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Summer Snapper have been Fun Lately

Capt. Bouncer Smith
August 7, 2018
Miami - Saltwater Fishing Report

We had several young men out recently and after a morning of bonitos, kingfish, barracuda and bonito, we searched for hours trying to find a wahoo.

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With the end of the day closing in, the Father realized the boys needed some closing action. We hit a couple rock piles around 300 feet deep and the boys had a ball catching big yellow eye snappers. They even caught a American red snapper which we had to release.

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During the lobster mini season we had scheduled a Cubera snapper trip. Cubera snappers prefer live lobsters as bait. My dive gang of 3 - 15 year old young men and 2 older guys plus a girl, caught their limit of 72 lobsters in 2 hours.

At 6:30 PM we took off after the Cubera snappers with 6 people on board. That was 3 anglers, their host R J Boyle, my co-captain Abie and myself. We were home at 1 AM we were back at the dock with 1 Cubera for dinner, 2 Cubera snapper releases and 12 lobsters left for dinner. We had 12 good bites.

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A couple of days ago the trolling was slow. After 2 hours we had 1 kingfish and 1 bonito. We switched to live pilchards and caught 2 kingfish, 3 bonito and 3 mutton snapper in 90 minutes.

Targeting mahi-mahi has been hard work lately. There has been too much sargasso weed, pick mahi and most the mahi have been too small as well. If you hang in there till the afternoon, you will do better.

One day we had 3 bonito, 2 kingfish and a sailfish by 9:30 trolling in 150 feet of water. We then headed out for mahi. In 4 hours we caught 3 throw back mahi and were 20 miles offshore.

3 miles back toward shore at about 1:30 we hit a weed line and caught 35 mahi to 30 pounds in an hour. Don't miss the afternoon bite.

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August is our toughest month. We will have some good days of mahi, a good chance for swordfish and release them gently snook. Diving for lobsters will be the cooler choice.

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Capt. Bouncer Smith

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A 33 foot center console charter skiff operated by Bouncer. Bouncer has over 40 years full time experince guide fishing off south Florida. He is a master at the pursuit of sailfish, tarpon, swordfish and many other popular gamefish. The boat sails from Miami Beach Marina, which is located on South Beach at the mouth of Government Cut. We are only a couple minutes from the fishing grounds. Bouncer enjoys fishing with beginners and is popular among the most knowledgable expert anglers.

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Challenge To Inc
1521 Alton Road, #505
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: 305-439-2475
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