What a terrible week for weather and what a spectacular week for fishing. Stormy skies and rough seas made the fishing difficult for us this week, but those brave anglers who went out there had some of the best fishing action we’ve had in Fort Lauderdale for some time. The strong east winds are blowing the dolphin in close, all the way into as shallow as 80ft of water. Even our drift fishing trips are catching them. Lots of nice, gaffer sized dolphins are scattered and biting good on the reef. Lately, it’s seemed, the rougher the ocean the better the fishing. Fish get active when the wind starts howling and the waves pick up.
Sailfish action is great too. This is our prime month of fishing for sailfish and these conditions are great for it. Kite fishing, a technique that involves flying kites and dangling live baits from the kite so that the baits are suspended and splashing on the surface, requires a stiff wind. This method, which is spectacular to see because you can watch the entire bite sequence happening on the surface, is the best way to target sailfish, bigger dolphin and other surface feeding gamefish. Our sportfishing charters this week have caught sailfish more often than not, with some charters coming in with multiple sailfish. The next cold front that moves through may be the best sailfish bite we’ll have all year.