Weekly Fishing Report 7.18.14
The sport fishing bite has been on the hook all week and there is no pressure on the fishing mid-week of July. Classic summer fishing conditions, along with the sun blaring upon us, keep an eye out for the typical rain storms happening throughout South Florida. Keep your radar handy when offshore!
For those of you who are skillful sailors and are on your own boats have been doing well in the vicinity of 800 feet of water. There has been a lot of Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi) offshore and continues to be good in South Florida. Most fish are in schools but a few nice gaffers tend to show up in the mix from time to time.
An all-day fishing trip in Jupiter, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach are providing fish that can be very rewarding, with the Dolphin roaming alone or caught up in weed lines and in floating debris. Almost anything floating can hold fish, for example, pieces of wood, rope, netting, and barrels. The key to success is finding that debris!
Some of our bigger dolphins have been caught far offshore (20-25 miles out) and the smaller ones closer to shore in the 500’ to 600’ range. On some trips our local anglers have been catching between 15-25 fish which provides plenty of excitement for everyone on the boat! You can’t help but rave about the beautiful color of these dolphins.
For those of you who live elsewhere and pursue other species know that Mahi –Mahi is an extremely popular and very actively pursued fish here in South Florida. These fish get large but most are from 4 to 7 pounds and are great fun to reel in on a light tackle. Great eating as well!
On the reef and deep wrecks, anglers have also caught some nice amberjacks on live pilchards and goggle eyes. If you spend enough time fishing live baits around the wrecks in the area, there is a good chance you’ll catch a nice fish! On trips when the ocean doesn’t have current, slow troll live baits. The method of trolling has produced some nice king fish, big bonito, barracuda and a few sailfish recently.
Strong current in the locality of the inlets associated with the moon and reef has limited our bottom fishing by a little bit but will let up soon.
Tight Lines and Stock up your freezers!