Kayaker catches sailfish – Sun

Buying a kayak to fish offshore was one of the best investments Joel Makielski ever made.

Since he purchased an Ocean Kayak Trident 13 in September of 2010, Makielski, of Pompano Beach, has caught over a dozen blackfin tunas, four dolphin, lots of amberjacks and four sailfish. He also won the Quality Coral Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament in August with a 28.5-pound kingfish.

Makielski, 27, got his most recent sailfish this past Sunday in 150 feet off Port Everglades. The estimated 65-pounder ate a live pilchard. Makielski released the fish after a 15-minute fight using a Penn 850 spinning reel spooled with 600 yards of 50-pound braided line with a 50-pound fluorocarbon leader.

He had put in by Dania Beach Pier at 7 a.m. and paddled out to 300 feet to his friend Robinson Rodriguez, who had already caught a Spanish mackerel and a bonito.

Using a butterfly jig, Makielski hooked a 12-pound almaco jack that he lost next to the kayak. Drifting quickly to the north, he and Robinson paddled in towards Port Everglades.

“Almost instantly my buddy Rob said something was breeching the water and it looked like a sailfish,” Makielski said. “I opened up the bail and let the line go free and he hit it.

“As soon as I closed the bail and put some drag on, he started thrashing the water for like two minutes, then he went down. Just before I landed him he put on an aerial show.”

Fish of the week

Get Lit caught and released a two-day total of 16 sailfish Saturday and Sunday to finish as the top overall boat in the Mayor’s Cup out of Monty’s in Coconut Grove.

Get Lit, led by top anglers Peter Miller and Bill Danko with six sailfish apiece, also won the big boat division. Wound Up/4 Aces was second with 12 fish. Crook and Crook was third with nine.

Night Prowler had 11 sails to win the small boat division and place third overall. Kimbuktu was second with eight releases. Victor Jensen of Kimbuktu was the top small boat angler with three releases.

Gaetan Emond, of Montreal, caught his first sailfish, a blackfin tuna and kingfish and Spanish mackerel Thursday fishing in 40-140 feet off Hollywood on No Vacansea with Capt. Mario Cote.

Ron Veale and Jason Gonzalez caught 35.25 pounds of fish Saturday, including the big bass of 9.46, flipping an Ugly Otter to win the Gambler Lures No Entry Fee Tournament on Lake Okeechobee out of Clewiston. Juan Ruiz and Jake Whitman were second at 28.89, followed by Howard Kleman and Keith Perron at 28.38, Mikey Keyso and John Perry at 26.16 and Gerry Brousseau and Ron Roker at 26.1.

Capt. Alan Zaremba, of Hollywood, reported bigger peacock bass were biting in Miami’s urban canals. Jim and Posy Marsten, of Plantation, caught eight peacocks up to 6 pounds fly fishing with Clouser minnows in the C-100 Canal. Ed Connell and Lance Benson caught 13 peacocks up to 5.25 pounds using topwater plugs in the C-4. Jason Schrager, of Boca Raton, and Ira Levy, of Rome, Ga., caught 25 peacocks up to 4.5 pounds and two snook using floating Rapalas in the C-4. Dave Duddith and his son Shane, 7, of Fort Lauderdale, caught 15 peacocks up to 5 pounds, a snook and a largemouth bass on floating Rapalas on an afternoon trip in the C-8.

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