May/June Fishing Report Knot Nancy - Miami, FL
Capt. Dave Kostyo
June 6, 2016
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report
The end of May continued with some very good fishing. The beginning of June has seen the continuation of very good fishing. Offshore, the mahi/dolphin have shown up in decent numbers. It does require some hard running and gunning, however, the reward is very good for the effort. On the reef, it's a mixed bag of kingfish, AJ's, and a few mutton snapper. In June, the tarpon fishing has kicked into high gear with much better consistency.
The Levy Family treated Dad to an early Father's Day present. There were rain storms all around us off in the distance. The weather was great where we were and it didn't take long for the birds to put us on mahi. Everyone caught fish and by the time the weather was closing in on us we have 4 mahi, 2 bar jacks, and a tripletail in the box.
My next trip was an inshore Kids style trip. We were looking for numbers and plenty of action. Along the way we also caught some keeper yellowtail snapper. By the end of the trip, we had 8 different species of fish caught and released, lost track of the total number of fish caught, lots of smiles, and fresh fish dinner for everyone.
Brothers Jon, Tom, and Chris wanted to catch dolphin. Jon brought along his fly rod also. Once again, the birds did their job and we were into the mahi/dolphin. Live bait got them started and with the school around the boat, Jon caught numerous dolphin on his fly rod. He passed the fly rod to each of his other brothers who also caught mahi on the fly rod. When it was time to move back in to the reef, we had caught 24 mahi, releasing all but 4 and a very large rainbow runner. On the reef, we got cut off several times and added 2 kingfish to the box. The larger kingfish weighed in at 24 pounds.
The Figueroa Family also wanted to catch mahi/dolphin. It may sound like a repeat, however, it's the birds that put us on the fish once again. Mom caught the largest mahi and their son the second largest. Dad came in a distant third. Running and gunning is the technique we used along with live bait. We did some trolling, but did not find any fish that way. The day finished with 12 dolphin and we kept 11.
On my most recent trip, I was part of a 4 boat group taking out anglers from and associated with a Roofing Products Company. I had 3 anglers on my boat and we spent the entire trip in search of, you guessed it, mahi/dolphin. The first Styrofoam buoy with rope attached that we found gave us one dolphin to break the ice. It was also the first fish caught by either of the four boats. There was a competition for the first, largest, and most. We hooked up 3 mahi on the next group of fish and lost one. From that point we did a whole lot of searching. It paid off when we found a large piece of wood that looked like a table top. We hooked a large bull dolphin on a 3/8 ounce jig (22 pounds), another large bull on live bait (20 pounds), and a schoolie size fish. We boated all three fish after long fights with each of the larger fish. Later in the morning, we found another piece of wood and added a tripletail. A school of mahi swam up to the boat and refused all our live bait and jigs.
We are now up to date with the fishing action aboard Knot Nancy. As you can see the mahi fishing is very consistent and well worth the effort. It should continue to get even better as we get further into June.
Captain Dave Kostyo
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