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The Sailfish, Istiophorus Platypterus
Upper surfaces usually dark blue to black; silvery below; vertical stripes often visible on sides. Averaging 30-60 pounds, but many under 30 pounds and a few up to 100 pounds are also taken. Potential maximum is less than 150 pounds in the Atlantic Ocean. World record 221 pounds; Florida record 116 pounds.
GAME QUALITIES: Unsurpassed in its size range for combined strength and spectacle.
A blaze of blue and yellow or deep green and yellow when in the water, and sometimes shows dark vertical stripes as well when excited. Small dark spots on sides. Dorsal fin extends nearly from head to tail. Head is very blunt in males (bulls); rounded in females (cows).The Pompano Dolphin, Coryphaena equisetis, is often mistaken as a female or juvenile male Dolphin. It is found in most of the same waters, grows to about 5 pounds, distinguished by the rounded shape of the underbelly.
GAME QUALITIES: Top of the heap in any weight class—speedy. Strong and acrobatic.
The Swordfish, Xiphias gladius
A chunky and powerfully built fish with a high, crescent-shaped dorsal fin and broadly forked tail. The pectoral fins are also large and lunate. The distinguishing feature, however, is the huge bill or sword—much longer and wider than the bills of Marlins and Sailfish. Eye is also very large. Color is mostly dark brown to purple, whitish undersides.
SIZE: Historically, from 100 to more than 1,000 pounds; however, relentless and virtually unregulated commercial longline fishing has lowered the average to well under 50 pounds.World record 1,182 pounds; Florida record 612 pounds, 4 ounces.
GAME QUALITIES: Not as wild or acrobatic as the Blue Marlin, but an equally powerful and rugged fighter that can get off some spectacular jumps on occasion.
The Common Snook, Centropomus undecimalis
The Snook has a most distinctive body shape, featuring a tapered head and snout, underslung lower jaw, large fins and, most distinctive of all, a promi- nent black stripe running the full length of the lateral line. The stripe is present in all species of Snook. Coloration is generally dark gray to black on the dorsal surface, shading to silvery on the sides.The fins are yellowish. With many inshore fish, the coloration may vary with season and habitat. Snook of inside waters usually have darker sides.
GAME QUALITIES: One of the best for all-around fighting ability.The fight is usually featured by several long runs and a few jumps. Small Snook leap high in the manner of Ladyfish, while the really big females manage to clear only about half their bodies. Snook also are past masters at utilizing shoreline roots or any other obstructions to their advantage.
The Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus. Green or steel blue above, silver on sides and belly. Deep, thick body; forked tail. Long trailer at end of dorsal fin.From 12 inches or less to about 75 pounds, on average, although big fish of 100 to 150 pounds are numerous in many areas. World record 286 pounds, 9 ounces; Florida record 243 pounds.
GAME QUALITIES: Famous for the spectacle and frequency of its jumps. Giant Tarpon don’t quite match the acrobatics of the smaller ones, but they leap frequently enough in shallow water, and with even more fury.
The Wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri
Long, slender body marked with zebralike stripes of white and deep blue or black. Mouth is elongated and narrow, and equipped with razor-sharp teeth—careful! Common at 10-50 pounds; often grows to 80 or 90 pounds; maximum potential about 150 pounds. World record 184 pounds; Florida record 139 pounds.
GAME QUALITIES: May strike a surface bait in spectacular, greyhounding fashion, but seldom jumps after being hooked. Wild fight is characterized by several sizzling runs, usually at or near the surface. One of the fastest of all gamefish.
Because of the black-tipped fins, many anglers think the Spinner and the Blacktip are one and the same.The Spinner is more slender in shape and has a longer snout.The dorsal fin begins at a point just aft of the pectoral fin.
GAME QUALITIES: Good fighter on light tackle; often gets off the high, spinning jumps that give it its name.
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Castings - was born on April 5, 2007 in Miami, FL. She is a custom built 27’ center console with a single diesel inboard. Castings has a solid and smooth ride, ample storage space, and plenty of fishability as she was built to fish.
This boat is set up for all offshore species from Mahi and Sailfish to Swordfish and Snapper. There is a fish box forward that is large enough to ice down a ton of fish. There are two additional coolers for bait and drinks and food.
Castings is primarily a live bait boat but is also set up for big game trolling. There are two live-wells on the boat for keeping over 100 large live baits or many more small chum size baits ready for action. Outfitted with 17’ out-riggers, this boat will troll a killer spread for Marlin, Tuna, Mahi, or anything else.
Here off the coast of Southern Florida the most practiced method for targeting sails are with kites, otherwise known as Kite Fishing.
Kite fishing is the most popular and effective way of catching these magnificent fish that swim up and down the coast of South Florida. While kite fishing may seem as to be very complicated and difficult at first, it really is quite a simple technique. Just imagine a real long out rigger with a kite at the other end.
Whether you’re crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas, gunning it for the marlin grounds in the northern Gulf, or just cruising the coastline trying to kick up your own cool breeze, chances are you’re passing through fishy territory. Why not put out some lures and troll?
The bait you choose has everything to do with the fish you are targeting. For catching inshore smaller fish for example, using Shrimp or freshly caught Bay Anchovies works great. For offshore drift fishing for large species you might choose Ballyhoo or Spanish Sardines.
1/2 Day – 4 hours
3/4 Day – 6 hours
Full Day – 8 hours
*Please contact the Captain for current pricing and to book a trip.
**We also offer Daytime Swordfishing Trips, and Spearfishing Trips for certified Free-Divers as well as Evening Cruises for special occasions.
All Trips Include:
Rods & Reels
*Live Bait and Gratuity are the only items NOT included.