Archive for December, 2017

Big Kingfish today

Monday, December 4th, 2017


Today’s trip was with Chris Howell and Dave Majoros from Penn. We started out trolling lures down the reef line as we had a great bite there yesterday. Before long we had caught several mutton snappers. Unfortunately¬† due to the recent size limit change from 16″ to 18″ we had to send them home to grow larger. We then decided to troll offshore searching for mahi – mahi but before getting out to the likely mahi area the seas began to grow larger and the ride became uncomfortable. Back to the reef to troll for kingfish. After a short time we started to get strikes but as luck would have it we were missing them all. Then one of the planner rods tripped and up came a very large yellowtail snapper. This large yellowtail hit a ballyhoo and IIlander lure combination trolled in 100′ feet of water over a wreck. A very rare occurrence!!¬† As we checked out the yellowtail the other planer rod went off and a big kingfish surfaced after a good fight.

 

Birthday Trip for 7 year old Townes Swenson

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017


Yesterday’s trip was with the Swenson family visiting from Portland, Oregon. We decided to start out fishing the first reef just South of the Port Everglades inlet and try to get some fast action for the kids. This turned out to be a great decision we were quickly hooked up with mutton snappers one after another. This red hot bite also included a nice cero mackerel, yellow jack, yellowtail snapper, and blue runner. This smorgashboard of species provide plenty of action and excitement for Townes (7) and Sloane (10) Swenson. We then decided to spend an hour out in deeper water and try for a sailfish or other large gamefish for dad. After an hour or so we had no activity on our live baits dangled from the fishing kite and we decided to run in to the inshore canals and catch a barracuda or jack cravelle before returning to the dock. Townes hooked up and landed a nice jack to top off his birthday trip.

 

First December Sailfish

Friday, December 1st, 2017


Today’s trip was with Bob Tedford visiting from Buffalo N.Y. Winds were again out of the North East at 13 kts. and perfect for live bait kite fishing. Sailfishing is generally best with a North East wind and a North flowing current. We ran South to a couple of my favorite artificial reefs. Along the way we trolled for a short time in an area known to hold kingfish and landed one before setting out the live baits on the kite rod. We set up our first drift in 200′ of water and after a hour or so we had no sailfish sightings. We then decided to move to a shallower artificial reef in 120′ of water and try again. This seemed to do the trick as our far kite bait was engulfed by a skyrocketing kingfish that came flying out of the water but escaped cleanly with our live goggel eye. Quickly rebaiting the stage was set again and about five minutes later a sailfish tore off with the bait and the fight was on. After many jumps by the sailfish the battle finally came to an end and after a quick photo the sailfish was released to fight again.