Offshore fishing is good

Offshore fishing has been terrific for those who don’t mind going out in the rough seas stirred up by the stiff winds that have been howling in South Florida.

The top two species have been dolphin and sailfish and they’ve often been swimming in the same depths. Just look for a nice color change and that’s where you’ll find the fish, although the dolphin also have been biting around floating debris and where birds are diving.

Capt. Chip Sheehan of Chips Ahoy reported catching three sailfish and five dolphin in two hours of fishing Friday off Boynton Beach Inlet. The sailfish were caught in 100-115 feet and the dolphin were in 190-220 feet.

Capt. Alan Zaremba, of Hollywood, guided Joe Bonofrio, of New York, to 18 peacock bass, seven largemouth bass and a 14-pound snook using floating Rapalas and Baby Torpedoes in the C-8 Canal.

Lance Benson, of Miami, and Ed Connell, of Pompano Beach, caught 21 largemouths on Chug Bugs, Zara Spooks and speed worms in the L-29.

Carl Hochrein, of Pembroke Pines, and Zaremba caught 44 largemouths up to 3 pounds in the L-5 using Pop-Rs, Baby Torpedoes and Flapp’n Shads.

John and Nel Schaffner, of Fire Island, N.Y., their grandson John Meade and his girlfriend Alexa Delyra caught 56 peacock bass up to 5 pounds using floating Rapalas and Baby Torpedoes in the C-4.

Junior bass trail

Registration is ongoing for the 14th annual Broward County Junior Bass Tournament Trail.

Anglers ages 12-17 fish for bass from johnboats accompanied by a non-fishing adult on the lakes at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach and Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

Tournaments are Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18 and April 12. Trophies and prizes are awarded at each event and the angler compiling the most points for the four tournaments wins the angler of the year title and a special prize package.

Entry fee for the entire trail is $75 per angler. Contact Bob Newland at 954-357-8816 or rnewland@broward.org.

swaters@tribune.com or 954-356-4648

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