Author: Brook Crist
Hillsboro Beach Reef Fishing Report
My boyfriend (Viktor) and I recently took another Youtube couple (Kristi and Jeff) from Virginia out fishing. They had only ever fished offshore once before, so I was super excited to get them on some new species. We went out Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano beach, Florida.
After a slow start to the day trying to catch some live bait (Ballyhoo and blue runners) we started with a little drift fishing. Kristi landed a fat cero mackerel, her first one ever!
We caught a few random species on vertical jigs, (yellow jack, queen triggerfish, blue runners) but not much wanted to eat our live blue runners or ballyhoo on the drift. So we decided to anchor in 40 feet over a reef and threw out a chum bag. Within minutes the ballyhoo were solid just behind the boat. Viktor cast netted some for chunk bait and kept about 2 dozen alive in the livewell.
Before we knew it there were ballyhoo jumping out of the water in all directions. You couldn’t keep a bait in the water without hooking either a bonita, kingfish, cero mackerel or blue runner! To top it off, we caught a few keeper yellowtails to also add to the cooler.
It was non stop action for a couple hours!
On the way in from our trip, we stopped just inside the mouth of the inlet to end the day with Jeff's personal best Jack crevalle! He was hoping to catch a big jack on this trip! We got our friends on some new species and had a lot of fun doing it!
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