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Miami, Florida - Offshore

Capt. Mark Houghtaling
February 13, 2000
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report

A general slow down in the fishing occurred this past weekend. Very little in

the way of offshore fishing was happening of the Miami area. A handful of

Sailfish were caught along with an occasional Dolphin and Kingfish. A few

boats reported a fairly good bottom bite for Grouper and Snapper but they

were the exception not the rule. The weather conditions were not helping.

Flat calm seas were encountered over the weekend. This time of the year

better fishing is had during a windy blow from the north. However, many

anglers were just happy to get out and enjoy the warm weather and flat calm

conditions, and not be too concerned how many fish they caught.

Look for excellent Sailfishing when we get the winds blowing from the

north. Also Dolphin will start appearing more and more as we get closer to

the springtime. Most of the Dolphin that are found will probably be close in

along the edge of the reefline. There were a few good runs of Dolphin over

the past week ,but they were not sustained. Amberjack will start making a

strong showing on all the wrecks from Miami to the Keys. During February

and March, Amberjack start their migration to the “Hump” off Islamorada to

spawn and take up residence on the artificial reefs along the way. Not the

greatest eating fish but they will give your friends from the north a pull they

will never forget!

Kingfish are still around. In fact, one angler reported catching a half dozen

twenty plus pound fish north of the Whistle Buoy off North Key Largo. He

caught his fish slow trolling live Blue Runners on a downrigger. Sporadic

Kingfish action was found off Miami. Tarpon are starting to show up inside

Government Cut. Early morning and late afternoon can be very productive.

Large live shrimp fished on a troll rite rig can be deadly. Look for the schools

of fish at the end of the jetties inside the Cut

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Fish with Capt Mark Houghtaling aboard the "Magic Fingers". A new 31 Foot Contender Openfisherman with twin 250 HP Yamaha Outboards. With over 25 years of chartering experience, Capt Mark will put you on the "catch of the day". Sailfish, Dolphin, King Mackerel, Tuna, Grouper,Snapper....and the list goes on. Prime fishing grounds are only minutes from downtown Miami.

Contact Info:

15920 SW 85 Avenue
Miami, FL 33157
Phone: 305-253-1151
Alt. Phone: 305-479-1151
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