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Boatless fishing Forecast

Well this month its a hot one and fishing is best early morning and evening, we are only a month from the start of the bait and mullet migrations. From here out on those times when storms come close the snapper will move in and fishing will pick up for sure after the storms.

King Mackerel, Cobia, Bonita , Spanish and CeroMackerel will be in better Numbers to the north of the county on our northern piers. Southeren piers will see more Snapper, Yellow jacks, and we will see a few kings and Bonita, the Spanish Mackerel will not be thick but we should see them starting to show up. Mangroves have been thick under the piers and should continue through this month. This month can also be a good month for Barracuda, Tarpon. Permit from the beaches and the southern piers will be the special treat of this month.
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Here comes the heat, Summer brings us calmer water and southern currents along the surf, bait begins to hold on the piers and inlets, as we move through the month bait will increase in amount. We should see Threadfins, Pilchards and Goggleeyes, lingering mullet around also.

Fishing starts to get a little tougher as you must target your fish because very few species will be in abundance except Tarpon, the northern migration tarpon run should be in full swing through june and are a sportmans dream and some reaching 150 to 175 pounds and are beasts and almost impossible for a shorebound fisherman to get in but every so often everything is in your favor and you get that catch of a life time from shore.

Catching Tarpon from the Piers , Beaches and Inlets, from the Piers you can sight fish them with live Pilchard live lined, a nice size Mullet head lobed out from the beach will also work and at the inlets live or Dead will get you picked up.

Other fish that will begin to move in will be large cero mackerel, bonita “little tuny” and everyone’s favorite Mangrove snapper, the snapper will show best once the summer bait moves in thicker and the snapper will be stacked up under piers, docks or around structure inshore, best bet for the Mangrove snapper will be live shrimp, Silver-sides or any fresh cut white bait.

There will be Panfish in the surf and all will be easily caught on pieces of shrimp on a double chicken rig, your likely to catch Spots, Sand perch “Mojarras”, whiting, and maybe a straggler Pompano.

This time of year I bring fishing to the beach with me a snorkel and mask because if the fish aren’t hitting I’m a because the water is super clear and its hot on the beach.

Have a great June and get ready to take the kids fishing, summer break is almost here and they will have plenty of time so you need to make some time.

So your a fisherman and you know what brought that giant smile to your face once ago and so you want to take your children, family or Friends fishing and pass along a feeling of contentment, joy and the pure clean adrenaline rush of getting in that fish. Oh how I remember and still experience that feeling every time I catch a fish or have caught one. Its incredible and empowering. I have successfully caught and can feed myself or my family from the ocean and that I skillfully managed that fish onto my hook and into my cooler as Bruce Willis say’s Yippee kiyaa.

I get these questions a lot and thought this would be the best way to answer this now and in the future with this article.

I Just need to catch something and would prefer it to be edible
where and how do I catch some fish for my Family and or them catch fish??????

OKie Dokie.

Location:
Well Freshwater is not the best around me, Its contaminated so I suggest Saltwater, but even then there is still environmental issues you should make yourself aware of, most coastline seafood has levels of not so good chemicals so check with Florida State for your area.

Beach is my choice, you will have an array of fish to go for using a simple rig and Combo, most will be pan fish ranging from 1/4 of a pound to 3 pounds and bigger sometimes.

What might you catch, Edibles Croakers, Whiting, Grunts, Jack crevale, Blue runner, Snapper, Hog Fish. Seasonal Edibles, Pompano, Bluefish, Flounder, Red Fish. Not so Edible Lizardfish, Ladyfish.Bonefish. Assorted Sting rays, I am sure a few others.

Medium Rod and Reel or a 9 foot to 12 foot Surf Rod and reel, fully lined with 15lb or 20lb test minimum, you need pompano rigs with Circle or Khale 4, 2, 1/0, I like to have all three, you can also make your own Chicken rig, drop loop rig or pompano rig what ever you want to call it, use pyramid weight you will hold bottom better, you will also need sand spikes for your rods.

How to make your RIG:


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May
M is for monster
a is for the close of April
Y is for Yes they are here!
The Silver Kings roam North and your looking for those that have silver dollar scales, those our the big ones and the ones that almost can’t be stopped, they have speed, agility and the ability to shake a hook free in mid air.

Besides a 14 foot Shark, a Tarpon is another I would consider an almost impossible catch, I am not talking 40 or 60 pound fish, I am talking about 125pound or bigger Monsters these fish don’t just roll over and say I give up.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to witness and watch some of the best South Florida Land based fisherman do their thing from Sharkers, Snookers and Tarponators and I would say Tarpon fishing is the best to watch from the screaming drag and aerobatics to the Finishing picture of the cradling of that Silver King is just unbelievable.

It Starts in South Florida in around the end of April and heats up to the grand Finale at the end of May into June.

Most of the fisherman I know start the season using 20 pound test and finish using 15lb test at the end, now with the introduction of braid it has lost some appeal because of the line capacity with braid it does make it easier, but many of the fisherman still use Mono and do this sport for the skill and sportsmanship and those are the guys that make it what it is, UNBELIEVABLE.

Tarpon Florida Beach

Hooked Up with Tarpon

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Bait for April along our shore we should see Pilchards starting to show up and Silver Mullet moving north, thread herring “greenies” should be running the shadow lines of the piers and some of the piers will be holding a good amount of goggle-eyes.

Shrimp have been in the Broward area last month and I only saw a few good days, but I do expect to see a few in April so keep your dip nets and lanterns ready and if you see a good SE wind for a couple of days find a place you can shrimp from that is close enough to the water to use a 18 foot dip net, the inlets work and you can shrimp from the seawalls or rock jettys, Hillsboro Inlet would be my suggestion.

Mutton Snappers should begin to move in to the more hard bottom areas of our shores, Piers in and around jettys and the inlet channels, beaches where you are able to cast out to hardbottom “Rocky Sea Floor”

So the Northern Piers of Broward will likely see some Monster King Mackerel, Cobia and maybe even a few giant Bluefish this month, the kings that I have seen in past years and some go well over 30lbs, they also have there days with decent Muttons and Mangrove Snapper.

On the southern piers as the pilchard move in we will see some Nice Snook caught, Nice size Spanish Macks, March was a more consistent month for Pompano, Spanish macks, Bluefish and were caught with ease, this should continue through this month of April.

Best bet from the beach or pier for Pompano will be a double drop loop rig, #2 khale hooks with baited Sand Fleas or fresh shrimp. I advise you to cast as far from the beach as you can get or fish from a pier in the pompano area, it’s funny but they always seem to run in one area on a pier. Banana Jigs “daffy jig” Docs Goofy Jig all work well if you are jigging from the piers and sometimes you can score big time from the beach with jigs as long as they come in shallow though.

Tarpon will start to show up in more numbers heading towards the north at the end of the month, so get to ready to wrestle those 125 pounders from land if that your target species, nothing like trying to stop 100 plus fish from a fixed structure it is the challenge of all challenges the only other fish I know that is equally hard is those toothy critters Sharks, but nothing like the acrobatic show that the silver kings puts on, so get ready that time of year starts at the end of the of this month.

Happy Fishing, the Boatless Fisherman…aka Tom Argue…a Fishing Friend