Fort Lauderdale Mullet Run Report

September 20, 2016

The finger mullet are blasting by our marina all night long and during the day they are sitting near the bridges and mangroves close by.  The best action has been on the incoming tide south of Port Everglades for us around Dania Bridge as well as inside Port Everglades inlet.  This is only a stone throw away from our marina.  When you catch it right, the bite is absolutely epic.  We have been starting the trips a little later due to the tide and moon.  The bite has also been best after dark as the mullet don’t seem to want to move until they feel it is safe into the night.  Once they start moving it is nonstop schools of mullet heading south with big snook and small to medium tarpon on their tails.

Last night our trip was nothing short of epic.  We started out the evening with one throw of the cast net and all the bait we needed for the night.  With mostly small mullet, we hand pick the ones that are a little bigger and healthier to give our clients the best shot at getting the strike.

Once it got dark, we started hitting the inlet and bridges where it was non stop action with the first bite coming within seconds of our bait in the water.  We caught snook from 8 pounds all the way to 30 pounds.  Our anglers were amazed at how great the fishing can be so good right here just steps from our dock in the Fort Lauderdale Intercoastal.

About an hour into our trip we landed this trophy snook that was carefully taken out of the water for a quick pic and released as she was over the slot limit by far.  We didn’t get measure on her, but she was a moose!

Biggest Snook

Once the clients got their share of snook, we changed the rigs a little bit and started targeted tarpon.  We proceeded to sight fish smaller sized tarpon about 15-20 pounds in the lights and shadow lines around Port Everglades.  The bite was hot and was fun for our anglers on light tackle.

We are in the full swing of the 2016 mullet run and I have multiple boats available including our new SeaVee center console for the evening tarpon/snook trips.  Escape the heat of the sun and go into the darkness with us to see fish blow up baits by the seawalls and bridges in the calm waters of the intercoastal.





Rough seas yield sailfish bonanza!

My wife and I arrived late on November 19th, as our taxi driver took us on a unscheduled (you know what I mean) tour. Captain David calmly assured me that we would still make out fine, and in fact the rough seas that day were actually a good sign and improved our chances of a sailfish strike. We stopped to pick up some of the best bait available which they call google-eyes (small extra cost, highly recommended). They fish sailfish with kites in south Florida if weather permits. I’ve fished with a kites before, but not in the same manner as the crew of the Lady Pamela II. This windy day they flew two kites with multiple baits on each. It was truly a sight to see and they explained everything as they were going, so it was very interesting and educational too. It wasn’t long before one of the orange floats was zig-zagging across the water and the mate grabbed the rod and free spooled for a few moments before gradually pushing the drag up to strike. Just as he did this, the orange ball seemingly flew horizontally across the top of the water at an amazing speed (I swear as fast as a car) for about 100 yards…the sail was hooked and the rush was exhilarating! I took the rod and began fighting the fish just as I heard the captain and mate discussing that this was a very large sailfish…smiles were all around the boat. The fish put on an incredible fight lasting about 25 minutes and did a few amazing jumps, dancing across the top of the water for 20 feet at a time. We eventually brought the fish to the boat and it was an impressive 7 feet, 3 inches long! (I’m on the left in the picture)There were high fives all around. I’m having it replica-mounted, and it will be a long overdue addition to my present collection. A few moments later we were on another large sail which my wife fought for 20 minutes (we have some incredible footage of jumps on my GoPro) and got just outside the reach of the leader when it unfortunately pulled the circle hook. She was tired and a bit sore after, so when a third sailfish was hooked, I fought this one all the way to the leader too! Later in that day we hit a school of Mahi-Mahi which devoured all the baits in the water in seconds…another rush and it also provided some supper as well. Lady Pamela II was one of the most comfortable boats I’ve fished on, and definitely was family friendly with a clean and spacious restroom as well. David and his crew were professional and courteous and I would have no hesitation recommending them for a family outing, or to experienced deep sea fishermen like us. The trip was a magical memory that we will never forget. Thanks David!