Posts Tagged ‘sailfishing 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.

 

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.

 

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.