Dolphin Make A Strong Showing Off Fort Lauderdale 9/30 - 10-6 Report
<p>The weather has been up and down in the last week twice and it has really affected our fishing. Last week the weather whipped up and brought the winds howling and rain pouring. During the week the winds calmed and all the freshwater pushed out of the canals making for some unique tide lines offshore. As this weekend is rolling in it seems like the winds and a little bit of rain have pushed through again. Though it is still a little early for the sailfish to push through the there are a few being caught everyday, and as the weather cools we should start seeing more and more.
Offshore a dirty/blue water line formed on wednesday around 600ft. The dolphin took up residence and several small wahoo were caught. Fish ranged from schoolies to 20lbers. and there was enough for a limit for several boats that fished the line. On thursday the line started off the Steeple, in north Fort Lauderdale and pushed in a south east direction. On one side blue almost purple water on the other side nasty brown couldn't see down ten feet brown. We caught fish from 400 feet out to 800ft. and some boats caught them as far out as the 43 line or upwards of 20 or so miles offshore. A ton of debris in the water and the dolphin were hungry. Best action for us on bigger fish was in 450 off north Fort Lauderdale Steeple and the fish were on live mullet. Didn't seem to matter how big a bait you through out there and the bigger baits seemed to bring the most intense strikes, it is fun to watch a 12-16" mullet jump with a 15lb. dolphin breaking the surface after it. Smaller fish were caught on mullet strips and live pilchards. Friday the wind started picking up and the dolphin fishing slowed. The color lines weren't as pronounced and the fish had scattered, really just a few fish to go around. And of course today Saturday the wind decided to blow and leaving most boat tide up to the dock.
The mullet are coming through strong and it you don't find them in the intracoastal run the beaches and you will find them corralled up in the surf. All different sizes have been pushing through though I have seen more big fish schools than small fish. On the surf I have seen numerous tarpon in the 50 to 100lb. range following the schools along with jacks and sharks. If you are looking for some exciting action the beaches and intracoastal are loaded right now.
Swordfishing remains strong when you can get out there. If you can get out at night the fish are there, the problem has again been the weather. The Daytime fishery is still hot with smaller fish and large fish being caught. I heard of several small fish being caught at well as a 280 off Fort Lauderdale and a really large 540 caught down toward Miami. Pick a calm day a you have a really good shot at catching a nice fish.
Give me a call if you want to get out there. 954-445-1732
About The Author: Captain Ryan McBride
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Area Reporting: Ft. Lauderdale/Pompano Beach/Boca Raton
Bio: Captain Ryan began his fishing days in the NE Canyons off of New York before moving to South Florida fifteen years ago. Since then, Ryan has specialized in offshore live bait, bottom fishing, and nighttime swordfishing. After earning a business degree from University of Florida, Ryan returned to South Florida to continue his saltwater adventures as a USCG licensed captain. Ryan is also a licensed NAUI SCUBA instructor and tournament fishing angler with wins throughout South Florida. Captain Ryan runs a custom built CONCH27 center console boat, with over 200 gallons of livewells and enough rod holders to fish the entire water column. www.conchedoutsportfishing.com