What a great day of fishing in Fort Lauderdale. There are some cool fishing biting out there. Today, we had a sportfishing charter aboard the Out of the Blue. Capt Paulie and Bobby were crew. We went out to about 300ft of water, where the best dolphin and sailfish has been going on lately. We set up the kites and put out a spread of goggle eyes and mullet. We missed a mystery fish that we think was a sailfish, just couldn’t get the hooks into him. A few minutes later, we had a sailfish come up ‘window shopping’, but he didn’t even take the bait. Pretty good start, even though we hadn’t caught a fish yet. We knew we were fishing the right area.
About a half hour goes by and we see the mullet on the long-left bait start freaking out. Then we see the bull coming in hard off from the left. His big, blunt head was right on the top of the water and he pushed a wake of water as he swam in hard towards the bait. The angler grabbed the long-left bait and free-spooled to the fish, to let him get the bait down his mouth. Mullets are long, sometimes difficult to eat baitfish, so it’s important to let them eat it for a while to make sure you get hooked up. When the time was right, he locked it up into STRIKE and started reeling like mad. Fish on!
The dolphin started jumping right away and we could see it was a big one. We fought the fish for over a half hour before actually getting him to the boat. When the dolphin got close, we kept looking to see if there were any follower dolphin. A lot of times, a big bull dolphin like this will have a small pack of female cow dolphin with him, which will follow the big bull right up to the boat. No other dolphin with this one though, he was solo. Bobby gaffed the fish and we threw him into the cockpit. We got some good snap shots of the fish all lit-up with his colors. Nice fish! We also caught a nice bunch of deepwater tilefish and a grouper during this trip too. We’re having some great fishing in Fort Lauderdale this week. Dolphin and sailfish action is good out there, so let’s go fishing!