
When it’s been calm we’ve been wacking the tilefish from  410-425 pretty much anywhere from out front of Hillsboro to just north of commercial pier.
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Captain Bouncer Smith Report - Miami


March 3, 2011
The best game in town this week is tarpon. We caught 2 out of 4 Saturday morning. One of the two we caught was at least 150 pounds. Tonight we were 6 for 9 up to 85 pounds. Live shrimp can’t miss with those silver kings and an out going tide helps. Offshore we have been in a slump. We have caught blackfin tuna every day, a few very big barracuda and lots of bonito, but we have been slow on the sailfish. 
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Good fishing from Capt. Dean Panos


February 28, 2011
I have been on the water every single day since my last report and have had some great trips.  To start, we have caught a sailfish on every single trip since my last report and have caught a sailfish on every single trip this year.  That is some pretty consistent sailfishing.  We are still averaging 5 to 7 shots a day which is still very good.  We did have a couple of days of double digits and had one great day where we had 21 shots in one day.  The sailfish are moving through in small pods and singles, doubles and triples are the norm.  We have had a few quads (4 on at one time) but those have not been as prevalent as earlier in the year.  That can change really fast and for the last few years we have seen some great sailfishing in the spring. ...
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Palm Beach report from Greg Bogdan


February 22, 2011
Fishing off Palm Beach has been good inshore and offshore.
Inshore: Along the south jetty at the Palm Beach inlet on the south going tide there are lots of Jacks, Permit and Sheepshead. Sheepshead are spawning over the next 2 months and can easily be caught using live shrimp on the bottom. I’ve been catching Permits and Jacks on yellow and white jigs tipped with shrimp.

Offshore: Between Palm Beach and Jupiter in 20 - 30 ft deep the wreck fishing has been great for Cobia, 
African Pompano and Amber Jacks. Sailfishing is slower but there are still some around. Kingfishing is good and there are lots of sharks inshore and offshore. Especially Spinner sharks inshore along the beach.
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Calm Weather Report


February 14, 2011
With the calm weather we had earlier in the week we were able to get out in the deep and had some great catches on the tilefish, we also had a coupe nice snowy groupers, most of the tilefish have been in the 360-390 foot range, the snowy’s were under a rock offshore.
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Captain Bouncer Smith Sailfish Report


February 3, 2011

 It has been a very good week for fishing, and it should stay that way for a while. Catches of as many as 15 to 18 sailfish have been reported daily. These have been in 180 to 220 feet of water off Key Biscayne or 120 to 150 feet of water off the ragged keys further south. A good run of mahi slipped through for twodays, but they quickly left the scene. Inshore shrimp runs at night have set off great tarpon fishing. Our last trip produced tarpon of 40, 120 and 140 pounds caught along Miami Beach. Big mangrove snappers have also been very active around the inlets. Tight lines!  


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Captain Skip Dana Zone 2 Report


January 25, 2011
The fishing in Zone 2 has been very good over the past week. Several boats found the cobia on the beach this weekend between Deerfield Pier and Boynton Inlet. The majority of the fish were caught in the 15 to 25 foot depth. The fish are not overly picky. You can catch them on just about any live bait as well as artificial baits like jigs and rapalas.

There has been a very large school of Sardines right out front of Hillsboro Inlet as well for the past week or so. This is uncommon for our area, but they have been very plentiful. Let's hope they stick around for a while. They tend to bite best after first light.

The Sailfish are around, but not in the numbers that we saw earlier in the month. There have been some kings around and plenty of Spanish mackerel on the beach just north of Boca Inlet. They are feeding on the schools of ballyhoo, which are thick on the patch reefs right now. Grab a couple light weight rods and some jigs, spoons or some live shrimp and the kids will have a blast catching them.

Catchem Up!

Capt Skip

 

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Capt. Dean Panos


January 24, 2011

It has been an incredible 2 weeks of fishing from my last report.  I fished every single day but one and caught sailfish on every single trip.  The first week the sailfishing was simply incredible.  That week we had trips every day and for the most part had just one angler on board for almost every trip.  When the fishing is hot and you only have one angler on board, it can be a lot of fun and challenging for me when we get multiples on (more than one sailfish on at one time).  That was surely the case that week.  We had so many quads (4 sailfish on at one time) with just one guy and for the most part we caught every fish out of almost every quad we hooked.  We would first hook one sail and the angler would grab the rod, and then seconds would go by and we would get 2 or 3 more sails on.  I would get tight on one and then stick it in the rod holder, my mate, if I had one that day, would get tight and stick another one in the rod holder and the fourth one we would do the same.  As the fish are jumping all over the ocean, we would do our best to keep the lines separated and as the angler caught one fish, we would then give him the second rod and go from there.  It is utter pandemonium and about as much fun as you can have.  During one trip with one guy on board we hooked a quad and had another 6 fish swimming around the boat looking to get something to eat.  We could have easily pitched more baits to them but that really would have been chaotic.

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Captain Dean Panos Report Sailfish


January 13, 2011
This is the time of year that we get extremely busy and luckily not only have I been fishing every day since Christmas (except 1 day), but the fishing has been very good as well, especially the last few days.  Typically this time of year we expect to catch sailfish on live baits with kites and that is exactly what we have been doing.  We had three days that we caught double digits (10 or more sailfish per day) and our best day we caught 12 out of 14 hookups.  But even the days that we didn’t get to double digits, we caught sailfish on very single trip and other fish like mahis, kingfish, bonitos etc., to make it all great days.   We had quite a few people catch there first sailfish this week which is always very exciting and we have also had seasoned Double D veterans come back and catch more sailfish and have a great time. ...
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HOT BITE DELRAY 3 PM REPORT


January 12, 2011
Hot Bite Happening Now! As of 3pm today the Reely Tight fishing team is 40 for 60 on Sailfish releases off the martini glass in Delray! ...
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Hillsboro Inlet Sailfish and a Whale!


January 11, 2011

The fishing out front of Hillsboro Inlet on Sunday, January 9th was a lot of fun.  The conditions were not perfect, but there were definitely a decent number of Sailfish around.  We had 10 Sailfish bites fishing from 8am to 2pm and managed to catch 6 of them.  I had my 5 year old son Ryley on the boat with me and he helped reel in three of them, which was one of the best parts of the day for me.  We also caught a small kingfish around 5 to 6 pounds.  The majority of the Sailfish bites came in 100 to 150 feet of water while kite fishing.

 

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Capt. Skip Dana Report Broward County Hillsboro Inlet


January 7, 2011

The bottom fishing has slowed down a bit over the past week but there are still some fish around to be caught.  The most productive fishing in our area has been just north of Hillsboro Inlet, inside 70 feet of water.  We have been catching a few Mutton Snappers, Porgies, a couple of Cobia and some Yellowtail.

 Further offshore, the Sailfish action has been pretty decent.  The evening bait fishing has been exceptionally good for Goggle Eyes over the past few days.  The most productive depths have been between 200 and 300 feet of water between Pompano Pier and Boca Inlet.  A weak cold front will be pushing through South Florida over the weekend.  Fishing should continue to improve once the front pushes through.  Tight lines!

 

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Captain Bouncer Smith Haulover Inlet Government Cut


January 7, 2011

The shark fishing off Miami has been very productive over the past week or so.  Last Sunday we caught 2 Nurse sharks, a 200 pound Hammerhead and a 300 pound Bull shark all in 120 feet of water.  The current has been running fairly hard to the north over the past week, which tends to push the sharks in to shallower water on the reef.  We are catching the sharks on bonitos and kingfish in the 7 to 10 pound range with #15 wire and a couple of 12/0 hooks.  Yesterday, we caught our biggest shark this week, a 400 pound bull shark also.

While the tarpon fishing has been slow over the past couple weeks, it has really turned on and gotten red hot in the last couple of days between Haulover Inlet and Government Cut.  Last night, we went 3 for 6 using live shrimp.  For most of the week there has also been a nice size school of kingfish moving back and forth between Haulover Inlet and Fowey Light.  Sailfishing has been relatively slow over the past week.  Baitfishing has been good for Thredfins on the outgoing tide but much tougher on the incoming tide due to very clean water.  Tight lines!  Capt. Bouncer.

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Capt. Dean Panos Report


January 4, 2011
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and wish you a great New Year. The fishing has been great. We have had a great start to the sailfish season and since the last report, the sailfishing has gotten even better. Our best day we went double digits and released 11 sailfish out of 13 bites. Not only is catching double digits a great day, but our hook up ratio was awesome. I am still using the Eagle Claw L2004 circle hooks but have dropped down one more size and that seems to not only not hurt the sailfish hook up ratio, but we are so far seeing better results with the mahis, bonitas and kings as well. Circle hooks work great as they are designed to hook mostly in the corner of the jaw. Not only does this allow for a healthier release as we are not gut hooking our fish, but the fish also much more energetic and acrobatic as they are hooked only in the jaw.  ...
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