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January – Broward Boatless Fishing Forecast

So the New Year Begins.
Bait in the water for this month will be Ballyhoo, Thread Herring, Goggle eyes, maybe some Sardines as well. This month is the lull before the Spring run starts to kick in so if we get lucky with the winds and they keep pushing against our coast from the SE or NE this should help to keep bait in the surf and if there is food for the fish the fish are there to be caught.

Fishing this month will improve as the month goes on, with King Mackerel, Cobia and Spanish macks being the more prevalent fish on northern Broward piers. The days when the water is calmer and clearer will be the days to set back and keep a rod rigged with a large Cobia jig, watch for rays and those Dark moving fish behind them or around them should be cobia, toss out past them, give a couple of jigs to get there attention and they should be on it. If you are going to fish a bottom bait try using a Blue runner head. Another fish that will be caught will be King Mackerel mostly on the Northern piers a single trolly rig or as others call it a slider rig with a live Goggle eye or Ballyhoo will do the trick.

We should also see after any storms and rough water some nice size Mutton Snappers move in and around all the piers. I am never surprised when I see a 7lb to 10lb Mutton caught this time of year.

Also a good mix of fish will be caught from our Southern Broward piers, Spanish Mackerel, Bonita, Amber jacks “Lesser and Greater” Make sure you know the difference because the size on a lesser is not less than 14″ or more than 22″ fork -Daily Bag Limit is 5 per harvester. For the Greater Amber Jack minimum size limit is 28 inches fork length, Daily bag limit of one fish per harvester per day,
and they look very similar. Cobia are around the Southern piers but there are many shorty’s that do not make the number unlike the ones to the North. Bluefish are always a sure bet at night and numerous Black tip and Atlantic Sharpnose Sharks, some Mangrove snapper are also caught under the structures at night.

From the surf the Southern end will be better with Pompano starting to show, along with 3 to5 lb jacks, there will also be plenty of Pan fish like “Mojarra,” large ones, Croakers, Southern or Gulf Kingfish “Whiting” these can be caught from the beach using a double hook rig like a pompano rig with small pieces of shrimp.

Our Inlets will produce some great fish also, fishing live shrimp on a troll rite on incoming or outgoing you may get a Snook “Out of Season let it go”, Sheephead, Tripletail and 6 to 8lb Cubbera or Mangrove snapper working the edge drop offs from the sides through the inlets.

What is great about fishing this month and the next couple of months is we have a lot of different fish around so you don’t know what you may catch until you try so get out and find a nice place to take some time and fish and enjoy this time of year it only comes once a year.

Happy Fishing, the Boatless Fisherman…aka Tom Argue…a Fishing Friend
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BEWARE-WARNING WARNING-Apex predators have invaded your beach !! SHARK !!!

Well the Migration of Sharks have found Broward County, Thank you.
Last two nights I have seen numerous Spinners and some Black Tips swimming through the floods on a Broward County pier. They are lit up for I think two reasons one Females and two Food.

Sharks invade

Toothy Critters

I had a unique experience this morning around 2am when I was tossing a strip and pulling it through the water and as it got to about 10 feet out from the pier and this pier is only 12 feet above the water, I watched a Spinner come in from the left at about 11 o’clock and another comes from about 3 O’clock and a Jack or Blue came up on my strip and unseen spinner came straight up under that fish and did a beautiful spin as it breached the water no more then 12 feet from me and when it was air born I could have laid down on the pier and pet its belly.

I had never thought I would get to witness a spinner cork screwing out of the water so close and with a straight on view so I saw everything, Totally AWESOME, I can say it was better then catching it.

Well I am to the thinking that the next couple of weeks will be fun, so dust off those Big Spinning reels and Rods, that’s all you need to get these, At times they may even take a Large Hard Bait Lure.
I like a strip of of fish about 8 inches long and pulled through the water in front of them and let it drop as they pass, I love to watch them turn and dive on it.

SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK

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Winter Bait how to catch’em

Ok lets get right to it.

Shrimp
How to get them fresh yourself, many don’t realize that shrimp start to move as winter pulls in, not many but some nights enough to fish with and leave you a couple of nice appetizers for the next dinner the next day.

Now to do this you must be close enough to the water to be able to use a dip net and you need enough light to illuminate the water to get the shrimp to come up off of the bottom.
I see them around inlets and off of the Broward piers. Now as you see them swoop under and dip’em, you can use a cast net in some areas but I don’t find enough to make it worth the energy loss of throwing the net.

I see shrimp from Dec to February scattered with some nights thick enough to call it shrimping, our shrimp time is not until February to April but none the less they are there during the times I have mentioned.

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December – Broward County South Florida Boatless Fishing Forecast

December is the month that begins our shorebound waning time before the spring run and things will slow some by the end of the month, but we will still see great catches this month and then again everything seems late so we may see the fishing good well into December hard to predict mother nature.

All the piers from the North to the South will see the chance to get nice size Cobia, King Mackerel and Bonita. Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and some Pompano will be caught also.

The piers with rocky bottom should be producing Mangrove, Mutton, Dog snappers along with Margates. My suggestion for the snapper would be ballyhoo plugs fished on a typical bottom rig, with the ballyhoo moving in this month the muttons should be zeroed in on them. Another little tip is if you see a school of ballyhoo and its lingering around the jetty or pier, cast a bait out to the center of the school. I always find mutton snappers under the ballyhoo the snapper are feeding on any and all pieces that drop from predatory fish (Bonita, Kings and large Spanish Macks) that are feeding on them.

Inlets and the bridges around inlets should have Snook, Tarpon, and you may also get Sheephead or large Cuberra Snapper using a troll rite jighead with a large shrimp. Work the edges of the drop offs from the shore on the incoming and out going tide hour before and a hour after.

Bait along the coast will be small Pilchard, Sardines, lingering mullet and goggle eyess. Some of the piers may have some pinfish and now the ballyhoo will begin to move in thicker.

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BRrrrrr Winter Fishing in South Florida

Ahhhh the cold air is moving in and the wind is strong and the bite has lessened since fall, but fish are here and it is all in the method you use and the time you put in.

This is not a time that you can run out and fish for an hour and get a bunch of fish, the only fish that will be in abundance at night will be Bluefish, During the Day maybe Bluefish. Small Sharks will be also around in numbers at night and Daytime. Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Snappers all species will show everyday for a spurt if were lucky we will get more then a few in a short burst.
So this is to give you some pointers as to how to fish now and to help you with your patience.

First thing is bait.
Fresh Fresh Fresh this is key, I would get fresh Shrimp, Pilchard, goggle eyes, BALLYHOO will be the bait.
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Quick guide to running with the Fall Migratory runs’

“A little early by a few weeks but soon to be here”

Because these fish at this time are out for the hunger of it and the sport with the water just filled with food. At times I have seen so many Mullet for so far and you could see as the swells came in the hundreds of little heads and tails wishling around and as a big fish would creep up from below and they would all at once like a wave in a stadium move and at night watching with shoreline light seeing huge silver sides envolping waves of white from all the mullet splashing up for as far as you could see with the darkness of the night sky in the back ground and the sounds of the fish “remarkable and unforgetable”.
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