Ending The 2008 Fishing Season Offshore Fort Lauderdale – Bring it on 2009!Posted on: February 12, 2009
The Winter season is definitely making it’s presence felt here in South Florida with cold fronts pushing through one after another. We do prefer our 80 degree afternoons, but these chilly spurts bring more than just the shivers to us Fort Lauderdale locals, it’s the start of our red hot winter fishing season. In November, we had the best sailfish bite I’ve seen in years. Kite Fishing is key when it comes to catching a sailfish. Live goggleeyes dangling from the kites really seems to turn them on. With moderate winds coming from the North and the East, we were averaging 5 – 15 sailfish a day. It has slowed down a bit, but not much. Watching those sailfish jump 5 feet high, 5 times in a row is the ultimate adrenalin rush. They are one of the most sought after game fish in the world and one of my favorite fish to seek. Tournament fishing is now in full swing here in South Florida. November 11 – 12 was the Sailfish Cup, the first leg of the Sailfish Pro Series. My tournament fishing team and I (Advanced Roofing) caught 20 sailfish in two days, hopefully the bite stays consistent and every boat catches fish throughout the season.
Just a few miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, more and more kingfish are being caught on the troll. Several days this month you couldn’t get away from the kings. Some mahi – mahi remain, but are thinning out and migrating to warmer waters. Fort Lauderdale is known for it’s wreck fishing offshore. If you are looking for something to tug on this time of year, drop a live bait on their front door and your chances of catching a grouper or a nice size amberjack are likely. The game sharks have been seen here and there, but not many takers.
As we approach the end of December, the new year brings several different attractions to South Florida. There are so many things to see and do, but nothing compares to deep sea fishing offshore – take advantage of our backyard and bring home a memorable experience. Fort Lauderdale and Miami offer some of the worlds best sportfishing. Head down here a day early or extend your vacation a day late to go deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale and experience the thrill of a lifetime.
Tight Lines & Happy New Year!
Captain David Ide