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Mahi Fishing Report

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017


Mahi fishing has been very hot this month off Fort Lauderdale.  Although we’ve been traveling 10 – 15 miles offshore to locate the schools, it’s been some of the best Mahi fishing all summer. The school fish when found by trolling are quick to engulf a live pilchard pitched to them on a spinning rod. There is nothing like it when a school of hungry fish are darting right underneath the boat. These Mahi are so excited that their colors of green, blue and yellow are lit up like a neon sign. When a live bait is dropped into the water several fish will fight over who gets it. When hooked they make some of the most acrobatic leaps into the air you will ever see and the fight really begins. Personally Mahi fishing is one of my favorite types of fishing as there is nothing like being in the cobalt blue gulf stream waters. This deep blue water is a beautiful backdrop for the bright yellow sargassum weed that flows along with the current. This weed is where the Mahi like to come and feed on the small bait fish hiding there. The kids are back to school so if you are free to experience the Mahi fishing off Fort Lauderdale give me a call.

 

 

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – Dec –

Friday, November 11th, 2011


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.

Ft. Lauderdale Fishing Forecast – July –

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010


Offshore fishing for Dolphin (mahi-mahi) becomes a hit or miss proposition during the summer months of July, August, and September. The Dolphin (mahi-mahi) fishing was outstanding this past Spring and stayed strong all the way into the beginning of July. Some of the best dolphin action I have seen in years was enjoyed this year. In fact the biggest Dolphin (mahi-mahi) ever caught aboard the “Lady Helen” was caught this past May. This Dolphin weighing in at 56.5 lbs. was caught by Mark Thoreson of Erie PA.  Marks Dolphin beat the long standing boat record for Dolphin of 49 Lbs. by 7.5 lbs. I’m sure one day some lucky angler aboard the “Lady Helen” will boat a big bull over 60 lbs. What makes Marks big bull even more impressive was that he caught it on a 20 lb. spinning rod.

Fishing  just offshore the reef line in 80′ to 300′ of water will be the plan when there are no signs of Dolphin offshore. Livebaits will not be passed up by hungry Bonitas, Kingfish, Tunas, and  the occasional Sailfish that resides in Fort Lauderdale. The reef is only 1.5 miles from shore so it is an easy run in when summertime afternoon thunderstorms approach.

As usual the Big Brothers and Big Sisters fishing tournament was a big success this year. This year the weather cooperated and the kids all had a blast. This year the kids caught Kingfish, Barracuda, and lots of bottom fish on the reef. The “Lady Helen” always brings home the trophy, and this year was no different for the kids. I want to give a special thanks to Mr Les Pettit who  donates his time every year as mate for the day. Les makes sure all the kids have a great time and catch lots of fish.When the seas are getting a little high we sometimes run for the shelter of the inlet at Port Everglades. Here where the waters are calm we can cast out our live baits along the channel edge. The edge of the channel becomes an excellent ambush point for predators seeking the hapless baitfish being flushed out with the current. Barracudas, Jack Crevelle, and an occasional Tarpon will inhale a live bait drifted along in the current.