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Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report

Capt. Ron Mallet
February 4, 2000
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

I grew up in the New England area and had my share of winter, I don't miss it and I enjoy a little sweating, but I also know that we need a bit of a chill to get our action going. So far this season I've only had to put on my long pants 4 days. The water temp is still around 76 and the fish are taking their time getting here. There has been a few good days mixed in but the population of fish that usually settle in are still to the north. One of the good things coming from this is the Tarpon fishery in the harbor and up the river is real strong. Lots of 30-70 lb. fish. They are sucking in free-lined shrimp. Most successful anglers are getting out after dark and drifting the baits with the tidal flow. Sight fishing during the day has worked also. Watch for the rolling or feeding fish and drop a shrimp up current of them.

I've had great action in the inlet putting shrimp on the bottom around the edges of the channel. The Sheepheads a bunched up right now. If you find the key to getting fast action with them try to release most, they are spawning now and don't need the pressure. A few smaller African Pompano are mixed in with them also. They are at or below the keeper size but make for a great photo with their 3 foot steamers on the dorsal fins. Yellowtail, Lanes and Mangrove Snappers should give you a dinner if that's your goal. This year has given up more small Red Groupers then I can ever remember. Not keeper size now but it does look good for the future. Not much bait in the harbor yet this year so the Mackerel action is a little slow but you know fishing, by the time you read this it could be red hot. Check back next time for the latest.

Captain Ron Mallet

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Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Pompano and Boca Raton Florida fishing trips. Your full time guide, Captain Ron Mallet, has over 25 years fishing in South Florida. If you are looking to head offshore for deep sea action or stay in the always calm harbor and canals for light tackle fishing, he can put you on the fish.

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Action Sportfishing Florida
SE 16 th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 423-8700
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