Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report – September 2009Posted on: September 17, 2009
Deep Sea Fishing Update
Deep Sea fishing has been phenomenal in South Florida this month. Loads of Kingfish and Bonito make it easy for everyone to catch a fish and even go in for seconds. The average size Kingfish is anywhere from 5-10 lbs and the Lady Pamela II has landed some monsters that tipped the scale at 40 lbs plus. Not only are the Kings solid offshore, the Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo bite has been consistent in the 200 – 500 foot range. These fish put up a wicked fight and man are they tasty!
The Mahi bite started out extremely slow and sent many anglers back to the dock empty handed this season. With that said, there is a bit of encouraging news and hope offshore. The bite has since picked up and the Lady Pamela II is making up for lost time on the Mahi Mahi. Those delicious Dolphin we all love are slowly showing up in good numbers. On September 19th, Captain Paul, myself and our anglers had five Mahi on at one time, talk about action. We ended our fishing trip with nine nice ones and a beefy 25 lb’er in the box.
Sailfish season is approaching Fort Lauderdale and the Sailfish have already begun to bite. With a rippin’ north current and blue water you can’t go wrong with Spindle beaks. The Atlantic Sailfish is by far one of the most sought after game fish in the world and they can be found in plentiful numbers especially right here in South Florida during the winter months. Sailfishing is one of my all time favorites. They are capable of powerful runs, acrobatic jumps and reel blistering dives which may make your arms regret they ever tangled with this great fish. Our sportfishing fleet has averaged four bites per week and it may triple come November. We cannot wait!
The Autumn Swordfish bite has been hit or miss for the past couple of weeks. The Lady Pamela II has ventured offshore both Daytime Swordfishing and Nighttime Swordfishing in search of big Broadbills and we’ve come home with a few nice ones in the pit. Swordfish don’t give in easily and a good team effort is required to pull a big boy in the boat.
Captain David Ide