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Sailfish are finally arriving in South Florida

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Sailfish are beginning to show up off Fort Lauderdale the last couple of days. I think the last cold front that passed through has started to push fish south into our waters. We had good conditions the last few days as the front went through. NE winds of 15kts, north current, blue water close to shore, and baitfish in the water. This all added up to some great fishing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale…


Big Kingfish today

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Today’s trip was with Chris Howell and Dave Majoros from Penn. We started out trolling lures down the reef line as we had a great bite there yesterday. Before long we had caught several mutton snappers. Unfortunately¬† due to the recent size limit change from 16″ to 18″ we had to send them home to grow larger. We then decided to troll offshore searching for mahi – mahi but before getting out to the likely mahi area the seas began to grow larger and the ride became uncomfortable. Back to the reef to troll for kingfish. After a short time we started to get strikes but as luck would have it we were missing them all. Then one of the planner rods tripped and up came a very large yellowtail snapper. This large yellowtail hit a ballyhoo and IIlander lure combination trolled in 100′ feet of water over a wreck. A very rare occurrence!!¬† As we checked out the yellowtail the other planer rod went off and a big kingfish surfaced after a good fight.


Sailfish steals the show!

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Sunday’s trip was with the Hughes family from Wisconsin. Here to see their daughter Alison compete in a basketball tournament. Wind was out of the north and the plan was to troll south to the Tenneco artificial reef and try to pick up a few kings on the way down. The bite was pretty good and although we missed several bites we were able to put 3 nice kings in the boat. Once in the proper position in about 230 feet of water we set out the kite and fished 5 frisky live baits. We suspended several live baits from the kite and let them splash around on the surface to attract sailfish, kingfish, mahi, tuna, amongst others. 2 spinner rods were deployed on the upwind side of the boat, and one bottom rod with a live pilchard was dropped to the bottom. Before to long a sailfish was sighted about 10 yards behind the boat swimming towards our kite baits. We all held our breaths as we waited for a kite line to go screaming off. unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the sail disappeared into the deep blue. We later made a move into 180 feet and re- set up the spread. Shortly thereafter one of the 20lb spinning rods went off and a sail was up and jumping. This sail made some fantastic acrobatic jumps before coming to the boat for a quick photo, measurement (87″) and release to fight another day. Brandon Hughes did a great job landing this fish on a light tackle spinning rod.

The Hughes family Amie, Ben, Denver, Alison, Eric, and Brandon with a beautiful sailfish.