April Fishing Report

Pompano! Extreme Pompano! The ocean has ignited with the Spring Run! The silvers are everywhere. Where were they all winter? After a mild winter who thought it would ever start. This was the first year that I personally felt there would be a very inconsequential bite. But ahoy mates its a great time.
Solid reports from the Jupiter beaches thru the Dania Pier have confirmed there are numerous schools of pompano moving north. I personally never fish south of Singer Island. Recently fished Palm Beach and the Lake Worth beaches and caught those really beautiful 2 pound plus pomps! Those fat fish that can be outdoor grilled whole and enjoyed with a fine white wine or a really good beer. By the way pompano are one of the healthiest fish you can eat.. The head is loaded with nutritional tri-omega oil and the flesh is relatively mercury free! These fish dine on shrimp, crabs, clams and glass minnows. These food sources are not laden with the mercury levels that bigger baits carry and influence the larger fish we like to chase...

The April weather will continue to be immensely positive to the length of the northern migration. Stacked with Northeasters for the remainder of this month and cold air for the beginning of May I am thankful..
The early a.m. bite has been solid big bluefish... They definitely will bite sand fleas and Fish Bites without question. The finger mullet are riding the interior swells and the spinners and snook are cruising strong on their tails. A major showing of nice whiting and croaker on the shoreline breaks. The spanish mackeral are slicing and dicing the minnows! Its worth the price of admission and admission is free! Just get up and take all the appropriate gear you have and be ready to target several species. Please don't forget to include snook! Don't know the right lures and or have the right tackle to cast those lures and or natural bait the get the setups now! The Lott sales bro's are knowledgeable in every aspect of the species you want to catch.. If u love fishing get it done!

As we enter the new moon zone, get ready to make some adjustments to the times you go fishing when it comes to the pomps. The beginning few days of the "Full Fish Moon" [a northern concept for the shad spawn] are potentially all day bites for the migratory species. The snook will appear early, early and 45 minutes before sunset. As we enter the 1/2 moon the pompano bite will be absolute dim light to 2 hours before sunset. The fuller the moon gets the earlier and later the bite will be. The beauty of all this is they will not be fussy about water color and or wind. They are trimmed down for luggage and are going to their northern homes. My job is to intersect them before their gone. My prediction is a superb April with a great May!

Current baits of choice are easy... Blanched sand fleas and fish bites when necessary. Here is the way I use synthetic strips. I always if I can find them use the long lasting strips that u can cut to the length u want. For me that is one inch. You can trim and fashion them the way u want but for me I like to cut them fat on the hook part and more of a tail on the floating portion. The more stressed the water is and I mean in the haziness of the ocean color the more u should us Fish Bites. The clearer the water is than use only bait.. Over colorizing your float rig with colorful fish bite in gin clear water is only an advantage when its getting dark outside. So far clams have been the secondary bait and shrimp are tied for second. Clear water always us fluorocarbon leader.

This is 100 % the best month of 2016 there can possibly be for you to score all the fish I mentioned. Take some time off. Its Spring! Tight Lines from Pompano Rich!







"The Rise of Kingfish"
By George Lott

In late summer when the bait is just starting to go north, we have a kingfish run here in south Florida. My father told me that in the past years this run hasn't been as good as it was 15 to 25 years ago do to the netting that went on in the 80's and early 90's. Since then netting has been banned in Florida and the kingfish population is on the rise.

This year and last year I haven't noticed many big kingfish in the 50lb range, but what I have noticed is that there are tons of king mackerel in the 5 to 20lb.range. Although I have heard about the occasional "Smoker" this past August I heard of probably a thousand or more "snakes" caught. Almost anyone that I talked to that went fishing out in the ocean this pat summer, was catching kingfish on anything from jigs, live and dead bait, and event trolled lures. This summer I caught about a half dozen on trolled ballyhoo and live bait like greenies, goggle-eyes, sardines, and menhaden
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The kingfish tend to congregate around drop offs and wrecks in any where from about 20 to 125ft. of water. They tend to live in schools, although the 40 to 55lb. smokers have been said to swim in pairs. They feed on anything from squid to large baitfish such as goggle-eyes and blue runners.

There is an arsenal of angling methods used to catch these fish. The way I like to use most is live chumming, because it is more hands on and sometimes is known to catch more fish. Another method that I have used while fishing with my dad is slow trolling a big bait like a blue runner out of and outrigger. This sometimes results in a bigger fish. This is how I caught my biggest fish. You can also fish off of a pier. Nice sized kingfish are known to come right in by the pier and feed on the baits that are at the pier for safety.

You can use lots of different kinds of tackle when fishing for kingfish. You can use light tackle in the 12 to 20lb. range. I prefer to use a 20 to 30lb. rod Lott Bros custom rod with a shimano TLD 15, spooled with 475 yds of 20lb. test line. I also use a G-Loomis 15 to 25lb. rod with the same reel. Kingfish can also be caught on standup gear. I suggest using anything in the 15 to 40lb. range, just in case you hook into a "Smoker."

This is one of the most fun fish to fish for in my area during the summer. I would recommend this to anyone young or old. HAPPY FISHING. <*)))><






Summertime Speedsters
By Mike Beebe


As the heat of September continues to cook, so does the South Florida Wahoo season. Although Wahoo are caught year-round, the most numbers and the largest fish are targeted from June through September. Wahoo are a member of the pelagic family of fish. They are super fast swinmmers, strong fighters, and great to eat no matter how you cook them. With the exception of some billfish, Wahoo are one of the only fish to have a single species tournament, such as The Bahamas Wahoo Championship.

Key factors such as bait supply along our coast (i.e large schools of bonito and flying fish), and water temperatures in the 80+ degree mark attract fish. Another key factor is a good north current, which is usually present in the summer, along with a full moon.

As the dolphin bite slows down, offshore fisherman look for an alternate plan. Surface rigs give way to sub surface fishing with downriggers, planers, and the ever-popular wire-line. Techniques change, such as trolling speed, depth, and time, which all vary from angler to angler. Highspeed artificial lures do well when trolled at 10 knots or above, and large well-rigged natural baits such as split-tail mullet, bonito strips, or horse ballyhoo trolled between 5 and 9 knots seem to be the most productive. Wahoo will hit a variety of bait at various speeds, but the most important factor is well-presented or good swimming bait. If it doesn't look good to you, Wahoo probably won't like it either.

A Wahoo's mouth is a cutting machine. The hinge of the mouth passes its serrated teeth and depending on the size, the scissor like action can sever a full size bonito in half in one quick bit. Wire leader is a must for Wahoo fishing, with number 9 being the preferred size, or 175 lb cable when using lures.

Since Wahoo are known for long, lightning fast runs, line capacity and smooth drags are most important when choosing your tackle. 4/0 sized reels with 40lb monofilament will handle most situations just fine, however most serious Wahoo fisherman choose 6/0 or 50lb class outfits for either surface or subsurface baits.

Wahoo are pack feeders, and on any day, with good conditions, more than one bite can occur in single area. A GPS waypoint or certain depth and landmarks allow one to work a productive area. Telltale signs of fish such as active baitfish (i.e. bonito or flying fish) and good clean water make for a good place to start.

A good amout of Wahoo seem and caught have cut a hooked bonito in half and then returned for the other piece. Most of the fish that do this are over 50 lbs. Last summer, I I weighed a Wahoo for another angler with a similar story tipping the scale at 72 lbs.

Working at Lott Brothers tackle shop in North Palm Beach, I can definitely tell you the Wahoo holds the most burnt drag, burned thumb, lure crushing, line breaking, reel spooling, one that got away stories than any other fish.


 

 

 

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