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Bananas are Banned and Sports Fishing is an Adventure with Bouncer's Dusky 33

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

With a name like Bouncer's Dusky 33, how can you go wrong? This Miami charter sport's fishing boat has Captain Bouncer Smith (a.k.a. Randolph Smith, owner) at the wheel. Carrying up to four passengers, this 33-foot up-to-date Dusky uses a crew of two and is made for fishing the waters off South Florida.

Whether you're going for that 80-pound game-fish trophy or a smaller catch, Smith has a package to suit your adventurous spirit. His power charter boat is equipped with plenty of tackle for an all-day excursion, plus GPS/Chart plotter and other necessary fishing and safety gear.

Ready to head to the water with seasoned fisherman skilled in the art of catching various types of fish or novices ready to learn, Smith prides himself on his and his crew's knowledge. Who better to teach you what you need to know than Smith, who's been fishing for 50 years? "I grew up addicted to fishing and never considered another option," says Smith.

Located 200 yards from an inlet, Bouncer's Dusky 33 is just minutes from the endless possibilities of the next fresh catch. Smith tells us, "We generally target sailfish, swordfish, tarpon and eating fish." Explaining why swordfish are so difficult to get, Smith explains, "Daytime swordfish require exact speed and steering efforts, then hooking and fighting a fish from up to half a mile away is crazy. Conversely, night fishing is relaxing and easy, but the fish are smaller." Smith believes in "compassion for the client's investment in the day" and his charter crew works hard to help you hook what you want. Several charter trips are available for 8 hours, 10 hours, 4-hour evening inlet trip, daytime or nighttime trips for swordfish or multi-day excursion to the Bahamas. Bimini to be exact.

No matter the trip you choose, remember Bouncer's Dusky 33 rule of yellows: Bananas in any form are banned from the boat. Rumors have it that this long-yet-curved yellow fruit is hazardous to the fishing experience. Just ask him yourself. "Living in the outdoors, challenging nature and the excitement of success" is what powers Smith every day. Sharing his love of fishing keeps his business well afloat in the open seas of charter fishing boats. "South Florida offers so many fishing options that there is rarely a bad day," states Smith.
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