Springtime Fishing - Miami, FL

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I’m long overdue with catching up on the fishing activities aboardKnot Nancy. So let’s get started.<o:p></o:p>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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That sums it up. Blackfins, sailfish,and a few dolphin offshore and tarpon inshore.<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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