Dolphin offshore, bass in the Everglades
Calm seas allowed offshore anglers to easily run offshore over the holiday weekend to catch dolphin.
Tim Davis of Oakland Park reported that he and his friends, fishing Saturday on Been Hooked with Louis Selesnick of Pompano Beach, caught 26 dolphin 16 miles offshore.
Ethan Mayo, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, caught and released his first sailfish slow-trolling a live goggle-eye in 120 feet north of Boca Inlet on Indigo’s Girl with John Yohanan. Mayo needed only four minutes to land the 45-pound sail using 20-pound line.
Gordon James, Bob McIntosh and Chuck Tatelbaum caught and released several black drum over 20 pounds, as well as a couple of smaller black drum that they kept to eat, fishing out of Chokoloskee Island with Capt. Brian Sanders.
Skip Reed and Gary Dew caught a total of 41.85 pounds of bass fishing the flats at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Saturday and Sunday to win a Glades Masters club tournament. Terry and Chris McCartha were second at 37.43, followed by Ricardo Arbesu and Joe D’Orio at 26.62. Reed had the big bass at 5.85.
Capt. Alan Zaremba of Hollywood said water levels are still low in Everglades canals, which means great fishing for a variety of species using floating and suspending jerkbaits. Ron and Robyn Holland and their son Ryan, 17, caught 95 largemouth bass up to 4.25 pounds, seven peacock bass up to 2.5 pounds, 15 chain pickerel and a bunch of oscars and Mayan cichlids on a morning trip in the canals along the west side of U.S. Highway 27.
Zaremba and Drew Gregg of Davie caught 50 largemouths up to 5 pounds, three peacocks, six chain pickerel, Mayan cichlids and lots of oscars on a morning trip in the L-35 Canal along Interstate 595. Zaremba and Ted Sander of Cooper City caught caught 22 largemouths, three peacocks, 18 mudfish up to 10 pounds, 28 Mayans and 15 oscars on a morning trip in the L-29 along Tamiami Trail.
Fishing for peacocks slowed in urban canals. Lee Davis and Jim Wells of Jupiter caught nine peacocks up to 3.5 pounds on a morning trip in the Lake Ida chain. Mark and Holly Anderson and their 16-year-old son caught 12 peacocks up to 4 pounds and a snook during a six-hour trip in the C-8 in Miami Lakes. Lou Hager of Palm Beach caught seven peacocks up to 3 pounds on a half-day trip in the C-100 in Kendall.
Tournaments on tap
The 32nd annual Ladies Fish-Off, in which only females are the anglers, is Saturday out of Sands Harbor Resort & Marina in Pompano Beach. Boats can leave from Hillsboro or Port Everglades Inlets, but must check in at Hillsboro by 4 p.m. The kickoff party is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach. Late registration is 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Bonefish Mac’s in Lighthouse Point. Eligible species are cobia, dolphin, kingfish, wahoo and blackfin tuna. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House and The Billfish Foundation. Visit ladiesfishoff.com or call 954-261-6477.
The Summer Slam Part 1 offshore kayak fishing tournament is Saturday starting and ending just south of Pompano Beach Pier. Prizes, including $5,000 to the winner and Hobie kayaks to the second- and third-place finishers, go to the anglers catching the heaviest total weight of eligible species, which include dolphin, wahoo, African pompano, cobia, kingfish, blackfin tuna, mutton snapper and grouper. The Sunshine SUP series has paddleboard races before the weigh-in, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Visit extremekayakfishing.com.
Boaters are needed for the 38th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Fishing Tournament Saturday out of Bahia Mar Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. Kids 6-17 and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters fish offshore, then return to Bahia Mar for pizza and awards. Contact Ofelia DeLuca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-870-6390.
The seventh annual Joe & Joe’s Dolphin Tango Tournament is Saturday. Entry fee is $200 per boat by Wednesday and $225 at the captains meeting on Thursday. Call 954-433-9849.
Snook closure: The snook season in Atlantic waters is closed Thursday through Aug. 31. The snook season in Gulf waters and the Keys closed May 1. Snook can be caught and released during the closure.
Free fishing: Saturday and Sunday are license-free saltwater fishing days for Florida residents and visitors. That means anglers do not have to purchase a fishing license to fish in salt water from shore or a boat. All seasons, bag limits and size limits still apply. Visit myfwc.com.
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