Schools Are Open – Schools of Mahi Mahi, That Is!
Capt. David Ide
September 30, 2020
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Even though families are starting to hit the books, we at Lady Pamela Sportfishing continue to hit the schools…of Mahi Mahi and other offshore species! We remain open for business and the entire Lady Pamela Sportfishing Team is in full compliance with all CDC and local health guidelines to do our part to keep everyone healthy.
The Lady Pamela Sportfishing Fleet is putting our clients on all sorts of offshore species such as Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tunas, Amberjacks, Barrcuda, Sharks and a bunch of Snapper and Grouper species!
NOW is the time to book your Fall fishing trip so that we can get you on the bite to take advantage of the fall bait migrations that make Fort Lauderdale the epicenter of Fall sportfishing excitement!
MORE AND MORE MAHI MAHI
Mahi Mahi schools continue to be found from 200 feet of water all the way out to 2,000 feet of water and beyond. Our clients continue to catch Mahi Mahi from 10 to 25 pounds on both live bait in close and trolling bonito strips and rigged ballyhoo out beyond the reef. The smaller "schoolies" are among the acres of seaweed for great light tackle action. There are still larger specimens traveling in smaller groups or even just bull/cow pairs.
DAYTIME SWORDFISH TRIPS
The Fall is when Fort Lauderdale offshore waters are known to boast some of the best Swordfishing in the world. Our Lady Pamela Sportfishing Specialty Daytime Swordfish trips are catching Swordfish on nearly every time out! Give us a call to get more information on one of these "bucket list" experiences!
Just like last month, the Wahoo bite has been steady between the full moons! We've been catching Wahoo in 150 to 500 feet of water fishing a mix if live baits and trolled mullet strips or bonito strips either on a downrigger or planer to get the baits down in the water column.
THE SAILFISH NEVER LEFT TOWN
The Sailfish bite has remained steady all Summer and their numbers will only grow with the fall bait migrations. Even NFL players cant stay away from this fantastic offshore action!
BARRACUDA AND KINGFISH CHOMPING AWAY
Kingfish and Barracuda are continue to be found from 75 to 200 feet of water and are pouncing on our live baits or trolled strip baits and feathers. There are also other mackerel species in between 40 and 80 feet of water, including Spanish Mackerel and Ceros.
Kings and Cudas are beautiful, acrobatic fish that are "tackle busters" and make you earn every yard of line that you gain on the reel. This action will only get better as we get deeper into the Fall season.
FOOTBALL SEASON: TUNAS AND BONITOS
Blackfin Tunas and Bonitos continue to wallop our live baits and our trolled trolled feathers and strips. The Blackfins are in the 5-25 pound range and the Bonitos are nearly as large.
COME GET YOUR SHARK ON
Shark fishing is great and will only get better as thousands of sharks folow the migrating baitfish to South Florida. We are starting or even ending our trips by targeting big sharks such as Hammerheads, Tiger Sharks, Blacktips and Silky Sharks.
The best shark baits continue to be either a live Bonito or dead Bonito or Kingfish dropped down in 300 feet of water.
AMBERJACKS ON THE WRECKS
Our clients are also battling huge Amberjacks on the wrecks using jigs and live baits sent down onto their "front porch."
This is the time of year when you need to book your Tarpon trip as soon as possible. During the Fall bait runs, our Tarpon trips fill up fast!
DRIFT FISHING REPORT: FILLING UP THE FREEZER
On the Lois Ann, our daily trips – 3 each day – are producing Kingfish, Tuna, Bonito, Triggerfish and a host of Snapper and Grouper. Our nighttime trips have been producing huge numbers of Yellowtail Snappers. Keep in mind that the Lois Ann is limited to a certain number of anglers per trip due to CDC guidelines. This is great news for YOU as you have plenty of room to fish multiple lines! Book a trip NOW to get in on this amazing action after the sun goes down.
For only $45, come on aboard and gain access to some of the hardest-fighting and tastiest fish that swim. We're the best fishing value in all of South Florida! Remember all ages and experience levels are always welcome. We have a captain and mate on board to help you at all times. We also have one of the cleanest vessels in the southeastern US and we have a fully-stocked galley to keep you hydrated and well-fed!
That's the report for now. Come join us to get in on the rest of this amazing action! Remember: Getting outdoors is the best way to stay healthy…and to keep your sanity.
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