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Bendings the rods!

Capt. Jim Hobales
February 11, 2013
Government Cut - Saltwater Fishing Report


I am fishing Government Cut with John Culbertson his brother Dan and brother in law Ivan from Russia. This morning we had good out going tide with some Tarpon rolling around us. John had told me it was more important to keep the rods bent than to catch Tarpon, I said we will try to do both. I rigged with live Shrimp and started dropping to the bottom of the Cut. On the first 5 drops we caught 5 different species Yellowtail, Rock Hind Grouper, Bar Jack, Grunts and Mangrove Snapper. John said this is what we wanted and we continued to bend the rods for 5 hours. Unfortunately we caught a Lionfish which was a good fight and a beautiful fish but not good for the other species that live in the Cut. The Lionfish eats everything and is a big problem!

We caught a couple small Lane Snappers, I put them both down on the bottom and they got crushed. I think John was stunned by the first hit it was sudden and hard, the 2nd he made have reacted to quick but really big bites!We added a Spanish Hogfish, Porgies, Jacks and more Grunts and a dozen Yellowtail. Ivan who didn't speak English finally said "enough" lets go!


Today's trip almost mirrors Tuesdays trip, I am with Pete, Brent and Mike in Government Cut. We got out around 11 o'clock and we have a great looking day, the wind is up a bit, the tides ripping out and the fish are biting on every drop. I was marking Tarpon just off the drop and explained they will start rolling as soon as the tide changes. We worked the ledge and started bending the rods almost immediately, Yellowtails have been thick and give a good fight we also caught a 3 lb. Hog Snapper, a bunch of Mangrove Snappers,Grunts Porgies, Groupers, and we had to leave one area because of the Jacks! The tide switched and the Tarpon popped up and we rolling all around us, all 3 guys dropped down into the school. All 3 rods doubled at the same time, Pete got slammed and all of a sudden he broke off. The other 2 caught really nice Mangroves and we did that for a while. The bite slowed so we ran in and fished some seawalls and docks. I rigged some Twitch n Raps and Pete was hooked up with a good fish pulling drag, a few minutes later we released a 5 lb. Jack. Mike caught a couple of Jacks back to back right after Pete did. Brent kept casting and had an explosion on his lure it jumped and showed it was a 30 inch Snook. We looked for some Trout on the grass beds but couldn't really find any today, even though the Pelicans were diving on the bait schools.

We called it a day and the guys were extremely happy.

There is allot of good fishing going on right now, either in the Inlet, on the beach or the Flamingo area. Timing is everything in Miami Beach when booking a trip, early or late will generally produce Tarpon. The middle of the day will produce a few but not the numbers caught around dusk. Give yourself the best opportunity for catching your dream fish!

Capt. Jimbo


305 333 8149

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Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida. In the early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. In the early 1980's he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park, it was a life changing experience. Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry. Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide.

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7900 NW 174 Terr.
Miami, FL 33015
Phone: 305-333-8149
Alt. Phone: 305-362-6460
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