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Better weather should mean good fishing

Sun Sentinel
South Florida fishing report

Rain, wind and rough seas have kept offshore anglers from fishing the past few days, but better conditions are right around the corner.

"We haven't fished at all," said Capt. Skip Dana of the Fish City Pride and Helen S drift boats of Pompano Beach.

"We're hoping to get back fishing [on Wednesday]."

The forecast is for northeast and east winds of about 15 knots through Saturday. And after several days of blustery weather, Dana said that fish will be hungry and easily accessible.

"There should be a pretty good mutton snapper bite," Dana said. "They'll be shallow, in 30-40 feet."

Dana's favorite stretch to fish is from Hillsboro Beach to Deerfield Pier.

He can't say exactly why the muttons head for the shallow, stirred-up water, which has a whitish look to it, but he's filleted plenty of the tasty snappers for his customers on those days.

Dana recommended using a whole, dead sardine on a circle hook with a 10- to 15-foot leader for muttons.

"The lighter the weight, the better," Dana said. "Try to get away with a half-ounce sinker."

He added that there should also be a few nice-sized yellowtail snappers and some gag groupers mixed in with the muttons.

In 80-90 feet, Dana said there should be some dolphin and some sailfish.

During a trip this past Friday, Dana and his sailfish tournament teammates saw plenty of sails, but caught only a couple, along with several dolphin.

"The fishing has been kind of weird the last week or so," he said. "You'd see the sailfish tail through the spread and follow the bait around, but they wouldn't eat."

Peacock bass biting

The windy weather didn't hamper Capt. Alan Zaremba's clients, who had good catches of peacock bass in urban canals.

Zaremba, of Hollywood, said the key was making long casts to structure such as bridge pilings and downed trees with suspending jerkbaits and topwater prop baits.

Tuesday morning, David Castlen and Peter Delvalle, both of Boynton Beach, caught 18 peacocks and two largemouth bass using Rapala X-Raps and floating Rapalas in the C-100 Canal.

Ron Dimbert of Kansas caught 20 peacocks up to 5 pounds using X-Raps and floating Rapalas during an afternoon trip in the Lake Ida chain of lakes.

Lance Benson of Miami and his father, Jerry, of Davie, caught 22 peacocks up to 4 pounds and four largemouths using a Rapala prop bait and suspending Rapalas on a six-hour trip in the C-100.

Bruce Camduff of Scotland caught 11 peacocks up to 5.5 pounds and two largemouths on X-Raps during an afternoon trip in the C-8.

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

Canoe trip: A guided moonlight canoe trip is 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Lee Road boat ramp, west of U.S. Highway 441 in Boynton Beach, for a tour through the refuge interior. Rental canoes are available for $32 from Loxahatchee Canoeing. You may not bring your own. Reservations are required by calling 561-733-0192.

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