May – Browards Boatless Fishing Forecast



Boatless Fishing Forecast

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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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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April – Broward County South Florida Boatless Fishing Report Forecast

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

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March – Broward County South Florida Boatless Fishing Report Forecast

Bait this month will be Ballyhoo, Goggle eye, Big Thread herring “Greenies”, We may see some small sardines at the North end. Speckled swimming crabs “Calico” have been abundant on the beaches, I would say there must be a Permit swimming close by.

March is a great month it will hold a more consistent bite and there will be more fish along the coast. Bluefish should be around any night we have a good wind off the ocean. Big Spanish Mackerel should also be in the area along with Bluefish during the day. On the Southern piers Snapper, Mangroves and Muttons and, in the past, I have seen some nice Cobia’s caught this month in the the 30 to 40lb range.

Pompano Madness on our piers will begin and anywhere they are being caught should be chaos, as always. But they sure do taste good don’t they. They will bite to the South best, we will see them also on the Northern piers. The morning and evening bites should be best and it will be great to be out on the wooden planks enjoying a good bite with fishing friends.
I am looking forward to some awesome fishing this month.

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.

Black tips and Spinner sharks will invade the North end of Broward but will be everywhere. A 4/0 wide and cast from the shore should find them this month and a nice head bait from a lady fish will work great. They are a great fight on lighter tackle and I prefer 40 to 50lb test and I love to see them do their aerial acrobatics and rocket spins from those 100 to 125lbders “Catch and Release” that’s how I play with them.

Don’t forget the perfectly seasoned shrimp that will be in our waters this month. We should have a few evenings into the late night to be able to net enough for dinner and they will go great over a Pompano filet. So look for East winds with a North current and a full moon normally helps too.

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

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BF’s Quick guide to nailing Big fish on the Keys Bridges

Written by Tom Argue…aka….Boatless Fisherman Boatless fisherman

This is a QUICK HOW TO, it will get you started on the bridges in the keys and I am sure you can use this info other places also, I will give you a tutorial on Snook, Tarpon, Permit, Snapper and the main thing how to get Bait.
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BEER, Shrimp nets and Great Friends make great memorys

I have had some great times with Fishing friends and just regular friends shrimping, lots of Laugh, Jokes, and just down right ribbing and drinking.

Most nights when they run the wind will be blowing SE at about 16 to 22mph and sometime a nip in the air that ends up getting you when your cleaning the shrimp, your tips of your fingers will go numb and you will not realize how many times you have poked and slashed your finger tips.

Dave Wimberly shrimping 2011 February

A Good Friend Dave W aka Pompano Wimberly

That sweet pain will follow these great times.

Stop at the store Beer and ICE as we empty the beer from the cooler as we shrimp, this will give the room we need for the Shrimp we catch and helps us to drink fast “just Joking” well there’s nothing like slamming a yoohoo, so fill it with Beer over 21, under 21 Orange Soda and Yoohoo it works just as good.

Jeff Dillon shrimping 2011 February

Another Good friend Jeff Dillon shrimping 2011 February

Finding your place at the location you have chosen is always first on the list, once you get there it is time to put together and put down your first piece of equipment the lantern or Battery fish lights which have become very popular, I am old school propane lantern with a custom dome hood to reflect the glare, this is then attached to a rope to be lowered 2 to 3 feet from the water, “not to close” it will get taken out on a big wave, if it has been on for a while it will crack or shatter the glass this can stop you in your tracks, remember tide and that if its coming in the water is going to get closer to the bottom of the lantern So be careful
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