Kayak Fishing, Pompano Beach
Modern kayak fishing reemerged in the 1970's and our sit-on-top kayaks appeared in the 1980's. Kayak Bill has fished in pompano Beach his whole life. He has fished in his kayak since the early 1980's. Catching wahoo, sailfish and all other fish. Bill is a true sportsman and a classic Florida character, He is a skilled craftsman in both wood and fiberglass and has designed and built a number of craft, not to mention his own fishing rods, paddles, gear, airboat, helicopter, swamp buggy and more. An independent thinker, tinkerer and inventor."Well I used to - when I got my kayak - I was surfing it a lot and I was rowing it offshore one day when I noticed a bunch of boats around me with sailfish on and they were jumping around me frequently, and I said well why don't I bring out some bait out here sometime and see if I can hook one" said Bill.Then he goes on to say, "I've caught wahoo, tuna, dolphin. Caught a 17 lb wahoo, that's actually small, that was in a boat tournament. The tournament before I'd caught a king but it didn't come up to 15 lb. at the weigh-in. Most of the time I was sailfishing. At the time I'm sorry to say but the tournaments were kill tournaments and it was so easy to hook sailfish back then so when I came to the scales with a sailfish - especially when you beat a million dollar boat that maybe didn't hook anything that day. Skunked." Pompano Beach has many wrecks only half a mile offshore which makes the paddle out short and easy.
Wreck's & Reef's of Pompano Beach
Pompano is very close to an ocean inlet, which gives quick access to the reef and wrecks laying just a mile off shore. The Gulf Stream comes closest to Florida's shoreline here. It causes an average current of about one knot running parallel to the reef line. This gentle current allows the angler to slowly drift along the reef line without expending much energy. South Florida has the closest big-game fishing anywhere in the United States. The Gulf Stream is right offshore. Our sailfish and dolphin are caught in sight of the beach. Dropping large live baits down to our plentiful wrecks and artificial reefs provides some huge bites! We get several types of grouper throughout the year as well as golden amberjacks, large snapper, and suprises like wahoo, cobia, and many more. Going offshore in South Florida can be incredible. Just a couple miles off our coast lies the gulf stream. Just outside the reef in fact. If mahi-mahi (dolphin) & kingfish are what you are interested in this is the place for you. Out in the blue gulf stream water we also get tuna, and an occasional marlin too.