Archive for December, 2017

Trolling the shallow reef is whats hot.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


The last couple of trips we have been spending a good portion of our time trolling the shallow reef in 15 – 30′ of water. Weather has keep us from venturing to far offshore so trolling the 3rd reef for kingfish and kite fishing for sailfish along the drop off is the preferred choice. When the bite is slow we have been moving inshore to the first and second reef and trolling small deep diving lures. We have been catching a variety of species including red grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, yellow jack, cero mackerel, spanish mackerel, and kingfish. These fish provide lots of action and are some of the finest eating fish from the sea.

 

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.