Tarpon are Back!


Sebastian with his giant Tarpon.


The Tarpon made a good showing in the last 10 days out in the Gulf of Mexico  but not all of them get their picture taken. After a fantastic Tarpon bite in February it slowed in March due to cool water Temps but now we are back on track. Lots of Jumped fish and a couple really special caught fish.

Day 1

The Snook bite took a back seat this past week because the Tarpon ,Sharks and Trout bite was incredible. I had Mike Trippe his son Louie and his friends Danny, Ryan and Theresa part of a 2 boat charter. Mike loves Sharks and that's what we did the first day giant Lemons, Bulls, Black tips  and Spinners. Now throw in about a hundred Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish and a 150 Tarpon that Mike had on. Impressive day today and they were worn out!


Day 2

I have Mike, Louie and Ryan again today. The weather changed and it was nasty today but we managed a bunch of fish mostly because we found pilchards. We Caught a hand full of Snook, loads of Trout, a Shark or 2 but a slower day today. 


Day 3 

I have Ryan, Danny and Theresa today, we started out with Theresa hooking a giant Tarpon which she was not ready for. The fish ate her bait and was in the air and all I heard was her scream. The fish thru the bait but it was awesome. I rigged another bait for her while Ryan and Danny were catching some big Trout . I put her bait out and explained to her how let the rod holder do all the work setting the circle hook. It didn't take long and she was hooked up again. The rod holder did it's job and she had a nice 60 pounder hooked and pulling line. She muscled this fish for 20 minutes and eventually I was able to grab it. They took plenty of video but no stills. 


We moved on looking for Tarpon but did a bunch of other stuff, they just wanted constant rod bending. I went looking for the pilchards they were gone but we did find a crazy Trout bite. They caught Trout 3 at a time for 2 hours. I had baits out for Tarpon but they kept getting eaten by Sharks. They didn't care as long as rod was bent. I said lets go try something else all we need is for Theresa to get a Snook for a Slam, they were in. It didn't take long, the first bait we cast got hit by a 31 inch Snook. Theresa just completed her Slam but we weren't finished. Danny got hooked up as well but he had a Redfish which gave us a Boat Grand Slam. We had several other bites which came off, it was late so I said its time to head in. Awesome Day!


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I am at Flamingo with Bob and Charlie today ,we have been fishing together for a long time. They have caught allot of fish but Charlie's never got a Tarpon with me. The first spot had some big Tarpon rolling around but the Catfish were eating everything we threw. We mad a move and found the mother load but they weren't eating yet. The Mackerels, Trout and Ladyfish were eating, then as the tide started moving we are hooked up. Bob had a nice 50 pound Tarpon jumping behind the boat. He did a good job and got it up next to boat quickly and we had an easy release. 

We kept at it and now it was Charlie's turn, he had a fish that was putting on an air show. This 40 pound fish fought hard but Charlie finally got it next to boat and got a picture he has wanted for a long time. I went back and looked for the pilchards after that fish they were there but on top of the stumps where you cant throw a net. Bob and Charlie made some cast and fount the trout again after 30 or so I said let s go find something else. They agreed and we moved on. We found some more Tarpon. Charlie jumped 1 and there were some more big Trout. We finally called it a day, a great day with 2 great friends!



Fishing has been very good, it is a good time to teach your kids because the fish are active. The end of April/May will bring the Tarpon out in big numbers. If things stay the same there will be some big Trout around also. May begins the a beach run for Snook so if you have any of these on your bucket list give me a call at305 333 8149. 


Captain Jim Hobales





Spring is here, hold on!


We went from a few weeks of high 80 temps in February and then winter set showed up in March. The last few weeks have been cold by Miami standards but that don't mean the fish haven't been biting. The best part of having a bit of winter is its keeping the fish from making early migrations! The cooler temps will put them in the right places for the next few months. The Tarpon are in good numbers on Miami Beach right now and still eating decent size live Shrimp, they are also on the bridges in Biscayne Bay. The Tarpon on the beaches and inlets will star to eat live crabs right around the beginning of April and that's where we are at right now. This past week We caught them at first light on shrimp and lures so it pays to be first out there. 




Flamingo has been making me work and run around but i have been finding fish. The Florida Bay side is really a mess and has not cleared up since Hurricane Irma. Luckily the Whitewater Bay side in my opinion benefited from all the fresh water run off in the back country. The Snook bite is very consistent with loads of small Snook and lots of nice Trout. February had the most incredible Tarpon bite, and actual amount of fish back there like we haven't seen in a long time. The water temps back there are starting to get back into mid 70s but I'm not sure if those Tarpon will make it back in, most probably find them on the coast. You can only hope they show up because it one of the best show you will ever see. 



The best eating fish out of the park is the Triple Tail which we catch several different ways but the fun way is on the crap pots. The days I have ran the traps have been really good either for lots of fish or big fish. There have been a couple small Cobias on the traps this year. This is some fine eating. 


I cater to families with kids and try to pass on some tips as well as proper casting techniques, if they can cast very good in the morning they will by the afternoon. Remember dads the kids just need to bend rods they don't need trophies, the more they catch the easier your day!


I've been all over the place lately and there are fish everywhere so give me a call at 305 333 8149 and tell me what you dream fish is and we can go give it a shot. 


Captain, Jim Hobales


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It was fun while it lasted!


This is Bob, that's the look of a guy who just jumped a 150 lb. Tarpon!



Its been a very busy last few weeks, again! I am not a really fast at typing so the reports don't get written until I get days off so here we go. 


The last month warmed up and the Tarpon fishing down at Flamingo (Whitewater Bay) was incredible, fish were in places they hadn't been seen in in years. It was easy to find them because the would leap out of the water about 6 feet and show you were to go. It was fun enjoyable to watch and then when you finally hook up it s the hardest hit ever. There weren't that many days when the fish were there and we didn't hook up until the full moon and a pretty strong cold front came thru last week. The water temps were 82 on Friday afternoon and steadily dropped thru Sunday morning down to 71 degrees, this is bad for us looking for them. The fish disappeared and places that were stacked with hundreds and maybe thousands were empty. This came at a really bad time because I had a film crew of Obsession of Carter Andrews on the boat for a couple days. I don't know how many we saw if any on Sunday but Monday we got on them but couldn't get them  to react. We used  Lures, live bait and still no takers for the longest 2 days on boat ever.


I had my great customer Ross the next day and he was here because of the hype, I told him I should of canceled the trip! Ross always want a big Tarpon, we got lucky and had a 2 Tarpon bites, a handful of Snook, Trout, Jacks and they made it back for there 4 o'clock t-time


I haven't spent much time fishing Miami in the last month but I did one night trip last week and Managed to hook 3 big Tarpon on a night that was really nasty. This is the time of year the Tarpon turn on in Government Cut and along the beaches of Miami. 


We had another cold front as of this writing so Tarpon fishing in the back country will be slow for a few weeks but hopefully we will get them out on the coast in a few weeks. This brings the Miami Beaches alive so  I have the best of both worlds. 


Spring break is here and if your interested in fishing or teaching your kids about fishing give me a call at 305 333 8149. 





Captain Jim Hobales






Tarpon -Tarpon - Tarpon, its on!

Keith caught this Snook while Tarpon fishing, not to bad!

Keith caught this Snook while Tarpon fishing, not to bad!

Its been a busy month one day in day in Biscayne Bay and then a day at Flamingo, the fishing is really starting to turn on too! One of the issues we face is water quality no matter where we fish, the areas are getting smaller and smaller, that being said I  have been putting clients on all kinds of fish. There's been some days where Tarpon have been everywhere but they just wouldn't eat. That has changed in the last week and we hooked some monsters as well as medium size fish.


Snook and Trout have been dependable and Tripletail have been plentiful with as many as we want.




If you are thinking about fishing give me a call its on fire I am in Tarpon mode right now because they are in places where they haven't been in a long time and in big numbers. Don't have time to go thru reports on a daily basis but ill show in picture. 



I also had the privilege of filming with Addictive Fishing host Blair Wiggins and don't want to give away the show, but stay tuned in the near future. 














Its boat show week and I worked it a few days man I'm glad I'm done. Every year I along with a few other Yamaha pro staff guys get a chance to meet some of the engineers and take them fishing. We did that Sunday of boat show and put smiles on there faces and pains in their backs.



If you want to fish during the spring break call early 305 333 8149 and make plans as its already getting busy.


Capt Jim Hobales


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Cool weather brings multi specie days!



I am fishing Flamingo today with Dave and Nick from New Jersey and its cold!  As we leave the dock water temps are 56 degrees and there's really only a few areas that produce when its this cold (East Cape Canal), so we headed that way. We got a late start and all the good spots were occupied so we went west. It was slow but eventually we got into some fish. Dave missed a Snook and then hooked a nice Snook. We moved around hooking catching plenty of Trout, Black Drum and another Snook. It took until 1 o:clock before it hit 60 degrees, but once the tide started coming in with some warmer water the fish started to eat.


Miak with a small Kingfish      

Miak with a small Kingfish



Miak with a Spanish Mackerel

Miak with a Spanish Mackerel

Natasha Miak's mom with a Trout

Natasha Miak's mom with a Trout


My great friend John Paul loves his grandson Miak, he's been bring him here the last 3 years. This kid loves fishing and don't put the rod down nd did a great  job out catching everyone else. He kept casting his Gulp swim bait and it was producing plenty of Trout. His  Mom Natasha caught her fair share and her boyfriend Vince did pretty good as well. My friend John Paul sat back there watching his grandson catch fish and once in a while catching a nice Trout himself. The weather wasn't perfect but the fish cooperated and by the end of the day they caught Kingfish, Mackerel, Trout, Jacks, Blue Runners, Bluefish and Cuda's. It was cool out but then the rain started and they had enough so we headed in. Miak already talking about next time!





I got a call from Javier on Sunday morning asking to go out that afternoon, I said fine but its going to be windy and cold! He said we from New York  we're ok. We met and at Haulover Marine center It was Javier, his wife Amy and son Daniel his cousin Carlos and his daughter Sophia. If you got that your doing good!  They had chartered a boat a couple weeks earlier and got skunked my job was to find fish. We started out pretty quick with a few Mackerel and a nice Bluefish after a handful we went looking for Trout. It was getting cold it was blowing 25 and the water was dirty, not great conditions. We moved around until we hit the mother load. We went thru 3 dozen Shrimp a Trout on everyone. It was getting dark and colder so we made our way back to the Marina. They didn't get skunked this time! 





Our weather is getting things right for the next few months because the last few years we have had no winters. These cool days now make things happen later like great shrimp runs, packing fish into small areas and even driving baits into the bays. All these things ill give me and my clients a better chance of great catches.  As far as kids go it don't matter how big but how many and that's what I try to do. For you adults we can sit and work Tarpon schools trying to get a fish of a lifetime. This time of year Government cut get all kinds of Traffic in there and its good stuff like Snappers, Groupers, Permit, Mackerels, Big Barracuda's and of course there are some Sharks. If you are interested in catch some fish and having a good day give me a call at 305 333 8149. 

Captain Jim Hobales


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Happy New Year!



As of this writing its trying to become winter, we have a cold front bearing down on the state.  Everything north of Miami has freeze warnings for the next few days. It not a bad thing because it what gets our season really into gear. 

We have had spectacular weather the last 3 weeks and the fishing was also awesome. My customers have caught Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Redfish, Sharks, Mackerels, Jacks, Snappers, and others on our daily trips big numbers. 

I cover allot of area, from the north end of Miami all the way to Key Largo and all of Everglades National Park(Flamingo). I try to accommodate my clients and take them to where the fishing is the best. Sometimes they don't want the drive to Flamingo so we stay here on Biscayne Bay which is a world class Trout fishery. 

The last 10 days of the year produced my largest Snook 24 lbs. in the Back country of Everglades National Park and a couple days later the biggest Redfish @ 15lbs. unfortunately it came off as we were boating it.


This has been a great last 10 days and it looks so positive for the next few months. Tarpon will be the target the coming months in and around Government Cut. The great thing about this fishery is the by catch of Snook, Permit, Snappers, Groupers and others. It can be done early morning of late afternoon!

The Tarpon were in full swing last week at Flamingo along with more bait than I have every seen down there. It will take a few weeks now before the waters warm up again, until then we fish East Cape canal deeper water. 


As you can see I offer allot of different trips and areas all designed for comfort and catching and remember Caught Lookin Charters Is a kid and family friendly charter. If you are planning a trip to either Miami Beach or would like to fish the Back country of Everglades National Park Give me a call at 305 333 8149. 



Captain Jim Hobales


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Good time to bring your kids ,fishing is Hot!



I did an afternoon trip today out of Haulover Marine center with John, Mo, Vivian and Penny. We did some Trout fishing in North Biscayne Bay, along with the Trout we caught Jacks, Mangroves and some Bonnet head Sharks. Mo also hooked a tarpon under the Haulover bridge.




 I m with Bob Webb and his sons Jay and Coleman and we are fishing Government Cut. They just wanted to catch fish so that's what we did! They caught Mangrove Snappers, School master Snappers, Bar Jacks , Yellow Jacks, Jack Crevalles and a Parrot fish. This was fun until a Tarpon Crashed the party and ate a Mullet that was tossed into a bunch of fish that rolled behind us. That fight lasted 45 minutes until Jay got tired and Coleman took over and put a little to much pressure on the fish braking it off. Bob hooked a 15 lb. Barracuda next, for guys who never fished saltwater they did pretty good. We ran into the day and tried to finish of with Trout but all we hooked were Bonnet head Sharks. The Sharks seemed endless we caught one on every bait we threw out and never got a Trout. The guys were very happy with the trip and were on their way to hank out on South Beach!





I am fishing Flamingo with Tom and his son Victor today. We fished Whitewater Bay and had a good Day catching Snook, Redfish and a bunch of Trout all while casting at Tarpon. We also had some Ladyfish and Snappers mixed in.



I asked my nephews mark and Andrew what they wanted for Christmas a gift or a fishing trip, I knew the answer before I asked! We headed down to Flamingo looking for big Tarpon and it didn't take long we were in them  pretty good. The only problem is they weren't eating yet. we bounced around and caught a bunch of Snook waiting for the tide to change a little. It was slick calm and they were free jumping all around us. I never really saw any one else hook up but we stuck to it. We had a few right around the boat and all of a sudden Andrew has something pulling allot of drag! He said I just made a cast with the Hogy swim bait, as the fish was running I was trying to figure out what it was by the way it was fighting. We ruled out Shark and if it was a Tarpon it would of jumped at some point back there in shallow water. The fish swirled on the surface that's when I said I think it a big Snook. It came up and tried to jump but it was so big it couldn't get out of the water. the fished really pulled and by now there was a lot of screaming about how big it was. Andrew did a good job getting this big old girl next to the boat and that's when we notice it was a monster, the biggest one on my boat in the back country. I grabbed the fish and pulled it in the boat and it was as big as Andrew who isn't all that big. Got some quick photos and videos and made sure to revive this fish. That was one heck of a Christmas gift, just the way I planned it. To top it off he got a small Tarpon on the way in!




The fish are all in the right places right now and I'm putting my anglers on them. The big Tarpon  are in and I'm hoping to catch a bunch of them this week. The Tarpon are in Government Cut and also in the Everglades so no matter where you want to fish we have a shot a them. The Snook fishing has been unreal for the last few months and shouldn't change any. There are a bunch of other to catch also so give me a call at 305 333 8149 and set up a trip. Wives and Kids welcome.



Captain Jim Hobales


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Mild winter bite, so far!



I am Flamingo today with Steve and his sons Sinan and Adam, Its breezy today so we ducked into the mangrove's. We pitched live shrimp on jig heads and corks and had a good morning. The first fish we caught was a black Drum which put up a nice fight and showed me what they wanted. We caught Snook, Tarpon, Trout, Snappers and Ladyfish until they quit biting. We moved on and hit a bunch of spots just keeping the rods bent. It was only a 5 hour trip and I tried to get everything we could but they had to get going. We did have a back country Slam today!



I am at Flamingo today with Derek and his son Will. I saw some Tarpon yesterday and was hoping the winds laid down for today but it was still blowing this morning. Will started off the day with a nice Redfish and a few Trout but wind straight out of N.W. was tough. We caught a handful of Snook and decided to run around some and look for Tarpon. There were a couple boat near the area I wanted to fish so I just hit another spot as we were sitting there Tarpon popped up all around us. We had live mullet out in the middle  but no hits and bait or lures. Derek did manage another Redfish. The afternoon slicked off and we found some really big Tarpon. We drifted thru the area with live mullet and had a couple shots with lures but Derek said they had to go. It was perfect and I should of went back out but instead I dropped them off and went home. Derek and will caught a couple back country slams today, it is a nice accomplishment!




As I'm driving home I said I have to come back tomorrow but I wasn't booked so I called my nephews, they can fish and all I have to do is call. We got out early and the winds were up so we went Snook fishing and waited for the winds to die. The bite was good and we caught 30 Snook or so all on Berkley Gulps!  I also caught a Small Tarpon but that's not why I came back today. We ran around and just waited for the wind to slow down some but it never did. We had netted some Mullet with my new net from Barracuda Nets. Thanks to them for adding me to their pro staff, great net with a fantastic warranty!

We did hook a monster of a Snook on the coast but it came loose after a big run and jump. We caught a bunch of keeper Trout and went back looking for Tarpon. I found them but wind was cranking and they weren't biting so we called it a day.


We are into our getting winter months and it still 80 degrees, once we get a few cold fronts thing will change some but there are allot of fish around. Its hard not to fish for Snook with the crazy bite that's been going on but sometimes we try to complete the backcountry slams. I'm just about catching lots of fish and bending rods and keeping a smile on customers face. If you would like to fish in Biscayne Bay, or on Miami Beach for Tarpon of go deep into Everglades National Park (Flamingo) give me a call at 305 333 8149. I can handle 4 people comfortably. I can also do gift certificates for a Christmas gift. 

Captain Jim Hobales


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Breezy days produce plenty of Snook!



I am fishing Flamingo today with Ricky and Stan, they were supposed to fish offshore for Sailfish but it was going to be way to rough for them. Ricky asked if I would take them and I said we could find some calm weather in the back country. It was breezy but we managed a bunch of Snook early on and then a bunch of Trout. We ran a round looking for some bigger fish and found some rolling Tarpon. I put out a couple Mullet and it didn't take long but it was a big Snook which ended up running us thru the trees and eventually breaking us off. This happened 3 times and we just couldn't get them out of the trees. It wasn't the easiest day the winds were up to 30 mph but we managed a back country slam with both angers catching Reds, Snook and Trout. Not bad for a blown out windy day, I  had allot of laughs with these guys. 



I am fishing Flamingo today with my good friend Mario and Wade, we started out with a decent bite of small Snook as we worked our way north to Little Shark River. Once there we netted a ton of Threadfin Herring and then put them to work. The tide was super high and the bite wasn't great but we managed some Snook. We worked our way back into Whitewater Bay and found the mother load of Trout. We caught Trout 3 at a time for 45 minutes and then moved on. One more stop and added some more Snook and then tried for Tarpon with all the live bait, they would not play. It was time to head in with some tired anglers!








I am fishing Biscayne Bay today out of Haulover Marine Center with Gary from Montreal. We started out with some Jacks that were crashing baits outside the marina. It is blowing 15 - 20 and we have to make the best of it. We fish all the grass flats in Miami The first stop produced a couple bites and a 3 lb. Jack. The next spot produce 20 little Trout, Jacks and Ladyfish. We then ran into Government cut with some live Mullet and also pulled some plugs along the jetty with no bites. It was tough and rough! We ended up the at back on the Trout flats and it got red hot! We used finger Mullet and Pinfish and had a solid bite for about and hour. He would catch a fish and the other rod would double over.  I would released and bait them as fast as I could. We also had some Bonnet Head Sharks come in pull some drag. We went thru all of the bait so we called it a day. 

 We are really due for some good weather it been windy for a few weeks and although fishing has been good, there are places we cant fish. We are coming into our winter months and that means Tarpon are close on both Miami Beach and the Whitewater Bay area. The rest of the cast of species will be around also when the water cools down. If your looking for a fun day of catching give me a call at 305 333 8139. 

Captain Jim Hobales


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Snook bite is on fire!


 I am fishing Flamingo with Bob and his son Ryan from California today, its only a half day trip so we half to do it quick. The morning started out slow but picked up steam quick. On our third stop the Snook a Redfish and a bunch of Trout kept them busy for an hour. It was fairly breezy today so we fished the lee of most islands. On our next stop they crushed them I don't know how many but they caught a bunch. On the way in I saw something so I stopped. For 35 minutes as the last of the tide was falling the they hooked a Tarpon or Snook on every cast. It was an incredible bite Tarpon to 40 lbs. and Snook to 9 lbs. Awesome day and Ryan finished off with a Back Country Grand Slam. 



I am at Flamingo with Roman, Roman Jr, Luis, Daniel and Kenny. It is very hard to fish 5 anglers but I always seem to manage and get a good night sleep after it. The morning started off slow again today but when it clicked it got good. We were fishing Gulp Shrimp and live Shrimp. The Gulps were getting hit at first and we put a bunch of 24 - 26  inch fish in the boat. Daniel had a 15 inch Redfish. We were trying to get it in before the Tropical Storm made it up to the Flamingo area. We saw some rolling Tarpon and Luis hooked a nice little 20 pounder. He got the fish up next to the boat for a picture and that's when it jumped off. On his next cast he hooked up again off the back of the boat and Roman yelled he was hooked up also. We had a double header of upper slot Snook. Every one got into the action today but the was a wall of purple coming across Fl. Bay and we were in its way, it was time to go. Another Great day at Flamingo!




We had a quick moving tropical system move in yesterday and its some what clear today although it blowing 30 mph. I am with Bob and Ryan again today but we are in Key Largo and Largo Sound is nasty. I picked them up at the Caribbean Club and it was a bit of work just loading them up. We ran out onto the the ocean side flats where we set up looking for just about anything that swims. They wanted to catch whatever they could see. The clouds moved in right after we set up and they was a little rain storm as well which made the visibility tough. They caught some Cudas, Jack and Snapper and had a couple really big shark hooked up only to cut us off or throw the bait. Ryan was hooked up to a big Shark and then it let got he finished winding in and there was a Nurse Shark on there now. It was a tough day wind, clouds and it was cool so we called it a day.





I am wit Sam Ishimaru and Furuya from Japan and we are fishing a cold, windy day at Flamingo. The fish didn't seem to mind and on our first stop we had 7 Snook in 30 minutes. Furuya had dreamed for a long time about catching Snook. He is a lure designer for Daiwa and this was his first trip to the U.S. We  worked a allot of areas but the winds were over 30 mph and it made it tough. When we did get into the right spots the fish ate, the Snook were small one was the smallest Snook I ever seen but on a day like today I have no complaints. The tide was similar to Fridays tide so I took a chance and went to the same spot, as we sat there the Tarpon started rolling. Furuya was like a kid in a candy store!

He hooked a Tarpon and fought it hard, the fish gave him a few jumps to make him yell in excitement.I was trying to net the fish and he tried lifting it in the boat and you know how that goes! Sam hooked one next and the fish gave him a few jumps and thru the lure. Furuya got one more bite and jumped a second one. The bite was over so we called it a day!

Its only going to get better at Flamingo as water get cleaner and the fish transition into winter haunts. If you would like to get in on this give me a call at 305 333 8149.


Captain Jim Hobales


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Tarpon and Snook are Biting!




I am fishing Flamingo with Tom and his brother in law Brian from Maryland. Brian comes down every year and likes to fish somewhere. We started out in front of Flamingo today looking to catch a couple quick Tarpon and then move on with every thing else. We hit allot of spots and spent time on mullet schools in the Gulf of Mexico. There were some Snook in there but we only manages one nice one. We covered allot of water and found some fish I the back country. 



I am fishing the Day on the Bay Tournament and we are down at Flamingo, this is a fun fishing family tournament. This tournament has a list of fish and our goal is always to catch as many as we can.  I am fishing with my son James and friend Mitch they have been partners in this tournament for the last few years. It started out breezy today and eventually got worse @ 30 mph. We started out fairly quick with Mitch getting a 22 inch Tarpon and James catching several Snook to get on the scoreboard. The next spot produced the biggest Trout of the tournament which was only 17 inches, this spot also gave us our 11"Snapper.


The next spot was on fire we caught about 20 Snook on this spot including Mitch's 28 incher. By now the wind was really blowing so we ran out along the coast. We had been fishing lures all day but we found some Pilchards so now we hoping for the magic to start. We lost a big Snook and then the Sharks moved in on us and we got a couple 4 footers. I wanted a bigger one but time was running out and we still wanted to stop on the way out for a Bass or Peacock Bass. They both caught Peacocks the measured 11". It was time to go, I have got back late and cost us before. The said part of today was we couldn't turn in a Redfish but I did catch one just playing around with a Gulp Shrimp.

We made it to weigh in got our paper work in and won Top Team and Top Angler(James).  Mitch also won big Tarpon and Trout and I top Guide.



Fishing is good along both coast and all the bays. The water is cooling down there's bait around and there fish that are hungry. The crowds are still down on the water which really helps out. I have plenty of openings so if you have a desire to catch some fish give me a call at 305 333 8149.


Capt. Jim Hobales



Everglades national Park - Flamingo Marina is open!


Last Friday 9-6-17 the park sent out a notice the park and road into Flamingo would open on 9-7-17.  I got o the phone and found someone who really appreciate opening day. I went back country thinking I would start in Coot bay and it would be crazy back there, what I didn't count on was super high fresh water. There were a few boats back there in the run offs and I heard they caught plenty of fish.


I decided to run until I found some salinity and when I did we found fish. The first spot was loaded with 18 - 20 inch fat Trout. We caught a bunch on top water but that's not what I was there for. On the next spot we had a couple pops on the surface and we caught a handful of Snook there. We moved on looking for some kind of clean water and when we found it, it was the bite I expected. We were throwing Shadow Raps and Twitch in Raps. The tide was falling and for 2 hours we got hit on every cast by a Snook and had a couple big Redfish also smash our lures. 

There was a hurricane less than 500 miles to the west of us and the winds started up around noon. I ran down the coast and did find some clean water but the high tide had set in and it was blowing over 20 mph. I decided run back thru inside and look for some new spots. There's allot of new fall downs back there and they will be holding fish soon. 

The other fishing that's going on off of Miami Beach right now is the Mullet run, This can get really crazy and fun to watch. The winds are pushing baits thru as I am writing this and this next week should be interesting


If you are interested in fishing Flamingo or Miami Beaches I am open and ready to go, give me a call at 305 333 8149. Fishing will be awesome for the next couple months!


Captain Jim Hobales


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Crowds are down Mullet are running!


Mullet run, that's all I can say! The last couple weeks the mullet made an early appearance and the fish are crushing them. I was lucky enough to get my house and cleaned up the first week after Hurricane Irma and then I got to some fishing. I have fished all of the Miami Beach coast from Haulover Inlet to Government Cut and have had some incredible days and nights. 



I fished with Greg and his son Luke tonight out of Haulover. It was nasty and I got off of the thing that had been producing some quality fish. I netter some nice pilchards and lived chummed some areas that produce for me normally but not tonight. We bounced around for a couple hours and finally made our way into Haulover inlet. The bite wasn't really happeneing but we stuck it out and eventually got Luke some fish to fight. 


This past weekend I fished the Romp in the Swamp tournament out of Port of the Islands. We got over on Friday and got some pre-fishing in, I was with my son James and Nephew Mark. It rained pretty hard most of the day but we caught plenty of Snook, Tarpon and Redfish. Friday night fun at Captains meeting saw some old friends and some good food.



Saturday Morning the weather cleared and we did the 45 minute idle zone and were on our way. The big problem I had was there were people in the areas I like to fish, I've been fishing the area a long time and never had that problem before. I think since the pressure had been light guys tried the areas I like. We lost 3 monster Snook that got us back into the docks and I wasted allot of time there. There was allot of action on the surface and that lead to a couple Redfish. We caught 20 or so Snook but they weren't tournament winners. We stuck it out all day until 4 o'clock but never got the big Snook we needed. Lots of fun every year and this year the proceeds went to firefighter victims of Hurricane Irma.

There has been so much going on in this country there's aneed to get away and I'm here just for that, the fishing has been so good I hate to miss a day! I have been fishing everywhere so if you want to go fishing and its in Miami Beach or running from Key Largo to Flamingo give me a all at 305 333 8149.


Captain Jim Hobales


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Open for Business, lets go fishing!



On Monday I was out with my son James and Nephews Mark and Andrew chasing the mullet run. We hit the jackpot today as far as hooking Tarpon, every mullet we put out got hit. We ended up catching 8 for 20 not including the hits and just pulling the baits off. Today was all tide related, we waited for things to get right and when it did it was on fire. 



September is generally a slower month for the fishing business, local tournaments usually keep me busy. This year most tournaments have been postponed for a while because of Hurricane Irma. We are at the beginning of the Mullet run and I've had some really good days in the last week.


 I am planning my first trip to Flamingo area on Saturday so that will give me a good idea on what to expect over there in the near future.


I am open and available Miami Beach and all of Biscayne Bay will be on fire for the next 2 months. I need the business $350 for 5 hours of fishing out of Haulover Marine Center if interested give me a call at 305 333 8149. 


Captain Jim Hobales


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What hurricane , let's go fishing!


This past 10 days we had to prepare for the biggest hurricane ever to come across the Caribbean it was taking dead aim at Miami and there were no steering currents. The Tuesday prior to the hurricane hitting the Keys it was obvious we needed a miracle for this monster not to hit us dead on. We got lucky it as it passed thru Cuba and slowed it down a bit! The rest is on the news. The whole Keys chain goes from devastated to still livable. Here in Miami we were lucky, yes there is some damage trees and roofs but for the most part (at time I'm writing this) most of county has power. 

The big issue for myself and all my fellow Flamingo fishing guides is the park got hit pretty good and I haven't really heard how bad. I will make my way there in a week or so once things get straitened out in Key Largo. it will be interesting to see if it helped or hurt. 

The Mullet Run is going to start pretty soon, there are some reports of Mullet pushing thru Ft. Lauderdale. I will be concentrating in Miami for a while, if you have never fished the Mullet Run you don't know what you are missing. I will also be doing much more fishing in south Biscayne Bay for Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Tarpon and anything else that swims. 

I finally got some free time after all the clean up yesterday and went out with my son and his friends at a local spillway. I got a nice Tarpon on my second cast and a Snook after that then my son got s bass. It felt good!




Got out this morning with my son James and his friend Danny, we had confirmed last night that the mullet were pouring down the beach. We got out early looked around some and went and hits some of our fun spots. The Jacks were there blowing up finger mullet and I had a Snook blow up onmy top water plug. We decided to run the beach and we found the mother load of mullet. 1 toss of the net and we were done, we threw bait back at the end of the day. We caught the tide perfect and my mullet got hit, that first fish was a 12 lb. Snook. It didn't take long and I was hooked up again, the second fish was similar size. Then the big Jacks showed up,  at one time all 3 baits got hit.  James and Danny caught there fish which fought really good in the current. I was jigging down the beach and found a nice school of Pompano,  we caught 15 or so. James is hooked up and his Tarpon is running out to sea until it thru the bait, damn circle hooks! Danny caught the last fish of the day and it was a slob Snook a couple pictures and we weregone. One more stop and jumped 3 or 4 Tarpon and then we left, great morning. 





I am open for business and I can show you a great day on the water anywhere on the Miami Dade county coast, Give me a call at 305 333 8149. 

Captain Jim Hobales

Giving back for Kids and Marines




This past week I fished 2 different functions the Pace High School fishing tournament in Islamorada and the Project Healing Waters outing at Flamingo. 


The pace Tournament was out of La Siesta so I turned it into a weekend get away (sort of) for me and my wife. I fish this tournament every year with my son James and his friends Danny and Johnny who is on leave from Coast Guard.  We ran 25 miles to a spot that's been holding Tarpon and they were there, we had already netted some finger mullet and we got to work. As we got the boat into position we stayed nice and quite so not to spook them. I guess it didn't matter because they wouldn't eat. We wasted three hours throwing everything in the boat at them. I decided to leave the next spot produced on first few cast.  Johnny had the hot hand he caught 2 Snook and a Red. There were also a few missed fish. It is a short fishing day so we went back to Tarpon spot. We had mullet out and James a really good Tarpon hooked up, the Tarpon jumped and then grey hounded throwing the circle hook. He pitched the mullet back out and hooked up again this time we are good or at least I thought we were! This Tarpon threw the bait also and we were running out of time. We hit a couple spots on the way out and put a bunch of Trout on the score card giving Johnny a Slam. It was late and we had a long run back time to see what the Skeeter SX23 can do. 


I am at Flamingo today fishing Project Healing Waters. This outing is put on by Colonel Anthony Fernandez, retired Marine. Project Healing Waters gets Marines awarded a Purple Heart on the water to experience one of the coolest places on earth. I had 3 Marines Mark, Manny and Pablo on my Skeeter and we started out looking for Tarpon, we saw a few but the wind was blowing into the spot and fish weren't rolling. We were casting jerk baits rigged weed less. Manny was working his and had a giant blow up but because of the winds he never noticed the Tarpon. It wasn't happening so I went to a spot where we could bent the rods. I didn't take long and we had an assortment of Trout,  Mangrove snappers and Jacks. Pablo said they didn't catch anything bigger than 15 inches yesterday so I wanted to change that. We went to an area that hasn't been very good over the last couple years but last week I noticed some activity there. We were still throwing jerk baits and we got into a really good Snook bite. Every body got in on the action with Pablo catching the biggest but throwing bait at the boat. The big Jacks were also in there and they wore these guys out. This was my privilege to show these guys a place they didn't know exist, Manny called it God's country, I think we all agree. 





This is a night where guides and anglers come from St. Lucie to Key Largo and across from the west coast of Florida.  We all show up because we are friends of Jeff Maggio (AKA Lunkerdog).  Jeff does his own thing and is a social phenomenon, he has his own saying's like HOGLEG and get a dozen. All these refer to mullet and the mullet run.

There also might of been some alcohol and some story telling. I Met some new guys and saw some old ones, lot'sof fun. It gets bigger every year. Great job Jeff. 

Lunkerdog Jeff Maggio my nephew   Mark and Me.      

Lunkerdog Jeff Maggio my nephew   Mark and Me.



My wife showing off her REEL GUY shirt!

My wife showing off her REEL GUY shirt!

The next 3 months allot of things happen down at Flamingo, including the opening of Snook season September 1st. We get bait runs, cooler water and fish school up making fishing fun. If you have the need to catch fish and would like to experience Flamingo give me a call at 305 333 8149. I now have a bigger boat and can handle families, bring your kids and I'll teach them some techniques that will last them forever.

The Mullet run will be here soon!


Thanks, Captain Jim Hobales

Its good, you just have to go!

This past week I fished several days from Miami Beach to Flamingo. The Snook bite in Government cut had been good this week.  I got out with Doug and his daughter Molly from Washington D.C. only to have the winds kick up and have waves breaking into the boat. I could see Molly wasn't exactly thrilled with it. There was a rain squall sitting right out in front of G-Cut and it was blowing. We did manage a big Barracuda before running into the bay. We found some fish but not the Tarpon/Snook I wanted. We caught some big Jacks and had 3 big fish break off under the Venetian Causeway that we just couldn't stop.  It wasn't the night I had planned but we put a few in the boat and of course there's the one that got away!

 I am with the Riordan family again today, John brought his wife Christina and kids along this week. I guess they had enough fun last week the wanted to do it all over again. We started out on some Tarpon getting a few bites and then they are gone. Little Jack caught his first Snook and we had the Jacks, Ladyfish, Mackerel and Snappers going pretty good.  Next stop is for Trout we caught 30 or 40 and then we went Shark fishing in a giant mullet mud. I stripped up that Mackerel and the Black Tip Sharks we all over it after 3 sharks they were on their way to Key West.







I am with my Nephew Mark today he manages my Instagram page and it was his birthday last week so I took him fishing. We netted some finger mullet and put them to work we caught a few Tarpon and jumped even more. He jumped a few Tarpon on the Twitch n Rap and caught a nice Snook on same lure. We bounced around and caught Trout, a small Goliath Grouper in the mangroves and cast at some Triple Tails with no luck. It was a hot short day with a good result even I got a Tarpon and Snook.


I have always done family charters but this new Skeeter SX23 has so much room it really makes it more comfortable.  Fishing is good if you want to have a fun day on the water bend some rods and teach your kids give me a call at 305 333 8149.

 Captain Jim Hobales


Instagram @ caught lookin charters






Hot August Days fish are still biting!

I'm still in the new boat stage getting allot of things taken care of and trying to learn the new Skeeter 23 Bay boat. I have had a few trips in the last week all to Flamingo and we have caught everything that swims. 


I am with Tom one of my golfing buddies today at Flamingo, he brought his whole family his son Tom and his 2 sons Jordan and Jake and a brother in law Scott. Well I do have this bigger boat now and it fishes big. We had netted some great baits which all died due to a technical issue with pumps. That problem is solved now but killed me that day. We caught lots of fish the Twins had a great time catching Sharks and Scott had some quality hook ups but we will never know what they were. We ended the day catching a ton of Trout, Jacks and Ladyfish.  We only fish till 1 so it was time to go! The cool part of the trip was Tom Jr. brought his drone and got some great footage and pics. 

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I am at the annual Hooked on Kids fishing tournament in Key Largo the staff and CaptainMike Haines do a great job putting this on. I can tell you no one goes hungry at this tournament! I had Rick his friend Preston and his son Corbin. We made the long run to Flamingo but first we stopped at an old spot that produced a few bite. We had some small Snook blow up their top water lures and put a bunch of Jack, Snappers, Cuda's and Ladyfish in the boat. We finally ran to Flamingo and got up into a mullet mud where we caught a bunch of Trout and missed a big Snook. The next spot produced a 31 inch Snook for Corbin and some more Jacks and Snappers. This tournamentdon't give a lot of time so you have to get it down quick. We were trying to get Corbin the most species and we need a Redfish. We went to a spot where they were but we only caught Snook, Tarpon Trout, Jacks, a couple Sharks and a big Sting Ray. We needed to get back to Key Largo by 2:30 so we decided it was time to go. We didn't win any of the prizes but it was a great day. 



I am with John and his daughters Katy, Kelly and little Jack and we are fishing the back country this morning because of the wind. We started of missing a big Snook and it was tough from there on. we managed Jacks, Ladyfish, big Mangroves. It wasn't an easy day even with live bait. 

If you are interested in a fun day on the water give me a call at 305 333 8149, the fishing will be stay strong thru the next few months.


Captain Jim Hobales


Instagram @caughtlookincharters






Vacation and a New Skeeter 23 Bay Boat!

Miami Skeeter Bay Boat


I haven't been fishing much the last 10 days or so while selling old boat and getting into new Skeeter bay boat. The good thing is Ill be up and running again this week ad just in time for several tournaments and regular clients.  Its like Christmas for me . 


I did a Flamingo trip with Ross and Mindy from Chicago looking for Tarpon. We found plenty and had a few eat our Mullet but that's as far as it went, they would not stay hooked up. I had netted some Pilchards so we went Snook fishing. It was fast and furious but Mindy as usual caught all the Snook. 


I am with Dereck and his son Will today, we are fishing the Whitewater Bay side of Flamingo. We started out with Will catching a great 32" Snook for the first fish on my new boat. We found some Tarpon and they were feeding but tough to get to. We had a few smacks and jumps but non were landed. we bounced around until we ended up on the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. We only had 3 Mullet and all 3got eaten. The first was hit 3 different times and they all swam with it coming at the boat., we were using circle hooks and if the fish is coming at you just have to wait until he changes and starts pulling drag. That poor mullet was beaten up but never eaten. The second Mullet was hit by a big Snook, Will grabbed the rod and put some heat on it but the big Snook ran under a pile of trees. The Snook was stuck because the line was wrapped, we got up on this fish which was easily over 15 lbs. We are trying to stick the rod tip under the logs and that's where it got bad! A big Lemon Shark heard all the commotion and swam up and ate half of the Snook, the Snook still shaking gets hit by 2 Sharks and its gone. The was a really big Girl and its a shame that happened. The last Mullet was eaten by the 9 ft. Lemon Shark which will fought for 30 minutes until he couldn't anymore. Dereck took over and we got the Shark up and released it after a couple pictures. They also caught some nice Jacks and Mangrove Snappers. The first day with my new Skeeter 23 was a success.


I'm back on the water with a new 23 Skeeter Bay boat, everybody watch out! If you want to have fun and catch some Tarpon and Snook down in Fl. Bay the Gulf of Mexico or the back country of Everglades National Park give me a call at 305 333 8149. 

Capt. Jim Hobales


Instagram @caughtlookincharters.


It's hot and fishing is hotter! Miami Fishing on Fire!

Miami skeeter bay boat fishing

I am with Ben and his 2 sons Hayden and Kirin, we fished the back country of Whitewater Bay today. We started out with a Ben catching a 15 lb. Tarpon on a Twitch n Rap. On the next spot the kids turned it on catching big Snappers, Trout and Redfish all on lures. We moved on and the next spot produced more Trout and Ben had a few Snook blow up on his lure. We kept moving around chasing the outgoing tide and finally found Ben a Snook that would stay hooked. It was only a half day trip and we ended it by letting the kids fight some really big Sharks. The first Shark we hooked too a couple hundred yards before cutting us off. The next bite was a 7 foot Lemon which gave all 3 of them a chance to fight it, after 25 minutes we got it boat side for pictures and released it. 

I am fishing Flamingo with my son James and his friend Danny, we are in Whitewater \Bay again today. We started out by hooking jumping several small Tarpon, We ran north netted some mullet and ran into the Gulf of Mexico looking for Tarpon. We were casting mangroves for Snook when all of a sudden the Tarpon showed up. We cast a couple mullet in them but were surprised by some really big Snook. It was on we caught 6 big Snook while jumping Tarpon off left and right. We eventually got a Tarpon to the boat but what a blast watching the show. The Sharks were bad, we didn't lose and Snook or Tarpon to them but a smaller Shark got hit.  It was 12 o:clock and we were on our way home!


I am fishing Flamingo today with Ross and Mindy. Ross loves Tarpon so I told him we had to catch some bait and get out to the Gulf of Mexico. The baits only took a minute and we were gone but as usual the Tarpon weren't rolling . We waited and then the tide hit the right spot and boom they were everywhere. I had Ross throwing a Top water an that was the trick today, they were hitting on every cast. We had a few eat the mullet and we had our issues with them as well.  We had solid action for 2 hours and then it was over. The funny thing the Snook that were there a couple days before weren't' eating today although Ross did have a 15lb fish eat the top water and throw it. We made our way own Middle Cape and found some Snook on the beach and ended the day fishing live mullet for Tarpon. The fish turned on again and we only had 10 mullet left, they all got ate by Tarpon and Snook, what a day! Mindy has got a ton of Snook in the years we have been fishing together but today she caught her fist Tarpon. 


It has been a pretty good few weeks The rain has stopped the winds are gone and the fishing is very good. If interested give me a call at 305 333 8149.


 Capt. Jim Hobales


Instagram @Caught Lookin Charters