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Dolphin and Sailfish Dominate The Offshore Fishing in Miami, FL

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It’s time once again to get current with the fishing activities aboardKnot Nancy.<o:p></o:p>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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In between the above trips, we had to cancel two trips due to winds inexcess of 25 knots.<o:p></o:p>

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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>

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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>

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

Knot Nancy FishingCharters, 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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