Posts Tagged ‘fishing charters’

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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Broward Fishing Tournament

Friday, June 12th, 2009


The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County held it’s 30th annual fishing tournament this past Saturday, June 6th 2009. Fishing out of Bahi Mar Marina located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This fishing tournament has been headed up by Mr John Weller since it’s inception 30 years ago. Mr Weller was honored at this years captains meeting for all the dedicated effort he has provided over the years to make this event a success for Big Brothers Big Sisters. This years tournament began with beautiful weather and calm seas. A perfect day for introducing children to the sport of deep sea fishing. Unfortunately the charter boat “Lady Helen” was not able to participate in this years event as she is in the boat yard for a total refit of all systems. Luckily my good friend Brian Stoner of Cape Anne Towing came to the rescue by graciously offering the use of his 34′ Hatteras, “Old Hat” to fill in for the day. Captain Brian and myself picked up our crew of kids and headed out Port Everglades Inlet. Shortly thereafter lines were in the water as we trolled South along the reef line. Anticipation amongst the kids was high as most had never caught a large salt water fish before. This would be corrected in short order as the deep rod went off and a fish was on! Brianna Osmond of Pompano Beach was the first to man the rod and she reeled as hard as she could. Little by little she worked a nice kingfish to the boat for the first fish of the day. The second fish came as the outrigger clip released and line came screaming of the reel. This time a big Bonita had taken the trolled ballyhoo and provided a good fight for Christina Osmond. Once the Bonita was boated and released attention was back to the deep rod as again it was getting allot of action. Jayson Carrol and 10 year old Blaise Osmond each caught a Kingfish. Prior to this Kingfish the biggest fish Blaise had caught was a 6″ puffer fish. It was about time to head towards the dock for the awards ceremony and pizza party. Blaise wanted to try some bottom fishing on the way back so we stoped for a couple of minutes on the reef and caught several bottom fish including a Red Grouper caught by Brianna Osmond. We reeled in the lines quickly and headed in as the sky was getting very dark. We almost made it back to the dock but unfortunately the rain storm caught up with us and we all got a bit soaked. Anyway we all had a great time and I look forward to having the kids back aboard next year.

Christa Osmond fishing with Big Brother Big Sisters

Christa Osmond fishing with Big Brother Big Sisters

 

Brianna Osmond and Grouper caught with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Brianna Osmond and Grouper caught with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Christa Osmond, Jayson Carroll, and Blaise Osmond fishing with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Christa Osmond, Jayson Carroll, and Blaise Osmond fishing with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Wahoo and Dolphin (mahi) top catches in May

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Some of the most recent catches brought to the dock aboard the “Lady Helen” included some nice Dolphin and Wahoo. Jud Erway of Deerfield Beach, Florida was the first to grab the rod when a 40lb Wahoo hit a orange and black Illander ballyhoo combination trolled way back behind a big bird teaser. This teaser was causing quit a commotion at the waters surface and when Juds Wahoo came to check it out he couldn’t resist sucking in the rigged bait that followed behind. His Wahoo made a couple of blistering runs before finally coming to the boat and finding a place in the fish box.

Jud Erway holds his Wahoo for the camera

Jud Erway holds his Wahoo for the camera

 Once again the birds were key to finding Dolphin (mahi) this month. On many of the trips that we ventured offshore in search of Dolphin the ocean was void of any sargassum weed. Sargassum weed is what makes up the weedlines that fishermen follow to deploy thier trolling baits in hopes of encountering a school of Dolphin. In absence of these weedlines one must find birds or floating debris in order to increase the chance of locating fish. We were fortunate to have had the help of several Frigate birds to point us in the direction of the hungry Dolphin. After following these birds sometimes for many miles, your patience is usually rewarded with a strike from the fish below that the Frigate bird has been shadowing. Posted below are some of the latest Dolphin (mahi) and Wahoo that were caught aboard the “Lady Helen”.
Alex Stimphil with nice Dolphin

Alex Stimphil with nice Dolphin

Jeff Hophan of Coral Springs landed this cow Dolphin (mahi)

Jeff Hophan of Coral Springs landed this cow Dolphin (mahi)

Dave Katz of Weston, Florida caught Dolphin offshore and kingfish inshore.

Dave Katz of Weston, Florida caught Dolphin offshore and kingfish inshore.

Peg and Don Clifford caught this double header of Wahoo off Ft. Lauderdale.

Peg and Don Clifford caught this double header of Wahoo off Ft. Lauderdale.