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Offshore anglers catch tunas, sailfish, dolphin

Sun Sentinel
South Florida fishing report

Offshore anglers who don't mind bumpy seas and getting a little wet have enjoyed some quality fishing.

Capt. Mario Coté of No Vacansea said his charter Tuesday morning caught and released two of three sailfish along with some dolphin and sharks while kite-fishing just south of Port Everglades Inlet. For one of his anglers, it was his first saltwater fishing trip and his first sailfish.

"It was choppy, but the fish were biting," said Coté, of Hollywood. "Everything ate live goggle-eyes on the kite. We didn't get any bites on the flat lines."

Coté said all of the fish that were caught were hooked in 300-500 feet, with the first bait of the morning producing a sailfish in 400 feet. The reason the fish were there was an abundance of flying fish.

One of the fishermen did catch a small dolphin in 80 feet and the sailfish that got away was hooked in 170 feet. The anglers also had a couple of wahoo bites.

On his afternoon trip, Coté said the first bait he put in the water produced a sailfish in 500 feet. After an hour, the seas became a little too rough for his customers, so they returned to the dock.

Seas Monday were much calmer and that afternoon, Coté decided to troll small feathers in 200-350 feet south of the inlet. His charter caught 14 tunas, three bonitos and a dolphin.

"They were biting like crazy," said Coté of the tunas, which were feeding on tiny baits. "I saw the minnows, I saw the birds and said there's got to be some tuna there."

Fish of the week

Capt. Alan Zaremba of Hollywood said the best bet for freshwater anglers has been to use hard jerkbaits for peacock bass.

"Especially suspending jerkbaits worked erratically with long casts," Zaremba said, "or you could troll them along the bridge pilings at a 5-8 mph speed to get the hard strikes."

Fink Finkelstein of Toronto caught 14 peacocks up to 3 pounds and five largemouth bass during a trip cut short by illness in the Lake Ida chain of lakes.

Paul Turner and Charles Murray of South Carolina fished the Lake Ida chain on a rainy, windy and cloudy day, but they caught 48 peacocks up to 5 pounds along with 15 largemouths up to 4 pounds.

Jason Williams and his wife, Lauren, caught 57 peacocks up to 31/2 pounds in the C-100 Canal.

Adam Rizzi and Corey Nowakowski caught 28 peacocks up to 4.8 pounds Sunday using shallow-running and deep-running crankbaits at The Lakes in Weston.

Snook closure: The snook season in waters along the Gulf coast, Everglades National Park and the Keys closes Monday and remains closed until March 1. Snook can be caught and released during the closed season. The snook season in Atlantic waters is closed Dec. 15-Jan. 31.

Fishing talk: The Hollywood Hills Saltwater Fishing Science and Social Club meets Dec. 3 at Shenanigans East Side Pub, 1300 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach. Professor Harry DeFerrari of the University of Miami, an expert on the use of sound in oceanographic research and an avid fisherman, will present "Sound in the Sea." The meeting starts around 7 p.m. with fishing reports and introductions, followed by DeFerrari's talk. Visit

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