2009-11-08 - OU Weekly - Lauderdale Weekend Getaway, Keys, Bahamas, NJ & Giant Bluefin

November 08 , 2009

Fort Lauderdale Weekend Getaway
Quick & Easy - Great Boat, Crew and Lots to Do
(The Perfect Christmas Present)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to host the sales and marketing team from the Gallery One Doubletree Resort in Ft. Lauderdale for a day of cruising the ICW. We had intended to head out and get in on the early season Sailfish Bite that's developed, but 25 plus knots of wind, made us change gears and put our Sailfish trip on hold. We all had a blast with the folks from the Gallery One. Plenty of good tunes cranking on the 45 Cabo's IPOD system, good food, lots of cold drinks...it was quite the party as we motored down the ICW.

The Hotel: The Gallery One is in a really great location, right on the ICW, and we've made special arrangements to pick up our guest right at the hotel...this is super convenient. The Gallery One is located just down the street from the upscale Galleria Mall, and walking distance to all sorts of great attractions. This is a condominium hotel, and every room is either a one or two bedroom suite, with a full kitchen and living area. These are upscale accommodations, at very competitive prices. This place is NICE! This is definitely a prime setup for a quick couples get-away. Easy flights and close proximity to the airport, are what make Fort Lauderdale so convenient. Mix that with great fishing, shopping, beaches, and a casino (oh yea..Hard Rock Casino is awesome too), and you have something that just about anyone would enjoy.

The Boat: Now, a bit about our boat. So, where do I start. The boat is owned by a long time customer of OU, who approached me about putting it into our charter program. After several meetings and discussions last spring, and an introduction to the Gallery One folks, we decided to jump on it. The boat is a 45' Cabo, fully decked out with just about everything imaginable, and maintained in like new condition. The boat is absolutely immaculate, has an eskimo ice machine, air-conditioned helm, killer stereo system, unbelievable electronics, runs at 30+ knots, and is 100% rigged for anything you want to do on the water. We can run over to Bimini for the day, day or night time swordfishing, cruises the ICW, or fish for sailfish and dolphin. The boat has it all. Oh yea, did I mention we watched the MIAMI game via the satellite DirectTV on the flat screens in both the helm and cabin! No missing the game on this boat...

The Crew: Do a bit of research on Capt. Joe McGivern. You'll quickly find that this young South Florida Captain has made quite a name for himself on both the swordfish and sailfish scene. Between Joe and his mate Josh, this is one fishy crew, that knows not only how to catch fish, but entertain everyone while they are doing it. Capt. Joe is EXTREMELY knowledgeable about the S. Florida fishery, with a specialty in both live bait kite fishing, as well as both day and night time Swordfishing. Joe has also fished a good bit in the Bahamas and it looks like this boat will be fishing several legs of the BBC this year, in addition to a busy Winter Sailfish Tournament Schedule. I fully expect this boat and crew to be showing up on some leaderboards this winter. We have partnership opportunities all winter long in Sailfish Tournaments. If you'd like to join our team for a particular event, please get in touch and we'll give you some options.

The Whole Package: We really hadn't spoken too much about what we have going on in Lauderdale, until now. Things have been busy, and we are just coming into season here. After my trip yesterday I realized just what a great situation we've walked into. This is a weekend trip Joy and I will be taking. The perfect compromise vacation, Shopping and Fishing! Trust me here, and take us up on the offer. This is a good deal. The Perfect Christmas Present!

Tight Lines,
Captain Trey
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Gallery One Pool

Pool on the ICW at the Gallery One

Cabo TV

Flat screen TV Aboard - Watch the Game

Lauderale ICW Cruis

The Gallery One Team

OU Lauderdale Crew

The OU Crew - Capt. Joe and Josh

Couples Package - 4 Nights, 2 Days on the water, plus private sunset dinner cruise - $1100 per person, based on party of 4.

Key West Fishing Report - Fishn in the Wind

The last few days have seen unseasonable winds thanks to Tropical Storm Ida in the offing, and thatâs expected to be out of the Lower Keys by Monday or Tuesday and we should settle back into the great fall fishing that weâve been experiencing so far.

On the reef, yellowtail snapper have been plentiful along with bar jacks, cero mackerel and the occasional big king mackerel. This provides some of the best light-tackle fishing of the year, and even though theyâre not big, these fish are fast and strong.

One of the best ways to take advantage of windy conditions this time of year is to get out into the protected flats on the Gulf side and try your hand at extreme light-tackle and fly fishing for species like ladyfish, spotted sea trout, jack crevalle and blacktip sharks.

Off the reef, our blackfin tuna are starting to show up and double-digit days are possible when anchoring and chumming over our Atlantic reefs. Weâll also experience great light-tackle action for little tunny (false albacore), king mackerel and deep-water reef species like amberjack, mutton snapper and black grouper. With ensuing cold fronts, we should see a spike in sailfish activity and wahoo should begin working their way into the mix as well. We still have a few days available in the second and third week of December, which is traditionally our best time of year for live bait fishing for wahoo.

If filling your freezer is your desire, why not take a deep drop trip down to the west near Tail End and try your hand at wrestling American red snapper, black, gag and red grouper or mutton snapper away from the deep reefs and ledges? Itâs a great way to experience the primal pull on conventional fishing tackle with live bait.

No matter what youâre looking for, weâve got some great Fall fishing options. Give us a call and I hope to see you out on the water.

Head to the Atlantic wrecks with a livewell full of pilchards and you'll likely find blackfin tuna like this 31-pound, 12-ounce world record caught by Glenda Kelley on 6-pound.

Tight Lines, Capt. Ted Lund - OU Key West
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Blackfin Tuna

Key West Fly Fishing

Mixed bag fly fishing for species like mangrove snapper is a great way to get out of the wind in the calm waters of the Florida Keys Backcountry.




Grouper Fishing Key West

Want to fill the freezer? Try a deep-drop trip to Tail End ledge with Over Under for black, gag and scamp grouper as well as American Red and Mutton Snapper.


New Jersey Fishing Report

Stripers in Full Swing

     Striper action has dominated the scene this week with action up and down the beaches. Same scenario as Mann stretch 30’s have been the best in front of the beaches. It seems that all yellow as well as green have been the color of  choice as of late. Big bluefish have been mixed in while trolling. Trolling at slow speeds of 3 knots or so works best. On the cape may action fishing is still very good with drifting spots in the rips or chunking fresh bunker in the bay.

One Last NJ Canyon Trip. Well, maybe not the last...

     Well we got in an offshore trip and it wasn’t quite what I hoped for but it was a great time and the rods were bent most of the trip. Took the weather this week and sailed on Wed. to Thurs. and fished in flat calm seas. Upon arrival I noticed a dead whale well over 5000 lbs. Once we passed it we noticed numerous amounts of sharks with at least one mako amongst the 30 there. We quickly switched to shark mode but the mako never had a chance to bite as the blue sharks inhaled everything right off the bat. We were concentrated on the east side of the Wilmington in 66 degree water. We got nothing on the troll but was very happy with the amount of life in the area. The current was ripping that night so we decided to drift. It didn’t take long before we had our first blue shark on as we caught too many to count. Most were in the 80 to 250 lb range. We did get  a lone sword bite which we eventually pulled the hook right at the boat, unfortunately. Back up on the troll about 3 miles north of the Wilmington we noticed a two degree break from 66 to 64. We got three bites here in about a half hours time of the same 30 lb yellows we have been seeing all year. Happy to catch a November yellowfin. We continued to troll however with not another touch. We decided to stop near the beach on the way back and trolled up some monster blues but no stripers. It was a great time as we caught plenty of fish just not enough tuna. In hindsight I would love to get out one more time as I feel we should have fished the northern canyons. I just have a hunch that the longfin are on the back side of the eddy that we fished.

Tight lines all… Hope to get one last canyon run in. Anybody that’s wants to give it a shot please call. Monday and Tuesday are calling for flat calm seas , I’m game if you are!!!!!

Captain Joe Trainor - Email Captain Joe


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Islamorada Fishing Report

The week in Islamorada has been one full of wind and fish!! The first of the week was nice light winds and the reef was alive with lots of action, Sailfish, Dolphin and some Black fin Tunas. Bait has been plentiful, ballyhoos and cigar minnows have been swarming in the mornings as well as the pilchard along the shore line. Middle of the week we got our first Cold front, which put a spark into the Sailfish that went to chewing!! The front really didn’t bring much cold air but rather lots of winds, 20 to 25 NE. This front was perfect, for the front didn’t chill the waters still showing temps in the low 80’s and the winds stirred up the clear waters so now the reef fish are really chewing. The Muttons and Yellowtails are biting like mad dogs. We had our limits with the snappers and the parties went home with bags full of fillets and big smiles. The fish are still in the 2 too 4lb range and the Muttons are anywhere from 6 to 10lb’s. We are looking forward to a long week with some really good trips coming up, I’m sure it will be very productive. We do have some openings around Thanksgiving so you can get away it would be a great time to head on down!! Remember we are also putting the Pretty Work down in Key West and she will be there year round so this allows us to do a lot more  as well as the Tortugas trips we can do as long day trips, very exciting stuff!!

Captain John Oughton - Email Captain John

OU Bite

Avalon, NJ

Striped Bass & Sharks

Key West, FL

Blackfin Tuna

Islamorada, FL

Yellowtail and Mutton Snapper

Ft Lauderdale, FL

Sailfish & Swordfish!



Check out the OU Bite Report for the latest on what's hot NOW!

Giant Bluefin Tuna Fishing Report


Giant Bluefin Tuna Fishing

We are leaving this picture up this week, just because this fish is so darn big! Definitely the largest tuna taking in OU's history. Thomas, Joe and Chris are out there right now, trying to put another one in the boat! The crew of the JUSTIFIED is putting in two more days, then will be steaming back to Avalon, NJ. We've gotten reliable reports that BIG Bluefin have been taken in the Baltimore Canyon, so the fish are on the move, and we will be too.

Both JUSTIFIED and LOW PROFILE will be making ready and shoving off for MOREHEAD CITY, NC, later this month. Capt. Keith Burnet will be taking the helm of Justified with trusty deck hand "lil' John. The Joe and Joe team will be crewing LP all winter. With two boats fishing for Giants all winter, we've got lots of opportunities to get everyone out and take a shot at catching a Giant. $200 buys you a ticket! Just tell us when you want to go!

MA Giant Bluefin Tuna

Bahamas Fishing Report

Well, tis the season and with cold fronts all ready rolling through, the wahoo have started chewn'. We are starting to get a few reports from both Cat Island and San Salvador. Seems there are fish being taken to 50 pounds at Cat right now and some 100 pound lunkers all ready showing in San Sal. I didn't hear too much about the western edge this week, as the weather here in S. Florida really took a turn for the worse lately. I suspect that with the next clocking of the wind, and a hard push from the west, the "leeward side" from Bimini down to Cay Sal will light up with double digit days becoming the norm. We can make this run from either the Florida Keys or Ft. Lauderdale. Its all about the weather, just gotta get to them.

Bahamas Wahoo

Capt. Thomas with two schoolie Hoos

The majority of our Wahoo season will be spent in the Abacos, but we do have 2 weeks of openings in late January into early February when we will be back down at Cat Island and San Salvador chasing 100 pounders!  We may even be able to sneak in a trip to Diana Bank if anyone is game?  Twist my arm…..drop me an email if you’d like to do some Wahoo Fishing this winter in the Bahamas!

Tight Lines,
Captain Trey Rhyne
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5/4 (nights/days fishing) - Treasure Cay
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Back by popular demand, OU has put together an open seating schedule for the upcoming Bahamas season.  Pricing is per person, excludes gratuity, and is based on accommodations aboard the Over Under, 54' Bertram. Hotel rooms are available at an additional fee.  Rates include breakfast and lunch aboard.  Dinners, drinks, and transportation are excluded.

OU Audio Reports This Week

Islamorada, Florida

November 5 - Florida Keys Fishing Report - Captain John Oughton
November 6- New Jersey Overnight Canyon Trip - Captain Joe Trainor

Key west

October 30 - Cold front brings great Key West Fishing - Captain Ted Lund

OU Open Boat NJ Trips

One More Trip?

Looks like we have the weather to get out and go find those longfin and some swords or makos. This might be our last shot...let us know if you can go.

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