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Hot Spring Fishing

Capt. Nick Gonzalez
May 25, 2013
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report

Spring is definitely here and the fishing has been great both inshore and offshore. Sailfish and tuna have been thick on the edge, and dolphin are beginning to move through en masse. Cobia, grouper, and snapper are on the reefline and are willing to eat baits presented properly. Kingfish have been thick as well in the shallower part of the edge too.

Inshore, the snook and tarpon bite has been impressive in the passes, and the trout bite is ridiculous. If youre more interested in sight fishing, multiple shots at bonefish and permit can be had and the fish are aggressive for the most part.

On March 31 we spent the morning offshore and couldn't get away from the sailfish.
Final Tally - 4 sailfish and a dolphin

On April 8 we had no wind so we used helium to pop the kites up. The afternoon was red hot with sailfish pouring through. At the end of the day our group wanted to catch a tarpon, so we hit a couple areas and got one to finish the day off.
Final Tally - 7 sailfish and a 20lb tarpon

On April 10 we had a lone angler who got a good taste of what Miami's offshore action has to offer.
Final Tally - 3 sailfish 2 kings a blackfin and bonehead

On April 12 we spent the afternoon working a number of inshore areas around downtown Miami.
Final Tally - 50lb tarpon, a bluefish, a big ladyfish, a gag grouper (released), and a jack crevalle

On April 27 we got into a red hot seatrout bite with over 100 releases
Final Tally - 100 seatrout, 5 bluefish, numerous jack crevalle and barracudas

On May 1 our customer was dead set on releasing 1 sailfish, maybe 2 if possible. We finished the morning with 3
Final Tally - 3/3 on sailfish

May 10 our group was interested in finding some offshore fish, but a bout of seasickness had half of them in an uncomfortable state. To save the trip we headed inshore and got them hooked up on blue runners, yellow jacks, snapper, a big cuda, and as the grand finale a 7 ft 150lb bullshark.
Final Tally - 8 blue runners, 5 yellow jacks, 3 mangrove snapper, a 25lb cuda and a 150lb bullshark

On May 13 our group was interested in finding some light tackle bottom fish. Unfortunately the sharks wouldn't leave us alone so we had to beef up our tackle. After some heavy lifting we pulled some big AJ's off the wreck.
Final Tally a 50lb AJ and a 35lb AJ

On May 14 we got into a ridiculous offshore bite. We literally couldn't keep lines in the water.

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Final Tally - 11 sailfish 4 blackfins to 35lbs mutton snapper red grouper and a big cero mackerel

On May 15 we got into a thick blackfin tuna bite and had them boiling up behind the boat.
Final Tally - 2 Sails 4 30lb Blackfin a kingfish and 30 bonito

On May 17 we caught a big sailfish and 9 bonito during a morning half and caught 3 sailfish, a bunch of bonito, and a 34lb blackfin in the afternoon.

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Final Tally - 4 Sailfish, 34lb Blackfin Tuna, 13 Bonita

On May 18 we spent the morning running and gunning for dolphin and found a couple gaffers, then we moved in to the reefline and succesfully boated another stud blackfin tuna and a 15 lb kingfish
Final Tally - 4 dolphin, a 30 pound blackfin and a 15 pound king this morning

On May 19 we had more offshore action and fished the afternoon for sailfish.

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Final Tally - 1 Sailfish, an 8lb kingfish, and 6 bonita

On May 20 we had a lone angler that wanted to sample the offshore fishing that Miami has to offer.

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Final Tally - 2 Sailfish, 2 dolphin to 10lbs, a 20lb tuna and some bonita in a 3/4 day

On May 23 our group wanted to take home some good eats, so we got a box full of tuna

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Final Tally - 5 Tuna to 25 lbs and two triple tail

On May 24 we splashed our newest addition to the Double Threat Charters fleet, and enjoyed hunting the flats for permit and bonefish. After a long day of hunting our efforts were rewarded with a healthy Biscayne Bay permit

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Final Tally - 2 Barracuda's, 1 bonnet head shark, 1 biscayne bay Permit

It has been an awesome spring for us but the action hasnt slowed down yet. Spring is still here and the fish are biting!

Miami Fishing Forecast:

Spring fishing is by far our favorite time of year to be on the water. Whether you prefer inshore or offshore action, there are prized species in every area. Sailfish have been a consistent bet lately and the tuna have been thick out on the edge. Dolphin were a bit slow earlier thismonth but with more southeast winds they should be here very soon. The snapper bite is pickingup as the water warms and the weather calms down, but weve already boxed large mangroves and muttons before the real bite has started.

Inshore the tarpon bite has cooled down a bit compared to earlier in march, but large fish are still present in the bays and channels, and are willing to eat. The snook bite is only going to get better as summer draws nearer, and the flats action is on fire. Bonefish, permit, sharks, barracudas and more can all be sightfished in the shallows.

Spring is here, so make sure to get out there before the action cools down!!

Target Species:

Sailfish dolphin tuna wahoo kingfish snapper grouper cobia snook tarpon sharks bonefish permit barracuda

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