Miami Fishing Report - March 30, 2014
The fishing in Miami is again off to a great spring action. Timing the cold fronts will definitely help out in determining your success specially with sailfish. Two days prior to two days after the front will yield the best results.
All around action is happening with the small black fin tunas, the big kingfish and the bottom fish, specially the grouper and snapper. Grouper season is closed till May first so if you catch one make sure to vent them before the release.
Bait is down south by Bug Light with large schools of big pilchards. The bait in government cut has disappeared. We make the trips down and load our live wells and then save the bait for our next trips. We have pins or cages that we keep behind the boat in the marina. We feed them every other day to make sure they are in top shape for our charters.
Kite fishing is not only for sailfish. We have had a fury of dolphin on the reef eating our sailfish baits. What a pleasant surprise! Some sharks are also on top so you might tangle with a black tip. We put wire on our rigs just in case we catch a toothy creature. Most of you can get away without the wire trace on your rig since you might not be interested in other species while targeting sailfish. For us as a charter boat the rule is to bend the rods so we do.
Kite Fishing Miami - The absolute best way of sport fishing in South Florida is with fishing kites. We fly fishing kites in the air and then put our live baits suspended from them. The presentation is the best with no terminal gear in the water to spook the fish. This is competitive tournament sport fishing at its best and how the majority of tournaments are won in the Miami area. Sailfish cannot resist! This is our expertise.
Letting the kites out to set up for fishing in Miami
Why are fishing kites so effective? Kites allow us to place our baits at a distance from the boat, in an area free of noise and turbulence. Kites also give live bait a feeling that they are about to be lifted from the water, and restricts them to swimming in tight circles. Traumatized baits become more attractive to predators turned on by the distress signals. The results are more aggressive bites and a better hook-up ratio. One key factor in kite fishing is that when a hook up occurs, the remaining baits suspended from the kites continue to fish, frequently resulting in multiple hookups.
Tackle: 20 lb. conventional or spinning tackle with 60 - 80 lb leaders.
Method: Fly two kites with an electrically powered reel to facilitate retrieval to the boat after strikes. Each kite line has three release clips positioned at 60'-90' intervals. The clips have adjustable release tension just like the ones in outriggers. A speed guide (ceramic ring) individually attaches each separate fishing line to the release clips. The speed guide is secured to the release clip. The result is a relatively friction-free slide of fishing line thru the speed guide attaching the line to the release clip. Consequently, after the baits have been set out, the angler can reel in his line and raise the bait vertically in the water, or let out line and allow the bait to swim deeper. Ideally, the angler maintains the position of the bait just under the surface of the water. The bait realizes it is in jeopardy, and its frenzied vibrations attract predators. We fish 6 kite baits, as well as outrigger, flat and deep lines.
The Strike: Most billfish will approach slowly, circle and peruse the bait, eat it and swim off with the bait. The crew can visually see the bait-predator encounter. If the angler sees the sail he can drop back. When the decision is made that the fish has been long enough at the table, the rod is positioned horizontally, and the reel is turned as fast as possible, removing the slack from the line as it snaps from the release clip on the kite line and falls toward the water. Simultaneously, the captain accelerates the boat away from the sailfish to remove slack and aid in the hook up process. If all maneuvers are done correctly, no additional jerking of the rod is required, but you can give it a couple of hook setting pumps to be satisfied that the fish is really impaled. One of the potentially most productive things about kite fishing is that once a fish is hooked and being fought, the other baits continue to be presented in a fishing mode, resulting in multiple hook ups while the hooked fish is being fought.
Review: The baits are presented from aloft, dangling from the release clips on the kite lines. Should the hooked fish or its line appear to be close to the other baits, the line may be reeled above the surface until the fighting fish is clear and then re-lowered into the water and monitored by the anglers not doing battle.
Closing: Kite Fishing is the best way of fishing in South Florida. The presentation is very stealthy with no terminal gear in the water to spook the fish. This is competitive tournament sport fishing at its best and how the majority of tournaments are won in the Miami area. Take your time to learn kite fishing and your fishing will dramatically improve.
We look forward to you enjoying kite fishing aboard Miami Charter Boat.
For Miami Charter Boat and Masita Charters, this is….
Capt. Carlos Mendez
Miami Charter Boat