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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – Dec -

Friday, November 11th, 2011


Dr. Stu Dessner catches his first sailfish.

Dr. Stu Dessner catches his first sailfish.

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.

The Kids Are Catching All The Fish

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


Fishing has been getting better as the springtime bite returns to South Florida. I have had the privilege of having some very fine young anglers aboard the “Lady Helen” the past several trips, and they have reeled in some very nice catches to be proud of. Some of the latest trips included Fernando Grecco of Coral Springs fishing with his son Nick and friend Joe McChrystel.  Jake and Lexi Novacek fishing with their parents Tom and Jennifer. Alex Mies fishing with his dad Mike. Justin and Aaron Stolinski along with parents Bruce and Denise. Ally MacConchie fishing with her dad Bruce MacConchie.

Nick Grecco and Joe McChrystel with nice Mahi-Mahi

Nick Grecco and Joe McChrystel with nice Mahi-Mahi

Jake Novacek had himself a good fight on his hands with this big Bonita.

Jake Novacek had himself a good fight on his hands with this big Bonita.

Lexi Novacek had lots of fun reeling up Groupers on the reef.

Lexi Novacek had lots of fun reeling up Groupers on the reef.

Alex Mies and his dad Mike with a limit of Kingfish.

Alex Mies and his dad Mike with a limit of Kingfish.

Justin Stolinsky displays his Kingfish caught offshore Ft. Lauderdale.

Justin Stolinsky displays his Kingfish caught offshore Ft. Lauderdale.

Ally and Bruce MacConchie with a Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) caught trolling offshore.

Ally and Bruce MacConchie with a Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) caught trolling offshore.

Springtime bite heating up in Ft. Lauderdale

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009


Springtime is my favorite season of the year for fishing in Ft. Lauderdale. Although it is still very early in the season, I have definitely noticed an increase in the numbers of some of our targeted species. As we progress further into the season the action will continue to pick up and become consistent. Kingfishing has already improved as and we catching them on most every trip now. Dolphin Mahi – Mahi are being caught in close to shore as well as offshore when sea conditions allow us to venture out in search of the feeding schools. Blackfin Tuna are starting to move into the area as well. This past week I took out Dan & Carol Bell along with their friends Gayle & Don Banks from Kansas. They were spending the day fishing before boarding Carnival Cruise Lines at Port Everglades for a Caribbean cruise. Dan is a hunting guide back home in Kansas, and provides his clients with some of the best hunting the state has to offer. If you like to hunt check out his website at www.bellwildlife.com  I was especially interested in hearing about Dan’s involvement with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentor Program. Teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters Pass It On finds mentors for children who want to experience the great outdoors. Dan and his party had a great day on the water catching Dolphin (Mahi – Mahi) and Kingfish. Fishing around the Tenneco artificial reef off Hollywood Beach, Dan hooked up on a nice Wahoo. Just as the fish came to the surface a few feet from the boat we saw his unmistakable neon blue stripes as he shook his head and spit the spoon back at us while he went on about his way. I don’t know who was more disappointed Dan or I, as I hate to loose one that close to the boat.

Don & Gayle Banks with friends Carol & Don Bell

Don & Gayle Banks with friends Carol & Don Bell

Yesterday the weather was windy and rainy for Kiel Pierce, Tommy Pierce, Greg Cameron and Dwayne Bell. We started out kitefishing off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale in about 350′ of water. A soon after a Dolphin (mahi – mahi) was seen chasing the short kite bait. Out of the release clip the line pops and Greg is hooked up. After a short fight the Mahi is put in the box. A couple of minutes later the short kite bait again gets hit and Greg is on again this time a large Barracuda is landed. After another drift without any hits we decide to troll the reef line. Trolling seems to be the ticket and we put a few Kings in the boat. About this time we decide to head further offshore to look for Dolphin (Mahi – Mahi). Rain is now moving in and everyone is huddled under the hardtop looking for shelter. Of course that’s when the Blackfin Tuna hits. Kiel grabs the trolling rod and fights his fish out in the driving rain. Kiel has the tuna hooked good and he is gaffed and dropped into the box. Tuna steaks are on the menue tonight. We head for the inlet after a great day of  Ft. Lauderdale  fishing.

Greg Cameron holds a big Barracuda he caught kitefishing

Greg Cameron holds a big Barracuda he caught kitefishing

Make A Wish Foundation fishing trip with Jackie Simkin & Dane Hershberg

Sunday, March 15th, 2009


This past Saturday I had the pleasure of having Jackie Simkin and her fishing buddy Dane Herchberg aboard the “Lady Helen” for a half day of fishing. Jackie had been so kind as to support the Make A Wish Foundation by bidding on this trip at the foundations annual gala. Saturday was another picture perfect South Florida day although a little breezy. Jackie had mentioned that she was a bit unsure of her tolerance to the days sea conditions. After picking up our live bait I suggested we take a look at the mouth of the inlet so she could decide if we would fish inside in the calm waters or go for it on the outside. After a brief look-see just outside Port Everglades inlet we decided to make a u-turn and fish the calm inshore waters instead. We pulled up to one of my favorite flats to slow troll some live pilchards along the sandy edge of the the ships channel. This area is a favorite haunt of hungry barracudas eager to ambush helpless baitfish being whisked by in the strong current. I hooked a live bait through the nose and flipped it behind the boat and handed the spinning rod to Jackie. Before I could get the second rod out I hear jackie let out a scream as the rod bent over and the line began screaming off the reel. Jackie immediately set up on the fish and just as she did the line went slack. She learned the first lesson in live bait fishing and that is you must allow the fish time to catch the live bait and then eat it before setting up on it. Luckily the bite was on and we were hooked up again as soon as the next bait hit the water. After a couple of misses both Jackie and Dane got the technique down pat and began bringing fish after fish into the boat for a quick photo and release back to the channel below. Jackie, Dane and myself all enjoyed a great day on the water while benefiting a good cause at the same time. I look forward to the next opportunity to fish with Jackie and Dane in the future.

Jacki Simkin holds her toothy barracuda for the camera

Jacki Simkin holds her toothy barracuda for the camera

Ft Lauderdale fishing forecast – March -

Saturday, February 28th, 2009


The month of march is our transitional month in South Florida fishing. The first half of the month generally follows our wintertime pattern of weather conditions as the second half of the month begins the spring season. As the last cold fronts of the year pass through our area Sailfish will be caught, especially when all the best conditions are lined up. Optimal conditions being North current, clear blue water close to the reefline, wind out of the North East, and most importantly schools of baitfish in the area. Last month the first two weeks of February turned out to be the hottest sailfish bite. Multiple hookups were common and on one trip we hooked up six Sailfish in one two hour period. The last two weeks of February it was a struggle to find a single fish. Sailfishing will be good all through the Spring as the sailfish again will be passing through our waters on thier annual migration North.

 

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Springtime also offers more opportunities to venture offshore in search of Dolphin (mahi-mahi). I my opinon springtime Dolphin fishing is some of the best found all year long in South Florida. Dolphin are typically found much closer to shore during the spring season and less time is spent covering open featureless water. The key is  to find a fishy area to deploy the trolling baits. Fishy areas include places where birds are diving at the waters surface, weedlines, current rips, floating debris etc. Springtime brings it’s share of windy days that I think increases the amount of debris found floating as pallets are more likley to fall off ships during times of rough seas.

 

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Kingfishing will also become more consistant as we will begin to get many more strikes as we are live bait fishing at the edge of the reefline. On yesterdays trip George Marr of Ontario, Canada an avid fresh water fisherman landed his first saltwater fish a 20 lb. Kingfish. George was manning the kitefishing rod when the big king came skyrocketing 6 feet out of the water with the live googel-eye hanging out of his mouth. Unfortunately the king didn’t get the hook and swam away with his free breakfast. About 30 seconds later he comes flying out of the water a second time with the short kite bait sucked all the way down and we have him hooked up solid. One of the things I like about kitefishing is that since the baitfish is dangling at the waters surface you get to see the entire action when the fish strikes.

 

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