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Peacock bass biting in urban canals

Sun Sentinel
South Florida fishing report

Capt. Alan Zaremba of Hollywood reported high water levels in Everglades canals have made for slow bass fishing, so he's been taking his customers to Miami's urban canals to fish for peacock bass with floating and suspending Rapala jerkbaits and Clouser minnows.

"They wanted everything moving fast or with a lot of herky-jerky motion" Zaremba said. "Trolling at 5-8 mph was working as well."

Dan de Deugd of Fort Myers and Bryan Yaeger of Ocala caught 11 peacocks up to 4 pounds, two snook and a jack crevalle using Rapalas in the C-8 Canal. John and Nel Schafner and their daughter Dawn of Fire Island, N.Y., caught 11 peacocks up to 3 pounds and two largemouth bass on floating Rapalas and live shiners in the C-4.

Ted Shaine of Brooklyn, N.Y., caught 14 peacocks up to 2.5 pounds and three largemouths fly fishing with Clousers in the C-100. Richard Klehe of Coconut Creek and his father, Richard, of Paris, France, caught eight peacocks up to 3 pounds, a snook, five largemouths and a jack using Rapalas in the C-8.

Fish of the week

Nicholas Hoinig caught 9.47 pounds using a Zara Spook and a Gambler Ynot to win the Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida season-opening tournament Saturday at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Bob Gallik was second at 9.27 and had the big bass of 3.7 using Zoom plastic worms. Peter Ianniello was third at 7.23 using a Gambler EZ Swimmer.

John Rix of Shoreham, England, won the Grand Champion Angler title Saturday at the Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament out of Islamorada.

Rix, who also won the Fly Fishing Division, caught and released six tarpon on fly fishing with Capt. Chris Jones. Runner-up Doug Dragoo of Pagosa Springs, Colo., released five snook and two redfish on fly fishing with Capt. Richard Black. Dragoo also won the Outstanding Catch trophy for a barracuda on fly.

Stu Apte of Tavernier and Art Webb of Virginia Beach, Va., won the Team Grand Champion title for the second consecutive year fishing with Capt. Steve Thomas. Apte released eight snook and three redfish on lures, which earned him the Artificial Division title, and Webb caught four snook and a redfish on fly.

The 17 anglers released a total of seven tarpon, 52 snook and 20 redfish.

Those anglers included two soldiers who were injured in Iraq. They were flown in by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Daniel Comrey of Reisterstown, Md., and Army Capt. Alvin Shell of Virginia Beach fished as a team with Capt. Mike Makowski and were second in the division behind Apte and Webb.

Jim Bokor of Tavernier and Capt. Frank Ortiz, won the General Division Angler and Guide awards with nine redfish on bait.

Tournament proceeds benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, which helps Florida Keys fishing guides meet their financial obligations in times of crisis or injury. The GFT also awards scholarships to local students.

Bouncer seminar: Capt. Bouncer Smith has a seminar from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday entitled "Kite Fishing and Other Live Bait Methods" at Dusky Sports Center, 110 N. Bryan Rd., Dania Beach. Cost is $15 and redeemable for merchandise in the store. Call 954-922-8890.

Shooting celebration: The Markham Park Target Range in Sunrise celebrates its 30th anniversary Saturday. After a ceremony and ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., a variety of activities will be offered until 4 p.m., including equipment displays from the Broward Sheriff's Office, including a S.W.A.T. exhibit; rifle, shotgun and pistol club demonstrations; archery demonstrations; firearm safety information; tours of the renovated facilities; and food trucks.

Bass tournament: The Bass-N-Fools has its annual Giblets and Gravy open team tournament Sunday on Lake Okeechobee out of Clewiston. Register early at BJ's Bait and Tackle, 201 SW 125th Ave., Plantation, or call 954-475-0248.

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