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Ft. Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – April –

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010


My favorite time of year has finally arrived in South Florida. The Springtime fishing offshore Ft Lauderdale will provide some of the most exciting action all year. Each year as water temperature begins to rise schools of all types of baitfish will be moving  northward along the coastline. Many types of hungry gamefish will be feasting on these unsuspecting baits as if they are at an all you can eat buffet. Kingfishing has already seen a dramatic improvement in recent days as the numbers of fish in the area are building. Underneath these feeding schools of kings a bait can be fished near the bottom in hopes of tricking a mutton snapper that is feeding on the chopped up pieces that are falling from above. Blackfin tunas have been showing up as well since the beginning of April. These tunas will increase in size as we get further into the spring. Dolphin (mahi-mahi) action has yet to take off as of yet, but it will any day now. Most of the Dolphin (mahi-mahi) we’ve  seen so far have been scattered and relatively small in size. Having said that I just heard about a report from Capt. Dick Russell fishing on his boat “the brute”. Capt Dick reeled in a 48.5 lb Dolphin (mahi-mahi) in 500′ of water offshore Ft Lauderdale. April and May should also be better than normal for Sailfish as our longer  and colder than normal winter will have pushed more Sailfish south to the keys. These fish will be heading back north as well.

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.

Ft Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – April –

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


As we progress into the month of April we will usually see a dramatic increase in the number of dolphin (mahi-mahi) schools found offshore. We will begin to see more weedlines forming due to the switch to our more prevailing S.E. wind pattern. April will also have it’s share of windy days as well, making it uncomfortable to venture very far offshore in search of the fishy looking areas to deploy the bait spread. These  windy days will be a perfect opportunity for live bait kite fishing at the drop-off to the 3rd reef. This drop-off ouccurs only 1.5 miles offshore making it a good option on windier days. Kitefishing will bring its share of sailfish, as they migrate this month and next. As the bait moves North the predators will be close at hand ready to pick off their next meal. This is also the time of year to find the big cow and bull dolphin in the live bait spread as well. Wreck fishing on any of  Fort Lauderdale’s artificial reefs will be good for Amberjack and barracuda as well.  On my last trip we dropped a few live baits down on a wreck off Hollywood Beach. Brent Longenecker of Springfield, MO  hooked up immediately. After a brief fight I began to see coming up from the depths below the silver outline of a decent size Kingfish. I went for the gaff and when I got back I saw a big slob Barracuda following up the hooked Kingfish. The Barracuda could resist no longer and attacked the hapless King and chopped him clean in half about 3 feet from the boat. I re-hooked the half of Kingfish we had left, and freelined him back down towards the wreck. Sure enough a couple of seconds later Brent is hooked up again , this time to the big Cuda. Brent had all he could handle with this guy but did a great job bringing him to the boat. We carefully lip gaffed the cuda and hoisted him aboard for a quick photo. We then released him and watched him slowly swim off to the wreck below. 

Brent Longenecker with Barracuda he caught wreckfishing off Hollywood Beach.

Brent Longenecker with Barracuda he caught wreckfishing off Hollywood Beach.

  Fishing the bottom for Red Groupers has been very good, but it is difficult to find the keeper size fish. Currently  Red  Groupers need to be 20” to take and most are in the 17”-19” range. These fish are still a great fight and the red hot bite provides plenty of fun for everyone.

Amanda and Brent Longenecker catch Groupers at the same time.

Amanda and Brent Longenecker catch Groupers at the same time.