January – Browards 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.
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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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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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“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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