I've always headed south (keys) however did fish Ft.Lauderdale once from a charter boat. In Jan. there were mahi mahi, bonito, sailfish, and giant cuda on the wrecks just offshore. These guys would entertain teasing up fish on the bait and switch and the 'dolphin' fishing near floating debris can be good.
Saw a lot of cuda close to shore walking around. The canals on the intercoastal waterway hold snook and baby tarpon, the area also produces wahoo, cobia, spanish macs, snapper, etc.
There are a bunch of bait shops and marinas even some boat rentals.
It sounds like you are there on business, if it were me I would focus on accomodating shorelines for jacks, bones, etc. and early mornings in the canals for snook and small tarpon.
Sean Ransom has some direct experience in that area and might be able to help.
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