Dania Pier Pompanos and Jack Crevalles 3-16-14

A get together was planned by Joey AKA Grunt King of http://www.Boatlessfishing.com a site dedicated to those that do not own boats and fish mostly from land. The site was created around 2006 with the idea of getting people together to help each other with fishing strategies from land. If you haven’t check it out yet you should, there are many non boaters and boaters that share their knowledge and help others as much as they can. After the meet I decided to pass by Dania Pier which was only a few minutes away I wanted to see what was being caught at the pier.

Some of the members that were there as I was getting ready to leave.

Boatless Fishing meet thumbs up

Members of http://www.boatlessfishing.com trade fishing stories while our wives talk.

Boatless Fishing meet    Wives talking

It had been quiet a while since the last time I visited Dania Pier. The last time I was there was at a memorial for the legendary Zebco a boatlessfishing.com member whom passed from this life to his resting place due to health problems. My thoughts are always with him when I visit this pier. He used to work there and was always helping those that he considered were worthy of help and with others he would just make their life a little difficult but non the less he was a great fisherman and great at building rods himself and catching pompanos. Any time there was an Easterly wind he was at a fishing pier where the pompanos where running.

A look at Dania Pier, Florida

Dania Pier

A view of Dania Beach, Florida from the parking lot.

Dania Pier from parking lot

A look at the entrance of Dania Pier, Florida

Dania Pier hours   Dania Pier entrance

A look at some anglers fishing mid pier for Pompano fish.

Dania Pier casting for pompano

A look at the “T” of the pier. There is a small hut to help cover a few anglers from the elements.

Dania Pier T

The rods are line up to catch Pompano in the afternoon. A few schools of fish showed up around 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. after that it was a waiting games and a few fish in between.

Dania Pompano Fishing

My lovely wife watching the horizon from the pier.

My wife in Dania Pier

An angler has fish on and his fight begins. On the first try he lost it due to tangles with other fishermen lines. Some people just won’t move their rods out of the way for others.

Dania Pier Angler fish on

The angle got his second chance and this time he had no trouble as others cleared their rods out of the way or let their lines slack so there would be no tension on the line with the fish. Below a picture showing the angler trying to avoid other fishing lines by lifting his fishing rod as much as possible while keeping pressure on the fish.

Dania Pier Angler

The bait used by many anglers, a Threadfin Herring

Threadfin Herring

The angler with his catch, a nice size Jack Crevalle for the area.

Dania Pier Angler with Jack Crevalle

Fishing on the Sealegs III 1-19-14

It felt wonderful to fish once again and be able to actually do so. Last few trips were plagued with Russ' Porgy upcloseengine trouble. This trip was out of no where, some of us have been too busy with our lives to be able to fish together so emails flew and we decided to just chill on a six pack boat for 4 hours but ended going on the Sealegs III since we heard it was back on the water after being newly refurbished. The boat looks like new just like the Out Of Control IV which is another boat that was refurbished last year. After speaking with Captain Ralph he gave me the news that the Out Of Control IV will be moving to the West Coast to possibly do Tortugas trips as well as fish the towers and wrecks in it’s surrounding, I know there is quality fishing in those areas I would definitely be interested to do a few trips to those towers, I sure miss fishing them. Another news Ralph gave me is that his father Captain Kenny would probably be retiring and would captain the boat on a part time basis plus a fish market was in the works since he has just purchased the marina.

The trip was a regular 4 hour trip we knew jigging was a possibility and we did try I got a nice hit but that was it. I kept at it until 10:30 when I switched to bait as Russ landed a nice porgy  that won the pool, then it was John’s turn at a nice vermillion snapper (beeliner in some other areas), and after came Nilson with an even nicer Vermillion, after that we moved and it was my turn at a nice Vermillion we call nice a vermi that we can hold with two hands  since in these areas the usual size is barely pass the legal size. Then Nilson got a lesser amberjack and many i the boat where landing triggerfish, lane snappers, and more porgies. Not everyone got to keep fish as many had to be thrown back in, but a nice amount of fish was caught and kept. Well enough of the talk, here are some pics.

Waiting to go fishing while looking at the new paint.

Sealegs III waiting

Sealegs III just refurbiished 1-19-14    Checking Sealegs III engine 1-19-14

The bait donated by a very nice angler, a tinker mackerel

Tinker Mackerel bait used 1-19-14   Bait used Sealegs III 1-19-14

Russ’ Porgy, the pool winner

Russ' Porgy Sealegs III 1-19-14

Nilson’s Vermillion

Nilson's Vermillion Sealegs III 1-19-14

John’s Vermillion

John's Vermillion Sealegs III 1-19-14

My Vermillion

Herbert Hans Muller Vermillion Snapper on the Sealegs III 1-19-14

Ricky’s Mangrove Snapper

Ricky's mangrove snapper

Only one trolling on the way back

Trolling on the Sealegs III 1-19-14

Chilling on the way back

On the way home Sealegs III 1-19-14

Biggest catches of the day in the fish box

Fish Box Sealegs III 1-19-14

After the fishing was over we had a nice lunch at the Sandbar Restaurant a few blocks away from the Sealegs III. It was nice to fish with old friends again. The Sealegs III will have an all day jigging trip on February 2nd the cost is $125 and includes tip, but we wont be able to make it so we scheduled a trip later in February.

Lunch after the trip 1-19-14