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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.   It is amazing how fast they creep up on you.   Fortunately, the fish are cooperating for this practice. 

The big kingfish have been steady with a lot of fish over 30 pounds.   The only odd thing is that they have been deeper than I would expect for this time of year.  On a recent trip we caught 3 fish between 32 and 36 pounds, all of which were outside of 165 feet of water.  Most of the larger kings have been biting out of the kites, with a few on the flat side.  Many of the bites in the kite have been those super high skyrocket bites that are so fun to see.

There have been quite a few dolphin around as well.  Most of these fish have been in the 5 to 8 pound range, but every third or fourth trip we are seeing some of those large spring time bulls.  It continues to surprise me how many wahoo we are seeing.  We have had shots on each of the last four trips, with the largest being right at 40 pounds.

The sailfish have been pretty consistent, we have only had one trip in the last two weeks where we didn’t get at least one bite.  I have spent a little time on the wrecks lately as well.  The cobias were biting really well for a few days there.   The hardest thing about wreck fishing is having to throw back the groupers we catch.  Fortunately, that ends on the first of May.  Black fin tunas, (one of my favorite spring time species) are just starting to make an appearance as well.  These early tunas often break the 30 pound mark.

So basically, what I am saying is, if you are looking to put some fish on the dinner table, now is a great time to do so.

Capt. Art Sapp 

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