Fort Lauderdale Fishing – The Start of Sailfish Season in South Florida
October 17th, 2010
Today looked like the start of Sailfish season.
In the morning, I had four guests Shaun and his wife from California and Randy and his wife from Quebec.
On the way out the Inlet, we stopped and Shaun and Randy bought as dozen goggle-eyes.
We proceeded out the Inlet to around 100 feet of water and started trolling, looking for Wahoo, Kings and Dolphin. There was a little south current. I trolled in and out from 100 to 200 feet and got two bites. Caught one Kingfish as we got up to the North, I saw that the conditions were almost perfect. North wind 15-20 knots, a nice north swell and they were “TAILING”.
I got our kites up with four goggle-eyes. It did not take long, ten minutes and we had a huge Sail on my left short rigger and another on my long. I missed the one on the long but Shaun was in the chair with the first Sail. Shaun never had caught a big fish in saltwater before and now he had a fish on the end of his line that most people would die for. As Shaun is fighting his fish, I yelled right short. Randy hooks the fish. While I am backing down, Shaun runs up to the bow of the boat with his, so his line does not hit the boat. We caught Randy’s in 10 minutes and released it.
We then continued for another 60 minutes before getting Shaun’s fish up to the boat. It was an action packed four hours of fishing.
Captain David Ide