Mahi Fishing Report

August 22nd, 2017 by Jeff Salter

Mahi fishing has been very hot this month off Fort Lauderdale.  Although we’ve been traveling 10 – 15 miles offshore to locate the schools, it’s been some of the best Mahi fishing all summer. The school fish when found by trolling are quick to engulf a live pilchard pitched to them on a spinning rod. There is nothing like it when a school of hungry fish are darting right underneath the boat. These Mahi are so excited that their colors of green, blue and yellow are lit up like a neon sign. When a live bait is dropped into the water several fish will fight over who gets it. When hooked they make some of the most acrobatic leaps into the air you will ever see and the fight really begins. Personally Mahi fishing is one of my favorite types of fishing as there is nothing like being in the cobalt blue gulf stream waters. This deep blue water is a beautiful backdrop for the bright yellow sargassum weed that flows along with the current. This weed is where the Mahi like to come and feed on the small bait fish hiding there. The kids are back to school so if you are free to experience the Mahi fishing off Fort Lauderdale give me a call.



Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – Dec –

November 11th, 2011 by Lady Helen Charters

This upcoming sailfish season should be one of the best seen here in years. Judging by early catches from the beginning of November, sailfish are already arriving in Broward County in large numbers. We have been hooking up on almost every trip since the beginning of November. As each new cold front arrives, the numbers of  hungry spindlebeaks swimming along Fort Lauderdale’s coastline will be ever increasing. There is no greater thrill than when a sailfish inhales a frisky live bait and launches himself airborne for a series of acrobatic leaps across the sea. When caught on light spinning tackle we often need to start up the boat and pursue the jumping fish before he spools all of our line from the reel. If you would like a chance to experience this thrill of a lifetime, choose a day during the next three months and come on down. Great action on dolphin (mahi-mahi) was also experienced this fall as well, and should continue into the winter. These dolphin normally found further from shore will be in close where the sailfish are caught during the winter months. Kingfish our old standby will provide us action while waiting for the sailfish bites. We have been having fun on the way out the inlet lately catching spanish mackerel as we troll by the rock jetty. These  fish are fun to catch and are good eating as well. This can be plan B when conditions offshore can’t be tolerated.

Ft. Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – Jan –

January 11th, 2011 by Lady Helen Charters

As the Northeast coast braces for another blizzard beginning tonight, South Florida is enjoying some of the most beautiful weather we’ve had in quite some time. Presently as I write this post the air temp is 83 degrees and the sun is shining bright. The water temp is a comfortable 73 degrees. The breeze is a gentle 7 kts out of the SE. and seas are about 2ft. All this will change though as the next cold front approaches. Upon the arrival of the Northerly winds our temperatures will plunge as well, and this will once again signal the onset of some of the best Sailfishing all year. These sailfish will be feeding on schools of baitfish migrating South and will very interested when they see our frisky live bait suspended from our kite above. These kite baits will appear perfect to the wary sailfish as the hook, leader and line will be out of sight to the sailfish below. As the sailfish engulfs the baitfish we will often see his whole head and bill poking out of the water. We  will wait patiently feeding the fish more line so that he doesn’t sense anything is amiss. Then when he begins to move off we will put the reel in gear and reel like mad as the line comes free from the release clip and the fight is on. The sailfish will usually begin a series of spectacular acrobatic  jumps that he is so famous for in an attempt to spit the hook. After a long battle of give and take between sailfish and tired angler, the fish usually is led to the boat where he is lifted aboard for a quick measurement and photo. He is then revived by holding him alongside the boat as the boat moves through the water. This forces water and oxygen through his gills and soon off he goes to fight another day.

These are some of the Sailfish caught aboard the “Lady Helen” (by some very happy anglers) in December.