04-08-2005, 09:41 PM
My brother is heading to Ft Lauderdale to visit the inlaws for a week during the last part of May. Aparently they live right on the intercoastal waterway and he is looking to do a little fishing while he is there.
Any recommendations in terms of species, tackle, flies and/or guides in the area?
Thanks in advance,
I was in Ft Lauderdale last week with the family. Fly fishing right in or very close to town is limited. I did not try for them but the canals do have peacock bass. They also run drift trips from Ft L but we did not do that either. I found flats fishing just south of MacAuthur park in Palm Beach. That would possible be the best close place to try. I also fished the Keys but that is a 2 hour drive. There is a good book Fly Fishing the South Atlantic Coast by Jacobs that lead me to a few good less well known spots.
I used to go to FLL every year for a company mtg. If you wanted to stay around the neighborhood, a small skiff or even a canoe is required to cover the waterway. Mostly drum, ladyfish, reds, trout (weakfish), small bluefish, snook even some small tarpon on occasion depending on where you are on the waterway and what it's influence from the ocean or other canals is/are.
I ended up driving to the keys, which is pretty cool fishing especially if you hook up with a guide with local knowledge and a flats boat. I also caught bones up to 8 lbs on my own although it's limited where such opportunities can be found.
My favorite area is down around Bahia Honda State Park, inside the park and sneak around outside as well.