The upper Florida Keys harbor some of the most diverse fishing environments on the planet. In this fast-paced episode, Poveromo brings down his Shallow-Water MARC, a Mako 21 LTS, to fish the ocean-side patch reefs and back waters behind Key Largo. Leading the way is noted Key Largo guide Captain Chris Hanson. On light Penn tackle, they encounter fish on the patches the likes of bonefish, African pompano, snappers, Cero and Spanish mackerel, barracuda, groupers, ladyfish and sharks. Then, in the back country, the duo scores snook, redfish, tripletail and Goliath groupers. In all, between the patch reefs and back country, they tally 20 different species of fish! Poveromo and team stayed at Ocean Pointe Suites, with the Shallow-Water MARC docking at Sundowners Key Largo.
Poveromo and Carl Grassi make the 180 mile crossing to the Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina, Abaco, Bahamas. The local reef fishing can be outstanding, as Poveromo and Grassi go on to prove. After identifying a stretch of reef alive with bait and fish on Poveromo's Simrad evo 3 sonar, they establish drifts between 60 and 200 feet. Using long-leader mutton rigs, ballyhoo-tipped deep jigs, knocker rigs and Williamson flutter irons, they score strawberry, red, black and yellowfin groupers, scamp, mackerel, yellowtails, gray and mutton snappers! This episode showcases the tactics, rigs and subtleties for catching quality size Bahamas bottomfish. The Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina hosted Poveromo and team.
From the Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina, Abaco, Bahamas, Poveromo and Carl Grassi head offshore for billfish. With the MARC VI's SIMRAD radar in Bird Mode, they locate birds working over deep canyons. Upon easing near them, they discover the birds aren't on dolphin, but rather white marlin! Poveromo and Grassi pitch small ballyhoo to the whites on Penn Spinfisher VI reels spooled with 20-lb test Sufix Superior Monofilament. The duo also goes on to score several big dolphin, the likes of which this part of the Bahamas are known for. This episode reveals the finer points to successfully fishing the local offshore waters, and how easy it can be to make the 150 mile crossing from Palm Beach to the Green Turtle Club Resort & Marina.
This episode is a classic example of why anglers flock to the Florida Keys. Poveromo and local ace Ariel Medero begin their trip by "yellowtailing". Within minutes of dropping anchor and chumming, clouds of "flags" (large yellowtails) materialize behind the MARC VI. Between traditional yellowtailing tactics and live-chumming, the duo limits out and releases dozens more. Next stop: the Marathon Hump, where they rely on specific "tricks" to horse blackfin tuna up through the sharks. In the midst of bailing blackfins, they notice a navigational buoy gone astray. They race to it and quickly deploy a ballyhoo and a Rapala CD 18. A few passes later, they box two dolphin and a pair of wahoo and call it a day! Poveromo stayed at the Hyatt Place Marathon at Faro Blanco, with his MARC VI, a Mako 334, Sportfish Edition center console, docked downstairs..
Poveromo and Harry Vernon III take the MARC VI, a Mako 334, Sportfish Edition center console powered by triple Mercury 400hp Verado outboards, from North Miami Dade's Haulover Inlet to the Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina. This is a 252 mile, one-way crossing! The light angling pressure down in these parts quickly becomes evident by the dolphin Poveromo and Vernon encounter. With the MARC VI's Simrad Radar in "bird mode", they uncover fast action with quality size dolphin by "running-and-gunning" and trolling. This episode also showcases how to duplicate such a long-range run in a center console, using modern electronics and keeping a keen eye on the weather.
Basing out of the Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina, Poveromo and Harry Vernon III return to a spot where they crushed the yellowtails during their initial visit here several years back. After studying the bottom on Poveromo's Simrad evo 3 sonar and the direction of the current, they anchor in 75 feet of water and begin chumming. The yellowtails were still not only here, the ones schooling up behind the MARC VI were all monsters - and tons of them! Using light Penn spin tackle, Poveromo and Vernon have their hands full keeping these jumbo 'tails from reaching bottom. The 'tails were so solid and aggressive, the duo often sight-casted to individual fish! And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Poveromo and Vernon go on a land crab hunt later that evening!
Take a poll on the most sought after game fish in the Florida Keys, and dolphin will surely top the list. In this action-packed and highly-educational episode, Poveromo teams up with Jake Roth, a top offshore captain at the Post Card Inn. Time frame is early August, a slow time for tourism in the Florida Keys, but a consistent period for dolphin - large ones, too. Basing out of the Post Card Inn and Marina, Poveromo and Roth set forth looking for the typical signs which can lead to dolphin. Working birds uncovered by the MARC VI's Simrad radar led to a weedline in 650 feet and a bunch of schoolies. A run to birds gathering farther offshore produced a mix of weeds and larger fish. A bit beyond that and the dolphin were even larger. The highlight of the day, however, was a huge Amazon log adrift in 1,500 feet, surrounded by large dolphin. It's here where Poveromo scores a 34 pound bull dolphin, the trophy of the trip!
Kite fishing is a highly popular tactic for catching sailfish, king mackerel, tuna, dolphin and even wahoo during winter and spring off Southern Florida, however, it can be a potent producer year 'round. In this episode, Poveromo and local pro Carl Torresson head out of Palm Beach Inlet to "kite fish" the local waters during late May, aboard Poveromo's MARC VI, a Mako 334, Sportfish Edition center console powered by triple Mercury 400hp Verado outboards. This educational episode showcases the subtleties involved with this tactic, and how to rig and position baits to catch a variety of pelagics. Poveromo and Torresson score king mackerel and dolphin.
Poveromo returns to Venice, Louisiana, this time with his Mako 21 LTS, powered by Mercury's brand new V8 Four Stroke. He's also back at the Redfish Lodge of Louisiana, owned by long-time friend, Mike Frenette. Bull reds are the quest, and Poveromo pairs up with Steven Frenette, Mike's son. Southern Louisiana's wilds and marshes are like no other, and, arguably, the same can be said about the large populations of bull redfish thriving within these ecosystems. Poveromo and Frenette pitch Storm 360GT Coastal soft baits underneath popping corks in four to six feet of water, and on light Penn spin tackle. The action is nothing short of sensational, as the duo battle numerous bull reds on Sufix 832 braid as light as 10-pound test. Of course, the trip wouldn't be complete without Mike Frenette cooking up one of his famous Cajun' shrimp boils!
In this unique episode, Poveromo docks his MARC VI at Bud 'n Mary's, an institution in the Florida Keys. He and Chase Fulton, one of their top offshore captains, set forth to deep-drop and "hand crank" for barrelfish in 1,000 feet, prior to moving farther offshore to drop and "hand-crank" for swordfish. Electric reels are a staple for deep-dropping and even day swords, but Poveromo showcases the sporting aspect of pursuing these fish the good old fashion way. For barrelfish, Poveromo relies on Penn International 16 reels spooled with 50-lb Sufix 832 braid, paired to a Penn International rod rated for 50/80-lb lines . Poveromo goes one for two on barrelfish, boating a whopping 27 pounder. The surprise here is an Alfonsino, another oddity of the deep. Fulton then takes Poveromo for swords, where they go one for two, using a Penn International 50 spooled with 50-lb braid. Poveromo and team stayed at Pines 'n Palms Resort.
Using light spin tackle for oversized bottom fish the likes of those thriving off the Dry Tortugas, west of Key West in the Florida Keys, is considered an incredible mismatch - much like going into Jurassic Park with a slingshot! Yet, Daniel Delph, carrying on the historic light tackle fishing legacy of his grandfather Ralph Delph, had just that in mind as he and Poveromo ran the MARC VI roughly 75 miles west of Key West and to a spot in 250 feet. Using a Penn Clash 4000 reel filled with 20-lb Sufix 832 braid and paired with a Penn Regiment rod, Poveromo hooks a beast on his very first drop! Some 45 minutes and at least four "rock ups" later, Poveromo bests a 55 pound black grouper! The duo goes on to score numerous red snapper and scamp. In this must-see episode, the fascinating fishing off the Dry Tortugas along with the numerous "tricks" to catch big bottomfish on light tackle are showcased in remarkable fashion. Poveromo stayed at the Perry Hotel Key West, with the MARC VI docked downstairs at Stock Island Marina Village.
In this highly entertaining and educational episode, Poveromo and legendary lower Florida Keys guide Tim Carlile head out into the maze of shallows, flats, creeks and mangroves behind Sugarloaf Key, seeking whatever opportunities present themselves. Aboard Poveromo's Mako 21 LTS, powered by Mercury's brand new V8 Four Stroke outboard, they initially encounter a school of tarpon, and Poveromo misses their only shot. Jack Crevalles then move in and provide fast action. Carlile then heads for a few flats, where he chums in bonefish. After releasing their fill of bonefish, he then runs to several coral heads, where Poveromo pitches live pinfish for mangrove snapper. The tranquility and variety found within these back waters have impressively maintained that old Florida Keys "feel". Poveromo stayed at Parmer's Resort on Little Torch Key. The team also takes in a new restaurant in Sugarloaf Key - the South of the Seven.