“Not so Deadly Catch”



Blue claw Florida crab

Aggresive Blue claw Florida crab

Well we have here in Florida our own Crabbing, not as ferocious as Alaska and not done from a boat but none the less a rock and rolling time.

Well there is three types I know you can get in south Florida that are delicious, Stone, Blueclaw, Calico-“Speckled Crab”, for the most part the Calico-“Speckled Crab” is most abundant all year and also keep in mind regulations on Stone and Blue claw crabs.

Well my purpose for getting crabs has always been for bait but in the past years I have done so well I decided to start bringing crabs home for the wife and family.

All traps work and even a chicken leg on a string and a net, I will go into this in a little depth.
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Warm Days – Cool Nights – No Worries – its all about Fishing

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Sunrise from fort lauderdale beach florida fishing pier

I watch the clock as it ticks away, each moment I am a minute closer to a line in. Conditions are getting better as we get close to spring and I know fish are around my area, everything says so.

I get my first hour and a half Monday Morning its 5 am and RODS ARE LOADED and Ready. The water is clear and this is not good from what my book say’s. But it does have a nice chop and there is a school of Goggle eyes racing back in forth in the flood light on the North side of the Fishing Pier. They won’t stop moving, they are balled up tight and have lock jaw, so I figure there must be fish on them and with all the Sharks, Bluefish, Jacks around I assume this is what it must be, at least one of those species.

Well no fresh bait, but I do have some semi fresh Gogs so I cut them up into plugs and toss them in because I figure I have an idea of what’s on the side with the gogs. So with the dead gog plugs on two different poles on the south side, I jig a little in the flood light with a Capt Delo jig while I wait for the bigger poles to get hit.
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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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Broward’s Spring a Ring aling I’m Calling

Spring run, should get going very soon. I am seeing Shrimp and this is the first time I have seen shrimp in Early February in a few years. They have been running late starting in March/April and last year well up and into May which was wacko, anyways I expect to see some nice Pompano soon and after the Fall with the amount of Juveniles I expect a very good run in size and numbers.

I have seen a good amount of Spinner Sharks and Black tips moving in the mornings and a few caught at night, I did see a very nice sandbar Shark caught and release on Friday night Saturday morning, hit well over a 100 lbs. Snapper bite has been slow, Nice size Croakers and Whiting are around, 5lb Jacks come through everyday. I caught two Bonefish a 3lb and 4lbder 3am on a Daffy Jig with 6lb test they are always a BLAST.



Strange nights though,I have never seen this many Needle and Hound fish I think ever, the top of the water in the lights looks as if someone drew lines every where north to south, they are stack up in the thousands and that is no exaggeration.

May I suggest that after any hard West-South West or North West winds that blow over 15mph and then goes SE at 15mph or more GO SHRIMPING, I saw a good run on Tuesday the 1st and a itty bitty run on the 5th and expect it to only get better.

Hope you get out for some fishing—the Boatless Fisherman

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Our First real Cold Front – Broward County

So it has moved through and it is Sunday 3am in the Morning and 54 degrees and getting colder, I am expecting 47 and the weather people say 49. The wind is blowing out of the North West / North and is going to kick up and turn and come out of the NE around Sunday and that should set us good for a couple of days. This cold front is a little late but what the heck better than no cold front.

I have seen some really nice Pompano caught the last two days, many were 3lbders, some big Macks and alot of 2 to 5 lb Jacks.

So I would hope that when this water kicks up and the wind turns NE the numbers of fish will go up.

I see Monday – Tuesday and maybe Wednesday being good days to get out for sure, this weekend should produce some fish but I do expect more in the beginning of the week.

Lets see some Fish

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Red Rooster III

We have 2 of our own on the Red Rooster III out of San Diego California. FF73  & mmcauliffe pull out at 1 PM today for an 8 day trip sponsored by Charkbait. Since I was to friggin stupid to go with them, I figured I would monitor the daily reports from the boat for you. The previous trip brought back 230 Yellow fin tuna and 55 wahoo. With a 210 pound yellow fin taking first place and the jacket. And a 191 pound yellow taking second. They will probably start fishing sometime late tonight or early tomorrow morning. First report’s should be tomorrow night. Should be intresting.

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