fishing report fort lauderdale oct 15,12
October 15, 2012
The winter season is closing in on us and the sailfish are starting to move from up north. There are not many of them yet but a few bites a day is good enough. This afternoon john and two friends from Illinois, who had never have been sportfishing before, decided to try their luck kitefishing for sailfish. We picked up some googleyes from Tim’s live bait on the way out the inlet, then made our way offshore. Googleyes are $80 a dozen, and are an added cost to a charter, but they greatly increase your chances of catching a sailfish or mahi-mahi. Kitefishing is just what it sounds like; we put a specialized kite up in the air and suspend the live baits on lines from each rod from a number of attachments on the kite line. It is thrilling see sailfish, sharks or mahi-mahi chasing these baits right up on the surface.
We kitefished the entire trip today, though it wasn’t easy with 4-6 foot seas and the wind blowing out of the northwest at 15-20 knots. This is prime fishing weather though, and the mahi-mahi were everywhere. We were boating a mahi-mahi every 25 minutes. Finally, at the end of the trip, the fish we were waiting for showed up. An Atlantic sailfish swam right up and ate one of the kitebaits then took off running. This fish really made his presence known, jumping all over the ocean! It sure was an exciting finish to a great fishing day.
Capt David Ide
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