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Capt. Skip - Broward County - May 1

May 2, 2012
We haven’t fished at all the last couple days because of the weather, but before this blow the springtime bite was just starting to heat up. Big kings, some dolphin, our first couple blackfins of the season, and some cobia to go along with a pretty solid snapper bite. After this wind the fishing should go off, especially the dolphin and muttons while it’s still pretty choppy. As it calms down and we get closer to the moon the big kings should be ready to rumble, especially at night. In tournaments the past couple weekends it took kings over 50#’s to take home top prizes, and some of the aggregate weights that were put up were very impressive, so the big kings are definitely here.

Gog’s have been pretty tough up and down the line, and with the approaching full moon it’s not going to get any easier. On a good note nice pilchards and plenty of threadfin herring have been showing up in Hillsboro and Boca inlet as well as along the beach between the inlets. There have also been plenty of runners around so bait shouldn’t be too big a problem. If you don’t want the hassle of catching your own baits or value your sleep, you can always buy some from one of the local live bait guys. 

If you don’t want to mess with live bait at all, no worries. Grab some bionic ballyhoo or a box of sardines and go. Big dolphin should be on the prowl. This is the time of year when we get some true slammers, fish in the 40-60 pound range are caught pretty much everyday. As a general rule, when it’s rough the fish are going to be in tight. Say 150-400. When it’s calm, run and gun. Look for the normal signs of life, weedlines, birds, or flying fish. While you’re likely to catch plenty of fish around weedlines and any other floating debris, the bigger fish will usually be under working birds, or come out of the blue. Be ready with a few spinners, a couple rigged with jigs and a couple with single hooks for pitching chunks or live baits if you have them. I always bring a spinner with a sabiki ready to go when I run offshore. More often than not everything you find floating offshore will have bait on it, usually small runners or dork jacks. If they are there it’s easy to load up a couple dozen, and that’s what those fish offshore are feeding on.

If you want to save fuel, drift the edge with sardines or ballyhoo either on a jig AKA "moneymaker" or a regular drift rig with 2 or 3 hooks in tandem with just enough weight to let it slowly drop. Some of my best memories are kingfishing at night with my now brother in law and his Father. When you find them the action can get downright silly, as fast as you can get your bait in the water. We catch lot’s of blackfins at night while kingfishing. Bring some extra sardines and chunk a few while you are fishing, float out a few baits on circle hooks without wire and you will get bites. You’ll end up getting some cutoffs along the way but you will be rewarded with some fat blackfins. During the day we like to fish from 135-90 feet for the kings a little deeper if we are trying to catch blackfins but normally they are mixed right in with the kings. At night we like to fish a little deeper 160-120 for both the kings and blackfins. Get a nice calm night, a bucket of Maryland fried chicken, grab the kids and go catching. 

If you don’t have your own boat we can take you, all you need to bring is fried chicken. Good luck if you get out.

Capt. Skip Dana

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