With Summer officially over, angers now get a taste of some excellent Fall fishing in the Pompano Beach area. Fishermen are still catching the occasional Wahoo, but they are scattered and it is spotty. Your best bet, if anglers still want to target these prized fish, is to head out on an outgoing tide early morning, and fish over the deep wrecks from 180-250 feet of water. This past August was one of the best Wahoo runs I’ve ever seen since moving to Pompano Beach from South Jersey. The last Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament had a 71lb Wahoo win the event. There was also a nice 59lber and 48lber brought to the scales with many other small Wahoo. Expect some stragglers still around.
The Mahi Mahi bite in October & November is usually very solid. For us kayak anglers, you do not have to paddle that far like in the summer to catch these beautiful fish. I have already been getting reports of nice 15-20lb Dolphin being caught from 200-250 feet of water and even some nice Mahi being caught shallow with a nice east wind. A tip for catching Dolphin in October & November is to look for the big drift boats, I’ve always caught some nice sized Dolphin around those boats, due to the fact that those boats put out lot’s of baits and chum in the water around those boats, and the Mahi will be just far enough to where a kayak angler can pick them off.
Sailfish season is about to be in full effect. Usually November will bring South Florida’s first cold front and with it awesome Sailfish bites. There have been great Sailfish bites from 80-120 feet of water. For targeting these fish I like to go stealthy, use 30-40lb. mono leader with a 3/0 circle hook and a nice juicy gog. Registration is now open for the Extreme Kayak Fishing, Sailfish Smackdown. Anglers that register before November 6th have a chance to win a FREE Garmin Striker GPS.
The Kingfish bite has still been solid with the occasional 30lber being caught around 80 feet of water. Although most catches have been on the smaller side of 20lbs. Many Kings have been caught right out front of the Pompano Beach Inlet on an outgoing tide.
If there is one thing South Florida Fishing in October & November is known for its catching big Mutton Snappers while night fishing around the moons. November in South Florida means good numbers of mutton snapper on reefs and wrecks in 50-120 feet of water. There is even reports of muttons being caught surf fishing from the beach at night between the Pompano Pier and 16th street. For Extreme kayak anglers looking to target them make sure you have at least 2 lights on your kayak, and all of your safety equipment while fishing at sun down. The great part is you do not have to go too far to catch them. Kayak anglers can also get some nice Mangrove Snapper while fishing for Muttons. While rigging for Muttons on the kayak make sure you have 40-50lb floro leader. For length,15 to 30 foot floro carbon leader with an egg sinker. Make sure you have a nice strong 4/0-5/0 circle hook. It’s best to work your drift at night dragging on a sandy bottom between Pompano Pier and Hillsboro Inlet, right outside the swim buoys during the moon.
The 2018 Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament Series kicks off with the Sailfish Smackdown scheduled for January 27th-28th, 2018.