Birthday Trip for 7 year old Townes Swenson

December 3rd, 2017 by Lady Helen Charters


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.

 

First December Sailfish

December 1st, 2017 by Lady Helen Charters


Today’s trip was with Bob Tedford visiting from Buffalo N.Y. Winds were again out of the North East at 13 kts. and perfect for live bait kite fishing. Sailfishing is generally best with a North East wind and a North flowing current. We ran South to a couple of my favorite artificial reefs. Along the way we trolled for a short time in an area known to hold kingfish and landed one before setting out the live baits on the kite rod. We set up our first drift in 200′ of water and after a hour or so we had no sailfish sightings. We then decided to move to a shallower artificial reef in 120′ of water and try again. This seemed to do the trick as our far kite bait was engulfed by a skyrocketing kingfish that came flying out of the water but escaped cleanly with our live goggel eye. Quickly rebaiting the stage was set again and about five minutes later a sailfish tore off with the bait and the fight was on. After many jumps by the sailfish the battle finally came to an end and after a quick photo the sailfish was released to fight again.

 

 

 

Mahi – Mahi on spinning tackle

November 30th, 2017 by Lady Helen Charters


Monday’s trip was with Jeff and Brenda Fudge visiting from Quitman, Arizona. Again 15kt winds out of the NE prevented us from venturing far offshore in search of mahi schools. Plan B was to troll south down the outside edge off the third reef then set up for kite fishing over an artificial reef and try for a sailfish. Usually several kingfish are caught during the trip south but today fishing was tough and we had only one good strike that unfortunately spit the hook. Once over our target area the kite and live baits were deployed. Shortly thereafter our bottom rod bent over and up came a nice bright red mutton snapper. After staring at the kite baits waiting for our sailfish to appear, the two spinning rods on the upwind side of the boat started to peel off line and a couple of mahi began jumping and putting on quite a show behind the boat.