Sprigger Bank Fishing 12/16

Good news the weather gods have shined on us and we are able to do are outing .

Herman and I have decided the best way to go is if we all caravan from Jacks bait and tackle shop which is on Dixie highway right before you get in the keys meet up time is at 6:30.

For you guys planning on buying bait there are tackle stores on the way down that you can go to Dons Bait and tackle 90 N Homestead Blvd , Homestead ,Fl 33030 .

You can always pick up your bait at Jacks Bait and tackle where we will be meeting. Bait of choice and the easiest to deal with is Live shrimp expect to buy a good amount at least 8 dozen if the Mackerel fishing is good you might be getting a hit every cast.

Strips of Ballyhoo work well also if you can catch lady fish or pin fish  behind the boat you can always strip them up and use them.

On the artificial side of baits Mackerel jigs work well tipped with shrimp also spoons work well.

It is a good time to use fly rod for the Mackerel a sinking line is suggested for this type of fishing and fly’s with a long shank hook work well, If you cannot find a fly with a long shank a wire trace to a fly will work also.

We will be launching out of SeaBird Marine 69501 Overseas Hwy,Long Key , Layton, Fl 33001 305-664-2871.

We will be following Herman out to the Mackerel grounds.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me 786-525-7034 or Herman 305-972-4209.

Please try to make the outing it is going to be a lot of fun.

Thanks Guys

Henry Acosta
President SouthDade Anglers


SDA: Holiday Meal – 12/10/2017 – 6:00 pm

December 10, Sunday, 6:00 pm, SDA Holiday Meal

This Sunday evening we are getting together to celebrate our Holiday Meal for the year.

There will be Lechon, Turkey, and Ham.

You got to bring sides, desert, salad, or bread.

Pick one of the items and show up!  Did I say Sunday, 6:00 pm, Clubhouse?  Would love it if you email me with your RSVP.

Yes – salad
Yes – side
Yes – desert
Yes – bread

We will elect the new Board and Henry as the new President at the same time.

We will talk about fishing with full mouths as usual.

We will celebrate the past year and the upcoming year.

We will discuss the upcoming Makerel outing on December 16 (Saturday).

We will have a time of joy and celebration.

Come on down, bring some food.  Bring your wife, kids, friends, and others.  All are welcome.  Leave the dog at home.

Again, this is THE December meeting, Sunday, at 6:00 pm at the Clubhouse.

Come share a good time.  See you then.


December 05 Planning Meeting for month

Here’s the plan for December meetings and activities

Tuesday evening, December 05, there is a planning meeting for the annual Holiday Dinner.

This year the Dinner will be on Sunday evening, December 10.  It is an easier time for wives, friends, and kids to attend than for Tuesday evening.  Time?  Who’s cooking?  Sides?  Deserts?   Volunteers are appreciated.

Then, weather holding, we will have the Mackerel Outing on Saturday, December 16.  We will plan a couple of locations and come up with the best plan based on weather conditions.  This is what needs to be discussed.

Sprigger Bank?

We will have some great hot dogs, chips, and adult beverages available to sustain us through the labored discussions.

See you there


Steak Night and Fishing Talk – 11/14 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, 11/14 – Steak Night!! (and fishing talk)

There will be Steak cooked to perfection complete with sides. Only $10.

Henry is coordinating the meal while others contribute. PLEASE TEXT HENRY AND LET HIM KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING – 525-7034 IN THE 786.

Imagine buying steak for 30 and only 15 show up. You do the math, please let Henry know if you are going to eat.

This is the single November meeting because of Thanksgiving.

We are also going to put together the logistics for Whitewater Bay outing on Saturday, November 18.

We will probably meet at the Back Country Ramp at 7:00 and then a group will convoy down Buttonwood canal to Coot Bay, then through Tarpon Creek to Whitewater.

Depending on the wind direction and conditions, we will choose which direction to go. We will all hang together until we stop and fish an area.

After fishing for awhile, we will meet up and run back to the ramp together.

Lets plan on having sandwiches at the picnic benches at the cleaning station next to the boat ramp.

Guaranteed there are fish in Whitewater Bay. Guaranteed you will have fun participating. Guaranteed if you need a ride this is the night to show up. Guaranteed you will remember this trip.

Plan on showing up at 7:30 pm. Hope to see you there.


Happy Club, Happy Members, Happy Fishing

Good news!

We met last Tuesday evening and a good size group of members showed up.

It was enthusiastically decided to continue operation of SDA.

New officers were nominated as follows:

President: Henry Acosta
VP: David Glabman, Frank Cassidy
Treasurer: Fernando Freyre
Secretary; Tom Gray
Board: Eddie Conception, Eddie Mesis, Roger Will
Immediate Past President Herman Watson
Past President Tom Van De Water

We had a general discussion about how the hurricane affected Everglades National Park.

It was decided on November 18, there will be an outing to Whitewater Bay. As a result, there will be one meeting in November, on the 14th where we will discuss logistics and planning for the outing.  We will make plans to meet after for some sandwiches or burgers.

We also decided in December to have the annual holiday party/meal.  At that meeting new officer nominees for 2018 will be voted into office.

Also in December we will plan a December Mackerel fishing trip.  The destination will be selected based on weather predictions at the time.

Thanks to all for the response and support.  Please set your calendars and importantly, continue to show up.

Let’s all continue to have fun and a good time.


The Future of fishing with SDA – Meet Tuesday, 10/24

Tomorrow night, Oct 24, we are having a meeting to discuss a plan for next year.

This club is a bunch of friends who regularly enjoy times and events together.  We meet twice a month, have a meal,  and an additional activity once a month.  The goal is to have fun together.

It has been a club since 1971.  It has always been a family oriented club with women members and family participation.  It has it’s own cool clubhouse too.

The current frustration is a regular meeting has only a few who attend.

There are 22 paid members.

There are 85 names on the email distribution list.

There are 230 members on

All seem to enjoy reading about us. It appears most have an interest but somehow do not come to meet.

The friends who do come have not had much fun trying to make everything happen.  The challenge is not much incentive to continue this way.

Tomorrow night we are meeting to plan for 2018.

New officers are needed, but the real need is for numbers of people to be excited and have fun.

Henry is bringing NY style Pizza, and there are cold adult carbonated beverages in the refrigerator.

So maybe this evening you can come?

Hope to see you there.


FNGLA – Day on the Bay Tournament – Saturday, Oct 21

This is your personal invitation to participate in the Day on the Bay Tournament, Saturday, October 21.  This is a wonderful tournament to raise money for scholarships by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA).

There are 9 species which can be fished and 20 awards, all are listed on the application: Bass, Bonefish, Redfish, Shark, Snaper, Snook, Tarpon, Trout, and Trash Can Slam.  Bay means fishing any water around South Florida – Biscayne Bay, Key Largo, Flamingo, 10,000 Islands, Okeechobee.  Just turn in your fish slip before the deadline.  Details are located at:

Captains meeting is Friday, October 20th, 6:00 pm , at the FOP Lodge, 675 N. Homestead Blvd, Homestead, FL, 33030 -  (at Harris Field, South of the Pavilion).  Great BBQ!!!

Map at FOP:

Fishing hours begin Saturday, October 21st safe light in the morning. Scorecards are absolutely due before 4:30 pm  at the FOP Lodge, and the Awards Dinner is at 5:30 pm.

There is no more fun for a day of fishing!.  Grab your friend or child and let’s go!  Adults are just $70, juniors are only $30.  To enter Team competition is $25 more per registration and must fish from the same boat.  Registration is available at the Captains meeting.

Good luck fishing!!!


Dinner, Speaker – Erik Teatig, fishing Day on the Bay Tournament

Meet together tomorrow evening, October 10, to have dinner and get fired up about the Day on the Bay Tournament, October 21. That will be our Club outing for October.

Erik Teatig, Tournament Chairman will be our dinner guest and speaker. Dinner will be from Rinconcito and secrets of winning the prizes will be disclosed.

Last year, Scott Cohen, with South Dade Anglers, was the Top Male winner. He fished from a Kayak!!! The overall champion is person who catches the most of the species list and whose overall accumulated inches are the greatest.

Yours truly caught a 48″ tarpon and won Best Catch and Largest Species. How about that? The 9 species and 20 awards are listed on the application:

Captains meeting is Friday, October 20th, 6:00 pm , at the FOP Lodge at Harris Field, South of the Pavilion.

Fishing hours begin Saturday, October 21st safe light in the morning. Scorecards are due by 4:30 at the FOP Lodge, and the Awards Dinner is at 5:30 pm.

You will not find more fun for a day of fishing!. Grab your friend or child and lets go! Adults are just $70, juniors are only $30. To enter Team competition is $25 more per registration and must fish from the same boat.

See you at the clubhouse tomorow evening.


After Irma: meet, eat, and talk fishing

Tomorrow is the 4th Tuesday of the Month and the scheduled date for our meeting.

Went by the Clubhouse today and turned on the AC.  Everything still there and waiting for us to show up.

Let’s take a few moments and share Hurricane stories.  Some members helped others with needs.  I would like to recognize these kind things.

It seems all have interesting experiences to share.

I saw a Facebook posting with Henry and his 6.5 lb Bass.  He had a Holey experience.

Anyone else been fishing?

Last I heard, Flamingo is still closed.  Keys are a wreck.  West coast is covered with mud from the surge.

And I heard Biscayne Bay ramps were also closed.  Maybe someone knows if that has changed.

Tom Gray is going to bring some awesome pizza to eat.

I have a link for satellite images of damaged areas.  We can view them.  Some places are gone and others are better than reported.

Hope you can make it.  It will be good to see you.


Meet Tuesday, August 22, 7:30 pm – Eat and talk fishing

Tomorrow evening is the second meeting of August. Time to get together, talk fishing, and have good pizza.

Lets chew on the Everglades City outing along with with incredible pizza. Baron River, Gulf of Mexico, fascinating trip! Red Grouper fingers at City Seafood.

Also want to discuss activities for the upcoming rest of the year. Would love to include Pablo’s secret spot, Stone Crabs, Day-on-the-Bay Tournament, and maybe Little Blackwater Sound SeaTrout. Additionally if weather cooperates, Sprigger Bank in December.

David Glabman is bringing that remarkable Ciros pizza.

Since there have been some sighting of Tarpon, want to discuss hooking them up. Image Taropn in 91 degree summer water. How do you target them? What are your success stories?

Hope to see you there.