Posts Tagged ‘reports’

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…

 

Trolling the shallow reef is whats hot.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


The last couple of trips we have been spending a good portion of our time trolling the shallow reef in 15 – 30′ of water. Weather has keep us from venturing to far offshore so trolling the 3rd reef for kingfish and kite fishing for sailfish along the drop off is the preferred choice. When the bite is slow we have been moving inshore to the first and second reef and trolling small deep diving lures. We have been catching a variety of species including red grouper, mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, mangrove snapper, yellow jack, cero mackerel, spanish mackerel, and kingfish. These fish provide lots of action and are some of the finest eating fish from the sea.

 

First December Sailfish

Friday, December 1st, 2017


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.