Offshore fishing has been OK, but one of the bright spots this week has been the arrival of cobias.
Capt. Jim Beran of the Helen S drift boat at Hillsboro Inlet Marina had three cobias caught on his Monday morning trip and four cobias landed on his Tuesday morning trip.
Ron Joyce, Ryan Labanc, Ian Gill and Cullen Hathaway each caught cobias weighing 15-20 pounds using dead sardines in 50-80 feet off Pompano Pier on Tuesday.
Mitch Bass and two tourists from Chicago each caught cobias ranging from 17 to 42 pounds on Monday.
“I’m not getting anything on the wrecks,” Beran said, “so I let the drift go forever and they’re finding me, I’m not finding them.”
Typically, a school shows up out of nowhere and turns a slow day into a great day.
“About 10, 10:30 Tuesday, I was ready to give up,” Beran said, “then all of a sudden I had four on and we got all four.”
His anglers hooked two more cobias after that, but the lines got tangled and the fish broke off.
“Then after that it was nothing but remoras and sharks,” said Beran, who added that he’s heard reports of good cobia catches in Boynton Beach, which means even more of the fish should be headed south.
If you fish for cobias, remember that they must measure 33 inches overall to the fork of the tail. The bag limit is one per person or six per vessel, whichever is less.
Fish of the week
Capt. Tony DiGiulian, of Fort Lauderdale, skippered Volatility to victory in the eighth annual Cayman Swordfish Challenge. His crew of Bart Hedges, Brandon Cunningham, Andreas Marcher and Gene Paluzzi caught a 225.8-pound swordfish on 50-pound standup tackle during the daytime. Chasin Broads, with Capt. William Jones, Nick Jones, Mark Soto and Jonathan Ebanks, was second with a 62.7-pounder. More Time, with Capt. Thom Guytom, Jack Hunter, Patrick Weekley and David Lockhart, were third with a 59.4. Students with Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center placed a satellite tag in a 75-pound swordfish caught and released by a boat with captains Bouncer Smith and Billy Springer, and the tournament donated $4,000 to the school.
Ethan Rogge, of Weston, caught four largemouth bass and two peacock bass weighing a total of 6.8 pounds to win the small fry division of the Bass Fishing Kids Broward Trail tournament at T.Y. Park in Hollywood. Cameron Newland, of Sunrise, was second at 1.45. Amber Beck, of Fort Lauderdale, was third at 1.25. Eros Collazo, of Parkland, won the junior division at 2.19, followed by Kyle Paz, of Fort Lauderdale, at 1.93 and Jake Stark, of Davie, at 1.72.
Corey and Ed Nowakowski caught 25 bass up to 5.25 pounds Sunday fishing at Everglades Holiday Park. Many of the fish weighed 3-4 pounds and were caught on Zara Spooks, Giggy Heads, Senkos and by flipping creature baits in the vegetation lining the canals.
Capt. Alan Zaremba, of Hollywood, guided Matt Cox, of Fort Lauderdale, and Brian Miller, of Pompano Beach, to 23 peacock bass up to 3 pounds using Amazon jigs in the C-4 Canal. Seth Waller, of Wellington, and John Socol, of Davie, caught 27 peacocks up to 5.5 pounds using jigs in the L-35 and C-13 canals. David Dodich, of Fort Lauderdale, and his son Shane, 8, caught 30 peacocks up to 6 pounds using jigs in the C-100. Lane Pelissier, of Lafayette, La., caught 46 peacocks up to 4 pounds in two days of fly fishing with Clouser minnows in the C-8 and C-9. Lou and Jody Marshall, of Sarasota, caught 21 peacocks up to 3 pounds using jigs in the C-100.
Ray Smith caught 20.35 pounds using topwater lures in the dynamite holes to win the Everglades Bassmasters of South Florida April 12 club tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Belle Glade. Leroy Partin was second at 15.11 and had the big bass at 7.7. Ryan Cook was third at 13.56, followed by Nicholas Hoinig at 13.08 and Tim Shabarek at 13.
The club’s 43rd annual Open Team Tournament is Sunday out of Everglades Holiday Park. Register starting at 4:30 a.m. at the ramp. Fishing is from safe light to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $80 per boat, which included the big bass pot. First place pays $1,200 with 50 boats. Contact Tony Crowder at 954-254-9072 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit evergladesbassmasters.com.
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