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Date posted May 10, 2018 11:13 AM
Posted by Jillybird
Report location Offshore > Miami Sailfishing on Fire as the Jillybird Prepares to Head North
Fishing method Boat
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My son, Capt. Wylie, wrapped up his Winter/Spring charter season in Miami this week. He's heading back north to NY for the summer season where he'll be captaining charters. For his Miami finale, he took out some of his buddies from Miami's best bait & tackle shop, Crook & Crook, for a late afternoon of fun. With a N/NE wind and a north current, conditions were awesome (5 to 7 foot seas). As soon as the kite went up, it was sailfish on. The action was fast and furious. The boys went 3/4 on sails along with a bunch of bonito, lost a big wahoo which cut through the wire leader after a searing run, and caught two sharks, all in the space of three short hours. Too bad they didn't start out earlier that afternoon.

People don't realize that the Springtime bite is often the best sailfish bite of the year in Miami.

My son heads north with his truck tomorrow. We fly to Venice, La. at the end of next week to fish for reds and offshore for two days and then fly to Miami to pick up the Jillybird IV and ride her up the coast to Mamaroneck for the summer. Hopefully, we'll be up right before June 1. We'll try to fish a bit along the way, running outside as much as possible. The ocean weather has been pretty awful the last few weeks. Running inside the Ditch, though, will take a while. Should be an interesting adventure, regardless.

Crook & Crook''s Big Alex having a blast!

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Joined: 10/01/2001
Posts: 16885
Location: ><)))):> ~~ THE JAMAICA BAY TRIANGLE ~~ <:))))><
 05/10/2018 01:45 PM  

Shades,,, jilly when the time comes to run the vessel over here have a safe trip when you take the ride up,, stay well,,talk soon,,><((:>



Joined: 12/10/2004
Posts: 1916
Location: East Moriches
 05/10/2018 09:09 PM  




Joined: 10/24/2014
Posts: 7
 05/10/2018 10:00 PM  

Coming Home

The Jillybird adventures continue! Nice work. Looking forward to seeing your reports on the trip up the coast back to LIS.

I just helped a friend bring his boat up from West Palm a few weeks ago. I joined him in Charlestown, SC. Took the outside route from Charlestown to Southport, NC the first day. The wind was howling but we had a following sea so it was manageable. The next day we ran up the ICW to Morehead City fueled up and continued north. Spent the night on the hook just before Albemarle Sound. The following day we went on an all out endurance run. 18 hours straight and 385 miles up the ICW to Norfolk, VA proceeded to the ocean, fueled up in Chincoteague, VA (unique inlet and town - Salty to say the least) an powered through all the way to Manasquan, NJ. Thats the home port so we pulled in and slept a few hours in the slip. The following morning we proceeded to Raritan Bay where we left the boat in order to get into the Striper run for a few weeks. It was a lot of ground to cover in that short of time but we needed to get back in that time frame and we accomplished our mission. While we would of maybe saved some time running more in the ocean ultimately the ICW was fun and manageable to go for that long. Im not sure if I could have done those very long runs in 6 foot seas. Certainly wouldn't have enjoyed it....

I will be on the lookout for the new JillyBird in the Western LIS (I am out of Huntington). Best of luck to you and Capt Willie.


Joined: 04/17/2002
Posts: 752
Location: mass. cove
 05/10/2018 10:35 PM  

lookin foward to your great reports and trips to mo0ntauk best to0 you guys

Joined: 06/11/2013
Posts: 159
Location: Central LI
 05/11/2018 06:50 PM  

Safe Trip Home Captains

Great photos!

Best day ever is when I realize I'm a fisherman and a fisher of men (Mt. 4:18,19)
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