Captain Jim Hobales of Caught Lookin Charters reported fishing in Florida Bay has been excellent. Working the mullet muds along the flats, his clients are catching large sea trout, redfish, snook and mangrove snappers. There also have been some lure shy tailing tarpon on the flats. Plenty of sharks are available for rod-bending action. Snook have been plentiful along the beaches north of East Cape for catch and release. These snook are eating swim baits and Gulps hooked to a jig head.
Offshore fishing teams from around the world are invited to compete in the 30th annual Blue Marlin World Cup Challenge on Friday. Teams will compete in their own time zones to catch the largest blue marlin over 500 pounds in a winner-take-all competition. Entry fee is $3,000 per boat and there’s a optional $5,000 value-added prize category. Visit www.bluemarlinworldcup.com.
Hector Picard is a double-arm amputee who has turned his disability into a means of helping others and this past month in the Tri for BCC Kids he helped raise more than $10,000 for the Broward Children’s Center.
UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament
Hurricanes football alumni, save for Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks, played mainly in a backup capacity in Saturday’s fourth annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Dolphin Tournament presented by Deep Impact Boats.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has formed a South Bear Management Unit to consider problems and offer suggestions regarding bears living wild in South Florida.
U.S. Army veteran Clare Christle of Coconut Creek still suffers crippling back pain from a stateside accident several years ago. Until recently, the 38-year-old had to use a wheelchair to get around. Then Christle learned about the nonprofit, all-volunteer group Veterans Ocean Adventures founded in 2009 by another Army vet where he discovered scuba diving.
Captain Jamie Owens from the party boat Atlantis out of Haulover Marina reported that when the offshore current hasn’t been flying, his daytime customers have been catching quite a few mutton and vermillion snappers on the bottom and a few kingfish and dolphins on the surface. Captain Kenny Krawczynski from the party boat Mucho K has had limit catches of snappers while fishing cut bait over the reefs offshore of Haulover Inlet at night.
FWC appears likely to approve hunting in ‘addition lands’ when it meets again in September.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has adopted new rules making it easier for divers to harvest invasive lionfish, which pose a grave threat to Florida’s marine ecosystem.
Two retired coaches and school administrators get treated to a very productive fishing trip and haul in an impressive catch.
Captain Jimbo Thomas on the charter boat Thomas Flyer out of Bayside Marina reported the dolphin fishing of Miami has been very good. Lots of weedlines and at times big mats of Sargasso weeds have been floating north with the Gulf Streams current. Plenty of schoolie-size dolphins and some heavy lifters are feeding on small jacks and baitfish that are hiding under the weeds. Look for hovering or diving birds to help you locate a school of the hungry dolphins. Closer to the reef in depths from 100 to 300 feet of water quite a few blackfin tuna, a few large kingfish, lots of bonitos, cobia and an occasional sailfish are being caught on live baits and trolled feathers.
Bassbusters willl hold silver and gold division tournaments June 21-22 at Roland Martin Marine Center on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston. For more information, call Chris Fickey at 941-232-9539.
Participating in endurance sports like triathlons, adventure races and marathons in the South Florida heat can be a dangerous but thorough exercise, and cross training can prevent injury while improving your overall performance.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meets Tuesday afternoon through Thursday in Fort Myers with lionfish, hunting in the Big Cypress “addition lands,” alligators, and Gulf reef fish highlighting the agenda.
UM scientists go fishing to catch breeding stock for their experimental mahi-mahi hatchery.
Miami-Dade County Parks will celebrate National Marina Day June 14 with free activities at six public marinas encouraging boaters to enjoy their sport. Meet-and-greets and boat safety programs will be presented at Bill Bird Marina at Haulover Park; Black Point Marina; Crandon Park Marina; Homestead Bayfront Park; Matheson Hammock Marina; and Pelican Harbor Marina. For more information, call 305-755-7848.
IslamoradaSportFishing.com reported that offshore boats are finding lots of dolphins to 35 pounds in the blue water and plenty of blackfin tunas are being caught over the offshore Humps. … Captain Jason Sullivan of Rising Tide Charters reported that his clients using Rapala Skitter Walks have had great action on large snook while fishing the shallow flats of Florida Bay.
Triathlete Yunior Rosete-Torres is on a winning streak.
Dolphins | Fishing tournament
Although receiver Brian Hartline was the top angler with a total of 43.6 pounds of fish caught at the annual Miami Dolphins’ Foundation Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, the crew on Family Therapy — skippered by Carlos Padron — won the first-place overall prize on Saturday.
Former Dolphin linebacker Lee Robinsons 47.9-pound kingfish caught with skipper Terry Claus on Team Qualifier was the heaviest catch in last years Miami Dolphins Foundation Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, held out of Miami Beach Marina. The 2014 tournament will take place on June 7.
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