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Rare Cuban Night Shark

IMG 3605 274x300 Rare Cuban Night SharkA rare Cuban Night Shark was a welcomed catch this week by the crew of the Spellbound. “Cuban” Night Sharks are a rarely seen let alone caught Shark. The Rare Cuban Night Shark spends most of it’s time on or near the bottom of the deep ocean. The Rare Cuban Night Shark looks just like a Mako Shark, except the overall color is a copper brown. Unlike the purple blue of the Mako Shark. Both sharks have very pointy heads, long pectoral finds & a short dorsal fin.

The Rare Cuban Night Shark is a hard fighting shark, that makes long runs and has a no quit attitude. They are a truly exiting catch every time. Although Cuban Night Sharks do not jump, they do fight very hard to stay deep in the water column. They are a lively shark with amazing emerald green eye’s.

Rare Cuban Night Shark Caught on Light Tackle

We caught this Rare Cuban Night Shark while deep drop fishing with light tackle. We landed this shark on 30 pound braid line with a 60 pound monofilament leader. The Cuban Night Shark ate a fish that we had on the line. We had been fighting a good sized bottom fish and we were about 50 foot off the bottom in almost 600 foot of water. The shark was hooked in the corner of the mouth and took almost an hour and a half to land. After a few quick pictures the shark was released and swam back into the deep.

Rare Cuban Night Shark… Let’s Go Fishing !

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay .  See you on the Rip!

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Little Adam

groupers and jacks 6 05 small 287x300 Little AdamThis past week a good friend of mine died too young. At an age of 42 Adam Agusta know to all who new him and many that did not as “Little Adam”. He was a preeminent character at the Haulover and Castaway docks.  I met Adam as kids fishing together on the different head boats of the Kelly Fleet more than 30 years ago. We were both little “fish heads” and got along famously right from the beginning.

Many people have known Adam in many different ways. I just wanted to let others know the way I knew him. Adam spent most of his adult life fighting all of the problems that come with “recreational pharmacology” and a poor stream of decision making. With that said I would put Adam in a very small group of elite fishermen. He was truly one of the best. Just put a rod in his hands and he would make “it happen”. Although more impressive were his abilities to know just where to fish, which is truly the magic of fishing Miami.  If you combine those two skills with a unique ability of knowing the ‘Charter Fishing” business, and amazing people skills you get Little Adam.  The best charter fishing mate in the business !

When most of us graduated from high school and went off to college, Adam took a different path. He left high school behind for a job on the Therapy IV at the age of 17. He quickly became one of the best mates on the dock, and that meant best earner. Adam and I stayed friends while I was off to college, fishing together when summers rolled around. Summers fishing the Bahamas on the Atlantis or just catching a few “grovers” on the Hurricane, always fun.

After I graduated from school and ran the Atlantis to the Bahamas Adam would occasionally work for me or just ride along fishing.  Seven seasons later I was operating my own charter company and Adam was there to help. As a mate or just a never ending source of fishing information. I was never to proud to ask Adam “how deep would you fish the wire”.

I have so many “Little Adam” stories that it is hard to chose which are the best.  One of my favorites although, was a day that our lead customer was just “dying” to catch a big Bull Dolphin. It was March and we had seen and caught quite a few large Dolphin that week, so we felt quite confident that we would get a good shot at a nice fish. With two kites out, Adam hated two kites. He would always say lets just fish two live baits so we can concentrate on just them, we only need one fish… why eight baits. Well that day we had 5 big cow Dolphin at once, all over 20 pounds. Then the big Bull showed him self and ate the 6th bait. Adam quickly did a little fishing rod “shell game” in the name of a tangle and some how our angler wound up with the Big Bull on his rod. Next Adam one by one tightened the drags on all of the other fish. Quickly we put two in the boat and just as quickly we broke off the other three big cows. After an hour fighting the big bull with a very soft drag we got our shot and put him in the boat. Only Adam would intentionally try to break off 5 big 20+ Dolphin to increase the odds of catching the one so our customer could get his trophy mounted. I was angry and knew we could have caught them all, Adam replied “all we needed was the one”. He was right… Our tip was BIG and that customer I am sure still has his trophy on his office wall. That was Adam, he knew the business of the charter fishing business.

I am sorry Adam will not grow old with us, to fish with my son and catch just one more Snowy. Rest in peace my friend !

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Admin Sep 10
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Tarpon to Sailfish

 Tarpon to SailfishTarpon to Sailfish… Can those two amazing trophy fish both be caught is a half day fishing off Miami and Miami Beach.  Well, the answer is yes !  Just this past week Capt. Manny was on his way out of the Haulover Park Marina and decided to stop and fish in the Haulover Inlet for a few minutes.  The Haulover Inlet is just a few hundred yards away form our dock in the marina. Inlets can hold some great sport game fish like Tarpon, Jack Caravelle, Snook & Barracuda. Thats how you could see Tarpon to Sailfish.

Tarpon to Sailfish … Let’s Start with Tarpon.

While slow trolling a combination of live bait and rigged natural baits first thing in the morning, Capt. Manny saw a flash of color on the right short bait. Inlet fishing is best on the incoming tide, and that was what we had. With an explosion of water a hole opened up and the right short rod bent over hard. Before you can yell “Fish On” a mirror sided Tarpon leapt up into the air.  After a 20 minute hard fought battle we had a 60+ pound tarpon at boat side. After a few quick pictures, the Tarpon was on his way back to the pass to lick it’s wounds.

 Tarpon to SailfishTarpon to Sailfish … Sailfish is next !

A quick fifteen minute ride latter put us just about a mile and a half off shore.  Just east of the deep reef the cobalt blue waters of the Gulf Stream were pushing the hard North current up against the drop-off of the reef.  We began trolling South against the current with a full spread out. Fresh cut Bonita strips with small lures were hung in the long riggers, The short riggers were baited with a combination of bird teasers and small feathers and lures.  In the flat line positions we were trolling baits down deep with the help of planers.

Not long after the spread of baits and lures were put out and adjusted, Capt. Manny yells out “Sailfish on the right long”!  Chris the mate was quick to the rod and teased the fish into grabbing the Bonito strip. After a proper drop back and a solid hook set our angler is quickly in the chair fighting another great trophy sport game fish. The 7 foot long Sailfish took a long hard run then directly into a great aerial display.  About a dozen jumps later our angler, Capt. Manny and crew had another great catch at the side of the boat. Once again after a few quick pix, the sail was released to fight again! Thats it… Tarpon to Sailfish in a half day of fishing!

Tarpon to Sailfish… Let’s Go Fishing

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay .  See you on the Rip!

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Admin Aug 28
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Summer Amberjack Fishing Miami

IMG 3541 e1408467421651 195x300 Summer Amberjack Fishing MiamiSummer Amberjack Fishing Miami is not traditionally the best time of year to target the large Greater Golden Amberjacks off Miami & Miami. Although the past few years have been less than traditional.  To our surprise we were targeting grouper on some of the deeper wrecks this past week and found some great action with some Summer Amberjack Fishing Miami.

Summer Amberjack Fishing Miami Spellbound Style…

We were fishing long leaders with live Bonita and Jacks.  Fishing close to the bottom adjacent to some larger ship wrecks.  The Amberjacks or AJ’s as they are locally known are aggressive on the attack and hard fighters, all the way to the surface.

Summer Amberjack Fishing Miami… Let’s Go Fishing

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay .  See you on the Rip!

 

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Admin Aug 19
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Lobster Diving

IMG 3512 225x300 Lobster DivingLobster Diving on the Spellbound this week.  The Annual opening to the lobster season starts on a Wednesday with “Mini Season” .  This is a two day season for only recreational divers to go out and catch Florida Lobsters before the commercial lobster fishermen set their traps.  Season opens for all recreational diving and commercial harvest on August 6th.

Lobster Diving on Spellbound

We closed the boat up for a “Mental Health” day and took the crew and a few close friends out diving.  It was great to get in the water after a long hot season of Deep Sea Fishing.  The day was about just cooling off and enjoying the silence and scenery on the bottom of the reef & spending some “Fun time” with friends.

Lobster Diving… Yummy Dinner! 

The highlight of the day was spending a great afternoon with friends but the icing on the cake was catching enough lobsters for every one to have a meal.  A few cool inverts for the fish tank and a fish or two for dinner.  A special thanks to Capt. Manny and the great crew of the spellbound  for putting together a fun day.  All the guys are a great team and was nice of them to pitch in on a fun day out.  Thanks to all from Capt. Jay !

Let’s Go Fishing…

It’s Thursday and the crew of the Spellbound is back out on the water, but today we are out on the rip Deep Sea Fishing.  For information about booking the Spellbound Call or text Capt. Jay at (305) 785-0552 or E-Mail Capt. Jay at [email protected].  Let’s Go Fishing !

See you on the rip…

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Admin Jul 31
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Summer Kingfish Fishing Report

Summer Kingfish Fishing Report on the 57′ Spellbound Sport Fishing off Miami & Miami Beach.  Every summer we get a run of some better size school Kingfish.  During the hot “dog” days of summer IMG 3333 300x225 Summer Kingfish Fishing Reportthe trolling action is great.  To target Kingfish while trolling we have a few tricks.  First is get the bait down deep, we use planners and down riggers to do this. Typically we use the planner when trolling at a medium speed with dead bait or artificial baits.  The down rigger is for slower speeds and live baits.

Summer Kingfish Fishing Report all about the Baits…

The best natural trolling baits for summer time Kingfish are fresh cut Bonita strips and double hooked fresh Ballyhoo.  We use skirts, sea witches, mylar’s and feather lures to dress up our strips & Ballyhoo. Although a well cut fresh strip can be fished naked.  We rig both natural baits one of two ways. First is double hooks from 7/0 to 10/0 depending on the size of the bait.  We fish them tied directly to 60lb to 100 lb mono leaders.  We get a few cutoffs on the mono leader, but get a lot more bites when the water is clear or the fish are finicky.  The other rig is based on a wire leader with the same double hook rigs.  We fish a six foot leader made of wire as light as #6 and as heavy as #9.  We choose our wire size by the size of the bait and the size of the kings that we are targeting.

Summer Kingfish Fishing Report Live Bait…

Our favorite live bait to make our  Summer Kingfish Fishing Report is a live Bonita.  We fish the live Bonita’s on the downrigger, set down 50′ to 80′ depending on the water depth.  We also fish the Bonita’s on the surface, slow trolled out of the out riggers. We rig these baits on #9 wire and a 9/0 lead hook and a #1 to 4/0 treble hook trailer. With this fishing method, we see some of the seasons largest Kingfish

Summer Kingfish Fishing Report… Let’s Go Fishing !

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay .  See you on the Reef !

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Admin Jul 25
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Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing

Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing brings in large catches and a wide variety of sport game fish.  This past week we caught Sailfish up to almost 7 feet, Tunny Tuna to 20 pounds, Blackfin Tuna about 6  Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishingpounds,Tunny Tuna, Kingfish over 20 pounds, Mutton snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Amberjack up to 30 pounds, Grouper to 10 pounds, Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) to 15 pounds  and Wahoo to almost 40 pounds.  The warm Gulf Stream waters are the migratory home to all of these great Sport Game fish.  In the Summer, the Gulf Stream current is the close to the beach.  This week less than 2 miles out.  Most of the fish we sea are migrating North up to cooler waters.  This primal instinctive urge to migrate to the cooler waters brings a vast variety of Game Fish close to our shore.  With the Deep Reef only a a mile or so off shore and the Gulf stream washing up on top of the Deep Reef, we see all kinds of fish close to shore.

IMG 3435 236x300 Miami Fishing Report Summer FishingMiami Fishing Report Summer Fishing Trolling…

This weeks Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing was made with a lot of trolling.  This time of year the Sport Game Fish want to see fast moving baits.  We troll six or seven rods with eight or nine combinations of lures and baits and two or three teasers.  We make a lot of commotion on the surface to get the Sport fishes attention.  We use lures, feathers, natural baits like Ballyhoo, Bonita strips and Mullet to get the best surface bites.  We also pull two planers driving baits down to over 60 feet.  Artificial baits like spoons work best on the deep lines.

Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing… Let’s Go Fishing!

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fishing Report Summer Fishing and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay .  See you on the Reef !

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Admin Jul 3
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Miami Fishing Report Reef Fishing.

Miami Fishing Report Reef Fishing this week was great.  The conditions were just perfect for a little Yellowtail fishing this week.  We had flat calm seas and a nice north current.  We had about a 4 ounceIMG 3442 2 300x225 Miami Fishing Report Reef Fishing current in 45 feet of water. Wind were light at about 5 knots from the south east.   These conditions let us anchor in the best position for Yellow Tail snapper fishing.  Up current from the reef and just a little out side and deeper.

Once anchored the first step is to put out the ground chum.  We next take a mixed bag of fresh pilchards and thread herring and cut chunks and feed them slowly into the chum slick.   We fish a variety of rigs and baits to target the large variety of predators that work the off shore reefs.  A live pilchard fished on 12lb spinning gear, attached to a 5/0 circle hook and a short piece of #5 wire is fished on the surface. That day we caught a few Kingfish, an Amberjack and a 50lb Reef Shark all on the live pilchard fished on the surface.  The next rig that we fish is a live pilchard on the bottom.  We were using a 30lb rig with a 60lb leader and a 7/0 circle hook.  We use as little lead as possible to keep the bait on  the bottom, today we were using 4 ounces.

Miami Fishing Report Reef Fishing… Yellowtail Snapper Fishing !

Yellowtail snapper fishing off Miami and Miami Beach is a blast.  The fish are smaller, about a pound to maybe just over two pound.  We use mostly   8 – 12 pound spinning gear rigged with small hooks and very light weight.  The hook I like to use is a size 1 offset beak hook in a brown color. We attach a small split shot or light egg sinker (1/64 to 1/4 ) to the rig.  We also use small jigs in the 1/32 to 1/4 ounce wight depending on the current and depth of the water and the fish.  The bait we use can be from small strips of king belly, bonita belly or Ballyhoo.  We also use small sardines, shrimp or glass minnows fished whole.

The trick to Yellow Tail snapper fishing is “float” the bait back into the chum slick.  The Yellow Tail snapper will be suspended off the bottom feeding on bits of the chum, looking for a better meal.  The skill is to be able to find the fish.  How far behind the boat and how deep are they in the water column.  Now, get a bait to them every time and you will get a bite on every bait back.  To find the fish we vary the size of the weight, fishing line and bait. Adjusting the rate of the line flowing off the reel will also adjust the trajectory of the bait.

Miami Fishing Report Reef Fishing… Be Flexible.

The Yellow Tail snapper will move through the chum slick so to keep up with them we will change our rig until we get bites.  When the bites stop coming we change our gig again.  Some times they will be right on the surface and we will fish with out any weight, two minutes later they are on the bottom and we catch them on the rig with a 1/4 ounce.  Be flexible and keep changing until you start catching, if the bites stop, change things until you start catching again!

Miami Fl Fishing Report Reef Fishing… Let’s Go Fishing!

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay 

 

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Admin Jun 26
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Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo

Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo are on the reef.  Every summer the waters off Miami Beach warm up and the Little Tunny Tuna’s make their migration to the north.  The reef comes alive with all sorts andIMG 3044 183x300 Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo sizes of the tropical tunas.  Right behind them are the larger predators.  Big “Summer Kings” kingfish, Great Barracuda & the king off catches the Wahoo all come out of the deeper water and follow the tunas on the deep reef off Miami & Miami Beach.

Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo on the Reef

We find Wahoo just off shore of the deep reef all summer.  Look in water as shallow as 80 foot and as deep as 600 foot, although were ever the Tunas are is where you will find the wahoo.  To target the Wahoo we will fish with larger double hooked Ballyhoo, Mullet, and fresh Bonita Strips fished deep on planners. We also pull the same baits rigged as “swimmers” on the surface.  Drone spoons in the 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 size also work well fished deep on a planner. Trolling at about 7 knots is effective for us.

Tackle from 30 lb to 80 pound will get the job done. We fish Penn International 30′s with 30 pound line and Penn 30 wide reels with 50 pound line.  Leaders in the 80 to 100 pound works well, and include a short piece of #7 or #8 wire.  Wahoo have super powerful jaws and incredibly sharp teeth.  They can strike a bait at 60+ miles per hour, and take a blistering first run.  We use hooks from 7/0 to 10/0 and a good ball bearing swivel is essential.  Once you hook up,make sure you keep the boat in gear and making way.  That will keep your Wahoo under control and heading towards the boat.  Most pelagic game fish after the first run can be lead by the boat.  stay in gear and a head of the fish.  When you get the Wahoo where you can grab the leader, the boat going a head will keep the Wahoo swimming with you.  That will keep the fish under controll so you can get that perfect gaff shot, and land that fish of a life time! Ok, thats our Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo for the week.

Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo… Let’s Go Fishing!

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Miami Fl Fishing Report Wahoo and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay 

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Admin Jun 20
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Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami

Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami this week was great.  This past week was the first consistent Dolphin fish (Mahi Mahi) fishing that we have seen.  Dolphin Mahi Fishing off Miami and Miami Beach always IMG 3424 240x300 Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miamibegins to heat up right around Fathers-day.  So the Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) are right on track.  The fish we are talking about are the smaller school fish.  The Dolphin are typically about 3 to 10 pounds and are in large to medium schools.  We find these fish migrating north in as shallow as about 100 feet of water on out to over 1,600 feet of water.  The best fishing tends to be in about 750′ to about 950′. We find fish under almost anything floating.  Patches of sargassum weed and a large piece of wood (palette) can be some of the most productive “floaters”.  Working birds like Frigates, Shearwaters and Gulls will almost always put you on feeding fish.

Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami on the Spellbound

When Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami and off Miami Beach we typically “run & gun”.  That means that we will get up in the Tuna Tower and head off shore.  Scouring the Gulf Stream looking for signs of life. We keep 8 – 10 spinning rods at the ready.  The lighter rods have 12 pound line and the heaviest has 30 pound line.  We choose the rods to mach the size of the fish we find.  The Dolphin are brightly colored and easy to spot under “floaters” or feeding beneath birds.  We will also look under floating weed and debris for bait fish, blue runners & assorted jacks.  Using Sabiki rigs we will catch an assortment of “match the hatch” bait to use.

Once we find the Dolphin we cast live baits and cut bait.  As we hook fish always remember to keep at least one fish in the water at all times.  We like to keep three fish on the hook, and rotate landing fish and re-baiting.  Once the fish stop biting or move on, we get on  the move and look for the next school of fish

Dolphin Mahi Fishing Miami… Let’s Go Fishing!

Let’s go Deep Sea fishing Miami!  to become part of our Fishing report Miami june and have a great fishing charter adventure you can call or text Capt. Jay on his cell at (305) 785-0552 or book your fishing charter online here!  Fore more info you can e-mail Capt. Jay 

 

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