The Big Fish Are Moving In, Temps Are Dropping. - Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

The Big Fish Are Moving In, Temps Are Dropping.

September 14, 2016

Well, we braved the summer heat and although we had some great catches including an unusual about amount of big wahoo, I look forward to what the fall season brings.  As I leave the dock this morning and pass through Port Everglades inlet, I can sense that fall is in the air with just a subtle drop in temperature.  Every degree that drops, means more fish are coming down from the north in search of bait and warmer water temperatures.  Lucky as that we have this great fishery just a couple miles off our beach.

Last week was absolutely incredible on sailfish.  We had some mornings with over 10 shots on the troll and even better when we got the kites up with live bait.  The fish were feeding on a very hard edge of current where the blue water met the green water.  This acts as a funnel of bait for big game fish and we troll up and down this edge or put kite baits right over it, depending on a few variables.


Here is a look at a sailfish our group had on a few days ago:

This leads me to believe we are going to have an amazing fall and winter.  It is very possible that the recent tropical storms mixed up things early, but we will take it and work hard to put all our customers on this great fishery each day out.  The best fishing is going to be on NE winds for the sailfish.

We have also been getting some big kingfish while on the troll in about 100 feet of water.  The water has been a bit mixed up, but the kingfish don’t seem to mind as they have been crushing the baits and screaming line off the reel.  We had one fish about 45 pounds this week.  Check out the teeth on these.  Our charter was all Peruvian and they asked us to sushi up the kingfish immediately for the highest grade Peruvian Ceviche that they would be preparing later that day.  We were lucky enough to get a big batch of it and it was absolutely incredible. Probably the best way I have had kingfish to this day. Thanks so much guys!

Kingfish in water

Here’s another smaller kingfish:


On the inshore tarpon trips, the fishing has picked up big time for the mullet run in the past 48 hours.  We are seeing thousands of finger mullet in the area coming through our inlet and settling in the local creeks.  The tarpon are on the smaller side right now as well as the snook as I’m not convinced the big fish are here yet, but that could change every single night.

However, things are really looking up, its cooler and the bait is pushing so its only a matter of time before we get into some consistent tarpon fishing.  I am currently offer 3, 4, 5, and 6 hour evening tarpon trips to see this amazing fishery, so just give us a call to book you trip.


On the drift boat, we have been doing mostly morning and evening trips.  The mornings have been decent with snappers and some kingfish for our anglers that are vertical jigging.  On the evening trips, we have been doing much better the days there is strong current as our chum draws in a ton of baitfish and also predators.  We have been catching big muttons halfway into the trips as well as yellowtails and mangroves.  We did get a nice grouper as well on a recent night trip.


That’s the report for now. Stay tuned for my next video report next Friday as we are fishing all day every day until then.We are running some awesome specials now for those looking to go on a shared or private sportfishing trip.  With rates starting at just $35 on our drift boat, I have something for everyone looking to get out and experience the fall season deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale.

Tight Lines

Captain David


Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!