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Miami/Miami Beach - Pick Your Style, The Action Is Good

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Time has flown by since my last report. The good news for dolphin (mahi-mahi) anglersis that they have finally shown up in good numbers off the coast of Miami. Where you’ll find them on any given day couldvary from 800 feet out to 15 miles or more. It is a hunt and search type fishery, however, when you get into themthe reward is great.

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Closer to shore, there is plenty of action with bonito, afew kingfish, some sailfish, and throw in mutton snapper and amberjacks. The toughest part of going offshore and livebaiting is the catching of the live bait. It’s been quite tough finding bait in the Haulover area both in the bayand along the beach.

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The tarpon action at Government Cut has remainedconsistent. We’ve been averaging 4 to 6shots at the silver king during a 4 hour trip. The average size has dropped a bit, however, there are still a few fisharound that are pushing 100 pounds.

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Alexander Schmieder and Burkhard Schultz combined to go 3for 5 on tarpon during their ¾ evening tarpon trip. Fish were caught on both the north side andsouth sides of Government Cut.

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Joel Reid and Ed Vermolen saw plenty of action with bonitoand a dolphin during their ½ day trip out to the reef area.

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Marie and Robert Cooper caught kingfish, bonito, and severalpesky remora during their ¾ day trip out to the reef.

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Zac Grossman and Joe Ballarini experienced the heart breakof tarpon fishing during their 4 hour evening trip. Twice we hooked up with tarpon on Zac’s flyrod using live crabs for bait. He wantedto fight a tarpon using a fly rod. Twice, the 20# tippet broke. Hedid get several jumps and long runs out of both fish before the tippet parted.

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Alexander Schmieder and Burkhard Schultz were back for a ¾day trip out to the reef. Sore arms andbacks were the rule of the day as they battled numerous bonito. Neither angler could believe how hardbonito’s pull.

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Scott and Connor Herold also got into the bonito action ontheir trip. Throw in a nice sizekingfish and they too had sore arms and backs.

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John and Jeffrey Williams fished a half day and combined fora sailfish, a couple of dolphin, an amberjack, and numerous bonito. The sailfish was Jeffrey’s first and hecaught it on a 12# spinning outfit.

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George Shipley, Senior, Junior, and Andrew Shipley’s trip gotcut short due to bad late afternoon thunderstorms. Just as the action started to heat up withbonito and barracuda, the storms had us running back to shore.

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Chris and Jarrett Slekar along with Michael and Ray Lorenzexperienced the frustration of catching live bait in the late afternoon. We went to several different known baithangouts and found plenty of bait that didn’t want to cooperate with either thesabiki rigs or the castnet. With just afew baits in the well, we ran offshore and caught a bonito. We had another fish on the bottom rod thatcame off about 30 feet before the sinker broke the surface. We started tarpon fishing much earlier than Ihad planned and watched several fish roll in the area, but had no takers. We made a quick trip in to pick up one of theanglers. We got our reward shortly afterreturning to Government Cut. Chris didbattle with a very large tarpon that took us for a tour of the area both in theshallow water and the deep water. A verytired Chris won in the end and caught his first tarpon. The tarpon also won as after putting up agreat fight, it was released.

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Patrik Svensson, his wife Malin, and son and daughterAlexander and Freda combined to go 4 for 4 on tarpon during their 5 hourevening trip to Government Cut.

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Rain shortened the next evening tarpon trip with Jim and hisgroup. We did managed to catch andrelease 1 tarpon on the first drift before the rain and lightning had usrunning for cover.

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Alex, Renzo, Andre, and Carlos got in on some great dolphinaction in 900 feet when we found a 5 gallon bucket floating. When the action was over, we had 22 dolphinin the fish box and had also released another dozen or so that were under size. The fillets made for the makings of a greatfish fry.

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Ron Walker, Arturo Pena, Senior and Arturo Pena, Junior gotinto the tarpon action hot and heavy during their 6 hour evening trip. Both Arturo, Senior and Junior caught andreleased their first two tarpon each and Ron added two more tarpon to end upwith a final tally of 6 for 6.

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David and Andrew Dearing found plenty of dolphin actionoffshore on their 6 hour trip. We caughtthem trolling, live baiting, and with Kaplan jigs. The first several fish were found under afloating piece of wood. The remainder offish that we caught were under birds that kept putting us on fish in the 12 –15 mile range. We only kept 4 for dinnerand released the rest. After about 18fish we lost track of the count.

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Jonathan Fine got to check off tarpon on his bucket list offish he’d like to catch. We started offon the south side of Government Cut with the first tarpon throwing the hook onits first jump. After several driftswith no action, I moved to the north side. On the second drift, we jumped another tarpon and before Jonathan coulddwell on missing a second fish, the stern rod bent over and he caught his firsttarpon. We moved back to the south sidefor the final drift of the evening and he was rewarded with his second tarponcatch and release.

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There you have it. Upto date once again.

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The heat of the summer is upon us, but the dolphin action isgood. Throw in some decent action on thereef and there is still plenty of action. Now all it takes is a call or email from you to book a trip.

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Captain Dave Kostyo<o:p></o:p>

Knot Nancy Fishing Charters,Inc<o:p></o:p>

305-965-9454<o:p></o:p>

www.knotnancy.com<o:p></o:p>

nkostyo@bellsouth.net

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