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Pompano - Hillsborough Inlet

June 8, 2011

Travel Guide To Fishing In Florida

If variety is the spice of life, than the state of Florida is the chili pepper of the fishing world. Whatever type of fishing you like to do, the Sunshine State can accommodate.

Jamie Bunn

"You want to fish a wreck for snapper and grouper? No problem. Fly a kite on the reef for a bunch of sails? Yup, Florida's got that, too. Chase tarpon, snook and bonefish on the flats? You betcha. You get the idea, and we're just scratching the surface."

There's always an option available when fishing in Florida. No matter the time of year, you can find something to pull on. With a forecast calling for light winds,I headed down to Pompano to fish with Capt. Jamie Bunn on his 32-foot Sea Vee, Encore. Jamie knows these waters extremely well as he's almost always out here fishing, when he's not running the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. We set a loose plan to make a few daytime swordfish drops, then hit the reef on the way in and see what we could find. If all went well, we'd have a nice mix of fish in the box.

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Fishing in Florida, Hillboro Inlet

The historic Hillboro inlet located in Pompano Beach, Florida, has been home to some of the sport's most notable captains. Guys such as Peter Wright, Bark Garnsey, Skip Smith and Eddie Herbert to name but a few, cut their teeth fishing in Florida at the Gulf Stream and reef edge off of Pompano. Located midway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Hillsboro is one of the busiest inlets in south Florida, but it doesn't get the commercial and cruise ship traffic you see in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Originally opened in the early 1900s, Hillsboro is continually being dredged to accommodate the large boats that use it. It can be a bit hairy on big-weather days with its ripping currents, but more often than not, the inlet is a breeze to navigate. Just monitor the boat traffic as there's always a few yahoos straying a bit too far from the sandbar party. There's a good number of cruisers out of Hillsboro, but it's mostly a fisherman's inlet. Paradise for fishing in Florida.

Bluewater Movements holds several tournaments each year in the Hillsboro area, including the Pompano Beach Saltwater Circuit. There is no better way to get to know the local fleet than take part in one of these events. Visit Bluewater Movements for more info. There is also the Pompano Beach Rodeo.

Getting There: Located right on A1A in Pompano, the inlet has a public park with a fishing pier on the south side and the historic lighthouse on the north side. The closest airport is Fort Lauderdale. If taking your own boat, the coordinates are 26°15′35.15″N 80°4′57.39″W.

What to Fish For: You can fish for kingfish, dolphin, blackfin tuna, wahoo, amberjack, snapper, swordfish, sailfish, snook, tarpon and more. For local fishing reports and charter information, contact Hillsboro Inlet Marina at 954-943-8222 or Lighthouse Point Marina.