What’s happening in the great outdoors- Lauderdale Fishing Charter?
Melbourne’s Tony Ciavarella and Michael Hubbard of Merritt Island weighed in 16.19 pounds of bass to win the Feb. 23 Space Coast Bass Finatics monthly tournament at Lake Cypress on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Swimbaits over eel grass and soft plastics on the edge of Kissimmee Grass in Lake Toho worked for them.
A close second place went to the father-and-son team of Mark and Sean Burt of Cocoa with 16.02 pounds, including a 6.42-pounder by Sean that was the big bass of the day for the field. They fished 11-inch plastic worms in lily pads in Lake Kissimmee.
Bob Barnett of Port St. John and Dwayne Haga of Sanford went to Toho for their 15.05-pound third-place catch.
For more on the club, call Ciavarella at 321-752-7841.
Spring snook season opens on Gulf Coast
If you are headed to the Florida Gulf Coast, you’re now allowed to keep one snook within the 28- to 33-inch Gulf Coast slot limit. The spring season opened Saturday.
The open season also includes Everglades National Park and Monroe County, which is the Florida Keys.
Elite sailors will again be on hand when the fifth annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank is held March 2-8 from the regatta headquarters at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove.
The six-day racing schedule is headlined by the Star class, which will have 57 boats on the starting line all fighting to win the 87th Bacardi Cup.
On the last four days, the Stars will share the Bay with competitors in the Audi Melges 20, J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and VX One classes.
There are 192 boats registered across the six one-design fleets, with competitors from 15 foreign nations battling a host of American sailors.
Great weather for fishing. West winds are starting to stack up some weeds offshore, and they proved to be somewhat fishy this trip. NE of the weather buoy some tightly scattered weeds proved to be just what the icebox needed. We started around the perimeter first, and the results came slowly, but good. First fish in was a 15lb Mahi. Like the last few weeks of fishing these anglers had never caught a “Dolphin”, and made it the target species of the trip. No company with this catch, so lines back to work.
Another half hour, and the line goes off again. It did not seem too big till the angler put some bend in the rod, then a couple hundred yards of line peeled. This fish was not a jumper, but still we waited till we seen the colors to know what we had. It took a while with our Dolphin rigs to finally work it to the boat, but the Blue stripes was a very welcome sight. Wahoo in the boat. This 50lb fish made the day for these guys, and we still had time to fish.
Another pass around the area with no results, so we decided to cut through the weed field. A little time passed, and a lot of cleaning fouled lines of weed, but another hookup. Another Mahi-Mahi was on the line, dragging weeds with it. As we got it near the boat we saw it had company. The second fish did not take the other lines, so a pitch rod went to work. It looked, it followed, but nada. Other offerings were put in front of it but it turned its nose up at all we offered, and eventually made its way off. We sent lines back out, working the weed field some more with no more action while Port Canaveral Offshore Trolling.
Finally we headed to 8A to see if we could pick up a King or two to make a Slam. One line down, another out the back, and into slow gear we went. 20 minutes into the run, the downrigger released, and drag went out. This fish came to the surface and went airborne. A nice 20 lb bull Mahi was on the line. We worked it to the boat, and about a foot short of gaff range it decided it no longer wanted to play the game, and unhooked itself. Big smiles were on the anglers faces despite the loss of this fish. With lobster red sun burnt skin, they were ready to return to port and clean fish.