Southeast Florida June Recap.
In the southeast region of Florida, the month of June had its share of successful tournaments, changing conditions, strong currents, storms, giant squid, colossal sharks, the bite was on and off and unfortunate tragedies.
The 26th Annual Ladies Fish-Off was another successful event. Proceeds were to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and The Billfish Foundation.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament was held June 11 at the Miami Beach Marina.
Anglers got to fish with Dolphins players and alumni for dolphin, kingfish, tuna and wahoo.
Week 2 started with a slow bite with a few kingfish, sailfish and yellowtail on the reefs. The kingfish bite picked up later in the week with a few hot bite days in the mix. The currents were strong.
The Mercury/SeeVee Saltwater Slam ended with Florida Sport Fishing won the tournament with 93.38 pounds of kingfish. A shotgun start Bimini start kicked off the event with a lot of prize money and a chance to win a brand new 29? SeaVee valued at $132,000.
Father?s Day weekend was license free.
During week 3 the week started with a tragedy in the Hillsboro Inlet. A 9 year old boy and an adult male were rescued when the 15 foot cobia open fisherman they were on sank in the darkness. The boy?s father was lost to the sea in the strong current. The kingfish bite picked up Setting out a good chum slick and anchoring on the reefs produced good numbers of yellowtail snapper. Sailfish were jumping. In freshwater canals a few small bass were biting.
The week ended with Operation Dry Water. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers increase BUI enforcement as a public education effort.
During week 4 currents remained strong. The bite started picking up offshore. Macks, mostly small peanut dorado, yellowfin and bigger dorado well offshore with some blackfins mixed in, Mutton Snapper, yellow tails were on the reef.
Fishing in a Florida International University alumni tournament, aboard "Wound Up," the Ocean Bank team reeled in a 1,000 pound mako shark about 16 miles off of Elliot Key.
12 miles offshore from Port Salerno anglers pulled up a 23-foot long squid. The squid?s body was about 11 feet long, and its tentacles barely fit into the boat.
The month ended in another tragedy when on June 30, 2011, two men were on fishing aboard a 18 foot Boat. About a mile out of the Hillsboro Inlet, a thunderstorm kicked up quickly and the boat was capsized by the high winds and rain while trying to raise their anchor. One man was rescued. Efforts to resuscitate the second man failed.
Looking forward to a better July, Stay Safe and Tight Lines!