Miami/Miami Beach - Rough Windy Conditions - Good Fishing Offshore and Inshore

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It’s been windy weather and rough seas. Despite these conditions, the fishing bothoffshore and inshore has been very good.<o:p></o:p>

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Offshore, it’s a mixed bag of dolphin (mahi-mahi), sailfish, smallblackfin tuna, bonito, and small sharks.<o:p></o:p>

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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>

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The bait has been plentiful in North Biscayne Bay. It doesn’t take long to load the livewellwith pilchards.<o:p></o:p>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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

Knot Nancy FishingCharters, Inc<o:p></o:p>



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