Captain Dave Trafton – Launch M Charters Miami

Posted on August 24th, 2013 by Mike

It’s Cathin’ Season!

I have been slammed since my last report. We have spent a lot of time in the Bahamas and have been fishing non-stop when back at home.

First the Bahamas report: We have been getting yellowfin tuna on every trip except one. Working in the NW Providence Channel and searching for the tuna birds we have had to work through school after school of fish, cathing blackfin tuna up to 20 pounds and way too many skipjack tuna to count, in order to pick away at the yellowfin, but they are there. The late afternoon (5pm-dark) has been the most productive time. Under the frigates we have boated dolphin up to 40 lbs. Right out front of Bootle Bay on Grand Bahama we had much success with the deep-drop rig on yellow-eye snapper and Queen snapper out a bit deeper. We haven’t had a wahoo bite yet in the Bahamas this summer which doesn’t surprise me as very few are being brought back to the docks. We will be back in the winter for the real wahoo season.

Fishing in Miami: We have been very lucky with a consistent bite. Lots of dolphin have been around, with large schools of juvenile fish almost becoming a nuisance. We landed one 25 lb. cow while kite fishing right on the edge, however most of the larger dolphin we have found well offshore. Yesterday we were 22 miles offshore before we found some decent fish. We also had an estimated 350 lb. Blue Marlin jump within 50 yards of the boat, twice. We trolled the big gear and didn’t get a hit, however we did end up boating two smaller dolphin in the area, one of which was beat up pretty bad from a billfish. So, we know why the blue was in the area! Jeff Hendrix and his Uncle Kimsey from Georgia were treated to a hefty (30+ pound) blackfin tuna! Bait has been tough, so getting enough bait to live-chum has been an obstacle to getting the blackfins. We have caught a few while drifting and not really targeting them which can happen on any day this time of year. The kings have been chewing lately with lots of 5-10 pounders and a few over 20. They have been biting in and around 80 feet near the wrecks. Bonita have been bending rods all over the edge recently.

We are still catching at least one sailfish on the trips were we set up on the edge. We actually had two double headers in the last week. Stephen Wilson fought both fish as he was the only angler on a recent charter and he manged one of the two as a kite malfunction caused the line to break on the first one.

Overall it has been great. We have lots of half days available so give us a call and let’s get out there.

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(Lots of you want to know about targeting blackfin tuna, so I write up a standard reply and send it to you all. Just let me know and keep those questions coming. We haven’t been stumped yet!)