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Fishing Out of Coconut Grove

If you want to plan a trip to the area, here are the essential leads for putting it together.

In the May ’08 issue of Florida Sportsman, Managing Editor David Conway covers the hot spring fishery off Miami, and recounts his ride with Capt. Alex Castellanos and Duane Cagel’s team on the Miss Britt in the previous year’s Grove Slam Dolphin Tournament.

 

 

The Taste of Coconut Grove draws crowds to the Grove’s downtown district.

In case you’re planning a visit to Coconut Grove or nearby Miami for a getaway weekend, or in case you want to plan a midsummer night’s swordfishing trip to the area, here are the essential leads for putting the trip together…

 

Pack My Bag: Coconut Grove

 

Outdoor cafes, a great fresh market by the marina, malls and shops, bars, restaurants, and plenty of hotels in close proximity to great fishing make Coconut Grove a contender for a weekend getaway for couples and families. See www.coconutgrove.com.

 

Charter Captains

 

Capt. Alex Castellanos, Miss Britt, At Bayshore Landing Marina, (305) 596-0419; www.missbritt.com

 

Capt. Bouncer Smith, Bouncer’s Dusky, At Miami Beach Marina (305) 573-8224; www.captbouncer.com; captbouncer@bellsouth.net

 

Capt Dave Kostyo – Light-tackle Sportfishing in Miami Aboard “Knot Nancy,” a 28-foot Whitewater – Sailfish, Kingfish, Dolphin, Tarpon – www.knotnancy.com – 305-620-5896

 

Capt Dennis Forgione – Light-Tackle Sportfishing in Miami Aboard “Free Spool” – Tarpon – Sailfish – Wreck Fishing – 305-947-8844

 

Capt Pete Silot – Light-Tackle Inshore Sportfishing Aboard “Saltwater Junkie,” an 18-foot Egret flats boat – Biscayne Bay – Snook, Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit – www.saltwaterjunkie.com – 786-266-0620

 

Capt Bob Lemay – Sight Fishing in Biscayne Bay – Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook – 954-435-5666

 

Capt Dean Panos – Light-Tackle Sportfishing in Miami Aboard “Double D,” a 34-foot SeaVee – Sailfish, Dolphin, Kingfish, Tuna, Tarpon – www.doubledcharters.com – 954-805-8231

 

Capt. Gil Gutierrez – Light-Tackle Sportfishing in Miami Aboard “Lucky Vee,” a 32-foot SeaVee – Sailfish, Tarpon, Kingfish, Dolphin, Swordfish, Grouper – www.luckyfishingcharters.com – 954-588-5951

 

Capt Freddie David – Light-Tackle Sportfishing in Miami Aboard “Frick and Frack,” a 27-foot Conch – Swordfish, Sailfish, Dolphin, Tuna, Kingfish – www.frickandfrackfishing.com – 754-244-2531

 

Capt Jerry Murphy – Light-Tackle/Fly Sportfishing Aboard the “Tar-Bon” – Biscayne Bay – Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook – 954-432-0197

 

Capt Alan Sherman – Light-Tackle Inshore Sportfishing Aboard the “Get Em” – Biscayne Bay – Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Barracuda – www.getemsportfishing.com – 786-436-2064

 

Capt. Carl Starling, Prince of Tides, At Bayshore Landing Marina, (305) 607 6862; www.princeoftideschartersmiami.com

 

Watercraft Rentals:

 

American Watersports Rentals, At Bayshore Landing Marina, Nick Burnett, (305) 856-6559; www.americanwatersports.us

 

 

A bird’s eye view of Coconut Grove’s Sailboat Bay.

Marinas

 

Bayshore Landing Marina, 2550 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 854-7997

 

Dinner Key Marina, 3400 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 579 6980

 

Grove Harbour Marina, 2640 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 854-6444

 

Grove Isle Marina, 4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 858 4753

 

Grove Key Marina, 3385 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, (305) 858-6527

 

Area Boat Ramps:

 

Dinner Key Boat Ramp, 3400 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, FL 33133, 3 ramps, 46 trailer parking spaces

 

Crandon Marina, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL 33149, 7 ramps, 140 trailer parking spaces

 

Matheson Hammock Ramps, Coral Gables, 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami FL 33156, 5 ramps, 200 trailer spaces

 

Haulover Marine Boat Ramp, 10800 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33160, 6 ramps, 60 trailer spaces

 

Pelican Harbor Marina, Near Haulover Inlet, 1275 NE 79th Street Causeway, Miami, FL 33138, 4 ramps, 52 trailer spaces

 

Watson Island Boat Ramp, Near Government Cut, MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132, 4 ramps, 41 trailer spaces

 

Island View Park, Near Government Cut, 1700 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 2 ramps, 15 trailer spaces

 

Coconut Grove Lodging

 

The Hampton Inn Coconut Grove, 2800 S.W. 28th Terrace, (305) 448-2800

 

The Doubletree Hotel, 2649 S. Bayshore Drive, (305) 858-2500/ (800) 222-8733

 

The Grand Bay Hotel, 2669 S. Bayshore Drive, (305) 858-9600

 

Coconut Grove Inn B&B, 33201 Aviation Avenue, (305) 856-4311

 

The Mutiny Hotel, 2951 S. Bayshore Drive, (305) 441-2100

 

Mayfair Hotel & Spa, 3000 Florida Avenue, (305) 441-0000

 

Residence Inn by Marriott, 2835 Tigertail Avenue, (305) 285-9303