Kitefishing for Mahi

October 12th, 2017 by Lady Helen Charters

Windy weather this past week has prevented us from venturing to far from shore in search of Mahi. When the winds are brisk it does present us the perfect opportunity to break out the fishing kite and do some live bait kitefishing.

Livebait kitefishing is the number one method of catching sailfish in South Florida. Aside from sailfish many other species of fish are enticed to the livley baitfish dangled at the waters surface from the kite. On our last trip we saw the dark shape of a sailfish just beneath our bait for several agonizing seconds we waited for the line to go screaming out but it wasn’t to be. The sailfish vanished into the depths just as quickly as he appeared. Not long after this brief excitement we did hear the line go screaming from the reel and when we looked out towards the kite a Mahi had engulfed the bait and was jumping towards the boat. As luck would have it one of the spinning rods on the other side of the boat was also losing line as well and we had  double header mahi on. Both fish were landed and put on ice for the evenings main course.

Mahi Fishing Report

August 22nd, 2017 by Lady Helen Charters

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 –

November 11th, 2011 by Lady Helen Charters

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.