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Great Fishing Now

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August usually signals the end of summer. While most of the country begins to experience cooler weather, here in Fort Lauderdale, we look at 2 more months of hot weather. This is the time of year that the waters offshore of Ft. Lauderdale are usually at their warmest and that affects the way we fish and what we catch.

I’m sure many of you have experienced going from the shore of a lake or into the water of an ocean and felt the thermo cline (difference in temperature) of the surface water and the deeper water it sits on. Fish, being cold blooded, are sensitive to this change, not only is it felt, but seen as well. It forms a layer of water that appears blurry to our eyes, like Vaseline spread on a piece of glass. This is the main reason that we switch from live bait fishing to trolling with our deep lines out this time of year. The fish stay deeper to avoid this area. Only the hungriest of fish will penetrate this barrier. This is also why the early morning or later afternoon will produce more bites.

Here in Fort Lauderdale, our fishing close to shore has been good to excellent. Kingfish are abundant most days, with the legal limit being caught fairly easily. Mixed in with the Kings are some Bonito, a few Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna and the occasional Sailfish. The last week or so has been excellent at raising some Sails. They have been biting regularly on the days we are out.

Further offshore, in 300 to 500’ or so, Wahoo have been a fairly regular fish being caught. If you are not familiar with this fish, check it out on the web. Excellent eating and an amazingly fast and strong swimmer, these fish truly make the reel “sing” when they strike. This seasons Dolphin fishing has been very lack luster here. While we have encountered them with extremely limited success, they have not been predominant as they usually are this time of year. Still, we hope for a happy ending to this summer with a late flurry of them showing up. They will be on the move and with the tropics heating up, the debris in the water from storms makes an excellent habitat for these fish.

While the days are hot, the nights are cooler, the Swordfish grounds have had some action. While not catching a fish every trip, the bites are there. The conditions determine how things go and with a little luck, a few bites AND fish can be had.

With the offshore Dolphin fishing being slow, we have been spending more time close and doing some bottom fishing with some great success. Amberjack are still on the deeper wrecks and reefs. Mutton Snapper, a few Yellowtails and Groupers are also being caught on both live and dead bait.

Thanks for your time, have a great day.

Capt. Steve

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August in Fort Lauderdale is Hot

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Kid's Fishing
Kid's Fishing

August in Fort Lauderdale is hot… The weather usually reaching the lows 90’s by late morning we are thankful for the sea breeze that finally comes along, though there is no wind chill for 90 degrees…

As for the fishing here in Ft. Lauderdale, if you want action, this can be one of the best times of year to bend the rod. The action is usually steady with the fish on the reef biting every few minutes.

Summertime means Bonitos and a lot of them. These fierce fighters are of poor eating quality but a blast to catch, especially on light tackle. They will hit the top baits early morning and late afternoon, but as the water warms, retreat to deeper water and be caught on the deep lines. It is not unusual to catch multiple fish at one time, a sort of “Chinese fire drill” as most lines go down with bites from these fish.

Kingfish are also a main summertime player, being caught mostly on the deep lines throughout the day. They average 6 to 10 pounds with a few bigger fish being caught. The smaller fish are the best for eating if eaten fresh as these fish do not freeze well. They can be frozen if they are to be smoked.

As we fish for these fish on the reef, we also encounter a few Sailfish from time to time. While not the numbers we get in the winter, Sailfish are in our area almost year-round to some degree. Blackfin Tuna also can be caught as they travel in small numbers with the Bonitos that are here. Both these species will diminish in another month only to reappear in October when we start all over again.

With all this activity going on so close to shore, it only stands to reason that predators be close by to take advantage of the situation. The picture attached to this report shows a family from yesterday. They spent 5 hours fishing with forty minutes of that time involved catching and releasing a 105” Bull Shark as represented by the flag being held. Missing from the photo are a few Kingfish that were used for bait, as well as the Captain and Mate whom were taking the pictures. They really didn’t need us in their picture anyway…

There are times we venture from trolling the reef to fishing the bottom, just to change things up a bit. Mutton Snapper, Amberjack and even some Grouper can be caught on both the shallow and deeper wrecks and artificial reefs.

As we venture away from the reef and head offshore, fishing has been erratic to say the least. Dolphin (Mahi-mahi), a normal player in our summertime fishing, has not been biting well. Some serious good luck has been needed to find these fish this year. The boys we had on just a few weeks ago had that serious good luck with them and caught a nice 23 pounder so it does pay to get out there and give it a try.

As we head offshore further, we get to the Swordfish grounds. The bite has been off for the last month or so, with mostly smaller fish being caught when the bite comes. As with all fishing, you just never know.

Well, that’s it for August. Plenty of action and fish here off Fort Lauderdale’s shore. So, in the immortal words of Jimmy Buffet…

“Time to stop wishin’

Time to go fishin’…”

Hope to see you soon.

Captain Steve

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Fort Lauderdale Fall Fishing

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Mahi mahi fish

It has always amazed me how much a few degrees of temperature can make such a difference. Fort Lauderdale fall fishing is upon us. To be out on the sea when it is 87 degrees is much more comfortable than say… 95. LOL Let’s drop that humidity down too. That also makes a big change in how things feel.

Our days are getting shorter and with that comes less time for the sun to heat the ocean. The cooling waters start the migration of baitfish, usually seen in schools of finger Mullet. And right on time, they have appeared.

With schools of baitfish on the move to the south, all sorts of fish species follow, the most popular is the Mahi-mahi. Generally found in deeper waters, this time of year they come in close to the coast. With all that bait traveling by it is a feast of bonanza proportion for them as well as us. These are not the schooling fish we find in the summer. Those fish we have to measure and throw back the little ones. These are the nice sized Dolphin that can give quite the tussle.

With the sea temperatures dropping October also is a good time of year for Wahoo. While we catch these year-round, October is known for better than average catches. Again, these are sizable fish on the move following their food source.

While we as crew are delighted with just these 2 species being around I get to say… But wait! There’s more! LOL

Fort Lauderdale fall fishing also includes better than average Sailfish action. We are generally trolling to catch fish and get ample shots at sailfish in October and November. But it is also the time of year we start back using live bait. That cooler water I spoke of makes it easier for the fish to come to the surface. Whether on the troll or live baiting with kites, both are an excellent and exciting way to catch Sails.

Cooler temperatures and catching fish, that’s what Fort Lauderdale fall fishing has for you.

Capt. Steve

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report

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Mahi fish

August began sort of so-so but as you will see in this Fort Lauderdale fishing report, things are heating up here off our coast.

Offshore

The biggest change has been the fishing offshore of Fort Lauderdale. Recent all-day trips have been very successful in both Swordfish and Mahi-mahi.

Our most recent Swordfishing trip netted us 2 nice bites. Both decent fish between 150-200 lbs. While we were able to see the fish, we were not able to get either into the boat. Our guests were delighted with the fight and the sights, but as you can imagine, Capt. Jimmy and crew were decimated.

It’s always that last little bit that gives the most trouble. With less line out, each time the fish moves, it has a more direct impact on the hook and where it is set. This is true for most any type of fish and NO fish is excited about their first boat ride… LOL

Our next all-day trip was strictly for Dolphin. Since it was the same guest and with the heart break the day before, They decided to make another day drop for a Sword. In their travels, they did find Dolphin and ended up with a nice catch. This was repeated a few days later with Mahi’s being found much closer to shore than the day before, only about 7-8 miles off the coast. I guess a Swordfish Just wasn’t in the cards for this customer.

On the Reef

Closer to shore where our shorter 4- and 6-hour trips fish, we are finding Bonitos and Kings biting well. Much better than in recent weeks. The drift fishing boat has also been doing well in this area with assorted snapper and other reef fish as well as a few Kings and Bonitos.

It’s all about fishing and catching something. And having fun doing it. And we have been.

Capt. Steve

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Family Fishing

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kids holding mahi mahi

Here in the Fort Lauderdale area we often do family fishing trips. A private charter is the best way though some opt to fish on the party or drift boat. My group today was from Utah and had literally just been in Fort Lauderdale less than an hour before boarding the boat! I consider that a high compliment…

With their luggage stored and locked in my truck (see? I told you literally), we were on our way to the ocean for some fishing fun. The radio was mentioning some Bonitos were around and we headed that direction.

After fishing for almost 20 minutes and unable to get a bite, I was becoming frustrated. Our family however were having the time of their life talking to Sean as their 7-year-old Xander was asking 1,000 questions a minute. Finally, we did have that first bite, the most important bite of a trip! It was pulling hard and I was thinking Bonito. The fish gods apparently liked this family from Utah and a nice Mahi-mahi was boated! With the first bite out of the way, a few Bonitos were caught  and we opted to try for something bigger.

As we often do, the big baits were deployed and then a bottom rig was used to keep folks entertained. You never know what will bite that rig and immediately we caught a small Tilefish.

Sometimes it will produce Vermilion snapper or Grouper. Maybe some Yelloweyes and other bottom creatures. Today the bottom fishing was slow because the current was running at over a knot. We caught another Tilefish or 2 before the end of our trip. And we never did get that BIG bite.

So even on a slow day, or what I consider slow, our family fishing trip was still a huge success for this family from Utah. I guess they don’t have much deep sea fishing in Utah… LOL

Capt. Steve

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