Mahi and Kingfish After Hurricane Irma
Capt. David Ide
September 21, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
As we get ready to close out September and start our fall season, we are rigging up for the welcomed transition and my favorite time of the year. We are geared up for sailfish on the kites, big kingfish on the troll and excellent bottom fishing.
The fall mullet run kicked off like a switch as soon as Hurricane Irma brushed our coastline. This has brought many gamefish including tarpon, snook, bluefish, big jacks, spinner sharks, blacktip sharks and much more! The run should last another 4 weeks or so.
We are happy to report that we made it through Hurricane Irma completely unscathed. Unfortunately many of our friends in the Keys did not fare well and we wish them the best in the rebuild process. We are confident the keys will come back stronger than ever.
Although the tropics have been very active as of late, the fishing has been phenomenal along with very calm seas. The highlight of each day continues to be the mahi fishing. This has been some of the best mahi fishing in at least 5 years. We are finding a lot of debris from the storms and most of them have been holding schools of mahi. From schoolies to gaffers as well as small wahoo, we have got our limit several times. Once we find the debris, using live bait has been best. Check out this beautiful mahi caught my our junior lady angler.
The bigger fish have been caught trolling and under frigate birds. With all the debris out there, the frigates have generally been on the larger fish. Trolling dolphin lures has put us on the bite and if they are picky we have live bait ready to go.
The triple tail have also been hanging out on the debris. Using a small hook, light leader and a live bait will get the job done. Check out this one sitting on a palet just before we hooked it up. The meat is absolutely delicious and in my opinion even better than the mahi.
That's the report for now. We are booking up our October and November fast. If you are looking for a private fishing trip, I recommend you reserve your date online right away. If you are looking to go drift fishing, we run 3 trips daily. Let's get out there and get on some amazing fishing.
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Look for the fishing to get even better as the temps cool down.
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