Jmat321

Fort Lauderdale Shore Fishing

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Will be in Fort Lauderdale next week.  Will pack my travel rod.  What should I bring in terms of baits? 

 

I was thinking some soft plastic jerkbaits, sp minnows and some sort of top water for the back.  What should I bring for the ocean beach?  

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Ft Lauderdale is tough for a vacationer to fish from land. Where "in the back" do you have access to ? Look into the inlets to the north and south. Beach only available to fish before/after swimmers. Access and parking make it a challenge.

 

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Not a vacation per say.  Have access to private waterfront property in the back, basically dock/bulkhead.  Figured as much in terms of beach fishing.  

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interested in this topic as well... going to be down early april and never fished that area.  Staying at a family friends house somewhere on that inner water part, not exactly sure where and what to target that time frame.

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You may be able to fish for sheepshead off your bulkhead.  Scrape some barnacles off, use some for bait, some for chum.  Or catch some fiddler crabs or use pieces of shrimp.  If no sheepshead, just hook up a shrimp, preferably live, and dead drift it.  If you want to fish ocean side, look for a pier or jetty.  There are a couple party boats that will go out.  I have used Kelleys in North Miami Beach at Haulover although I wasn't happy about their "regulars" that hog the rear deck.  On one trip I went early and one 'regular' moved my rod.  One of us almost went overboard.  lol

 

Oh, and for fishing sheepshead, use about size 4 bait hook tied to a couple feet of leader to a swivel, bead and a 1 oz egg sinker sliding on your 10 lb or so braid.   Drop it to the bottom, reel one turn then wait.

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There's some decent places to fish off the beach in FLL, I moved down here about 2 years ago and have had luck with jacks, snapper, bluefish, and many more right off the beach using tins and bucktails. Use google maps and check out the sandbars right off the beach on the south end, there's also a couple jettys at the inlet. Good luck.

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I have fished at the Grand Park Blvd access and had Jacks, Spanish Macks, Pompano, Blues and more. It's true that fishing is only allowed from 6pm to 8am but I was questioned once, not fishing -  rod was in a spike far from the water, and told the rules but the cop added he only came by on Wednesday. However every afternoon a guy comes with 4 rods to the same place and bottom fishes, maybe he has a special license but  no one bothers him. If parking is a problem there a few more acceses a few blocks south with additional parking, nothing North till Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

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I fish on the other side of Florida in Port Charlotte. Before I got my boat and kayak I fished piers much the same as your dock I would think.

I use a 7'rod with a Penn Fierce 2500 or 3000 spinning reel, 15lb braid and a 20lb flouro leader.

usually a 1/0 hook. If you can get live shrimp, that is probably your best bet. I like a popping cork as it keeps your bait off bottom and away from sting rays and catfish. Please keep in mind that saltwater catfish have 3 barbs and a  slime similar to what stingrays have on their tail barb. The catfish barbs will penetrate a work glove. It is supposed to hurt a lot. No first hand experience to speak off and hope to keep it that way. They say for every $1 Florida spends on shark bites, they spend 10Gs on catfish and stingray stings. A hook remover comes in handy. Frozen shrimp is good as well.

Jacks are great fun to catch on light tackle and if you can get into some snapper ,they are great tasting.

Have fun.

Mitch

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