Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report – June 2009Posted on: June 17, 2009
Fishing in Fort Lauderdale during the month of June is truly satisfying. There is an abundance of activity inshore and offshore. Take your pick or fish both sides, I can guarantee that you will go home with a sore arm, a huge smile and a memory to last a lifetime.
Now on to the good stuff; fishing. In the late afternoon, the inshore bite is hot and heavy for giant Tarpon. It’s common to get 5 – 6 bites by 100 lb’ers during a 4 hour period. On June 5th, the Lady Pamela II went 2 for 5 on the Tarpon bite just inside of Port Everglades. After putting out our baits, it didn’t take long before he was on. The 5 ft Tarpon started his series of jumps and our anglers enjoyed every second of the fight. Throughout the night, we had 4 more strikes, one of those being a solid hook up. After a few minutes on the line and one good jump, the fish managed to pull the hook and give it back. Our anglers went home happy as clams with a story to tell their friends.
Fishing offshore in Fort Lauderdale is nothing short of epic. Whether you’re making a deep drop for Daytime Swordfish in 1,800 ft or trolling over the reef just a mile offshore, you’ll find action. The Kingfish, Mahi, Barracuda, Blakfin Tuna and Bonito will show themselves and stretch your line.
Not only is there action below, the Lady Pamela II has come across schools of jumping porpuses swimming alongside the boat and a handful of sea turtles mating on the surface.
We’ve found great success with Daytime Swordfishing, the bite has definitely picked up. They’re hungry and willing to battle with you during the day and the night. Broadbills are one the toughest fighting game fish in the Southeast, average encounters last more than an hour. If you’re looking to tug on something big, Swordfishing is the trip for you, during the day or night.
Summertime is Mahi time. June is well-known for its solid Dolphin bite as it is peak season from now until the end of July. The seas lay down, the water heats up and the weed lines drift on the surface. Weed lines are always a good sign when searching for Mahi offshore. Come across a weed stack a few miles out and chances are you’ll have a run in with a school of 30+ beautiful blue-ish green Dorado’s looking to eat. They put up one hell of a fight and fillets make for a great meal. Fresh Mahi – Mahi is a true South Florida souvenir.
June is also the time of year when we head across to the Bahamas for sportfishing expeditions. The weather is perfect, the seas are calm and the fishing is nearly endless. The yellow eye snapper bite is red hot in 850 ft water. You can reach your limit in no time and leave ‘em biting for the following day. The Lady Pamela II has traveled to Bimini quite a few times this month and caught monster size Mahi – Mahi, Wahoo on the troll, giant Amberjacks on the wrecks and we’ve seen two 500+ lb Blue Marlin jumping within feet of the boat. How can you go wrong?
Fishing is strong and steady in all places with all techniques this time of year. So, let’s get out there and catch some fish!
Sea ya on the water…
Captain David Ide