Fort Lauderdale Florida Fishing Reports
Lauderdale ~ Miami ~ Pompano ~ Boca Raton
Year end fishing report
Report Date: December 31, 2018
Another year on the water with many adventures and changes. As time passes I have watched the years go by and fishing patterns have changed. Some days i want to remove the species chart from this site. I have updated it over the years and try to make a point to viewers that it is just a personal opinion of what I feel from experience. Yes things have changed over the last 39 years here and all over. Some for better and some not. As the old story goes, a day on the water is better than a day at work. In my case it is a win win.
The weather has given us many windy days over the last few weeks. Lucky for me and those who hire me, I spent many years fishing inshore and have a dependable routine that still bends rods when the seas are angry. The inshore waters are always calm and the views are very interesting. You can expect Jack Crevalle and Barracuda to round out the action. Once in a while a Tarpon will jump on and even the rare daytime Snook, but they are the surprise bites. High winter tides often bring Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish into the harbor. When traffic is light you have a chance at those species too.
Offshore the prize catch is the Sailfish and this is the season to get a fair chance at it. Some days you will get multiple shots and the next few days never see one. That is text book fishing. Mixed in with them to keep you looking at the rods while waiting you might expect Kingfish, Bonita, Tuna and the occasional Dolphin (mahi mahi). All my trips are done using live bait in order to give you the best chance for action.
With 2019 around the corner I look forward to another year of hunting those that swim. I always enjoy meeting new people and really appreciate the fact that I am working on the water doing something I love. That is the key to a successful life and I figured it out long ago. To those who fished with me in the past, thank you and have a safe and happy new year.
Captain Ron Mallet
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