Trolling is one of the most productive methods and can produce the most amount of fish during your fishing adventure. What makes trolling so successful is the amount of area or ground covered. From the beginning of the trip till the end, the boat could potentially cover 10 to 20 nautical miles of area depending on the length of the trip. Some of the best days fishing in Fort Lauderdale have been trolling the ledge or dropp off a few miles off the beach in 100 feet of water.
Fishing the reef there are many structures such as sunken shipwrecks, rock ledges, coral heads, and shelves that rise from the sea floor. The fish will concentrate in and around the structure and will congregate up-current of the formation. When trolling the reef, we will normally head into the current and pick a direction to work. Depending on previous catches, the time of the year and sea conditions will determine which way to go. Our spread of baits consists of two deep lines and four surface lines. Throughout most of the year, the deeper lines will have more strikes and produce more fish.
The types of fish we will see the most are but are not limited to king mackerel, bonita, barracuda, wahoo, mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, and sailfish. What makes inshore reef trolling so popular in the fishing industry among charter and private boats is the sheer number of fish it produces.
The fact we are fishing just two miles off the beach in crystal blue water with bait fish such as flying fish and mullets coming down the coastline makes it so attractive. It is not uncommon to catch mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, and sailfish all in just a half day four hour charter.
Trolling a spread of baits in front of a hungry mahi mahi is like nothing else and many times we will have double and triple headers on. The primary offshore current is traveling to the North at a few knots and we will troll into the current facing South. A lot of times when we hook a mahi mahi offshore there will be fish following, whenever this happens, we will have spinners ready to cast and having multiple fish on.
The most important trick is to leave one fish in the water that is still on the line keeping the rest of the pack behind the boat. Then each person gets a spinner casting to the school of fish and we will use either cut bait or live bait.
In addition to mahi-mahi we will also catch sailfish. Many times we are trolling offshore and out of the blue here comes a pack of sailfish.
Trolling is a great way to have an action packed charter whether its inshore or offshore.
We tell our customers we will target the fish that have been biting the best as well as changing fishing styles to increase the catch at the end of the day.