August 22nd, 2004
Typical of this time of year, the charter business is usually pretty slow, but that doesn?t necessarily mean the fishing is slow. The few trips we have had during the day were decent. Mostly kingfish in the morning and a few sailfish spread out during the day. The bonitas are pretty much gone, but every once in a while you get into a bunch of them and have every rod screaming. The kingfish have been averaging around 10 ? 15 pounds, although our biggest was 35 pounds. I haven?t done any dolphin fishing offshore as it has been pretty much hit or miss. The wahoo bite ahs slowed down, but should pick up again towards the end of the month.
The night fishing for swordfish was a little slower than usual, but it has now started to pick up. The next two weeks (as I predicted in my last report) should be very good. This time last year from mid August on, we had some great sword action. This past week I had an angler that wanted to catch a swordfish on fly. I definitely believe that this is very doable in South Florida. The first night we fished, we had our first legitimate shot. I tease a swordfish up to the surface and we got a cast off to the fish, but unfortunately the sword didn?t stick around long enough. The swordfish instead fade out towards one of the jug baits and within two minutes we had him on one of the live baits. We ended up catching that sword, but unfortunately not on fly. To bad too, because it ended up being around 70 pounds which could have been a world record on that fly tippet. The next night we were not as successful. We had one bite, but never got tight on the fish.
Now is definitely the time to book your fall swordfish trips. The fall action can be phenomenal and the weather is still very nice. It was in the fall that we had some of our best nights ever. There are also two swordfish tournaments left this year. One is in September and one is the beginning of October. If swordfishing is your cup of tea and the potential to win some big money is to your liking, give me a call for more specifics. Regardless of what species you want to target, give us a call and we will put you tight on fish and have lots of laughs in between.
Tight Lines and Good Fishing,
Capt. Dean Panos