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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 – Jan –

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


As the Northeast coast braces for another blizzard beginning tonight, South Florida is enjoying some of the most beautiful weather we’ve had in quite some time. Presently as I write this post the air temp is 83 degrees and the sun is shining bright. The water temp is a comfortable 73 degrees. The breeze is a gentle 7 kts out of the SE. and seas are about 2ft. All this will change though as the next cold front approaches. Upon the arrival of the Northerly winds our temperatures will plunge as well, and this will once again signal the onset of some of the best Sailfishing all year. These sailfish will be feeding on schools of baitfish migrating South and will very interested when they see our frisky live bait suspended from our kite above. These kite baits will appear perfect to the wary sailfish as the hook, leader and line will be out of sight to the sailfish below. As the sailfish engulfs the baitfish we will often see his whole head and bill poking out of the water. We  will wait patiently feeding the fish more line so that he doesn’t sense anything is amiss. Then when he begins to move off we will put the reel in gear and reel like mad as the line comes free from the release clip and the fight is on. The sailfish will usually begin a series of spectacular acrobatic  jumps that he is so famous for in an attempt to spit the hook. After a long battle of give and take between sailfish and tired angler, the fish usually is led to the boat where he is lifted aboard for a quick measurement and photo. He is then revived by holding him alongside the boat as the boat moves through the water. This forces water and oxygen through his gills and soon off he goes to fight another day.

These are some of the Sailfish caught aboard the “Lady Helen” (by some very happy anglers) in December.

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.