Fishing in Fort Lauderdale for Sailfish or Mahi Mahi provides an exciting charter for any angler. On a fishing charter there are many different variables when deciding what is the best method to use to maximize the best catch. Time of the year, weather, wind, current, migration of fish will all come into the decision making process when fishing in Fort Lauderdale.
Now fishing the baits we are looking for any rip currents, bait schools, birds diving or fishing over structures which are located off Fort Lauderdale. The first indication is the Ballyhoo will start to jump out of the water as he’s being chased. There will be a boil, splash or the Ballyhoo will start tail walking. The outrigger line will also start to pull the rigger clip. Now the Sailfish is behind the bait and about to engulf the Ballyhoo. Then the angler goes over to the spinner, opens the bail and starts to feed the fish giving the Sail a drop back. Start to reel the slack tight and the circle hook will plant in the corner of the mouth. Not necessary to rip the rod up too hard as not to pull the hook out of the mouth. This is the best part of the fight when the Sailfish starts to rip off line and breaking the surface. Most of the time Sailfish will come up jumping out of the water getting a dozen jumps or more from the fish. While the angler is fighting the Sailfish the mate will try to hook a second Sailfish if they’re more back in the spread. A Sailfish on light weight spinning tackle is very exciting fight. You will get more action from the Sailfish and the angler will enjoy the fight more from spin tackle. Spinning tackle gives the angler the ability to stand up and fight the Sailfish with a fighting belt and the lighter lines just gives the angler a better fight. Another good option when using live Ballyhoo is heading offshore and casting live baits to Mahi Mahi. The best part about fishing for Mahi Mahi in Fort Lauderdale is that when presenting a live bait to a Mahi Mahi there’s a 99% chance the Mahi will eat the live bait. They are programmed to eat any and everything especially when a live bait is swimming right in front of them.
Looking for anything that will hold fish such as a large raft of weed, a floating object or a weed line. Birds are another great indicator of where the fish are, if you find the birds there is a good chance there are some fish below.
Once the frenzy has settled down we will troll a spread of dead baits searching for other Mahi Mahi that are in the area and repeat the process when a new honey hole is located.