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June – Broward County South Florida Boatless Fishing Report Forecast

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.

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June – July Ideas and suggestions for Broward county

Family Fishing Summertime, this is for those Moms and Dads that have plans or ideas of maybe taking the little one or ones fishing during summer break. It’s simple, what ever they catch will be great for them so don’t stress and use this simple technique. Cast out fresh pieces of shrimp fished on a double guppy rig ( 2 or more hooks on a rig spaced 8 to 10 inches with the weight on the bottom ) Aka chicken or pompano rig. I use a light rod small enough for them to handle with a 1 or 2 oz pyramid weight and number 6 or 8 circle hook size (this is a very small hook), fish this anywhere there is sand from the beach or pier area and also on the sandy sides of Jetties. Keep the line taught and just let them hold the rod and when the fish takes the bait it should hook itself. We should have an abundance of sand perch (mojarras), blue runners, small jacks, grunts, and croakers all will be a blast for kids under 12 and they should not have to wait to long for a bite. Don’t forget a rag or gloves, kids can be kind of funny about touching fish and they are much easier coached into it with a rag for that photo op.

Dave Wimberley with 70 to 80 pound Tarpon

So for the salty ones – Bait Bait Bait, pilchards should stack up pretty solid for June, goggle eyes should be here and scattered small schools of mullet.
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Turning 2 hours into a most unforgetable moment

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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Snarpin Scarfin Tarpon, where the big boys roam.

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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May – Browards Boatless Fishing Forecast

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Pilchard will start to show in abundance, some Mullet will be meandering along the coast and Goggle eyes and Greenies”Thread herring” will also be around.

The month of May shows the start of the Silver Kings-Tarpon they will start there migration heading north and hug the coastline and be with in casting range, many look forward to the start of this migration and get that itchy feeling as we move through May into June knowing that it will only get better Day by Day.

King Mackerel will be around this month and will make there showing at Dania and Deerfield Piers, you may also see a few nice cobia come up also.
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February – Broward County South Florida Boatless Fishing Report Forecast

Well made it through the lull of January, this month things will definitely start to pick up Boatless fishing wise, End of February marks the start of Spring for our springaling fish.

Bait for this months will be the same as last, Ballyhoo, Google eyes, Greenies “Thread Herring” and some Mullet in small schools lulling around the shore.

What we should see being caught as the month goes on is Bluefish and they should be on the larger size, every few years we see the 12 to 15lbders move back north and lets hope this springs brings them through, everyone always likes catching the Big Blues. Pompano will start to show in better numbers and will be best caught to the south end of Broward, south of Port everglade that area is always best for the spring. Spanish mackerel will also start to show in better numbers. Snapper, Croakers, Whitting, Margates will be in the mix also.

Snook season Opens on the 1st of February and should be more productive towards the end of the month as shrimp starts to show up more in our waters, Your best bet from the piers and Inlets will be a live shrimp used with a troll rite or a live shrimp live-lined and worked in towards the structure you are fishing. They love those shadow-lines so be ready as you come into them or through them. Another Pier method is walking the dog that is an egg weight on your main line and a 3 to 4 foot flouro carbon leader and a 1/0 to a 3/0 short shank live bait hook and just walk the pier and keep your shrimp at about a foot and half to 2 foot above the bottom you can also bounce it on the bottom as you walk the length of the pier. If you are fishing the beaches for Snook try a olive green xrap at daybreak or sunset that time makes it harder for them to see it clearly and you have a better chance with artificials and you also can try a DOA they work sometimes very well. Snook only opens for the Alantic side and is 1 per day and 28” to 32”

That’s right those pink delicious shrimp that come from the south will hopefully start to make a showing, I have heard that they have been moving in and around the Rickenbacker and have heard of some nice poundage taken and that is why I am mentioning it this early and so its just a matter of timing and wind to get them here to Broward county.

Here is some good indicators that they could run, a good wind from the west at 15 or more for a day or so and then moving to a SE direction and holding for 3 or so days, all this coinciding with a full moon. February is only the start and I have seen shrimp run well into April.

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

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