Coulda’ – Shoulda’ – Woulda’ Casting contest honoring John Melchior

Tuesday, July 26th, – 7:00 P.M. in the Clubhouse (note earlier start)

If you can help, come earlier and give a hand. This includes setup, scoring, and cooking.

I will bring a Smokey Joe grill and we can cook charcoal burgers with beans and chips – $10

Contest Rules – True John Melchior

All contest participants must provide rods, reels and lines, which may be owned, borrowed, begged but not stolen, for any contest they intend to enter. The spirit of the contest is to replicate casting to a fish in the wild. The lure must land forward of the fishes mouth. What you cast is what you get!

Categories: There are three contest categories:
1. Three Individual Casting Contests – Spinning, Plug, and Fly.
A participant may enter more than one contest and may win more than one contest.
2. The “Superior Overall” Casting Contest – Requires competing in all individual contests.
The winner must have the Lowest Aggregate Score of all Categories.
3. The “Tree Huggers Casting Contest” – Requires Lure(s) Placement(s) into the trees. The winner must show grace, poise and flair while performing this cast. Anger, screaming and disdain may not be directed at the trees. The caster having the greatest number of lures cast into the trees wins this contest. A lure landing into the trees will result in a score equal to the distance from the caster to the fishes mouth.

An award certificate will be given to the winning participant of each contest during the next general meeting and non-winners will state their single, best excuse for their worst cast of the day (wind, gravity and darkness excluded).

The specified lures and weights, supplied by the contest judge, are:
Spinning – will use a 1/2 ounce sinker and any line weight class.
Plug – will use a 1 ounce sinker and any line weight class.
Fly – will use a 2 inch piece of yarn and any line weight class.

The first cast is the contest cast. No repeats, no “do-overs” and no practice casts at the line are permitted.

The lure must be cast in the designed method of using the rod. No tossing, slinging, zip lining or using trained animals (other anglers) in the delivery of the lure is permitted. Losing the lure when casting, carrying, cavorting or carrying-on will result in a maximum score (casting line to the fishes mouth). Crying quietly will be permitted.

See you there at 7:00 pm.



Big Pine Key fishing outing

This month is the Big Pine Key outing, July 15-17. There are two places where we usually stay.

Fish on Saturday and maybe Sunday morning. Come down Friday and fish then too.

Make your reservations NOW. This is the weekend BEFORE Lobster Mini-Season so the places will be filling up.

The location is at Bahia Honda (MM 34) and Spanish Channel. This is a great fishing spot.

First is the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages, located on Big Pine Key, was named for an old wooden bridge that linked Big Pine Key to No Name Key. The camp is located at the base of the No Name Key Bridge – the best bridge fishing in the Keys! The original building was built in 1943 and still stands as a store. We will launch at the ramp even if not staying at the cottages.

No online reservations, so call call 305-872-2241.

Come to the meeting Tuesday,July 12, and see if you want to pair up with some others for the trip stay. On the Tuesday meeting we will review information for the outing. There will be a big discussion and presentation on secret places to fish.


Second is the Big Pine Key Motel. This motel is located directly on US1 highway. No waterfront, but there is on-site parking for vehicles and boats, and guests are offered discounted meals at an adjacent cafe.

Rooms come with free, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and cable TV.

Address: 30725 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Reservations are available by calling (305) 872-9090.

Hope you can join us there for this great annual outing.



Brooke Black – Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, fish and local ecology

Tuesday evening, June 28, 7:30,  will be a special guest, Brooke Denkert Black.  She is with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. She is coming to give a presentation about fish, and local ecology and issues.
BTT has been conducting a multi-year, statewide tagging study of permit in Florida to learn more about permit movement patterns.
In collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust launched a two-year Tarpon Genetics Program in 2014. The goal of this program is to analyze the genetic population structure of tarpon to determine if there is a single, regional tarpon population or multiple sub-populations.
In collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, University of Massachusetts, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is launching a three-year Bonefish Genetics Program. The goal of this program is to analyze the genetic population structure of bonefish throughout the Caribbean and Western Atlantic to determine the extent that bonefish populations in different locations are related.
Brooke was born and raised in Miami, FL to a family of devout shallow water anglers and currently resides in Islamorada with her husband, Capt. Richard Black. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and is completing her M.S. of Environmental Science with a concentration in estuarine ecology from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Artificial tackle is Brooke’s favorite mode of attack but the fly rod is always on the boat when frequenting Florida Bay and the waters of the Florida Keys. Her favorite fish changes daily but she can’t deny the tremendous respect and curiosity she reserves for bonefish physiology and ecology.
Understanding the importance of all professional arenas, Brooke develops and maintains relationships with the angling, scientific and political communities from Key Largo to Key West with occasional jaunts to “the Mainland.” Much of her work involves GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and a proactive approach to fishery research, conservation and management. You can frequently spot her at public meetings and fishing tournaments
Dinner will be East Carolina BBQ, pulled pork and sauce with beans and cole slaw.  This meal only shows up once a year and this is it.  Only $10 per person.
Please make a special effort to have a good turn out.  You will be very pleased that you do.
See you there.  Time: 7:30 p.m.



Drift Fishing Tackle and Techniques, Tue, June 14 7:30 pm

We are going to get together to review and discuss simple techniques to set up and fish light tackle. This will include how to tie a Spider hitch, leaders, Duncan loop knots, and discussion of Circle versus J Hooks, egg weights, and some bait.

These techniques will be useful this coming weekend when we plan to MeetUp and go out Saturday night on June 18 on Captain Chan’s Gulfstream Princess party boat out of Key Largo. I will post a MeetUp for Saturday evening later this week.

Bring your rod and some line to learn and practice these techniques. You will find these set-ups useful for almost any fishing situation you are exploring. For drift fishing, this announcement is about how to set light tackle so you can outfish anyone on the boat. Your catch can include Yellow Tail snappers, which are only possible on light tackle.

We routinely get together to eat, talk about fishing, and sometimes even go fishing. Come join us and learn more than you thought you could. Where else other than hiring a guide can you learn these skills?

There will be Pizza on Tuesday evening.

Information on Saturday outing:

Gulfstream Party Fishing Boat

1313 Ocean Bay Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037

Reservations: (305) 451-9788

Hope to see you Tuesday evening,
Herman Watson


Sue Cocking – Fishing Meeting Tuesday, May 24th, at 7:30 pm

Special guest speaker will be Sue Cocking.  She is now the outdoors staff writer for Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts and in the past built a legion of fans in South Florida over the past 21 years as the Outdoors Writer for the Miami Herald.  The highly respected journalist was also a news reporter and anchor for several South Florida radio stations, including WINZ and WIOD, both in Miami.  She was also the co-host of “The Weekly Fisherman”, aired weekly on WQAM-560.
The Guy Harvey Outpost like to show their Outpost Attitude and there no one that does it better than Outpost Travel writer Sue Cocking.  She travels and showcases her adventures from Fishing, Diving, Paddleboarding and even just Chilling. Let Sue inspire you for your next adventure!  You can sign up for their newsletter at:
Special guest meal will be pulled pork tacos, thanks to Henry and his crew.  Meal cost will be $10.00  which is amazing once you taste the delicious treat of these authentic tacos.
We begin the meal at 7:30 and Sue will present about 8:00 pm.
Encourage all to attend.  Please RSVP so Henry can know how many tacos to prepare otherwise they might be sold out by the time you arrive.


See you there




Meet 5/09/16, fish 5/14/16, and eat

Yes, the meeting is tomorrow evening, May 10 at 7:30 pm.

Yes, the Outing date has bounced around.  It is now set for May 14, Saturday this coming weekend.
Some may be able to participate, some may not.
The Outing plan is to launch at Homestead Bayfront Park and then fish down to Alabama Jack’s, where we will tie up at the dock and do lunch together.
The plan is to run through Midnight Pass and then down toward the FPL Cooling Canal, then Card Point, and through Little Card Sound to the Card Sound Bridge.
Alabama Jack’s is located on the canal on the south side of Card Sound Road.
This is a map with the planned course of travel.
The distance is only 15 miles.
Many fishing locations between launch and lunch.
Interested in exploring?  Planning on leaving at 7:15 Saturday morning.  Return after Crab Cakes sandwich for lunch.  Alternative is to drive down and meet us on the land side.
Come tomorrow evening and we will discuss secret fishing spots along the way.  Tom Gray is going to bring Pizza.
Tell someone and/or bring a friend.
See you there

Tarpon Fishing Biscayne Bay – Tuesday, 04/25/2016 meeting

Tomorrow night, 04/26/2016 the second meeting of the month is scheduled.

We will get together and talk Tarpon. It is still Tarpon Season. Everyone has their own Tarpon experiences and we can pool our knowledge and learn from each other.

Tarpon secrets, tarpon spots, tarpon bait, tarpon presentation techniques, and Biscayne Bay Tarpon locations.

There will also be some videos starring Biscayne Bay Tarpon.

Special acknowledgement to and Captain Carl Ball for the photo.

We can also discuss the mess the Miami Marina’s are in and maybe some way to raise the visibility of this issue.

There will be Hot Dogs, Beans, and Chips for your culinary delight.

Can’t wait to see you then.

Herman Watson


04/12/2016 meeting skipped – Fishing Outing 4/24/2016

The club president has a huge ceremony this weekend when he is getting married, so there will be no meeting this week on Tuesday night.

The next meeting will be April 26 when we can get together and trade experiences on tarpon.
Speaking of tarpon, the monthly outing will be on Sunday, April 24th.
The target species will be tarpon.
Based on current conditions, the odds are better fishing Crandon marina area off Key Biscayne than going down to Whitewater bay.
Recent experiences indicate the tarpon are there at Flamingo, but none appear to be eating.  Additionally the wind and water conditions have not been too good.
Please email me if you have additional ideas.
Otherwise, we can launch at Crandon Marina on April 24th at 7:00 am.  More details to come in an email as we get closer to the date.

SDA: “Board Meeting” – RodBenders Tuesday 04/05 at 7:30

This month we are having the “Board Meeting” at RodBenders, Tuesday evening, 04/05/2016 at 7:30.  Address: 20400 Old Cutler Rd, Cutler Bay, FL 33189

Even if you are not on the “Board”, you are eligible to attend the “Board Meeting”.
We are using this as an opportunity to have a Dolphin sandwich with sweet potato fries, or fish tacos, or whatever seafood you like.  And by the way we will work out some kind of a plan April meetings and outing.
Want some input?  How about Dolphin sandwich for input?
Come and join the fun at the “Board Meeting”.
See you there,
Herman Watson

Meeting about fishing bull stories – Tuesday, 03/21/2016

Tomorrow evening we are going to have the second meeting for March, 03/21/2016.

We will get together and trade some bull stories about fishing Okeechobee and planning for April outing for Tarpon at Flamingo.
Everyone has bull stories about both territories.
Also, Tom Gray will appear with award winning chicken wings.
Where else can you get so much fun for $24 per month?
A planned trip somewhere that you would not normally go each month plus two meetings to talk and eat about the trip.
Come and join in the bull discussion.
You could even help clean up the droppings after the meeting.
Hope to see you there.