Kingfish on Day Trips
Capt. Wayne Conn
September 24, 2013
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report
This past week on the Reward Fishing Fleet it's been decent weather excluding daily rainstorms that has me wondering if it ever will dry up. It seems like the weather patterns have gotten their seasons mixed up a bit! We have however, managed to fish most scheduled trips in spite of this and the fact that this is our slow season. Having fewer anglers makes for more fishing room, less tangles and more opportunities to catch a few fish.
During the day trips small kingfish showed up on Tuesday for Captain Chris and Kayla on the morning trip. Every person on board caught at least one in the "just legal" range of 24" to the fork length. This is a welcome sign of fall coming for sure. These fish were caught on small ballyhoo and Spanish sardines on a standard three hook rig with an ounce or two of weight, and only in about 100 feet of water. The rest of the week's catch has been made up of a few bonita and scattered vermillion, yellowtail and mutton snappers, and other assorted bottom fish.
We only fished 3 nights this past week but had fair catches of yellowtails and mangrove snappers according to Captains Ryan and Aly with Jerry the mate. That will improve greatly as we get away from the full moon cycle. Not sure why, but snapper fishing off Miami on the full moon is rarely good. The fish just don't seem to be hungry! You could be catching fish steady, but when the moon comes up, they shut down.
Regarding the slow season, this is when we do yearly maintenance on our boats. Wednesday we brought the Reward Won back from the shipyard where she got a fresh bottom paint job as well as an "Ice Blue" painting on the hull. We also installed a new transducer that should improve our "fish finding" abilities. Now we need to find a fish finder that will make them bite!
In addition to scheduling vertical jigging and 10 hour "Ironman" specialty trips, I'm happy to announce the launching this week of a Sunday early morning fishing trip that should attract plenty of our local NFL fans and fishermen. We will leave the dock at 6 am for the sunrise bite, returning by 12pm to be back in time for the games and limit the trip to 16 fishermen at a price of $60 per person. We will use the Reward Won out of Bayside Marketplace for this trip. The cool thing about leaving so early is that there is either no parking fee or a small one when you get into the parking lot before 6am.
On September 28, next Saturday, we will be having a 5am-3pm "Ironman" trip for both bait fishermen and vertical jiggers, limited to 15 anglers for $100 each.
Please call our office at 305 3729470 to reserve your spot and leave a deposit for these trips.
Our normal schedule from Miami Beach Marina is 9am-1pm, 1:45pm-5:30 pm, and 8pm to 12:30 am every night excluding Monday night.
Captain Wayne Conn
Reward Fishing Fleet
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