High wind offshore keeps making hookups a breeze
Written by Sun-Sentinel   
Tuesday, 28 December 2004 11:32
Weather or not, anglers who braved the high winds offshore were rewarded, and with the winds changing direction from coming out of the north to the northeast, that should stay the same.

"We have a very good sailfish bite going on," said Tom Greene of Custom Rod & Gun in Deerfield Beach. "Live baits are producing best, but people are catching them trolling dead bait too."

Greene said anglers reported finding dolphin in 200-300 feet of water and that action on the reefs was good on the backside, 90-120 feet, with yellowtail and a few mutton snapper.

"And we had a phenomenal swordfish bite on Christmas Eve," Greene said.

Friday was rough for Capt. Bouncer Smith and his anglers.

"Whenever the sky is blue, the wind is dead and there is no current, you know fishing will be great, but catching will be slow," said Smith, who fared better Thursday night with Don and Sandy Blake, who each released a swordfish.

Smith had luck during his day trip on Thursday, too, going two of six on tarpon hookups in the morning and two of five in the afternoon, with three sails sprinkled in.

As for freshwater, Capt. Alan Zaremba reported another light week.

"The holiday and colder weather have slowed down the fishing," said Zaremba, who said Alligator Alley did have some good action late as he and Ted Sanders of Cooper City caught 51 largemouths, the largest 4 pounds, using Slap-Stiks and Rat-L-Tops.

Moving north, Capt. Don Marks reports good action on Lake Ida and the connecting canals up to Leisureville Lake. Marks had the Gindi family out in three boats on Monday, with Dan Gindi and son, Josh, and Josh's cousin, Dylan Powell, catching 19 fish.

Next was Jeffrey Gindi with son, Grant, and daughter, Paige, who caught 14 fish including 10-year-old Paige's big fish of 81/2 pounds. Errol Gindi and sons, Derek and Justin, caught 13 fish with Justin catching a 6-pounder.

That north wind has made things tough for the piers, as they are not seeing much baitfish. And no baitfish means no fish, period, for anglers.

With the wind switching to a northeast direction, that will hopefully change, but right now seagulls are having more fun than the anglers at Juno, Deerfield, Pompano and Dania.

The weather was warmer but the wind also up in the Keys, where Ricky Stanczyk at Bud N' Mary's Marina in Islamorada reports a 35-knot breeze also made things, "pretty slow. It really stirred things up on the reef.

"We're hoping it will pick back up through the week. Seas are 2-3 inside the reef, 3-4 outside, and the wind is supposed be blowing 24 knots."

Again, the direction has changed to northeast, so anglers are hoping things improve, as Capt. Paul Johnson out of Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada reported good results with blackfin tuna, amberjack and the occasional wahoo off the Hump.

Capt. Jack Falcucci reported good sailfish action off the reefs until the wind kicked up.

Until the wind lies down the backcountry won't be much better, as the wind is stirring up the water and that in turn stirs up the bottom, making things milky. Fish can't hit what they can't see.

When they can see, Capt. Lou Brubaker trout were hitting topwater plugs. Reds were around Flamingo. Capt. Gary Rehm led anglers to tarpon, trout and redfish off East Cape Canal.

Other catches

Capt. Larry Sydnor of Islamorada reports that before the wind turned nasty sailfish were hanging around the edge of Conch Reef for a good bite and a few dolphin were biting around the Islamorada Hump with some small tuna on the shallow edge. Black grouper were hitting as well. ... Sydnor led Dan Moricoli of Wellington out to 42 sea trout, six black drum, three snook and a red. ... Three generations fished with Sydnor on Monday at Lake Ingraham, with Vito Candella of Weston, his 10-year old son, Vincenzo, and his father, Enzo, from Italy, catching 29 redfish and two snook.

Smith started last week hot, helping George Palzak and his friend, Allen, catch a pair of sails, plenty of kings (including a 25-pounder) and a 120-pound tarpon. ... Tuesday Eric and Dave Barry caught six kings (up to 25 pounds) and seven amberjacks ( up to 50 pounds) with Smith. ... Wednesday Palzak and pal, Allen, were out again and four tarpon (up to 100 pounds), a pair of kings 25 pound each, a dolphin and two sails. ... Dave Barry fished solo with Smith Wednesday night and didn't have to share action on six tarpon, a pair of bluefish and a big ladyfish.

Zaremba started his week with Gary Sinay of New Jersey, catching 15 peacock bass doing what he calls a "lot of chunking and winding," with most of the fish hitting small hard jerk baits. Sinay and Zaremba had better luck in the Alley, catching 23 largemouths using mostly Rat-L-Tops. Again, the afternoon bite worked best for them.

Marks had Mike Barnard Jr. of Boca Raton out Wednesday and caught 19 fish.

 
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