Friday, September 16, 2011

Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Arrrr you ready for International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Ahoy, Mateys! September 19 be the day!

Translate text or a webpage into pirate:
Google like a pirate:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mullet on a mission...for romance!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February Events in Miami and Miami Beach and the OUTCAST Factor

The Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail takes place February 17-21, 2011. This is a HUGE event spread over several venues including the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, just over the Venetian Causeway in Miami, and Strictly Sail at Bayside Marketplace. At the same time the independent, and FREE, Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach takes place along Collins Avenue and the Indian Creek Waterway. There will be a mind-boggling amount of boats and marine-related vendors between these two shows and we always try to make an effort to attend to check out what’s new, meet up with reps, and salivate over the high-end sportfishing yachts. Admission for the Boat Show varies depending on the amount of days you plan to attend and, as previously mentioned, the Brokerage Show is FREE.
OUTCAST Factor: You may want to charter while you’re deciding to buy.

The 48th Coconut Grove Arts Festival takes place February 19-21, 2011, one of the premier outdoor art festivals in the entire country. After a careful jurying process approximately 360 artists have been selected to exhibit in this year’s festival which also includes musical performances and a global food village. Admission is $10.00 per person per day. Children 12 and under, Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders are free. Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the festival for $5.00 per day (proof of residency required).
OUTCAST Factor: Make a gyotaku fish rubbing of your own catch.

Skyward Kites and Miami-Dade Park and Recreation host the 18th Kite Day Kite Festival on Sunday, February 20, 2011, from noon to 5 PM at Haulover Park. This year’s event will be held on the old golf course site and will be bigger and better than ever with more room for kite-flying. Bring your own kite, build a kite for free, or purchase a kite at the festival; there will also be demonstrations, competitions, prizes, music and food vendors. This is truly a beautiful and colorful spectacle and you will be AMAZED, seriously, by how far and how high some of these kites can fly. Admission is FREE, parking is $6.00.
OUTCAST Factor: Come out sailfishing and you can watch a different kind of kite-flying.

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine takes place February 24-27, 2011. This festival benefits FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center and features celebrity chefs and hosts participating in tastings, seminars, brunches, dinners and parties all around South Beach as well as several venues in Miami. As of this writing there are 41 individual events, cost of admission varies.
OUTCAST Factor: Catch your own fish and turn it into a culinary masterpiece.

If you’re visiting our area for any of these events make some time to come out fishing with us! Deep sea fishing is one of the most unique activities that our area has to offer and even though all of these events are a lot of fun, it’s nice to take a break from the crush of people and parking and general overload and spend some time on the ocean. This goes for locals, too! In addition, fishing in February is always outstanding with sailfish, wahoo, tuna, kingfish and mackerel in the mix. If you’re interested in fishing, book now, as the best dates go fast. So that’s it...have fun this month...and don’t forget about OUTCAST!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Haulover is history...

If you spend any time exploring Haulover Park you might notice two historical markers. The marker on the west side commemorates the Haulover Beach Sport Fishing Docks and is located by Biscayne Bay, across from the fire station and midway between the charter boats and the inlet and the seawall. You can read about the marker on this page and the campaign to get the marker here. This is an impressive honor for those who have come before us and we are proud and fortunate to be part of the group of fishermen and women who carry on this tradition today.

The marker on the east side, by the beach and ocean, commemorates the Barefoot Mailman and is located across from the lifeguard headquarters. During the late 1800’s, before there were any connecting roads in these parts, a small group of men would transport the mail between Palm Beach and Miami via boat and on foot; they have come to be known as the Barefoot Mailman. It took six days to make the round trip, so it’s hard to say if we’ve made any actual progress in the time that it takes to deliver the mail; however, in defense of the USPS, the volume has definitely increased! Every year the South Florida Council Boy Scouts of America Hurricane District sponsors a hike to retrace the route of the Barefoot Mailman and you might see the scouts this weekend, February 5-6, as they spend two days walking from the Pompano Beach Pier to South Pointe Park at the very end of Miami Beach, with an overnight in Haulover Park.

So if you’re a person who likes to reenact history you can hike 35 miles from Pompano, or you can just come down to the dock and go fishing!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish...

...and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day. Well, we’re not looking to encourage any extreme behavior, but there is something to be said for fishing and enjoying a nice cold beer... and on a charter boat the captain is your designated driver.

We’re conducting a beer tasting with beers that have a saltwater fishing theme, selecting beer singles from Total Wine & More in North Miami Beach to make up a mix and match six-pack. For this first installment we tried Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (India Pale Ale) even though we weren’t looking to catch a dogfish, and Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet 2010 Below Decks, even though the seas weren’t heavy and no one was looking to mutiny. We will be rating the beer and also giving style points for bottle caps and labels, with five fish being the best.

Disclaimer: We are not connoisseurs of beer. We do not have a discriminating palate. We do not have proper glassware. Our favorite beer is free beer. Your results may vary.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
12 fl.oz./$1.99/6% ABV

Bottle Cap:
Dogfish Shark Logo

Nice enough artwork but no description of product. A brief description would really help the uninitiated.

First sip tasted of apple cider, clean, smooth, not bitter, very agreeable, would drink this again.

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet 2010 Below Decks
22 fl. oz/$5.99/10% ABV

Bottle Cap:
Outstanding Pirate Logo

Big bomber bottle has plenty of real estate for great artwork and description of product on side and back.

This was our first experience with barleywine. We found this to be sweet, malty, heavy, earthy, put us in good spirits, no headache, seems like it might be interesting to cook with.

Check back for the next installment. We’re looking to catch some mackerel so we can try Holy Mackerel Panic Attack and Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Haulover Park is for the birds!

We like to think that the best amenity that Haulover Park has to offer is the charter and drift boat fleet on the west side of the park at Bill Bird Marina, but the real truth is that the very best thing about the park is the beach, the ocean and the beautiful natural setting.

One of the fun things to do when you’re visiting the park (or taking a break after a day of fishing) is to watch the birds, especially in the wintertime when there are hundreds of pelicans in the area and seagulls fighting over every piling. You’ll also see parrots (actually, you’ll hear them way before you see them, they’re very noisy!), vultures, egrets, herons, osprey and ibis...

Oh, you don't see anything there?

...and this little squirrel better watch his back.

So make a New Year’s resolution to visit the park, even if, perish the thought, you have no interest in fishing.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Name That Fish

Answer: Mutton Snapper

Play again?

Answer: Gag Grouper

Another fun (and productive) day of fishing on the OUTCAST! Don't panic, but if you are looking to catch and keep shallow water grouper (gag, black, red, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, yellowmouth, and tiger) then get out on the ocean before the end of the year; the shallow water grouper fishery in the federal and state waters of the South Atlantic Region will be closed between January and April. We will still fish shallow water spots as there are other species to target at that depth and we really don't mind giving the groupers a chance to...regroup.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Some things never change...

And here's something else we hope doesn't change; a productive morning of fishing with kings, bonita, blackfin tuna, snapper and jack in the box (!), and back at the dock before the skies opened up.