March Is Off To A Great Start!
Capt. Joe McGivern
March 5, 2008
Key Biscayne - Saltwater Fishing Report
All I can say is wow! Big dolphin have invavded our water along with some nice kings, tunas, and sailfish. The sailfishing has been great if you can find current. We have been pretty lucky the past few weeks. We have had good current right out front and everyone has been getting plenty of shots at sailfish. The dolphin have been pouring through as well in good numbers under the birds.
Last week was the Bob Lewis Billfish Challenge. All week up to the tourney there was plenty of current, pretty blue water and lots of fish. We fished wednesday and thursday and caught a total of 14 sailfish. Friday we went out with big expectations on catching some sailfish. We we caught our bait and ran out to the edge only to find that the current vanished over night and the green water moved in. We fished until 12 catching just 2 sailfish. Definetly not the best conditions for the tourney the following day.
Saturday morning we arrived at the boat loaded up bait, tackle, and gear and headed to Miami Beach for the checkout. We cleared the inlet and headed down south. We made the run all the way to Ocean Reef and put the baits out. We were on right away with our first sailfish of the tournament. We ended the day catching 7 out of 10 sailfish and landing in 3rd place in the outboard division.
On day 2 we checked out at Miami Beach and started to make the run south. About half-way there we experienced some motor problems. We decided to stop where we were and start fishing. About 2 hours into fishing we started catch some nice dolphin under some frigate birds. We hooked a double header dolphin when behind the boat my mate noticed a large bull trying to eat his schoolie dolphin. We quickly grabbed a spinner and pitched at the bull. We landed the bull on 20lb test and 40lb leader after a 25 minute fight. That would be all we would catch for the rest of the day. With low expectations we headed in to the weigh station. We through our dolphin on the scale and it went 50lbs on the dot. Luckily noone was able to catch anything larger that day so we knew we were in the money.
We ended the tournament in 3rd place in our division releasing 7 sailfish and winning the funfish division with our dolphin. Congrats to Money Shot and Advanced Roofing for catching 10 sailfish each and bringing home 1st and 2nd place. It was a first class tournament and we can't wait until next yrs tournament!
Next weekend we have the Billfish Master's tournament. That is a great tournament with some great prize money. Hopefully we can bring home a 1st place this yr!
Bahamas season is right around the corner. I have booked a few trips already for Bimini, West End and Lucaya for tuna and bottom fishing. We always have a great time when we go. We catch lots of fish and enjoy the calm seas. If your interested please send me an e-mail with any questions. Blackfin tuna season is right around the corner also. We do afternoon trips and chum really hard to get them up behind the boat. That is alot of fun, especially catching them on light tackle!
Key Biscayne Fishing Forecast:
With spring time coming up real soon we can expect to keep catching sailfish, tarpon and blackfin tuna. April is a great month to target these species. We also have the summer weather coming which means calm seas for bahama trips and swordfish trips!
Sailfish. Dolphin, Tuna
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