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Old 09-08-2014, 10:02 AM
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Thanks for the responses. Seems I've been using the same resources as well. Wish we had a weather reporting buoy off PE and not just the station on land by the jetty. C'est la vie!
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Quick report Sunday sept 14. Went out with wife and kid around 9am out of PE. This means any fish on and I'm doing all the reeling. Start off putting out a fol
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Dolphin jr out and before I could get a second line out a bonito eats it. Non stop bonitos by sea buoy. Loaded up on belly strips and went to the edge in 375 or so. Got hammered on a ballyhoo n stubby bubbler. Saw a breach and crazy run, turns out the biggest cuda I ever saw. Got a small shark on other naked hoo at same time. That cuda beat me up! Went out a little further, not much at all, 500 feet or so and hammered a pair of nice gaffer fins. I had to fight both and the bouncing back and forth took it's toll. After they were in the cooler we headed back.

Lots of life out there today. Saw a frigate bird by the sea buoy (!) and flying fish all over. Blue/white was the hot color. Green yellow took some bonitos too. Tight lines out there!
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Originally Posted by Yomin23 View Post
Dolphin jr out and before I could get a second line out a bonito eats it. Non stop bonitos by sea buoy. Loaded up on belly strips and went to the edge in 375 or so. Got hammered on a ballyhoo n stubby bubbler. Saw a breach and crazy run, turns out the biggest cuda I ever saw. Got a small shark on other naked hoo at same time. That cuda beat me up! Went out a little further, not much at all, 500 feet or so and hammered a pair of nice gaffer fins. I had to fight both and the bouncing back and forth took it's toll. After they were in the cooler we headed back.

Lots of life out there today. Saw a frigate bird by the sea buoy (!) and flying fish all over. Blue/white was the hot color. Green yellow took some bonitos too. Tight lines out there!
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Nice work, I was catching bonitos from 60' out to 250' from PE all the way up to boca,, I have strips for a year. Outside of 300' found some skippies and blackfins but no real size to them. Did find a milk crate in 500' which produced a few schoolie dolphin but that was about it. Couldn't keep a lure in the water without getting bonitos.
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I am curious... while reading through all the pages of this thread there in no talk of tides (high/low) or moon phases. Does none of this play a factor in catching fish down there?
Here in GA fishing the sounds / esturaries and offshore this all plays a part in where and when you will catch a fish.
I will be moving to Pembroke pines in January and will be fishing out of PE as well.... I was really looking forward to the "blue water" fishing compared to the dirty brown we have here but this was depressing to read .
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Originally Posted by May Twin View Post
I am curious... while reading through all the pages of this thread there in no talk of tides (high/low) or moon phases. Does none of this play a factor in catching fish down there?
Here in GA fishing the sounds / esturaries and offshore this all plays a part in where and when you will catch a fish.
I will be moving to Pembroke pines in January and will be fishing out of PE as well.... I was really looking forward to the "blue water" fishing compared to the dirty brown we have here but this was depressing to read .
Tides and moon phases do play a big part in the fishing down here, but at least speaking for myself I fish whenever I am able to get on the water and I can't let these factors dictate when I go fishing.. That being said I do adjust my strategy according to what moon/tide conditions I am dealing with at any point in time. Don't get yourself down too much because we have exceptional blue water fishing here there is just a lot to learn. I have been at it for about two years now and honestly feel like I have barely scratched the surface of what bites when and where.

Best advice I can give you is research, research, research. Watch the reports and fish for what is biting, sailfishing is a year round thing, dolphin in the late summer can be exceptional if you are willing to look for them, April May and June we have big blackfins moving on the inside reefs, marlin are here but most people don't target them that's why you don't hear of more being caught, deep dropping for golden tiles and deep water snappers is a productive bite.

I wouldn't buy into everything you hear from people on this site, we have an excellent fishery here. But at the end of the day it is still fishing and they don't always bite so persistence is key.
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Originally Posted by Liveactionfishing View Post
Tides and moon phases do play a big part in the fishing down here, but at least speaking for myself I fish whenever I am able to get on the water and I can't let these factors dictate when I go fishing.. That being said I do adjust my strategy according to what moon/tide conditions I am dealing with at any point in time. Don't get yourself down too much because we have exceptional blue water fishing here there is just a lot to learn. I have been at it for about two years now and honestly feel like I have barely scratched the surface of what bites when and where.

Best advice I can give you is research, research, research. Watch the reports and fish for what is biting, sailfishing is a year round thing, dolphin in the late summer can be exceptional if you are willing to look for them, April May and June we have big blackfins moving on the inside reefs, marlin are here but most people don't target them that's why you don't hear of more being caught, deep dropping for golden tiles and deep water snappers is a productive bite.

I wouldn't buy into everything you hear from people on this site, we have an excellent fishery here. But at the end of the day it is still fishing and they don't always bite so persistence is key.
x2 on this. I always hear how PE fishing is not good. I put in my time this year, and caught a ton of dolphin. Only got skunked a couple of times, and that was on a west wind.
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Right on! I bagged a ton of bonito bellies too!

I'm new to this as well, and being from NY, the fact that I can be in real deal, honest to goodness blue water a couple of miles out the inlet is just amazing. That in a 20-footer I have legit shots at sails, wahoo, fins, tunas, makes me giddy. Now I could just figure out where to catch some libidos consistently...:P

Tides do play a factor, I'm just learning about them, mostly to time running the inlet in good conditions. There's plenty of action around. Good luck you'll love it!
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Libidos. Got to be kidding me autocorrect. I got plenty of that. LIVIES!!!! Lmao.
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[QUOTE=Liveactionfishing;7110808] we have an excellent fishery here. QUOTE]

You're not serious & if so "excellent" compared to what ;? And if it were actually true why do many from here run to the Keys & Bahamas to fish ?

There used to be fish here; back when I bought my first fish boat in the 70's. Still fresh in mind were two mid 300 lb. Blue Marlin, both caught off PE, and more Sails off the Steeple in the winter then I can remember. Mid 20 lb. Dolphin were the offshore norm, and the Skunk flag rotted away from age, not use. Fact is they used to even catch Sails off the Hillsboro Inlet Jetty.
Sadly, the truth is fishing down here is FAR from excellent these days, and it seems to get worse each year so yeah, anyone may get lucky with a decent fish now and then but that's certainly & unfortunately not the norm. And as poor as it is, the reports of the Chinese, Russians, & whoever starting to drill downstream off Cuba is only a recipe for total destruction of our waters.
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Everyone knows that the best fishing times are when the fish are feeding. This tends to be during dawn and dusk, but what often goes unnoticed are the two periods elsewhere in the day--moonrise and moonset. Because the moon has an effect on a variety of factors surrounding the fish--including the live fodder they hunt--these periods, combined with the moon's phase, are what trigger feeding. I'll Just keep doing what i do....

Thanks all, I am still looking forward to the "blue"...... unfortunately I feel it is time for a boat upgrade, those 300-500' seas sound scary in my little 17'.
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[quote=SplashFL;7111441]
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we have an excellent fishery here. QUOTE]

You're not serious & if so "excellent" compared to what ;? And if it were actually true why do many from here run to the Keys & Bahamas to fish ?

There used to be fish here; back when I bought my first fish boat in the 70's. Still fresh in mind were two mid 300 lb. Blue Marlin, both caught off PE, and more Sails off the Steeple in the winter then I can remember. Mid 20 lb. Dolphin were the offshore norm, and the Skunk flag rotted away from age, not use. Fact is they used to even catch Sails off the Hillsboro Inlet Jetty.
Sadly, the truth is fishing down here is FAR from excellent these days, and it seems to get worse each year so yeah, anyone may get lucky with a decent fish now and then but that's certainly & unfortunately not the norm. And as poor as it is, the reports of the Chinese, Russians, & whoever starting to drill downstream off Cuba is only a recipe for total destruction of our waters.
I think you can apply your comparison of fisheries 45 years ago to any place you fish today and you are going to get the same response, be it keys, Bahamas, east / west coast, GOM... Of course the fishing was much better, there was much less pressure and overfishing was not as much of an issue..

If you are comparing us to exotic fishing destinations then yes you could say there are much better places to fish. But when I can run 2 miles offshore and catch billfish, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, kings, grouper and snapper all in the same day I can confidently say we have an excellent fishery here.

We are very spoiled, there are lots of places that would never have the opportunity to do what we can in a day of fishing here in south Florida.
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May, PM me when you get down here. I live in Hollywood which will be near you. I have my boat at the Lauderdale Small Boat Club. I would like to show you around and drag some baits too.
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I most certainly will... and I appreciate the offer!
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[quote=Liveactionfishing;7111536]
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But when I can run 2 miles offshore and catch billfish, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, kings, grouper and snapper all in the same day I can confidently say we have an excellent fishery here.

We are very spoiled, there are lots of places that would never have the opportunity to do what we can in a day of fishing here in south Florida.
Last time I walked into a Casino, there was the opportunity to walk out with; O lets say 5 million bucks but just because there was the opportunity did not in my opinion make it excellent.
Now if it were on some regular, or even semi-regular, hell lets say occasional, basis that many of us come in with your stated variety of fish in the box I would be the first to agree with there being an excellent fishery here. Unfortunately it's just not the case. Too many times on the way in from fishing out here I call down to the crew, " I'll clean the fish, you all clean the boat. "
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[quote=Liveactionfishing;7111536]
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I think you can apply your comparison of fisheries 45 years ago to any place you fish today and you are going to get the same response, be it keys, Bahamas, east / west coast, GOM... Of course the fishing was much better, there was much less pressure and overfishing was not as much of an issue..

If you are comparing us to exotic fishing destinations then yes you could say there are much better places to fish. But when I can run 2 miles offshore and catch billfish, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, kings, grouper and snapper all in the same day I can confidently say we have an excellent fishery here.

We are very spoiled, there are lots of places that would never have the opportunity to do what we can in a day of fishing here in south Florida.
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Coming over October 2nd-5th is it worth dragging the boat over from Ft.Myers ? Hoping to do some trolling , do plenty of bottom fishing here . Just not sure of what if anything will be running at that time . Thanks for any advice !
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If you casually drag rigged hoo's and lures you will likely get bonita, blackfin, skipjack, and perhaps a dolphin. If you are able to run 10-20 miles out the dolphin odds increase.

If you drift and/or kite and/or slow trill live bait your odds go up.
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and if you go out and search for weed lines, then you have a great chance of catching dolphin. I have been successful every trip if i find the structure or birds working. I am happy catching 8-10 schoolie dolphin.
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Thanks guys much appreciated , just wasn't sure what was around that late in the season . We have a 35' , so no problem running out .

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