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MIAMI BCH 15 MAY

Saturday was a day spent fishing with mixed venues, mixed angling methods, and mixed results.  Beautiful chamber of commerce day but windy and scheduled to blow like stink as the day progressed. We started out as usual blacking out the live wells with pilchards from Pedro. Had also gotten some live crabs and shrimp to have the best offerings for tarpon and later in the day try for permit on the inside. We spent an hour plus on the outside drifting off the south jetty of Government Cut fishing for tarpon…normally a productive spot and a pleasant drift when the seas are building or up.  Never scored a bite although tarpon fishing had been good lately...we never saw a rolling fish nor marked any despite good moving water. Because the seas were not too bad in the AM we next headed out to the Key Biscayne wrecks for a few drifts. Managed 3 kings…one keeper, one small release, and fed a nice one unintentionally to a decent 150# shark. Also landed a trophy size hound fish which looked to be in the 4 ft range and had some real girth, lost one nice bottom fish, and managed to keep 1 nice yellow jack. When the seas started to build we headed inside for some lite spin tackle fishing. Inside fishing was pretty slow despite live chumming but we did manage to hook up with a nice 20# + cuda that put on a brief air show and caught and released one each mutton, mangrove, blue runner, hound fish, nurse shark and kept another yellow jack. Considering that we bent the rods a little on the outside and inside….with emphasis on “little” ...we had an enjoyable day and avoided getting banged up by some strong seas..
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