Offshore Kayak Fishing (2nd Reef)

Let's meet at John U.Lloyd State Park at 7:45 am, for a beach launch at the north end of the park. This is adjacent to the Jetty Pavilion. Trailers are not permitted in this area. The boat launch is very far from the beach launch. The boat launch runs parallel to the ICW. Should you need to bring a trailer, you will need to arrange with someone for shuttle to launch area. Also if you feel confident enough in a beach launch, you can portage your kayak from the boat ramp through the beach area, and paddle about one mile north to our intended launch area. Just another option pointed out by Roger S.

The park charges a $4.00 flat fee for the entire day. They will ask at the entrance if you will launch by the boat ramp or if you plan on launching by the beach. If you plan on launching, for whatever reason by the ramp, you will pay a $10.00 fee.  For this meetup, this will be a beach launch.

I would like to have all attending perform various beach launches and re-entries, without any fishing gear early in the morning. You should have with you a PFD, paddle, safety whistle...that's it. Also you must be able to self recover for this meetup, should the need arise. Again, should we need to go over self recovery, I will be more than happy to go over this, before we venture to the 2nd reef.

For tackle, be prepared for bottom fishing. We will be fishing by the buoys, where there are plenty of smaller reef fish. Most often caught here are yellowtail, porgies, grunts, mutton snapper and other varieties. This reef is where most of the locals, come to get their bait "before" going offshore. So do not expect any pelagic fish here like kingfish or mahi-mahi.

My objective with this meetup, is to motivate some of our members into a little offshore fishing. I believe that once you get comfortable enough with fishing the 2nd reef area, we can get a nice group of us to go further offshore together, sometime in the near future. Summer is around the corner, and so are the FLAT seas!

We will paddle about 1 mile offshore this day. Not to bad considering all the paddling most do inshore. Be prepared with plenty of drinking water, snacks and proper sunscreen.

Should the weather not be on our side, we could still perform beach re-entry techniques and launches. Also self recovery, for those not familiar with a turtled kayak, can be performed "beachside".

Any questions should be posted on this meetup. Chances are someone else may need the information also.

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  • Eddie D.

    Will hold off for calmer seas . . . Thank you Frank . . .

    April 26, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      Ok..See you soon. I will get a few of these meetups going soon.

      April 27, 2013

    • Eddie D.

      Great Sir . . .

      April 28, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    Not what was intended, but it was a great day on the water. The dolphin encounter was very enjoyable. As far as fish goes for me, I had a hard strike at the begining, what appeared to be a barracuda, but I didn't have a strong leader material, so I got cut off. The company was good and that helped make a difference.

    April 28, 2013

  • Roger S.

    Too rough to go offshore, so we launched at the boat ramp and stayed out of the wind in the intracoastal. I got a jack and 2 little cudas on topwater. We had a nice dolphin encounter near the Dania Cutoff canal. Great day on the water anyway.

    April 28, 2013

  • David M.

    Hey guys im sorry but I'm not ganna be going on this one I don't want to have anything happen so Mabey next time

    April 28, 2013

  • Holly

    count me out this time, not into battling Mother Nature

    April 27, 2013

  • Steve Y.

    Had some guys take 24 foot boat out today they had to come back in because it was to rough. Tomorrow is supposed to be the same so be care full out there.

    April 27, 2013

  • kathy

    I have an adventure island my hubby and I have been in three to four foot waves, and beach launched, hubby has to work so we won't be going

    1 · April 27, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      That's the spirit Kathy...See you guys next time. Can't beat those Adventure Islands.

      April 27, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    It will be to rough for be first-timers, and rough in general. So if you have no intentions on coming to this meetup, now is the time to cancel. As long as I see names on the RSVP this will still be a go ahead. Looks like "Surf's Up". So no offshore, only nearshore for attendees, that have experience launching. Yes, experienced only..sorry.

    April 27, 2013

  • Roger S.

    Not to be a pessimist, but I was out on Hollywood Beach today and the surf is about at the limit of what I will go kayaking in <u>without </u>any fishing gear. Tomorrow is expected to be the same. It's too rough for anybody without experience launching in rough surf and not a good day for first-timers.

    April 27, 2013

  • Al P.

    Sorry Frank looking for better seas. Also wifey was called to work so I'm stuck with the kids anyways.

    April 27, 2013

  • Eddie C.

    Im would like to get into offshore fishing. Been keeping an eye out on the weather for this event but I think Il wait for the next one. Hope you do another meetup on a calm day.

    April 27, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    My truck is out off commission again unfortunately not able to make this one sorry Frank I would of like to help you on this meetup , well hope you catch a big King buddy. Tight Lines and Screaming drags----------------------<o)))))><

    April 27, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    This is the closest live view camera I could find. You will be able to see a live view of the coast. This is a little further up north.

    Click on link.
    http://www.windjammerresort.com/webcam.html

    April 27, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      This is off Commercial Blvd.

      April 27, 2013

  • Federico

    My new kayak still not ready(rigged) yet and now the pickup have some engine issues. I will back to the water hopefully by the end of May ;-). Good luck guys!!!

    April 25, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      See You Soon! There will be plenty of opportunities.

      April 27, 2013

  • Loki

    I'm going to sit this one out. It's going to be a bit sporty and I don't want to fight a heavy sea state just to be chased off by seatow escorting the sub. Catch you some other time.

    April 26, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      C U Soon. For sure I will post a few more of these meetups.

      April 27, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    It looks as though the weather won't cooperate with us, in going way offshore..Sunday...East winds 12 to 17 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. That's rough. In the early hours of the morning, sometimes it's a whole different story though. No way of knowing yet. It will be windy, throughout the day, no matter what. This can make it difficult to paddle upwind, causing strong currents. I am not pulling the plug on this though. I will be there. The more experienced kayakers will be withering away, and that is understandable. Those that do come, that haven't beach launched, will still have the opportunity of doing this. We may not be able to venture out to far, but once we practice launching without gear, we can then fish for snook in the intracoastal, as Roger mentioned.

    April 26, 2013

  • Loki

    Had a great hit on a goog right on top of the 2nd reef last week while paddling in from 160. Unfortunately, it came unbuttoned. Be sure to check the local notice to mariners to see if there are any nav restrictions. The sub came back today :(

    April 26, 2013

  • Roger S.

    Regarding the sub- the restricted zone starts 1/2 mile south of Port Everglades, so we could potentially go straight east and then head north. I don't think the weather will cooperate for going way offshore, though. If the surf is moderately rough it may be worth practicing launching without gear for a while and then fish for snook in the intracoastal.

    April 24, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      I agree with you on this Roger. I did not think, that we would have so many 1st time offshore kayakers. Safety is priority always. I would not want it any other way. Should the surf get rough, we could go over launching and re-entry. I hope that everyone understands this. If it gets to rough, rather than cut through the inlet, we could relocate to the boat ramp, once we are inside and launch from there. If the tide is high enough, Whiskey Creek for cudas or the intracoastal for snook...I don't know. Will figure this out. With this many people coming, we'll make it a good one. Thanks.

      April 24, 2013

    • kathy

      Because we have a trailer we will be launching at boat ramp

      April 25, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    Don't worry about this "Submarine". Rob, a local kayaker just went out and dodged and weaved this thing, to get to open waters. I copied and pasted his YouTube video from today, enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsSq2W1gpXE

    April 25, 2013

  • kathy

    What kind of fish are you going after, what lures should we bring. Where in the park should we meet?

    April 24, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      The local notice to mariners are listing sub exercises in the area south of port everglades, as explained by Loki, one of our members-so we may not be able to go past 60'. This and the weather front coming in, will change up our game plan. The gate opens at 8:00 am and the plan is to head to the northernmost area of the park to the Jetty pavilion. You will see the sign on the right side of the road, once you are there. The seas will be higher than anticipated, but this meetup is not being cancelled. As for lures, all depends on how far offshore we can safely go. We will probably end up bottom fishing, as I mentioned before for reef fish. So bottom rigs can work for you and I hear the macks are running also. Macks are fun to catch on light tackle. They hit everything from spoons to frozen pilchards.

      April 24, 2013

  • David B.

    This will be my first time in the Ocean, looking forward to it!!!

    April 24, 2013

  • Sarah T.

    This will be my second time fishing from my kayak and first time fishing the reef. Should be fun.

    April 23, 2013

  • Loki

    The local notice to mariners lists sub exercises in the area just south of port everglades until 4/29. The sub is scheduled to be working in 60' so, if it's out, we will not be allow to fish the 2nd reef. If it's out, all is not lost as there has been a very strong mac run about 1/4 mile off the beach.

    April 22, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      Thanks. Let's wish for the best on this.

      April 22, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    Well enough about safety, at least for know. Should the weather be on our sides for this offshore venture,most of us will probably end up doing bottom fishing. To get the newer members a chance to get some offshore insight, we can bottom fish over the 1st and 2nd reefs for a while. Some may want to stay around this depth, depending on their comfort level-while others may end up venturing further offshore, for trolling, deep jigging and/or live bait drifting. The weather patterns will dictate our outcome on this.

    Should the need be, we may have to divide the group accordingly.

    This is meant to be a fun and learning meetup, let's keep it that way. Thanks.

    April 22, 2013

  • KayakFrank

    As the week begins, the weather will continue to be watched. A handful of us, including myself, will go out in 2-3 foot seas- but not much higher than that. No need to risk safety, especially with first time offshore kayak anglers. Like I mentioned on the meetup, and I remind you-

    "Should the weather not be on our side, we could still perform beach re-entry techniques and launches. Also self recovery, for those not familiar with a turtled kayak, can be performed beach side".

    If you haven't gotten on your kayaks with only a paddle, PFD and whistle, done a beach launch and re-entry- this may be what's in store for you, should it be to rough to go offshore.

    Do you know how to get back in your kayak should you fall overboard (turtle)?

    Have you been hit by a hard hitting beach breaker wave, as you launch? What can you do?

    How about re-entry. Can you return to shore safely? None of us should become a "statistic gone wrong". Learn all you can, while you can, "before".

    April 22, 2013

  • David M.

    Hello I was wondering what I should bring and about the weather. And is there anyway I can get ahold of you so I can learn more

    April 22, 2013

  • heyward c.

    Sounds like fun. Look forward to meeting you guys.

    April 22, 2013

  • Carlos del M.

    I would be a good come back. I follow Paul advice and get me a fishing road jajaja

    April 21, 2013

  • Charles

    One of the down sides to using a trailer =(

    April 20, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      Charles, I have te solution (never took off my thinking cap). You will unload all gear including your kayak at the site. Alex will watch both your and my kayaks, and our gear. I will shuttle you to the boat launch area where you will park your vehicle and trailer. I will then shuttle you back to the Jetty Pavilion. When we are finished, I will shuttle you back to the launch spot to pick up your vehicle. Enough pressure on you ? You "are" coming- we need to break in the Pro Angler 14 buddy.

      April 21, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      That's only a 5 minute process. No problems my friend.

      April 21, 2013

  • Al P.

    Glad to see the offshore crew back in action. Long time fellas!

    April 20, 2013

  • Fred D.

    Sounds like fun, would love to get out there with you guys this will be my first outing.
    Any rig recommendations?

    April 19, 2013

    • Fred D.

      Really well it sounds like an excuse to buy another big Jack/Grouper rig

      April 20, 2013

    • Loki

      That's the spirit Fred!

      April 20, 2013

  • Loki

    Had a great hit on a goog right on top of the 2nd reef last week while paddling in from 160. Unfortunately, it came unbuttoned. Be sure to check the local notice to mariners to see if there are any nav restrictions. The sub came back today :(

    April 20, 2013

  • Roger S.

    Officially maybe

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Roger S.

    I'll come if no family issues that day. The buoys are actually on the second reef, not the first, and are about 1 mile offshore. The 3rd reef is 1.5 miles out. If the weather is nice we can go the extra mile out for the pelagics. Sardines drifted off the bottom by the buoys have resulted in sublegal grouper and one sublegal African pompano. It's $10 if you tell them you are launching at the boat ramp, $4 if you lie and launch there anyway. It's about a mile paddle north from the ramp to your spot after portaging over the beach.

    April 18, 2013

    • Charles

      Doesn't look like there is official trailer parking at the Green Arrow lot, but I have a folding trailer so if we're there early I should be able to put the trailer in the grass area. I'll call them and find out if this is allowed.

      April 19, 2013

    • Roger S.

      You can always just paddle north up the intracoastal and out the inlet, skipping a beach launch altogether :-)

      April 19, 2013

  • Clive Mc ( s.

    I would love to be fishing with you guys , but the four letter word WORK interferes with my desire

    April 19, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      We'll save some fish for you...no problem.

      April 19, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Last time I was at John Lloyd (some time last year) it was $6 to enter for the day and they didn't open the gates until 8am.

    April 19, 2013

    • KayakFrank

      You probably paid $6 because there were 2 people in the vehicle. $4 gets you in at 8 am. I figured 7:45 am so we can meet at the gated entrance, as not everyone is familiar with this location. You can get there at 8:00 am, and head straight to the Jetty Pavilion Brian, should you decide to join us.

      April 19, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    Okay Frank it's time for a little offshore fishing I'm in buddy. Tight lines and screaming drags -------------------------<o))))><

    April 18, 2013

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