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Fort Lauderdale Beach 12th March 2019

John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 4,213 Captain
edited March 2019 in General Paddle Craft #1

Fort Lauderdale Bch  - 12 March 2019 - I launched off the beach around 5 am in flat calm pristine conditions of darkness to attempt to catch bait.  Unfortunately, Ladyfish were aggressively attacking my sabiki rig instead of the targeted bait -- live Goggle-eyes.

After 5 Ladyfish, and 2 badly tangled/ruined Sabiki rigs, I decided to reel in my gear and peddle South to Dania, where I had heard good reports for bait catching.   It took an hour to get to Dania, and fortunately, I made it there just before sunrise to load up on 4 goggle eyes and 3 threadfin Herring.

This was my first time taking Threadfin Herring on a Sabiki, and I found them to be an excellent bait on the line, but do not live long in a bait tank.  On the way out, I ran over a school of Blue Runners to round out the live well full of bait. Conditions were nice, but fishing was slow all the way up until 10 am when I hooked and landed 2 nice King Mackerel back to back.

After that, I tied into a nice sailfish that I brought all the way in for a leader touch before unhooking.

Conditions turned bad around noon.  I was still off Dania Beach and needed to work my way back towards Ft. Lauderdale beach.  Typically I could head out deeper and ride the drift North, but the wind turned to the North and was stronger than the weak Northern current.  The wind against the current made for a steep choppy sea which was a brutal peddle back North to Ft Lauderdale beach. On the way Nth, I crossed the shipping channel precautionary area and did a couple of quick drops for bait.  The Port Everglades sea buoy is notorious for holding bait but is not a safe place for a kayak to hang out because of the potential of impeding the safe passage of a vessel constrained to the channel.

The fish finder lite up with bait marks, I made 2 quick drops, with no luck.  Since I did not want to loiter in this area, I bee-lined it out of the precautionary area.  With a limit of Kings in my bag, I was hoping to pick up a couple of Blackfin Tunas before calling it a day.  The first drop on a wreck in 200ft of water, I was pleasantly surprised with a good work-out.

The Amberjack had a tag on it.  This was the second tagged AJ that I have released for someone else to catch.  Amberjack is one of the hardest fighting fish around. I love the challenge, as unlike a big tuna, they will head for a structure to cut the line, which makes them more challenging to land.

 Next drop I ramped up to heavier gear and ripped the noggin off a nice sized Little Tunny.

After that, I went through a dozen more drops for zilch.  As I worked my way to deeper water in search of Blackfins, the wind became stronger causing the seas to become steeper.  When one begins to spend more time watching the waves than fishing, it’s time to head in. That occurred around 2 pm.


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