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South Florida Fishing Outlook

Capt. Rick Brady
October 24, 2009
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

October is the month here in South Florida when our summer tactics begin to blend in with fall and winter approaches in regards to our Fort Lauderdale Charter fishing areas. Expect to see large schools of bait as they begin to move thru our area. Threadfin Herring, Pilchards, Spanish Sardines and Cigar Minnows will all be coming South for the Winter. Many of these schools of "bait" will be the focus of attention for our game fish.
Kingfish and Bonito are the most common. Expect to encounter Dolphinfish (the "new" title for Mahi-Mahi/Dorado). Mostly smaller Sharks and occasional Sailfish will also aggressively be on these baitfish.
Trolling will yield some good catches of Kingfish (Mackerel), occasional Sailfish, Tunas an Bonito. Sharks will be around but not yet in large numbers. The best areas for them will be the inshore reefs.
When the wind blows we will be live baiting (kites) with the hopes of Sailfish bites. We will also live bait around the schools of bait mentioned previously and try to match the hatch in regards to bait choice. A favorite approach of ours this time of year is to live bait with Ballyhoo. We drag these behind the boat from our outriggers and flat lines and they give us the mobility to cover more water as opposed to a kite fishing approach.
Capts. Rick and Steve
Ft Lauderdale Charter fishing aboard Marlin My Darlin

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast:

With our first cold front already having come an gone, we are already seeing an improvement in our fishing. Just a few days after the front, Sailfish and Dolphin were being caught just 2 miles from shore. We expect things to continue to improve for the next few weeks

Target Species:

Sailfish, Dolphin, Kingfish, Barracuda, Tuna, Wahoo

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The Marlin My Darlin is a 46' Hatteras that is comfortable, clean, fully air conditioned and rigged for ALL types of fishing in our area. We excel in entertaining ALL levels of fishing experience from the first time novice to the experienced angler. Located on Fort Lauderdale beach, our dock is just minutes from the fishing grounds so your time is spent fishing, not traveling. Check out our sites, you'll be glad you did.

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Marlin My Darlin Sport Fishing
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 954-761-8202
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