Light Tackle and Skipjacks Equal Fun
Report Date: January 30, 2014
Every trip, before leaving Port Everglades Inlet, we make sure we have a load of live pilchards (from Julie), and when available a load of frisky goggle eyes (from Tim). I want to thank our local live bait suppliers that make my job much easier and don't make me waste my anglers/guests valuable time on the water.
We left the port for a half-day trip. For the last couple days, the ocean has been very calm and no current to speak of. Reef fishing has been very slow, but we were fortunate to get a few kingfish. So after a few hours of reef and wreck fishing with only a few bites and few hours left, I decided to try something else to bend the rod for my customers. We went in search of tuna and we found some in between 300' and 400'. Audrey caught enough skipjack to exhaust her on light tackle.
On Tuesday, the ocean was again very calm, so we tried the reef first. The first bait to hit the water – a goggle eye - produced a kingfish, but we could not get another bite after that. So we went in search of tuna again, but this time I had to go deeper - between 700' and 800' - to find them. Daniel and his wife from Canada had a blast catching about a dozen good size skipjack tuna and a few blackfin tuna - most of them on light tackle! Catching those skipjack on light tackle really makes people smile. Pound-for-pound, these fish are really tough fighters and a challenge on light tackle.
Capt. Mario Cote
No Vacansea Sportfishing