Archive for May, 2009

Wahoo and Dolphin (mahi) top catches in May

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Some of the most recent catches brought to the dock aboard the “Lady Helen” included some nice Dolphin and Wahoo. Jud Erway of Deerfield Beach, Florida was the first to grab the rod when a 40lb Wahoo hit a orange and black Illander ballyhoo combination trolled way back behind a big bird teaser. This teaser was causing quit a commotion at the waters surface and when Juds Wahoo came to check it out he couldn’t resist sucking in the rigged bait that followed behind. His Wahoo made a couple of blistering runs before finally coming to the boat and finding a place in the fish box.

Jud Erway holds his Wahoo for the camera

Jud Erway holds his Wahoo for the camera

¬†Once again the birds were key to finding Dolphin (mahi) this month. On many of the trips that we ventured offshore in search of Dolphin the ocean was void of any sargassum weed. Sargassum weed is what makes up the weedlines that fishermen follow to deploy thier trolling baits in hopes of encountering a school of Dolphin. In absence of these weedlines one must find birds or floating debris in order to increase the chance of locating fish. We were fortunate to have had the help of several Frigate birds to point us in the direction of the hungry Dolphin. After following these birds sometimes for many miles, your patience is usually rewarded with a strike from the fish below that the Frigate bird has been shadowing. Posted below are some of the latest Dolphin (mahi) and Wahoo that were caught aboard the “Lady Helen”.
Alex Stimphil with nice Dolphin

Alex Stimphil with nice Dolphin

Jeff Hophan of Coral Springs landed this cow Dolphin (mahi)

Jeff Hophan of Coral Springs landed this cow Dolphin (mahi)

Dave Katz of Weston, Florida caught Dolphin offshore and kingfish inshore.

Dave Katz of Weston, Florida caught Dolphin offshore and kingfish inshore.

Peg and Don Clifford caught this double header of Wahoo off Ft. Lauderdale.

Peg and Don Clifford caught this double header of Wahoo off Ft. Lauderdale.

 

Ft. Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – May-

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


If I had to pick a favorite month to fish in South Florida the Month of May would win hands down. May provides us with some of the best fishing opportunities with the most species of any month of the year. Early in the month we generally see a strong run of Sailfish that are heading north for the summer. These fish have been wintering in the Keys and will provide us with our last really good opportunity to hook up with a spindlebeak. we will always have a resident group of sailfish that call Fort Lauderdale home through out the summer but nowhere near the numbers of the Fall, winter, and spring. The type of fishing that I most enjoy in May is Dolphin or Mahi- Mahi fishing. This month is one of the best months for Dolphin fishing in the entire year. Dolphin will be caught in close live bait fishing as well as trolling offshore. As we move later into the season it will require venturing further offshore to find the dolphin and become more of a hit or miss affair. Also caught while live baiting this month will
be some Blackfin Tunas, Cobias, Mutton Snappers, Groupers, Amberjacks, amongst others. The last week of April brought with it some very windy weather that kept the “Lady Helen” tied to the dock. This strong wind blowing from the East for days on end did bring lots of fish close to shore. The first day we were able to get out and fish we had a non stop bite in 140 ft of water. On a short fishing trip we caught a couple Sails, 5 Dolphin and several Kingfish before heading for the calm waters inside the jetty. The beginning of May is looking good weather wise and the bite is on. Book a trip now and get out on the water when the weather and fishing is the best.

Mark Mineo caught this Sailfish that was heading North for the summer.

Mark Mineo caught this Sailfish that was heading North for the summer.