March 15 Just got back from a Florida Fishing trip

Jr and I fished with Captain Mark Houghtaling on the “Magic Fingers” sailing out of South Miami. Anthony Penepede flew down for the first 2 trips and was not disappointed. The first day conditions were super for kite fishing and we put our limit of Kings in the boat along with Sails, Blackfin Tuna, Cuda, Bonita, Mahi. Fishing was hot all day and watching the bait get smashed on the surfaced is exciting as it gets. On Tuesday, we elected to try the jigging. After last years action we could not wait to try it again. The jig action was not a fast and furious as last year but very good to day the least. The fish were bigger and I think they are just as strong if not stronger then our Bluefins of similar size. We jigged Blackfin Tuna, Bonita, Cuda, Kingfish. Fishing this time of year down in south Florida is like a dream. Dark Blue water, warm air temps, and great fishing. We have been fishing with Mark for close to 20 years and it is the type of trip that you just don’t want to end. 1 Trip got blown out because of the wind and 2 more trips the next week provided us with the same smorgasbord as the previous weeks fishing. With super kite fishing, we wanted to get in as much as we could being it will take another year to get back here. If anyone is planning on going to Florida and wants to fish, Magic Fingers is the boat for you. I can get you the information if you need. (  ( We fished with Avet reels and Stingo jigs along with some Shimano Butterfly. The Avet reels performed flawlessly and the smooth drags were awesome.The Sails really put the equipment to the test and a huge Kingfish really proved how good these reels are.  With the bass hitting the beach everyday now it will not be to long before the Scales n Tales is back in the water. We are ready and waiting. Have a good, safe season………..

About Erwin Heinrich

Captain Erwin Heinrich is a United States Coast Guard licensed Captain, and has been fishing the waters of the New York Bight area and Atlantic canyons for over 40 years.