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  1. As I sit here and write this report, the wind is stillblowing 30 mph with higher gusts and rain squalls are coming through. Tropical Depression/Storm Debby is taking hertime leaving the area. I’ll definitelybe glad when she’s gone so things can get back to normal. In the meantime, it’s time once again to getcaught up with the action aboard Knot Nancy. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from S/SSW @ 16 – 18 knots. Strong north current on a well definedblue/green edge. Lots of grass trappedon the edge. Paul and Jennifer Allegra start their trip off with a 20#blackfin tuna caught by Paul. The baitswent back out using a slow troll method to maintain our position on theedge. First the right flatline got hit,then the left. It had us guessing was itbonitos, blackfin tuna, or maybe something else. What appeared to be a turtle head popped upnear Jennifer’s line and we thought she had hooked the turtle. Her line took off, but we concentrated onPaul’s fish. As we closed in on hisfish, we saw that it was a cobia. Afterputting his fish in the fish box, we started chasing down Jennifer’s fish. When we caught up, much to our surprise, itwas a large cobia. It was also welcomedaboard and put in the fish box. Whenthings calmed down and we took pictures, we discovered numerous teeth marksacross the dorsal fin area of Jennifer’s fish. Apparently a shark had grabbed the fish near the surface and lifted justthe head of the fish out of the water. That’s when we thought we saw a turtle head. The fish got away from the shark, but notfrom Jennifer’s angling skills. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from SE/SSW @ 9 – 13 knots. Strong north current with good bluewater. Incoming tide during eveningportion of trip. Pete and Annmari DiPino fished an afternoon/evening combotrip. The afternoon portion of the tripstarted out slow until around 6:00 pm. The action started with 3 bonito caught on the flatlines. We ran back south to get back into the goodblue water conditions. The next hit cameon the bottom rod. The line rose rapidlyand up came a sailfish. Pete caught thatfish and we ran back to the general area where I had originally set up. A flatline got hit almost immediately andAnnmari was fighting her first sailfish. Pictures alongside the boat and back again. Another flatline hook up and anothersailfish. Pete caught this fish and wewent back again. Another flatline andPete released the fourth sailfish of the trip. It was now time to head in for some tarpon fishing at GovernmentCut. The baits went out and it took adrift or two to zero in on the fish. Thelive crab did its job and Pete caught an 80# tarpon to finish off the evening. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from E @ 9 – 11 knots. Southcurrent with green ugly water. John Gutekunst, Jose Mazariegos, and brothers Jason andShawn Alexander fished a ½ day in the morning. They were looking for any type of action with hopes of taking home somefish to eat. With the south current, Iconcentrated in the deeper water with emphasis on the bottom and downriggerrods. It paid off both with the actionand eating fish. Everyone caught fishwith all the action coming on the bottom and downrigger rods with the exceptionof a dolphin (mahi-mahi) on a flatline. Final score was 2 kingfish, 1 dolphin, and 5 bonito. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from E @ 13 – 17 knots. South current with green ugly water. Numerous weedlines running east to west. Michael Cohen, Tom Reese, Gary Roddatz, and Paul Fleisherfished a half day in the late afternoon. The east/west weedlines made it very difficult to keep the linesclear. The action was very slow to startwith only a bottom bait getting chopped in half. I started slow trolling offshore between theweedlines. When we reached 250’, aflatline got hit and we landed and released a sailfish. We continued working the area with no furtheraction. I moved back in closer off thehotels on Key Biscayne and set up a drift. The bottom rod came through for us and we finished the trip with a 36#amberjack that we kept for smoking. Muchto our surprise as I cleaned the fish there were no worms in the fillets. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from NE/E @ 12 – 14 knots. Tide outgoing and incoming during the trip. The father and son groups of Mike and Will Little and Eddieand Travis Frizshell fished a ¾ evening tarpon trip at Government Cut. The evening started off with Travis catchinghis first tarpon. Then Eddie also caughthis first tarpon. We then missed severalfish before Will finished off the evening with another catch and release. Final score for the evening was 3 for 6. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind From N/ESE @ 0 – 5 knots. Nocurrent and green water. Bill Parr and David Cansler fished a ½ day morningtrip. With little to no wind, driftingproduced nothing but flatline baits swimming around the boat and the bottom anddownrigger baits tangling with each other. I started slow trolling and marked some fish on the recorder. The downrigger popped and we caught akingfish. Next it was a bonito. We moved south and slow trolled over numerouswrecks. The downrigger popped again andthis time it was a large jack crevalle weighing in at 15 pounds. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: Windfrom ESE/SW @ 8 – 10 knots. Outgoingtide during the evening. Tate Chatfield and Kara Snook had their first tarpon fishingexperience. The action started quickly withTate catching and releasing his first tarpon. I was also able to get a DNA sample of the fish. Then as quickly as it started, the fish movedout of the area. We fished other areaswith no further action. Final score was1 for 1. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from NW/NNW @ 3 – 12 knots. Nocurrent and green water. Dave Paines, Bradley and Marie Jennings, and Ana Mercea fisha ½ day during the morning. The firstarea we fished produced no action. Imoved to the wreck area off Key Biscayne and dropped baits on severalwrecks. The first wreck produced noaction. On the second wreck, we caughtand released an amberjack. Then a secondone. We had a third fish coming up andpulled the hook. Then the action shutoff on that wreck. We continued wreckhopping with no further action. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from NE/ENE @ 10 – 14 knots. Southcurrent with green water and lots of grass. Jason and Brittany Bennett and Will and Kayla Stone fished a½ day in the morning. We loaded up withherring and set up our first back drift starting in 200 feet. The bottom rod got hit first. Then we had 3 of our 4 kite lines gethit. It was mass chaos with going aroundthe boat and over and under each other. The end result was 4 large bonito. The baits went back out and this time there was a large explosion on theleft short kite bait. We got a solidhook up. The fish fought deep and incircles. When it came up, it was an 18#blackfin tuna. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from ENE/E @ 18 – 20 knots. Incoming and outgoing tide during the evening. Shawn Nicholson and Veronica Surbrent fish a ¾ eveningtarpon trip. The strong ENE/E wind hadus fishing the south side of Government Cut. The fish were rolling around from the time we got there and were in afeeding mood. The action started quicklyand Shawn caught and released fish number 1. When we got into the dusk period, the action got red hot with fish onseveral drifts in a row. Plenty ofaction but the hooks just didn’t want to find the right place to stay in. At the end of the evening, the final scorewas 2 for 7. The tarpon evened the scoreon us on this evening. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions:Wind from ESE/SE @ 11 -17 knots. Incoming tide during the evening. Joel Reid, Jeff Lilly, and Ed Vermolen caught a break in theweather two days after the original date they wanted to fish. Before it got dark we caught and released atarpon that took us for a tour of South Beach. After that we had no further action despite working numerous areas. Final score for the evening was 1 for 1. <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy Fishing Charters,Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  2. The offshore action continues to be outstanding with avariety of fish. Just to name a few,we’ve been catching sailfish, blackfin tuna, dolphin, kingfish, amberjack,barracuda, and bonito. Making the runwell offshore and searching for dolphin is now worth the effort. <o:p> </o:p> The tarpon action inshore continues to be good with fish inthe 40 to 100 pound plus category. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from ESE/S @ 2 – 11 knots. Light north current. Oscar and Jacyn Damera got to see what happens when verylight winds pick up a bit and ruffle a flat calm sea. Prior to the wind picking up some, there wasalmost no action except for 1 bonito. Alittle breeze and Jacyn hooked up to his first sailfish. The sail put on a great show and battle priorto being released. The baits went backout and almost immediately both Oscar and Jacyn were hooked up. This time it was a pair of large bonito. We had no further action and just enough timeto make a drift or two for tarpon. Thefirst drift produced no action. A quickmove did the trick and the spinning rod doubled over as line screamed off thereel. By the time the rod was picked upand the fish made a jump, it threw the hook. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from S @ 2 – 4 knots. Blue/green edge in 230 feet. Brad Coren and I watched several sailfish free jumping aheadof us along a blue/green edge in 230 feet. We kept working the edge and doing some light live bait chumming andfinally got our reward. The sailfishgave Brad all he wanted and was soon released. With no further action along the edge, we ran offshore and found plentyof large patches amongst scattered grass. We found several dolphin and a barracuda after working numerous patches. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: Wind from SSE @ 6 – 8 knots. Tide coming in and going out during the trip. Chris Brackett wanted to catch a large tarpon. For numerous drifts, we watched tarponrolling all around us. Finally we gotsome cooperation and we were off to the races. The tarpon’s first run was easily 150 yards. Chris had the fish on that he was lookingfor. We took the tour of the area fromshallow to deep, back to shallow, out deep again, back shallow, to the south,then the north, and back shallow again. During the fight, the fish ran toward another boat that was also tarponfishing. The fish did this several timesand each time the other boat moved so we could pass by them. A very big THANK YOU of appreciation to theanglers on that other boat. Chrisfinally got a good view of the fish he as battling and was amazed at itssize. After a very long fight, the 130pound tarpon still had enough energy to make one last short run and huge jumpbefore being released. We made a move tothe other side and it turned out to be the right one. On 4 drifts we hooked 3 more tarpon andlanded 2 of them before Chris had enough and the trip came to an end. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from E/SSE @ 6 – 12 knots. North current and blue water. Michael Laskow and Tony Vanveen got the offshore portion oftheir trip in. We caught a sailfish,blackfin tuna weighing in at 24 pounds, and a kingfish as we watched the lateafternoon thunderstorms moved over the tarpon grounds. The heavy rain and numerous lightning strikeshad us cancelling the tarpon portion of the trip and heading back to TNT MarineCenter. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from NNW/SSE @ 1- 7 knots. Blue water edge starting in 650 feet. Michael Richmond and 3 friends wanted some dolphinaction. We ran offshore and soon foundseveral weed lines and large patches. After working several lines, we finally found a few keeper and throwback dolphin. We kept working and founda few more. After 12 miles, the oceanbecame very clean and at 15 miles we turned back. I got a call from a friend who was alsolooking for dolphin. He was workingthree frigate birds and picking at a few dolphin. We ran to that area and started chasing thebirds. Each time they came down we wouldpick up a few dolphin. At the trips end,we had caught 13 dolphin and kept 10. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: ESE/SSE @ 7 – 11 knots. North current and good blue water edge. Steve Schuman, Steve Drazin, and Mark Alpert fished a lateafternoon half day trip. This was Mark’sfirst trip offshore and he was the angler when the rod went off. It took some work, however, we found what wewere looking for. Mark was hooked up andthe fish was fighting deep and hard. Asit came into view, we saw what we were hoping for. The blackfin tuna weighed in at 23 poundsback at TNT Marine Center on the scale. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: NW/N @ 1 – 4 knots. No current and green water inside of 240feet. Steve Shuman, Steve Drazin, and Mark Alpert were back foranother half day. The blue water edge in240 feet produced nothing. I moved intothe green water and set up a drift that was moving slightly offshore. In 190 feet I marked a fish on therecorder. About a minute later, thebottom rod doubled over and Mark was into a tough fight with what turned out tobe a 60 pound amberjack. The baits wentout and with no further action, I decided to make a move. As I was bringing in the mid-depth rod, itgot hit and we caught and released a small blackfin tuna. At our final location of the morning, theconditions were still the same with no current and pea green water. With some heavy live bait chumming, we got abite from a sailfish on one of the flatlines. Mark fought the fish in one of the wildest fights I seen in a very longtime. The sailfish spent almost as muchtime above the water as it did below the water. It ran from one end of the boat to the other, then turned around and ranback again while tail walking and greyhounding. It ran out and then charged the boat. Some more jumps and head shakes and then more jumps. In the end, Mark released the fish and it wasa great close to the trip. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: ESE/SSE @ 9 – 10 knots. Tide coming in and going out during the trip. Brad Coren, Brad Kiassman, and John Seiverd had one thing inmind. Catch Brad Kiassman his firsttarpon. On the first drift, the rod infront of John took off with a tarpon. Hetook the rod and the battle was on. Thefish took us into the deep water and in to the fishing pier before beingreleased. Two drifts later and this timeBrad Kiassman was hooked up. His fishstayed in the shallower water and after a 20 minute fight it posed for apicture or two beside the boat before being released. A couple of drifts later and Brad Coren washooked up. His fish was a stubborn one,however, Brad was more stubborn and he made quick work of getting the fish tothe boat for a release. Final score forthe evening was 3 for 3. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: ESE/S @ 14 – 21 knots. Tide incoming and outgoing during the trip. Mike Harris and Andrew Martini experienced some blusteryconditions during their evening tarpon trip. The final score for the evening was 1 for 2 and Andrew hung in there aslong as he could while experiencing the syndromes of motion sickness. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: N/NE @ 10 – 17 knots. Tide was last of outgoing and first ofincoming. Britt Broadhurst and Bill Mulleax also experienced someblustery conditions. We hid from thewind as much as possible on the south side. Final score for the evening was 1 for 1. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: NE/E @ 5 – 10 knots. Blue water edge starting in 600 feet. North current well offshore and none inshore. Mike Berla, Mike Ready, Brett Cardinal, and Scott Swicklefish a ¾ day trip mostly offshore for dolphin with a little time outside of thereef. We found weed lines and workedseveral of them before we found two keepers and a throw back. More weed lines and no action had us decidingto run inshore to finish the trip. Onthe way in, we found a pallet that held 5 dolphin. We caught them and continued on in. On our second drift, we got a chop off on amono leader. I added a wire leader andput a bait back out. That rod got hitand we added a decent size kingfish to the fish box. Final score was 8 dolphin caught, keep 7, and1 kingfish. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: SE/SSE @ 2 – 16 knots. Blue water edge in 650 feet. North currentwell offshore. Nancy Thomas, Bill Scott, Joe Heldleston, and Pati Pistellifished a ¾ day offshore trip for dolphin. Like all the previous dolphin trips, we found plenty of weed lines andlarge patches. We worked line and patchafter line and patch before finally finding a lone dolphin to break theice. We continued to push offshore andcome across more weed lines and large patches 16 miles out. After working several of these lines andpatches we got a fair size school of dolphin up to the boat. With a few in the box, we threw out anotherbait and this time a much larger fish ate. Pati started with the fish along with help from Joe. When the fish made a huge run, Joe took overand 10 minutes later, we had a 24 pound bull in the fish box. We continued to work more lines and had a fewmore fish eat our baits. We caught someand released some. Final count was 8dolphin caught and 5 kept along with the larger dolphin. We had to work hard and cover a lot of groundto make the day a success. <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: SSE/S @ 5 – 13 knots. Tide going out and coming in during the trip. Ross, Eric, and Mike Machiela, along with Chad Wolters gottheir first experience with Government Cut tarpon. Chad hooked up first with a very feisty 40pound tarpon. Next it was Eric with a 70pound fish. Ross followed that with a100 pound tarpon. Mike had his shotalso, however, the tarpon wore through the leader and released itself before wecould get the catch. Final score for theevening was 3 for 5. <o:p> </o:p> There you have it. I’m caught up again with the action aboard Knot Nancy. June will continue to be a good month to fishfor the variety of fish that the Miami area is known for. Hope to hear from you so we can get out andenjoy some fun fishing together. <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy Fishing Charters,Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  3. I’m long overdue with catching up on the fishing activities aboardKnot Nancy. So let’s get started.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Offshore, the blackfin tuna of all sizes have and are making a verystrong showing. If you’ve ever wanted tocatch one of these tasty tunas, now is the time. Mix in some sailfish action along with a fewkingfish and dolphin and it’s good springtime action.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Inshore, tarpon is still the king and they are cooperating verynicely. Live mullet and crabs will dothe trick and be prepared for a long hard battle as the fish are very healthyin size and stamina.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from the East @ 11 – 21 knots and north current.<o:p></o:p> Sebastain and Jack Lombardo along with Toby Castillo caught a halfdozen tasty dolphin during their half day trip.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from East @ 15 – 17 knots. Top of incoming and first of outgoing tide.<o:p></o:p> Andy Mattice, Brady Maw, and Cory Reeves got to pull on tarpon both atGovernment Cut and in the Bay.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind From East @ 10 – 14 knots. Incoming and outgoing tides during theevening tarpon trip.<o:p></o:p> Shaun and Lu Hoskins caught and released 2 tarpon at Government Cutand 1 tarpon in the Bay. Shaun caughtall the fish and Lu was along for moral support.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from ESE/SE @ 4 – 10.3 knots. North current and incoming tide.<o:p></o:p> The father and son team of Louis and Benoit St-Hilaire caught 3blackfin tuna of 8, 25, and 29 pounds, 1 sailfish, and 1 snapper during theafternoon portion of their trip. Duringthe evening portion of the trip, we had time enough for 1 tarpon at GovernmentCut. This was Louis’ first fishing trip.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from SSE/S @ 9 – 14 knots. North current.<o:p></o:p> The Westcott Family (Vern, Christine, and Luke) caught a 15# blackfintuna and 2 bonito on their ¾ day trip.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from South @ 10 – 17 knots with an incoming tide.<o:p></o:p> Shaun Hoskins was back by himself during this tarpon trip. We caught and landed 1 of the 2 tarpon thatwe hooked up.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from S/SSW @ 10 – 19 knots with a north current.<o:p></o:p> The Westcott Family was back for day two. This time it was a full day offshore. The first two locations produced nostrikes. At the third location thingsstarted heating up. It started with asailfish on the flatline caught by Luke. Next it was a 29# blackfin tuna by Vern. Another sailfish hit our kite bait and threw the hook on the firstjump. Then Christine got the bigblackfin tuna of the day weighing in at 31#’s.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: Variable wind @ 6 – 23 knots. Stormy conditions passing byus. Outgoing and incoming tide during the trip.<o:p></o:p> Cenk Durukal got his wish of fighting a large tarpon. It took a while to find the fish, however, inthe end we got what we were looking for. After one large tarpon, Cenk decided he was happy and had enough pullingon the tough fighting tarpon.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from NE/ENE @ 9 – 15 knots. Outgoing and incoming tide during the trip.<o:p></o:p> A 9 member Bachelor Party had myself and 2 other boats fishing 3anglers each for an evening tarpon trip at Government Cut. Every boat had multiple shots at tarpon andevery boat successfully land their fish.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from ENE/E @ 13 – 15 knots. Outgoing tide during the entire trip.<o:p></o:p> The Schoch Family (Jose, Erika, Kristina, and Charlie) had their firstexperience with catching tarpon. On thefirst drift, we hooked up and Jose started fighting his first tarpon. After a long battle, Charlie took over therod to give Jose a breather. He finallysucceeded in bringing the 90# tarpon alongside for a few pictures. Next we went into the Bay to give everyone abreak from the rough sea conditions of the main channel. Kristina battled a 50# tarpon and releasedher first one. We had to go back out tothe south side of Government Cut to get Erika her shot at pulling on atarpon. It didn’t take long. This time it was a 100# tarpon that made abeeline for the deep water channel and then up to the north side of the northjetties. Jose helped her hold the roduntil he needed a breather. Charlie tookhis turn helping his Mom. Jose took overagain when we got the fish up alongside of the boat. Four very tired and exhausted anglers havesome great stories to tell about their first experiences fighting the silverking.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Conditions: wind from E/ESE @ 6 – 13 knots. Outgoing tide during the entire trip.<o:p></o:p> I helped a fellow Captain out with his trip because he had engineproblems. His clients from Canada hadtarpon on their bucket list of fish to catch. Shortly after the sun set, we hooked up and the battle began. The fish ran for the deep water of the mainchannel and then the hard work began. Bythe time the fish was released, we had gone offshore with the tide to past thethird set of red and green markers. Thetotal time of the battle was about 50 minutes. On the very next drift, we got hit almost instantly. This time we got to see the fish make a 6’high jump into the air and throw the hook. We moved into the Bay and saw several fish, however, they were not in afeeding mood.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> That sums it up. Blackfins, sailfish,and a few dolphin offshore and tarpon inshore.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  4. The main action for tarpon has shifted from Haulover to Government Cut and Biscayne Bay. We are also at the time of year when they are making the switch from shrimp to crabs. During my past several trips we have been catching the tarpon on both types of bait. John Tentinger fished the last trip I made at Haulover. We caught lots of bluefish, ladyfish, and Spanish mackerel along with jack crevalle. The only thing missing was tarpon, so it’s time to head south to Government Cut. Edward Baker and Billy went 2 for 2 on tarpon at Government Cut. The wind was ESE/E @ 16 – 18 knots. The Graffia Family (Tony Sr, Jr, III) and Mark Graffia also went 2 for 2 on hefty tarpon to 100 pounds. Better wind conditions this evening – ENE/ESE @ 7 – 11 knots. Drew and Andrew Townes continued the 2 for 2 trend on their trip. Wind conditions – ESE/SSE @ 5 – 8 knots. The Lutz Family (Bob, Julie, and Will) along with Taylor caught a sailfish and 2 dolphin. The conditions were no current and green water. Wind conditions – S/WNW @ 2 – 9 knots. Debbie Currier caught and released her first tarpon. We had 2 other fish on that threw the hook on the first jump. Wind conditions – SSE/S @ 11 – 17 knots. Robert and Steve Brownlee along with Tucker caught bluefish, ladyfish, and jack crevalle. The tarpon won all three times that we hooked up. Thrown and pulled hooks had us going 0 for 3. Wind conditions – W/WNW 16 – 26 knots. Cy Mager and Phil had 5 shots at tarpon. We landed and released 2 tarpon and got the DNA sample on both fish. The shrimp ran on this night and once we located them, all 5 strikes came on 6 drifts. Wind conditions – NE/E @ 11 – 16 knots. Richard Reamer and Tom Maloy caught a permit and tarpon on their evening trip. Wind conditions – S/SW @ 10 – 14 knots. Patrick Savard had 4 shots at tarpon during his trip. Two fish threw the hook on their first jump. The third fish cut us off on an anchor buoy. We finally landed and released the fourth fish along with getting a DNA sample. Prior to the tarpon action, we caught a snapper. Wind conditions – ESE/SW @ 2 – 10 knots. The Scala Family (Jerry, Nick, and Jack) fished the calm waters of the Bay during their tarpon trip. After the first hour of fishing we were 3 for 5. During the next two hours, we went 0 for 2, giving us a grand total of 3 for 7 on tarpon in the 20 – 40 pound class. Wind conditions – E @21 – 25 knots. As you can see, I’ve been mostly evening tarpon fishing. The season should continue on till the end of June. When the wind kicks up, the protected waters of the Bay are quite calm and make for pleasant fishing conditions. Captain Dave Kostyo Knot Nancy Fishing Charters, Inc 305-965-9454
  5. Tarpon fishing remains the most consistent and reliable fishery in the Haulover area. With an average of 3 to 4 fish per 4 hour evening trip along with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish there has been plenty of action to keep my clients busy. The tarpon have ranged in size from 70 – 100 pounds and they’ve been mean and nasty with a never give up attitude. The wind has been mostly E/ENE @ 11 – 20 knots.Brian and Tim combined to catch and release 3 of the 4 tarpon we hooked up. Throw in 5 Spanish mackerel and a ladyfish to make for a complete evening.Jim and Terry did battle with 4 tarpon and landed and released all 4. Terry got the big one weighing in at 100 pounds. Jim caught the other 3. Add in 4 bluefish, 3 Spanish mackerel, and 2 ladyfish for another great evening of action.Bob, Ken, and Al started their evening of tarpon fishing with 5 Spanish mackerel. They then finished off the evening with 2 out of 3 tarpon caught and released.Brian, Sean, and Danny warmed up with 4 bluefish, 2 Spanish mackerel and a ladyfish. They then tag teamed 3 tarpon and successfully landed and released 2 that weighed 100 pounds each.I have a couple more tarpon trips scheduled, so check back to see how we’ve done. Better yet, schedule a trip and learn firsthand why tarpon fishing is such a challenge. After your first tarpon catch and release, you’ll be addicted.Captain Dave KostyoKnot Nancy Fishing Charters,
  6. Here’s a quick report before my next several trips startingthis Sunday. <o:p> </o:p> Brad and Harold Coren caught sailfish, dolphin, and bonitoon their trip offshore. We had enoughwind to fly the kite without helium for about 10 minutes. That’s all it took to have the first sailfishcome up to the short bait. The nextsailfish ate a flatline bait in 95 feet. <o:p> </o:p> Jason Jackson, Danny Mathis, and Joe Grieison combined tocatch cobia, dolphin, tarpon, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and ladyfish on theirafternoon/evening combo trip. The cobiaate a kite bait. The dolphin and all theother fish ate flatline baits. <o:p> </o:p> That’s it, short and sweet till my next report. <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy Fishing Charters,Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p>
  7. Tarpon fishing continues to be very consistent each evening. Throw in Spanish mackerel, bluefish, andladyfish to fill in between tarpon strikes and you keep busy.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Kubs Lalchandani, his sister, Lakshmi, and friend Kyle Marston notonly caught 3 tarpon, but also added 6 Spanish mackerel and 1 jack crevalle totheir evening of fishing. Both Lakshmiand Kyle are Chefs so they were delighted to have the mackerel to cook. Kubs kept talking about how much fish he wasgoing to be able to eat. Lakshmi wasfirst up with the tarpon. Kyle was onthe rod for the next two fish and Kubs took pictures. Both anglers had never caught tarpon beforeand are now hooked on tarpon fishing.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Ernie Disandro and Chuck Persky have read and watched the TV showsabout tarpon fishing. They finally gotto experience it firsthand. Chuck hadthe honors of being first when the tarpon hit. Ernie videoed the battle and gave encouragement. Prior to the first tarpon hit we caught 2Spanish mackerel. Ernie fought the nexttwo tarpon as Chuck was dealing with motion sickness. Throw in 3 ladyfish and a bluefish and it wasanother well rounded evening of fishing. Ernie says he’s now hooked on tarpon and can’t wait till his next trip.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> The following is a special offer that expires at midnight on March 20,2012. Book a fishing trip to go fishingbetween now and March 20, 2012 and have an extra one hour of fishing time addedto your trip. This offer is valid on alltrips except for swordfish and sailfish/swordfish combos. Those who have already booked their tripduring this time period will have the extra hour added to their tripautomatically. To take advantage of thisoffer, all you have to do is say you read about the offer in my latest tarponfishing report.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Now it’s up to you. It justtakes a call or email to get the trip booked along with the special offer.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  8. Most of my trips since my last fishing report have been evening tarpontrips.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> The tarpon action has ranged from outstanding to normal for this timeof year. The shrimp ran very heavyduring two of the trips and we’ve seen shrimp in the water during most of them.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Russell Jones took his first tarpon trip and had the pleasure of see amajor shrimp run. This got the tarpongoing hot and heavy. Using live shrimp,we went 5 for 8. We also saw action withthe Berkley Rattle Shrimp. The finalcount at the end of the evening was 5 for 10 and a Spanish mackerel.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> The next evening, the shrimp ran big time again. Alexander Schmieder and Burkhard Schulzfished a ¾ (6 hour) evening trip. Thewind from the ESE/SE @ 9 – 13 knots gave us just enough wave action thatBurkhard experienced motion sickness. Wedropped him off at the Haulover fuel dock and went back out. The action was outstanding. By the end of the trip, Alexander had caught andreleased 8 of the 10 tarpon we hooked.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Bob Lubin, his son Bobby and friend Jeff Walker came out on the nightwhen the shrimp didn’t run. The actionslowed down, however, the bigger fish showed back up. Bobby had his hands full fighting a largetarpon and did a fabulous job. The battlewas back and forth for quite a while before Bobby finally got the upper hand. Jeff got into the action next and caught histarpon. We had to work hard to getanother bite for Bob. Unfortunately histarpon decided to give us back the hook on its first jump.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Alexander Schmieder was back for some offshore fishing. We had a sailfish come up and attack ourbait. It slashed at it and chased itaround before losing interest and swimming off. The next action came on the downrigger. This fish turned out to be an 18# kingfish. We had no further action.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Frank Reda, Brad Skaf, and Shamus Bartnett wanted just a few fish fordinner. We started with a sailfishchasing bait. We pitched a bait to itand watched as the sail stalked and slashed at the bait before swimming off. Prior to that, we hooked a small brownshark. With no further action, we movedout to deeper water. In 500 feet, wefound some big weed patches and caught 2 dolphin. That was dinner. In 800 feet a major weedline that went on formiles produced nothing but a bar jack.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> John and Gary Masel and Rodney Raub saw action with 1 tarpon, severalladyfish, several Spanish mackerel, a large jack crevalle, bluefish andbluerunners.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Cenk Durukal and I took the tour of Government Cut only to find a Spanishmackerel and bluerunner and no tarpon. We ran back north and on the last drift of the evening, we hooked thelarge tarpon that Cenk was looking for. The battle went from deeper water to shallower water and back deeperagain. Cenk wanted to get the perfectpicture, however, the tarpon just did not want to cooperate. We had the leader in the rod tip severaltimes and got a very good look at the fish. Every time we got the fish up close, it would just power away from usagain and again. After a 40 minutebattle on 20# line, the fish won and released itself before posing for anypictures.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Bob and Ron Wegner saw plenty of action with 90 – 100 tarpon duringtheir trip. We had to wait till it gotcompletely dark before we saw the first tarpon. Prior to that we caught 2 Spanish mackerel and a bluefish. Bob was first up on a tarpon. With that fish released, he wanted hisbrother to catch his first tarpon. Thenext hit saw the fish make a short run before the hook pulled. On the next fish, Ron was doing everythingright and we had the leader close several times. The fish had us going all over the area andfinally came up and made a terrific jump. That’s when the hook pulled and shot back at us. On the last drift of the evening Ron gotanother chance. This time the fishhooked up solid. The incoming tide has usgoing through the Haulover bridge and into the Bay. Ron caught his first tarpon (100#’s) and Bobgot the pictures to prove it.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> There you have it. Some verygood tarpon action. It should continuefrom now through June so don’t delay in getting in on the action.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  9. Time seems to fly between fishing reports. Once again it’s time to get caught up withwhat’s been happening aboard Knot Nancy.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Offshore, the sailfishing has been OK. Some days it’s been very good and others have required lots of hard workto try and make it happen. Kingfish haveshown up in better numbers with fish ranging from undersized throw backs to 12 –15 pounds. Just remember the limit istwo per person with a minimum size of 24 inches from the lower jaw to the forkof the tail. Dolphin have made a fairlydecent showing on days when the wind has blown from the east for several days. Throw in amberjack around the wrecks and afew mutton snapper and offshore has been well worthwhile.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Inshore, tarpon fishing has finally settled into how it should beafter a very slow inconsistent start to the season. There have been some decent shrimp runs andthat has been very helpful in getting the tarpon going. The fish have been in a large size range from30 – 100 pounds.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Ray Orosco had two sailfish a kingfish and a rainbow runner during his¾ day trip.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> The next evening Ray and his uncle, Hector Cortez took the tour ofmost of the main tarpon locations. Westarted at Government Cut where Hector caught his first tarpon. That fish donated a DNA sample. Then Ray caught a large jack crevalle andundersize black grouper. Both fish werereleased. We moved into the Bay whereRay had one fish on for a short period of time and another that finally cut usoff on an obstruction. The next move wasto Haulover where Ray finally caught and released his first big tarpon of 100pounds. He quickly followed up with a 90pound tarpon to cap off the evening.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Curt Evenson, his son, Scott, and friend Charlie Stevens fished a halfday in some bumpy sea conditions. One ofthe group battled motion sickness the entire time we were out. In the meantime, the other two combined forsome fast and furious action with 5 kingfish.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Jack Tritten and Tom Madrid fished an afternoon/evening combo trip. They wanted to take home one dolphin fordinner. We found a small school of 5 – 9pound fish in 650 feet after some very heavy live chumming with pilchards. We ended up keeping 5 dolphin before movingback in closer to have action with 2 kingfish. During this time we watched several rain storms develop inshore and gotcaught by two of them. At the appointedtime, we moved inshore to finish the evening with tarpon fishing. On the first drift, Jack caught and releasedhis first tarpon, a fish of 90 pounds. The second fish jumped off on its first jump. The third fish was caught by Tom and it wasalso his first tarpon. We got a DNAsample of Tom’s fish.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> It’s time to get ready for my next trip, so check back soon and seehow we did or even better yet, schedule a trip, have lots of fun fishing, andbecome part of the report.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  10. Let’s start with the offshore action. After a giant surge in sailfishing that had anyone who could put a livebait in the water catching numerous sails, the action has settle back to moreof what normally takes place in January. How much action you’ll see on any given day depends on the wind andcurrent conditions as well as what part of the coastline you’re fishing. Be prepared to make a move should the actionheat up somewhere other than where you’re fishing. A good run of kingfish had everyone lickingtheir chops as it was like numerous years ago when you got the kings chummed upand the action was fast and furious. Throw in some mutton and grouper action to round things out. Just remember that grouper season is closedso you’ll have to release these tasty fish.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Inshore, the tarpon action has run the gamut from cold to hot. A few of the cold fronts have played havocwith the water temperature. If youfished on any of those night, the tarpon were hard to find if not almostimpossible. When the water temperaturewarmed back up, the tarpon were back in their usual locations in huge numbersand feeding very well. The fish havebeen averaging in the 30 – 80 pound range. The shrimp have been running at Government Cut, however, I have not yetseen any shrimp action up at Haulover.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Brad Coren’s dad, Stewart made a visit to South Florida and of coursethey had to get in a day of fishing together. A few throws of the castnet had plenty of live pilchards in thelivewell. We anchored up in 115’ andstarted chumming. It didn’t take longbefore the baits were getting hit as fast as we could put them in thewater. The kingfish bite was on. We kept our limit, threw back some, andmissed the hook up on several. We movedto try for some different species. Thefirst move gave us a bonito on the downrigger in 190’. The last move of the morning saw action onthe bottom rod with an amberjack.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Steve Schuman and Steve Drazin caught tarpon and mangrove snapper atGovernment Cut. As soon as the tideturned, the tarpon disappeared.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Alexander and Gabi Boesl also saw tarpon action at GovernmentCut. Alexander was amazed at how hardand for how long the tarpon could fight. Just when he thought the battle was coming to an end, the tarpon wouldtake off on another attempt to free itself.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Jerry Halsten’s 17 year old son Olin had always dreamed of catching atarpon. That dream became a reality ontheir evening tarpon trip. The 16 – 20 knotwind from the NNW/NNE had the channel at Government Cut a bit on the sloppyside. The fish didn’t mind and about 2minutes after putting the first bait out, neither did Olin or Jerry. Olin was in to his first dream tarpon. He did an outstanding job of fighting thefish and soon had it along side for a DNA sample before being released. The action continued with Jerry catching amangrove snapper, then a tarpon. Olin’sturned yielded the largest tarpon (80 pounds) of the evening and Jerry added anothervery large mangrove snapper. It’s alwaysamazing how smooth the waters seem to become when fighting a fish.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> This year I am continuing to take DNA samples of tarpon for the TarponGenetics Program During 2011, I was one of the top ten personsto take DNA samples. I will continue to participate in this research program asthe tarpon action heats up in 2012. Iencourage everyone who fishes for tarpon to get a few of the sampling kits. Here’s another link where you can get all theinformation you’ll need about the program<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Give me a call or send me an email to schedule your trip. It’s that easy to get in on the great action weexperience every winter and spring off the South Florida (Miami, Miami Beach,Key Biscayne) coast.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  11. The most recent cold front was just what was needed to kick start someoutstanding sailfish action. Prior tothe front passing through our area, it had been a struggle to put together adecent catch. All the conditions lookedgood, however, the fish just weren’t around. The sailfish action went from almost nothing to outstandingcatches. Put a live bait in the water inthe 120 – 150 foot range and within minutes a sailfish showed up and the funbegan. Mix in a few kingfish and somemutton snapper action on the bottom and most every angler had a big smile ontheir face. With the cool morning andmild mid-day temperatures, the action should continue to please everyone.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Meanwhile inshore, the tarpon fishing has not really taken off withany regularity yet. The cold front gotsome shrimp moving in the Government Cut area. Up at Haulover, there was still no shrimp in the water. That could change with any change of thetide. A few nights of tarpon fishingproduced two tarpon, a large jack crevalle, one snook, one mangrove snapper,and a ribbon fish. All it will take isone good shrimp run and the tarpon action will go into high gear.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Dan, Ray, Herbert, and Mauricio combined their efforts to catch 3kingfish and 2 mutton snapper during their half day trip. Kingfish fillets and mutton snapper cleanedfor stuffing and baking made for a very good fish dinner.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Steve and Corie McCall saw action with a tarpon and large jackcrevalle at Haulover and a large eagle ray at Government Cut.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Gauste Gjelsten from Norway got in on the tail end of sailfish actionin the late afternoon before the fish shut off for the day. On two drifts, he caught and released hisfirst two Atlantic Sailfish. Just beforeheading in to tarpon fish, a small shark showed up and stole several baitsbefore being hooked, fought, and released. Later that evening, a very nice 10 pound snook ate a shrimp intended fora tarpon. It too was released. On a previous trip a week earlier, Gaustecaught and released a kingfish, ribbonfish, bonnethead shark, mangrove snapper,and had a tarpon on for one jump.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  12. It’s time once again to get current with the fishing activities aboardKnot Nancy.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Offshore has mainly been dolphin (mahi-mahi) and sailfish. Throw in some bonito, amberjack, blackgrouper, and mutton snapper and you have a very good mixed bag of both game fishand eating fish. The biggest drawback tothe offshore scene has been the moderate to very windy conditions that just don’tseem to want to settle into any pattern. If you can handle the windy conditions, then you’re in for some goodaction.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Inshore I haven’t had many calls for tarpon fishing so I don’t have avery good handle on how good the action is or isn’t. All of my clients for the most part want tofish for the offshore species.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> The Cullinane Family spent some quality time together. Tom and Cindy along with their sons Patrick(8yrs old) and Aidan (5yrs old) fished for a half day. Tom, Cindy, and Patrick were the fishingportion of the family. Aidan is thevideo game champion. He beat all levelsof Donkey Kong while we were fishing. Inthe meantime, Tom and Patrick were busy catching dolphin while Cindy was gettingthe action on film. We had a lull periodand then once again the dolphin action started as well as blackfin tunaaction. The big fish of the trip wascaught by Cindy. It turned out to beabout a 50# shark.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Mike and Troy Andersen and Jason Waters braved windy conditions ofEast @ 17 – 21 knots on their ¾ day trip. They saw action with dolphin while drifting with flatlines.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Rich Pena, Dave Olson, and Mike Reisner saw even windier conditions ontheir trip. The SE/SSE winds @ 15 – 24 knotsgave us very lumpy seas. We found goodblue water in 500 feet and almost immediately got into some hot and heavydolphin action. The windy conditionspersisted and after a half day we called it quits with plenty of dolphin in thefish box.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Rich, Dave, and Mike were back for day two offshore. This day we had winds from the WNW/N @ 9 – 20knots. We kite fished most of the day in110 – 200 feet and once again had plenty of action with dolphin and severalsharks. There were plenty of dolphinfillets for everyone.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Tino Poo’s trip was a ¾ day. Hepicked the calmest day we have had in quite awhile. Wind from the WNW/ESE @ 3 – 9 knots. Raul Bosque got things going with a sailfish. Then we moved on to a few dolphin, bonito,and had the pesky remoras show up.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Jeff Godel and Mike Evans had all the dolphin action they could handleduring their ¾ day trip. The wind wasN/NNW @ 13 – 17 knots. We found goodweed lines in the 350 – 420 foot range. This got the ball rolling with dolphin in the 4 – 10 pound range. When the action slowed, we found birds andmore weed lines in the 250 – 300 foot range. Whether we were slow trolling or drifting we had consistent action. After having caught plenty of fish to takehome, we started releasing fish. Back atTNT Marine Center, Jeff helped with filleting the fish as Mike watched thetarpon feeding on the scraps we threw in the water.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> I helped my good friend and fellow Captain, Gil Gutierrez with histrip. The wind was East @ 14 – 20 knots. We started with dolphin, moved closer in andput up the kites and a bottom rod and caught sailfish, amberjack, blackgrouper, and shark.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Jeff Ingram, Jonathon Wright, and Reiley not only had fun fishingoffshore, but had a blast catching 3 different kinds of bait before headingout. We had to work hard for the actionwe got on this trip. In the end wepulled it out with sailfish, bonito, and shark.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> In between the above trips, we had to cancel two trips due to winds inexcess of 25 knots.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> So as you can see, the action varies from good to excellent and thewind has definitely been blowing with the exception of one trip. The action will only continue to get betterand better as we close out 2011 and start fresh in 2012. Now’s the time to book your fishing trip soyou won’t miss out on any of the great fishing we experience in the Miami/MiamiBeach area all winter long.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> With the Holidays upon us, remember that if you have an angler in yourlife who has every fishing gadget you can imagine, you might want to considergiving them a gift certificate for a charter fishing trip aboard Knot Nancy. Sailfish, kingfish, dolphin, tarpon, and morewill be a gift that they’ll thank you for and remember for a long time.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  13. It’s been windy weather and rough seas. Despite these conditions, the fishing bothoffshore and inshore has been very good.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Offshore, it’s a mixed bag of dolphin (mahi-mahi), sailfish, smallblackfin tuna, bonito, and small sharks.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Inshore, the water is calm despite the windy conditions. Between tarpon, snook, jack crevalle, barracuda,and mangrove snapper there is plenty of action to keep you busy.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> The bait has been plentiful in North Biscayne Bay. It doesn’t take long to load the livewellwith pilchards.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Ed, Eugene, and Kwang Kim opted to fish the calm inshore waters asthey knew they couldn’t handle the offshore rough sea conditions. After loading the livewell with bait weheaded north from Haulover. The firststop took some time and live chumming to get the fish going. It started with jack crevalle, progressedwith snook, and finished with mangrove snapper. We moved on to the second stop and watched plenty of tarpon rolling allaround us. The tarpon showed no interestwhatsoever in our bait. Next I slowtrolled a shoreline area that produced barracudas. We drifted a final area before dark and thejack crevalle had a field day with our baits. The action was steady and constant till we moved on in search oftarpon. The first tarpon locationproduced no strikes. A move to a secondlocation did the trick. The first tarponstrike resulted in the fish making a 6’ high leap and giving us our hookback. The second fish hooked up solidand Ed caught and released his first tarpon. By then the tide was too far goneand it was time to head in.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> John Mazurek along with Drew and Hunter Racz got into some fast and hotdolphin action. Hunter said he had seenthe shows on TV and he wanted to catch a dolphin. The west wind had me heading east till Ifound the blue/green color change in 1000’. It had a beautiful weedline on it that went north and south as far asthe eye could see. Out went the livebaits and 3 minutes later Hunter was fighting his first dolphin. With that fish in the box, we put out morebaits and saw a frigate bird up ahead circling low to the water. We ran to that area and instantly had twothen three fish on. Find the frigatebird again and put out baits and throw a few live chummers and back in theaction again. Everyone caught fish andit was decided that we had enough when the sixteenth fish hit the box.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Brad Coren, Harold Coren, and Brad Kiassman braved the windy NE conditions. Our first drift gave us a dolphin and then asmall shark. Then after several driftswith no action we moved about a mile to the north. The decision was made to call it a day. I said give it a minute more as I threw a netfull of live chummers over. We instantlyhad a school of dolphin all around the boat. The fun began with everyone dancing around one another as the fish ranfrom one side of the boat to the other and the boat was rocking and rolling. The school moved on and we left one bait inthe water while we started to wrap things up. It got hit and we had another small shark. We released the shark and put out anotherbait while we continued to make ready for the run in. Brad Coren got a hit and started to reel hisbait in. Two sailfish followed itup. We threw a couple of chum baits outto keep the fish in the area while we hooked on two baits and tossed themout. One sailfish ate and then a secondone ate. Both fish were hooked and bothBrad’s had a blast catching and releasing their fish. Final count was 2 sailfish, 8 dolphin, and 2sharks.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Tom and Leslie Mohr also braved the windy NE conditions. We had steady action on all but two of ourdrifts. It started with dolphin, thensharks. The dolphin action continued andthen more sharks. It ended with bonitoand a blackfin tuna. The final count was9 dolphin, 4 sharks, 1 blackfin tuna, and 1 bonito. Along the way we pulled the hook on severaldolphin and also broke a main line. Thedolphin were in the 5 – 12 pound class.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> That sums it up. If you canhandle rough sea conditions, the fishing is good. If those conditions are not for you, thenfish inshore and still find good fishing. The windy weather won’t last forever and the fishing will only getbetter, so now’s the time to call and schedule your trip to get in on some funfishing and take home some good eating fish also.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  14. Fall has finally arrived and along with it some good to very good fishing.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Offshore, the dolphin (mahi-mahi) are migrating south, sailfish areshowing up in better numbers, skipjack tuna are finding the live chum andhitting the kite baits, down deep there are mutton snapper, grouper, andamberjack. You might have to pick your day(s)if you have a weak stomach as cold fronts are now moving through and bringingwindy conditions to our area for a few days. There are usually a few days of calm weather in between the passing ofthe fronts so it’s just a matter of being flexible with you schedule.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Catching live bait (pilchards) has mostly been making a few throwswith the castnet or finding the schools of herring and going to work on themwith sabiki rigs.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Eileen Clark, her daughter Sharon Whitney, and granddaughters OliviaWhitney and Natalie Whitney braved some windy conditions. Their reward was dolphin for both Olivia andNatalie.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Mike and Trevor McCarthy along with Matthew Fitzgerald and ThomasAbrams also had a trip with windy conditions. They saw kite fishing for the first time and immediately took to it asif they’d been kite fishing for years. We saw action with dolphin, skipjack tuna, sailfish, and bottom actionwith bluerunners.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Richard Rusak, Craig Liszt, Jason Harris, and Pat McAleer had a tripthat many anglers dream of. The wind wasblowing hard from the NE giving us seas of 6 – 8 feet. Everyone had strong stomachs and it paid offas we were able to stay out the entire length of the trip. We started our first drift in 300’. Richard caught a bonito. Next we set up in 300’ again and back drifted. In 270’ we caught a dolphin. Followed by an amberjack caught byJason. Then the large school of dolphinshowed up and it was a frenzy. When theschool finally moved on, we had 10 dolphin in the box. As we drifted inside of 200’ we caught agrouper and then a mutton snapper. Another dolphin went into the box. A kingfish and bonito were released along with a small shark. Richard hooked up again to what everyonethought would be another amberjack. Whenthe fish came up, someone said shark and Richard immediately said cobia. The cobia made it into the fish box and atTNT Marine Center it weighed in at 36 pounds.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> That’s Fall fishing for you. Time to schedule your trip and get out and enjoy the variety of fishthat are along the Miami/Miami Beach/Key Biscayne area of South Florida.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  15. From mid-August through to the present day in September, I have doneseveral trips. Each trip has resulted ina mixed bag of fish that have included any of the following: sailfish,kingfish, dolphin (mahi-mahi), bonito, small amberjack, barracuda, and muttonsnapper. The weather has been very hotand the best way to beat the heat is a morning trip or late afternoon trip. Like fishing at any other time of the year,when there is north current, the fishing is relatively easy. When there is south current or no current,then it takes fishing numerous spots with different methods to put together adecent catch.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> There are mullet starting to show up in the Bay and small schoolsalong the beach. This is a good signthat the Fall fishing season is about to kick into gear when the larger schoolsmigrate down the beach along the Miami-Dade County coast. That means tarpon, snook, jack crevalle, andsharks along the beach and in the Inlets. This will also drive large schools of pilchards into the Bay. The pilchards can be taken offshore andconverted into sailfish, kingfish, mutton snapper, and fall run dolphin(mahi-mahi).<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> For the dolphin (mahi-mahi) enthusiasts, the good news is that it’sbeen well worth running out and looking for the colorful tasty fish. They could be anywhere from 400 feet out toas far as 20 miles. As always, look for birdactivity and structure in the form of weed lines and floating debris. Even if you don’t see any activity on floatingdebris, it’s well worth the time to drop a jig or spoon down deep to possiblybring the school to the surface or catch a wahoo.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> During this time of the year when I’m not fishing as much, Nancy and Itake a mini vacation. During the seasonwe are like two ships passing each other with nothing more than a “hi” and “bye”both day and night, so it’s good that we can spend some time together.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> It’s also a great time of year to do all the small maintenance itemson the boat and with tackle to make sure everything is running smoothly.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> With all that said, now is the time to start thinking about booking thatlate Fall, Winter, and early Spring fishing trip. It’s never too early to book in advance as Ialready have some dates booked out as far as May 2012. Booking a trip is as easy as emailing ( ) or giving me acall at 305-965-9454.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p> Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p> 305-965-9454<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>