Giant Tuna Caught on Deep Sea Sport Fishing Trip

giant tuna in the boat

Giant tuna caught on a deep sea sportfishing trip

A giant tuna was caught by Capt. Rod aboard the Kaydiddle on a fishing trip that left Fort Lauderdale.  The boat went 60 miles offshore, to just outside the Bahamas.  Giant tuna come through the pass between the Bimini islands out into the Gulfstream current on their migration northward.  On this fishing mission, most of our fishing was done without even baits in the water.  We patrol the waters with baits ready to launch if we see a tuna coming through.  These tunas are moving incredibly fast, more than 20 knots.  The boat has to go full throttle to get in front of them and drop back our baits.  Well, luck was on our side that day as we sighted a giant tuna coming off the bank.  We gunned the boat ahead and got in front of him and dropped the baits back to him, right on top of his head.  INSTA-BITE!!!

humongous giant tuna

Humongous giant tuna back at the dock in Cat Cay

The tuna hit the lure with an explosion that looked like a depth charge.  The 130 Penn International we were using tweaked over in the rod holder as the tuna sounded downward to the depths.  Our angler, Charles grabbed the rod and got strapped up into the fighting chair.  The fish fought us for over 3 hours, testing the equipment, the boat and all our strength.  When the fish got to the boat, we stuck the flying gaffs in him and began another challenging task of hauling the fish aboard.  We had no idea the fish was so large.  We brought this fish back into Cat Cay where we had to have a forklift, lift the fish out of the cockpit.  There was no scale large enough to weigh this fish, but we estimated it at 750-850 pounds.  It was an incredibly exciting day.  Bahamians from the entire island and some from the neighboring islands came and loaded up on tuna meat.  There was enough fish to feed the entire island for more than a week.  I’ve never caught a giant tuna until this one.  What a trip!  The giant fish are biting, this is a great time of year.  Let’s go fishing!


Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Grouper Fishing Season in Ft Lauderdale Opens with a Bang

Warsaw Grouper

Big warsaw grouper just caught wreck fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Grouper season opened up on May 1 and it started off with a bang.  We caught this 60 pound warsaw grouper deep dropping on a wreck in 275ft of water.  The fish ate a live blue runner we dropped as bait.  Groupers have been completely un-harassed the past 5 months with no one fishing for them.  This period of no one fishing for them has helped the groupers repopulate the wrecks making them more plentiful and easier to catch.  They are open now, so if you catch a grouper, you can finally keep him.

Big amberjack

Nice amberjack just caught fishing the bottom off a wreck

Blacks, gags, reds, warsaw and snowy groupers are all biting good on the bottom, especially around the shipwrecks that have been sunk to act as artificial reefs.  These underwater structures act as excellent habitats for groupers, amberjacks, cobia, barracuda, sharks and multitudes of smaller fish.  They also make great spots to fish on top of to get quick action on big game fish.  May is one of the best months of the year for bottom fishing around the wrecks.  Amberjacks are stacked up on these spots in record numbers.  Amberjacks are big fish, sometimes 40-60 pounds and they put up a hellacious fight.  These powerhouse fish are very aggressive and usually take the bait the second it hits the bottom.

Nice cobia just caught

Nice cobia just caught over a wreck in Fort Lauderdale

This is a great time of year for bottom fishing in Fort Lauderdale and it makes for supremely fun action.  You will usually come home with some pretty big fish and you can effectively hit quite a few wrecks in just a half day fishing trip.  If you’re looking for good action on strong fighting and big fish, a wreck fishing charter is for you.  Let’s go fishing!


Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Successful Swordfishing Trip with Dolphin Too

Nice catch of a swordfish and some dolphin at the dock in Ft Lauderdale

Successful daytime swordfishing trip in Fort Lauderdale with Fishing Headquarters

We went out on a daytime swordfishing trip today and had a great trip.  We started off trolling lures offshore in hopes of a marlin, sailfish or whatever else would bite.  We caught a tuna and a couple small-medium sized dolphin on the way out to fishing grounds.  Once we got out to swordfish territory, we set up our electric reels and did our first drop.  We use electric reels for daytime swordfishing because you need to drop the bait so deep to get it to where the swordfish are, 1100-1500ft down.  We are one of the only boats that has an electric reel which also has a hand crank, so you can use the electric reel function to get the bait back when you don’t get a bite or hand fight the fish if you hook up to one.

Swordfish on the deck

Swordfish laying on the deck of the boat, just after being caught.

BAMMO, as soon as the bait hit the bottom, we hooked up.  We must’ve dropped the bait directly on his head.  The angler got into the chair and we fought the fish all the way to the surface.  It wasn’t the biggest swordfish in the world, but it was a nice keeper size one, probably a 75 pounder.  We gaffed the fish and threw him in the boat.  Any swordfishing trip where you successfully capture a swordfish is a good trip.  Well, there’s only one thing better than a swordfish in the boat and that’s to have 2 swordfish in the boat!  We dropped again a few more times but never got another hit on a swordfish.  Time was running down, so we put our lures back out and began trolling home.

good daytime swordfishing catch of dolphin and swordfish

A nice swordfish and a rack of dolphin at the dock at the end of the day.

There were some nice weedlines formed offshore, so we trolled along them for a while.  We hit a couple more good size dolphin trolling and then finally hit our really big bull dolphin making the day and putting icing on the cake.  The biggest dolphin was over 25 pounds and was a solid, really nice bull.  The dolphin fishing offshore this time of year is phenomenal and if you’re out there with enough time to try it, there are some swordfish biting too.  You can catch anything this time of year when fishing offshore of Fort Lauderdale.  This is one of the best months of the year to come out on a fishing trip.  Good luck to everyone fishing this week.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Outstanding Fishing in Fort Lauderdale this Week

Nice hammerhead shark in the boat

Big hammerhead shark caught and released aboard the Big Game

The fishing is heating up in Fort Lauderdale this week.  Sharks are snapping in 350ft of water.  Hammerheads, makos and thresher sharks are all out there and moving through in strong numbers.  Head out about a mile and a half offshore, set your baits and wait a bit.  Chum the water and hum the theme to Jaws.  You won’t have to wait too long to get a bite on something that is probably larger than you are.  These monsters are 8-12ft and 200-400 pounds.  While you’re shark fishing, you may even pick up a big dolphin or a sailfish, everything is biting this time of year.

nice dolphin just caught in Ft Lauderdale

Nice dolphin just caught on a sportfishing charter.

Big dolphin have been a big hit this month.  10-20 pounders are hitting the docks every day and a few dolphin even bigger.  This is the best time of the year for the big dolphin in Fort Lauderdale.  Wahoo, tuna and sailfish are also swimming in the same waters and eat the same baits, so we’re catching them too.  We should have continued good dolphin fishing through June when it will subside and the fish will head much further offshore. Until then, it’s game on!

Nice amberjack just caught off a wreck

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping over a shipwreck.

Amberjacks are also a big hit this month.  Amberjacks, or AJs as we call them, are abundant on and around our local shipwrecks.  They stay close to the big structure and feed on all the smaller fish that also make the wrecks their home.  Amberjacks are voracious feeds and an extremely strong fighting fish.  They put up a great fight, even on the heaviest tackle, making them an attractive gamefish.  Drop a live bait down next to a shipwreck in 200-400ft of water and you shouldn’t have to wait long to get hooked into a big amberjack.

Golden tilefish caught in 600ft of water

Nice golden tilefish caught deep dropping in over 600ft of water

Tilefish are another deep dweller but these guys are really deep.  We catch grey tilefish in 400ft of water and golden tilefish in over 600ft of water.  These are one of the tastiest fish in the ocean.  Tilefish fight all the way up from the bottom, struggling the whole way.  While other fish like groupers give up half way up, tilefish don’t stop their fight until they are in the fish box.  We’re having an excellent year on these deep dwelling bottomfish, they are almost a guaranteed bite.

Bonitos and tunas on the dock

Nice catch of bonitos and tunas on a sportfishing trip.

Just about everything is biting out there this time of year, even bonitos and tunas.  While the massive ‘bonito run’ won’t begin until late July, there are some schools of them showing up already.  Mixed in with those bonito are blackfin tunas.  Like I said, everything is biting!  This is a great time of year to come fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  We wait all year for the good fishing we’re having now so come on out while the bite is good.  Let’s go fishing!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Dolphin Action on our All Day Fishing Trip

Nice dolphin catch on the Mary B III

Nice catch of dolphin on the Mary B III fishing trip

Our all day dolphin trip today had a great catch of dolphin.  They were biting in 150-400ft of water, just 1-2 miles off Fort Lauderdale beach.  We caught them scattered along the blue-green color change which is the edge of the Gulfsteam.  This warm water current, brings with it all the migratory fish, such as dolphin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish and more.  Today, it was dolphin and almost all the fish we caught were really nice ones.  Only one of the dolphin was under 10 pounds and the largest was 24 pounds.

Nice dolphin fish

Nice dolphin fish caught on the Mary B III All Day Trip

The dolphin were scattered and not schooled up.  We only caught 2 of the dolphin together, the rest were randomly caught throughout the day.  Usually, when we find dolphin, we find them all clumped together in a big school.  Today was not like that.  We caught them sporadically throughout the trip along weedlines, under birds circling low to the water and near floating debris.  It was more fun this way for us because there was action throughout the trip.  The dolphin bite is hot in south Florida right now.  This is the month that the dolphin come into the reef to do their annual spawning.  If you want to come out on a great trip to catch some mahi-mahi, do our all day trip aboard the Mary B III or a sportfishing charter.  Good luck to everyone fishing this week!

dolphin and kingfish at the dock

Nice catch of dolphin and kingfish at the dock

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Mako Shark Caught Today on a Shark Fishing Charter

nice mako shark at the dock

Nice mako shark at the dock after a shark fishing charter

Today was pretty cool, we caught a nice mako shark on a shark fishing charter.  Mako sharks are rare to catch fishing in Fort Lauderdale, so it was a treat for us.  We caught the mako in 350ft of water, kite fishing on the edge of the Gulfstream.  We were shark fishing with a spread of live goggle eyes in the kite and some big shark baits positioned mid-depth and on the bottom.  The mako took the mid-depth bait, a big bonito butterflied and rigged on heavy piano wire (#19 wire).  We knew it was a mako right away because as soon as it took the bait, the mako shot straight up to the surface and skyrocketed, jumping almost 15ft out of the water.  Makos are one of the very few sharks that will jump out of the water when on the line and they are famous for jumping up to 30ft high.  They are an awesome shark, with the gnarliest set of snaggle-teeth you will ever see in a shark.  They are shaped like a torpedo, perfectly hydrodynamic to achieve tremendous speeds.  We caught the mako pretty quickly, in under a 40 minute fight on our 80W Penn International.  This is shark fishing season in Fort Lauderdale and the sharks are snapping, but mako sharks are quite rare for us to catch this far south.  It was very cool to see.  We also caught a nice amberjack deep dropping on a wreck.  Nice fish!

Nice mako shark just caught

Nice mako shark just caught on a shark fishing charter in Ft Lauderdale

ambejack caught deep drop fishing on a wreck

Amberjack caught deep drop fishing on a wreck

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Mahi-mahi Fishing this week in Fort Lauderdale

Nice mahi-mahi just caught

Nice mahi-mahi just caught on a sportfishing charter

The mahi-mahi bite is hot just outside the reef of Fort Lauderdale.  For a few weeks in March, the mahi-mahi come in closer to shore than normal to do their annual spawn.  It usually happens the last couple weeks of March.  This week, we’re getting into some very nice mahi-mahi in 100-300ft of water, just a mile off our coast.  Trolling and kite fishing work best for catching these dolphin fish, trolling for action and kite fishing for the biggest ones.  Throughout the year, most of our dolphin are schoolie sized, 3-5 pounders.  This time of year is when the big ones hit, 10-20 pounders are much more common and a few monster bulls will be caught also.

Nice wahoo at the dock

Nice wahoo just caught trolling in Fort Lauderdale

Tunas, wahoo and sailfish are also biting good and in the same area where we’re catching the dolphin.  100-300ft of water is the magic zone to catch just about anything this month.  Blackfin tunas are schooling up and being caught on bug jigs and spoons.  Bonitos are mixed in with the schools of blackfins.  Wahoo usually stay deep, sometimes underneath schools of blackfins that are busting on the surface and sometimes just randomly on their own.  Sailfish are still moving through our waters strong and are being caught with some regularity while kite fishing.  You can’t go wrong no matter how you fish in March.

Nice cubera snapper caught deep dropping

Nice Cubera Snapper caught deep dropping on a wreck

Amberjacks, groupers, snappers and more are showing up around the wrecks.  Good action on the wrecks in 200-400ft of water.  A couple days ago we caught a nice Cubera Snapper.  We hardly ever catch those.  Just goes to show you how much variety and unusual fish are biting out there.  Amberjacks have been monsters, some of them over 50 pounds.  They are stacking up around the shipwrecks in awesome numbers and biting anything we throw down to them.  Andy, one of our regular sportfishing customers, went fishing the other day and said he wanted to go jack fishing.  We did and we caught some monsters for him.  The fishing is going great this March and it should last throughout April and May as well.  Good luck to everyone fishing this week.

Monster amberjack

Amberjack-a-saurus caught deep dropping on a shipwreck

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

They’re Here! Dolphin Run Is Happening in Ft Lauderdale

Nice dolphin just caught off Fort Lauderdale

Beauty of a dolphin caught sportfishing in Fort Lauderdale

It happens every year.  Whenever we get a strong easterly wind in March, the dolphin fishing action heats up in Fort Lauderdale.  Dolphin come right in on the reef to do their annual spawn.  These dolphin, normally an offshore fish, are being caught inshore of 300ft of water, just outside the reef.  While there are some schoolies mixed in, many of the dolphin we’re catching right now are nice size ones, 10-20 pounders.  This is the all-around best time of year for dolphin fishing.  It usually lasts anywhere from a couple weeks to a month and a half, depending on how long we get the strong winds out of the east.

Nice dolphin just boated

Nice dolphin just boated on a Fort Lauderdale fishing trip

Dolphin fishing is awesome but they aren’t the only fish in the sea.  This is also a great time for sailfish fishing, pretty much the same waters where we’re catching the dolphin.  Sailfish feed on the same baitfish and swim in the same water column as dolphin do, so we catch both species doing the same fishing techniques.  Kite fishing and trolling are the best fishing techniques to target these surface feeding gamefish.  This week, the sailfishing has been going off, especially in the afternoons.

Nice sailfish jumping next to the boat

One of 2 sailfish caught today on the Mary B III

Wahoo, tuna and kingfish are also biting pretty good on the reef.  This time of year, just about everything is biting.  Trolling is especially good this season because the boat is moving and you can cover a lot of territory.

Nice kingfish caught in the late afternoon

Nice kingfish caught in the late afternoon off the coast of Ft Lauderdale

Wreck fishing is also great this time of year because of the amberjacks.  Big amberjacks stack up around the shipwrecks in 200-300ft of water.  The wrecks are a great source of food with the numerous schools of baitfish that also make these shipwrecks their home.  Amberjacks are tremendous fighters.  They are extremely fun to catch as they put up one helluva fight.  Groupers are around the wrecks too, but unfortunately, if you catch one, you have to throw it back.  Groupers are out of season until May 1.  Fortunately with all the dolphin action, sailfish around and amberjacks around the wrecks, there’s plenty of fish to keep an angler busy.  Good luck to everyone fishing this week.

Nice tuna fish caught trolling

Nice tuna caught trolling in 200ft of water in Ft Lauderdale

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Great swordfishing trip today in Fort Lauderdale

Nice swordfish, dolphin and wahoo

Nice swordfish, dolphin and wahoo caught offshore of Fort Lauderdale

We had an awesome swordfishing trip today in Fort Lauderdale.  We went out daytime swordfishing on a charter and got one!  We started off trolling offshore and hit a couple nice mahi-mahi right off the bat.  As we were getting them close to the boat, an estimated 400 pound mako shark came up and ate both of them off the line.  We tried throwing a shark bait out to the mako, but it didn’t work.  We weren’t fast enough I guess.  We got out there to swordfish ground and started doing our drops.  The first drop nothing and the second drop we hooked up to this nice swordfish.  We caught him and threw him in the box.  We kept swordfishing for a few more drops with no more luck.  Glad we got the first one, it made the day.

Mahi-mahi dolphin caught offshore Ft Lauderdale

Nice mahi-mahi caught trolling offshore of Fort Lauderdale

On the way home, we trolled and caught a couple more mahi-mahi (one real nice one and one smaller one) and a nice wahoo.  A great day of fishing offshore of Fort Lauderdale.  There have been some nice swordfish biting off our coast, it was great to catch this one.  We don’t get to go swordfishing as often as we’d like, so this is a very special fish for us to catch.  The guys went home with a lot of good eating fish fillets from this trip.  We’re getting into our best time of year for swordfishing and fishing in general.  Fort Lauderdale really shines the next couple of months fishing wise.  This is a great time to come out and book a trip.  Let’s go fishing!

Capt Rod with a swordfish

Nice swordfish caught deep dropping offshore of Fort Lauderdale

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse

Action Packed March Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Nice wahoo just caught

Nice wahoo caught aboard the Big Game.

The fishing is going off in Fort Lauderdale this week.  Lots of wahoos, tunas, sailfish, sharks, amberjacks and more are biting.  March is the season when everything starts picking up and the biggest fish of the whole year hit the dock.  Already we’re seeing the action on the reefs and wrecks begin lighting up!  With the nice calm weather we’re having, we’ve fished every single day the past week.  Some big wahoos are biting in 200-300ft of water.  We’re catching them trolling the planers at a fast clip.  Yesterday, Capt. Dave and Chris landed a triple header wahoo!  On the same trip they caught a couple nice blackfin tunas and a couple bonitos.

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping on a shipwreck

You might recognize this family.  They were the ones that caught the monster Hammerhead shark with us last year!  They came back this year and caught this beauty of an amberjack.  This is the time of year when they big jacks begin showing up around our local shipwrecks in 200+ feet of water.  They congregate hard around these wrecks, as it is a source of constant food for their voracious appetites.  In another month, the jacks will be so thick around the wrecks, we won’t be able to drop the bait fully to the bottom without it being eaten by a hungry jack.  The fishing in Ft Lauderdale in the spring months IS THAT GOOD.

Nice jumping shot of a sailfish jumping

Nice sailfish jumping out of the water off Fort Lauderdale

Sailfish are still biting strong out here too.  The winter is the best season of the year for sailfish, but there are always some around in the spring too.  This week, we’ve had a great run of sailfish.  They are biting anywhere from 100-500ft of water.  Kite fishing with live goggle eyes has been working the best, but a few sailfish are being caught trolling too.  Sharks are also biting on the kites in the same depths of water.  Whenever we kite fish for sailfish, we always throw out a shark bait in case Jaws swims by.  We caught this nice tiger shark the other day doing this.

Nice tiger shark caught and released

Nice tiger shark Catch and Release aboard the Big Game

Out in the really deep waters, tilefish are showing up.  Not the regular grey tilefish we’ve been catching all winter long.  Golden tilefish, the tilefish that live in super deep waters, are biting in 500+ feet of water on the bottom.  If the conditions are right and there isn’t too much current to contend with, deep dropping in 500ft of water is working great for excellent golden tilefish catches this week.  Golden tilefish are great eating fish.  Some call them “poor man’s lobster”.  They are tough to catch, but worth the effort.  They are exceptional fighters too, fighting with all their strength the entire fight up to the surface.

Big golden tilefish

Monster golden tilefish caught in 600ft of water off Fort Lauderdale

The action is great on all kinds of species off our coast.  No matter what type of fish you’re after, March through May is our all-around best season of the year to come fishing.  Good luck to all the anglers fishing with us this week.  Catch ‘em up!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse