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January Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Slob kingfish caught on live bait

Slob kingfish caught live baiting on our sportfishing charter.

The action is great on the Fort Lauderdale reef this week.  The big kingfish are moving in.  We’re catching them using live baits in 90-200ft of water.  January and February are the months for the big kingfish here in south Florida.  While live baiting on the reef, you also have the chance at blackfin tunas, wahoo, sailfish, mahi-mahi and sharks.  Lately there have been a lot of small blackfin tunas around.  We’re getting them to bite small natural feathers that we drag around.  Wahoo aren’t super common, but they are out there.  We catch wahoo when we least expect it and you can almost always tell it is a wahoo when it bites.  They hit like a freight train and take a huge run right off the bat.  Then, once you get their head turned, they stay straight behind the boat and pull down deep.  Wahoo always bite the deepest bait you have set.

Amberjack just pulled up from a wreck.

Nice amberjack caught bottom fishing near a shipwreck.

Sailfish season is still in full swing.  We’re catching them on and just outside of the reef.  Kite fishing is working best for sailfish, but we do catch them sometimes on the troll or by slow dragging live baits out of the outriggers.  We have about 2 more months of good sailfishing until it dies down.  Sharks, which hunt in the same waters as sailfish, are just starting to show up for their massive migration down our coastline.  Every year, hammerheads, thresher, mako, dusky and bull sharks swim down our coastline along their migratory pattern.  In their travels, they end up just 1 mile off our coastline, perfect for us to target them on our half day charters.  February through May has some off-the-scale shark fishing.  Good luck out there fishing over the next few weeks.  The big fish are biting!  Sea ya on the water.

Sailfish on the line jumping.

Nice sailfish jumping behind the boat.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


January Fishing Action in Fort Lauderdale

Huge kingfish caught trolling on the reef.

A huge kingfish caught sportfishing in Ft Lauderdale.

There’s a good variety of fish biting on the Fort Lauderdale rip.  The little chill spell we had this week got the sailfish frisky.  Sails are biting in 130-180ft of water, right on the current edge.  Trolling and kite fishing are both effective techniques for sailfish, but kite fishing is usually best.  You can’t beat a fresh and frisky live bait suspended out of the kite.  There’s a lot of big fish moving through our waters this month.  This is the peak of sailfish season where you have the absolute best chances at catching one.  It’s also the unofficial start of our shark fishing season.  The main season for shark fishing is February through May, but there is usually a BIG flurry of big sharks that come through our waters this month for a few days.  It’s kind of a prelude to the main shark season.

A pair of bloody mahi-mahi dolphin just boated.

Nice pair of dolphin caught trolling on the Ft Lauderdale reef

Bottom fishing deserves a big mention this month too.  First off, our drift fishing trips do mostly bottom fishing… drifting by day and anchor fishing at night.  Snappers bite very good this month.  Snappers bite pretty good during the day, but they bite the best at night.  Night anchor fishing can be quite good for catching yellowtail and mangrove snappers.  They are the shallow water snappers and when  we chum, they can swarm in good numbers on some nights.  Daytime fishing is good for mutton snapper, the bigger snappers that we catch.  Drifting is a good method to target these larger snapper as well as groupers, jacks and other bottom fish because the boat covers a lot ground drifting over the reef.  Even though it doesn’t seem like the boat is moving, you actually are moving at a pretty good pace, carried by the wind and current.  We get a lot of bottom species drift fishing during our day trips including mutton snapper, black grouper, almaco jack, and literally over a hundred other possible species.

Nice mutton caught by youngster

Nice mutton snapper caught by this young man on our drift fishing trip

Wahoo and blackfin tuna are also lurking the reefs.  They bite particularly well around the Full and New Moons.  Blackfin tuna and bonito schools patrol the reefs this time of year to hunt schools of small sardines and pilchards.  There are also some very large kingfish around on the reef out there too.  This is the time of year that anything can happen… and does!  We catch some of our largest gamefish of the year in January.  Good luck to everyone fishing this month.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

nice couple of dolphin just caught

Couple of dolphin caught on our sportfishing charter.

Grouper caught bottom fishing

A lucky black grouper caught wreck fishing,

Big pile of snappers caught fishing off Ft Lauderdale

LOTS of snappers on our night anchor trip in Ft Lauderdale.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


Mixed Bag of Fish for Christmas Week

Nice wahoo just caught in Fort Lauderdale

Big wahoo catch on our sportfishing charter.

We’re fishing non-stop on all our daily trips this week.  Lots of action on the drift boat and sportfishing boats.  Our drift boat is catching good numbers of snappers, with some king mackerels mixed in and a few groupers.  The sportfishing charters are hitting a few sailfish, scattered mahi-mahi dolphin, a rare wahoo and some kings and blackfin tunas.  The wreck are holding a few fish too such as grouper and amberjack.  The breezy weather we’re getting this past week has been good fishing conditions for some of our best gamefish.  Activity on the top of the water creates activity beneath.

Big grouper being held on the boat

Nice grouper caught on our sportfishing charter in Fort Lauderdale.

First off, there is a great black grouper bite happening in Fort Lauderdale.  Our sportfishing boats are catching them around the wrecks by dropping live baits and waiting for the bite.  Our drift fishing trips are catching some groupers too by using cut bait and bottom fishing on the reefs.  The black groupers are biting stupendously and are great to see.  This is the best I’ve seen the black groupers bite in years.  Around the wrecks, we’re also sometimes hitting a big amberjack or even an elusive cobia.  Both are big fish are put up excellent fights.

nice grouper just landed

Nice black grouper caught deep dropping over a wreck off Fort Lauderdale

On our sportfishing charters, trolling is generally the best method to cover the most ground and catch the most fish.  Trolling the reefs this time of year can yield anything.  Some mahi-mahi are coming in close and biting in only 150ft of water.  Wahoo, blackfin tuna, barracuda, and sailfish are also possible catches on the troll in this zone and all are biting this season.  Although there are more effective ways to target sailfish, trolling is the best all-around fishing technique where you can catch just about anything.

Nice dolphin catch on the drift boat

Nice dolphin caught on our drift fishing trip aboard Catch My Drift

Drift fishing trips are catching good catches of snappers.  Our morning and afternoon trips go drifting on the reef for snappers, sometimes groupers, kingfish and anything else that bites.  A few kingfish are biting on mid-depth and surface baits.  Bottom fishing yields the most action and the best technique to catch snapper and grouper.  Snappers always bite the absolute best at night and our night trip has been coming in with some respectable catches this week.  Yellowtails are biting in great numbers on our night anchor trip, as well as some larger sized mangrove and mutton snappers.  Groupers, jacks, porgies, grunts and lots of other bottom species make up our night anchor trip catches.

Nice wahoo caught trolling.

Nice wahoo caught on the troll offshore of Ft Lauderdale.

Kite fishing, a form of live baiting we do in stiff wind condtions, is probably the all-around best technique to catch sailfish off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.  On our sportfishing charter, we often fly 2 kites and dangle live baits from it so that the baits are suspended on the surface of the water, away from the boat.  This technique keeps the baitfish struggling on the surface to keep their heads underwater and in doing so, they transmit fish-in-distress signals.  Sailfish, mahi-mahi and big game sharks cannot resist this technique and although we don’t catch as many fish as we can on the troll, we have the potential to catch our area’s largest and most sought after gamefish.  We catch almost all our biggest fish doing this fishing technique and it’s really awesome to see the gamefish come up to the surface, attacking the bait.

Lots of dolphin and a sailfish caught on our deep sea fishing trip.

Great dolphin and sailfish catch on our all day fishing charter.

All in all, it’s a great time of year to  come fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  The action is great, some good variety and some of our biggest gamefish of the year will be caught.  Don’t shy away from fishing on the roughest days.  The days with wind and rain, low pressure and rough seas, are generally the best we catch our greatest catches.  Good luck on the water this week.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

Nice grouper catch

Another big black grouper caught sportfishing in south Florida.

Nice dolphin catch on our sportfishing charterboat.

Nice mahi-mahi dolphin caught on our sportfishing charter.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


Great Sailfish and Dolphin Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Nice sailfish just caught in Fort Lauderdale

Sailfishing is great this month off the coast of Fort Lauderdale

It’s been a windy and rough week for our fishing boats this week, most days with winds over 20 mph.  It was also some of the best fishing we’ve had in months.  Mahi-mahi dolphin are snapping lately in only 100-300ft of water (that’s just a mile and a half offshore).  The dolphin are mixed in sizes with most of them schoolie sized with a few monsters mixed in.  We’re catching them trolling the inside edge of the Gulfstream and just outside the reef.  November-December is always a good couple months for dolphin fishing but this year has been the best I’ve seen it in a while.  The roughness of the ocean has helped a lot.  The worse days for weather are invariably the best days for fishing.

Everyone holding dolphin after a trip

Nice dolphin catch on our sportfishing charter.

Trolling the waters in 100-300ft is excellent for catching dolphin this week, but that’s also prime territory for wahoo, kingfish and blackfin tuna.  The moon is ripe for wahoo this week so expect to see some nice ones hit the dock.  We’re getting a few right now but this upcoming week should be a great wahoo bite.  Blackfin tunas are showing up on the reefs too.  There’s lots and lots of little ones which can be caught easy enough with a small natural feather and a select few really big ones in the 25-35 pound range, caught mostly on natural rigged ballyhoo or live baits.  Kingfish are also mixed into our catches and Nov-Dec is a great month for some of the larger kings.

Kids holding sailfish and dolphin at the dock

These kids braved the seas and caught a big sailfish and a bunch of dolphins

The super strong winds aid in one other thing this time of year, kite fishing.  For kite fishing, a stiff, steady wind is a prerequisite.  We’re deep into sailfish season now and they are active out there.  We really haven’t had a cold front come through yet this year, but as soon as the first cold spell hits, we will an off-the-scale sailfish bite.  It’s regular for us to see 1, maybe 2 sailfish on a half day charter this time of year.  Every time the weather drops below 70 degrees over the next 2 months, prepare for an epic sailfish bite with lots of sailfish bites all day long.

Cobia just caught off the bottom

Nice cobia caught on our sportfishing charter

There’s a lot of variety around this time of year.  With the great action on the troll and perfect conditions for kite fishing, we don’t do a whole lot of bottom fishing.  But the bottom fishing around the wrecks is pretty darn good too.  Amberjacks, groupers and cobia frequent the wrecks pretty regularly this season, so on the days when the bite slows down for trolling, it’s not a bad idea to go fish a wreck.

Nice couple holding an amberjack

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping on a shipwreck in Fort Lauderdale

Sharks come through around the wrecks this time of year too, so if you hook into a nice fish, get him in quick or you’ll end up with only half a fish.  Sharks are very aggressive around the wrecks this time of year so we offer specialty shark fishing charters where we fish for big game sharks using serious big game shark tackle.

Nice dolphin catch

Nice dolphin catch by a couple on a fishing vacation in Fort Lauderdale

There’s a great bite happening over the next couple months off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.  Good luck to everyone fishing.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


Wahoos Are Snapping in Fort Lauderdale

Nice wahoo just boated off Fort Lauderdale.

Very large wahoo just caught, estimated at 50 pounds.

What a great trip we had yesterday with a total catch of 4 wahoo, blackfin tuna and kingfish… all in a half day sportfishing charter.  The wahoos were snapping in 300ft of water off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.  We were out on a half day sportfish charter and went immediately to slow trolling live goggle eyes out of the outriggers.  There was enough wind for the kite but slow trolling allows us to cover more territory with the baits.  On the first bite, there were 3 wahoos fighting over the long-rigger bait.  The goggle eye was jumping out of the water, freaking out.  The biggest one finally got it in its mouth and the two others swam up and ate the other 2 rigger baits.  Once we caught those, and it took a while, we circled back through the same area and caught anther big wahoo, a big blackfin tuna and a nice kingfish.  It was some serious action.  The biggest one estimated 50 pounds and 2 out of 3 of the others were over 30.  You never know what you’ll catch on one of our deep sea fishing trips.

Nice catch of fish at the dock in Ft Lauderdale

Nice rack of fish at the end of the trip- 4 wahoo, 1 kingfish and 1 blackfin tuna

The fishing has been good this fall fishing season for us.  The mullet run always brings a lot of fish with it… dolphins, tuna, wahoo, sailfish and more.  We catch some of our nicest fish of the whole year over the next month or 2.  It’s been a little quiet on sailfish, but they will start snapping as soon as we have our first cold front.  For now, mahi-mahi are biting very good on the outside edge of the reef, some of them quite large. Wahoo are lurking the same area.  Bonitos, kingfish and tuna are biting pretty good on the reef.  It’s been excellent trolling and live baiting lately.  Good luck to everyone fishing over the next few weeks.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

holding the fish at the dock for a picture

Holding the fish up at the dock, nice catch of wahoos and tuna/kingfish

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


Good Fish Biting on our Ft Lauderdale Charters

Big warsaw grouper

Huge warsaw grouper caught on our sportfishing charter.

The fishing is good this week in Fort Lauderdale.  The action on the reef is still hot with lots of bonitos and kingfish still around.  Best bite is in 90-140ft, right on and just outside the reef.  Bonitos are still thick and biting strong.  If you’re catching a lot of bonitos, you are in the perfect zone for kingfish, wahoo and blackfin tunas as well, it’s just bonitos are much more aggressive.  Keep catching the bonitos and you’ll get a surprise on the line every now and then.  It’s great and fun action.

Lots of bonitos just caught on the reef

Great action on the Fort Lauderdale reef.

There are some dolphin offshore right now.  You have to spend some time looking for them but they are out there.  I have found the best zone is about 3-7 miles offshore, wherever the seaweed lines form.  Keep an eye out for Frigate birds out there too.  Dolphin are not a sure thing.  You can spend the whole day out there without a bite.  You can also go out there and find a school and load your whole fishbox up in a matter of minutes.  That’s fishing!  Dolphin are a worthwhile investment in time as it can pay off big.  If you want dolphin do an All Day Trip as it gives you the best shot.  4 hours is often not enough time.

Nice dolphin catch in Ft Lauderdale

Nice catch of dolphin on the Mary B III sportfishing charter.

Wreck fishing is also going good this time of year.  There are some late season amberjacks still biting on the wrecks.  Best season for amberjack fishing is of course the spring months.  It’s kind of late in the year but the amberjacks are still here in better then average numbers.  Also around the wrecks are almaco jacks (a close relative of the amberjack), and once in a while a big grouper.  Black, red groupers and the occasional huge warsaw grouper are possibilities this time of year.

Drift fishing for mutton snappers

Nice mutton snapper caught on our drift fishing trip.

Drift fishing has slowed down a bit but there is still plenty of action on the snappers.  Nice mutton snappers are biting pretty good.  We catch a couple nice mutton snappers on our drift fishing trips more often than not.  Mangroves and yellowtails make up the majority of our keeper snappers though.  Morning and afternoon are both good trips but our night trip is hands down the best.  Snappers are nocturnal and bite best at night.  Mangrove snappers are quite large this time of the year.  With the kingfish and bonitos mixed into the catch, there are some good catches during the day trips too.

Yellowtail snappers are biting

Nice yellowtail snappers caught on our drift boat

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


September Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Nice sailfish caught on the troll

Nice sailfish caught trolling in Fort Lauderdale

September is a great month for fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  It’s officially our last month of summer and the beginning of our fall fishing season.  We get the best of both seasons.  First off, the summertime action on the reef has not slowed down.  Bonitos and kingfish are still biting excellent anywhere in 80-120ft of water.  Some barracuda, small tunas and sometimes a wahoo are being caught trolling in those same waters.  And besides the great summertime fishing, this is the start of our sailfish season in Ft Lauderdale.  Sailfish start biting now and the bite continues to get stronger and stronger as the weather cools down, climaxing in January-February.  Sailfish are a definite possibility this month on any reef trip.  We catch them on our sportfishing and drift boats.

Wahoo caught on the troll

Wahoo caught trolling offshore Fort Lauderdale

Our drift fishing trips are doing well on mangroves and yellowtails, emphasis on the mangroves.  Some nice size mangroves are hitting the docks and decent numbers of them.  Assortment of big yellowtails and some small mutton snappers may be mixed in the catch too.  Groupers are around this time of year and are biting, a few reds or a big black might be caught on our daytime drift trips.  Adding even more variety this time of year are cobia as they migrate through our waters.  Cobia are hungry, inquisitive and spooky fish.  They are challenging to hook, catch and actually get/keep in the boat.  They put on every bit as strong a fight inside the boat as they do on the line.  Cobia are great eating and always an exciting, unexpected surprise.  They move through in schools this time of year following stingrays, turtles and other slow moving sea creatures.  You never know when you’ll catch them.  We caught our first few of the season this past week.

Nice cobia in the boat.

Nice cobia caught aboard the Mary B III.

You never know what you will catch this time of year as different fish are biting every day.  One day they are biting good and the next they are temperamental and won’t eat a thing.  Only one thing about fishing is predictable and that is that fishing is unpredictable.  Have fun and enjoy the great fishing off Fort Lauderdale beach.  Sea ya on the water.

Nice snapper catch

Nice catch of snappers on our night anchor trip

Nice catch fishing the Ft Lauderdale reef

Fun reef fishing trip with bonitos and kingfish

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


Great Action Fishing the Fort Lauderdale Reefs

Big black grouper caught drift fishing on the reef

Steve with a monster black grouper caught drift fishing on the Catch My Drift

There’s a multitude of fish showing up on the Fort Lauderdale reefs.  First off, on our drift fishing trips, we’re catching a lot of mangrove and yellowtail snappers.  An occasional big grouper might be caught on one of our drift trips too.  Mainly, we’re bottom fishing on that trip, but if an angler prefers a top-water rig, you have the possibility of kingfish, bonitos, blackfin tunas and mahi-mahi.  All are possible catches this month fishing the water over the 100-120′ reef.

Happy fisherman posing with a snowy grouper

Nice snowy grouper caught bottom fishing off the Fort Lauderdale coast

On our sportfishing charters, the stakes go up.  Trolling allows us to cover 10X the territory that we can cover drifting in the same time period.  We can troll deep lines and surface lines simultaneously, cover all the different water columns on the reef.  Trolling the reefs this month yields bonitos and kingfish, sometimes more bonitos than you even care to catch!  Also you have the chance at an oddball blackfin tuna, barracuda or wahoo!  Even a sailfish or two gets caught on the troll this season.

Nice wahoo just caught and all lit up.

Nice wahoo caught on a sportfishing charter with Fishing Headquarters.

Mahi-mahi mainly stay further offshore this time of year.  Once in a while they may come in on the reefs, but they mainly stay 5-10 miles offshore.  There’s too many predators on the reefs this month.  Going out for mahi-mahi is a gamble.  We get them sometimes, but not all the time.  And it requires a big investment in time, usually a 6 hour is the least we go that far offshore on as it leaves nothing to fall back on if we don’t find them out there.  But that’s fishing… And it makes it all the more exciting when we do find a school of them and we can crush ’em, fill the whole fish box in minutes.  The dolphin are out there to be found, you just have to go looking and cover A LOT of ground.  Mostly schoolies this time of year but they’re grouped together in schools so you can catch a good amount of them.  Sometimes a big one will be out there, a loner maybe with a cow or two with him.  Dolphin fishing can be hours and hours of boredom, interrupted by a few moments of chaos and panic.

Good action on the reef.  Wahoo and bonito.

Nice wahoo and bonito caught trolling the reef.

Wrecks deserve an honorable mention too as they are holding some big fish this month.  Amberjacks are still biting on the deep wrecks.  It’s a worthwhile endeavor to save 1/2 hour at the end of the trip to cherry pick a couple shipwrecks to make a quick drop on with a live bait… to see if anyone is home. Once in a while, a huge warsaw grouper might be caught.  These monsters of the deep aren’t caught often, but I sure get excited when one of them pops up to the surface.  Coming up from so deep, the gases expand inside their belly cavity and it blows the stomach up with air.  That’s what’s poking out of the warsaw’s mouth in the picture below.  These monsters of the deep are fun to catch as they fight extremely hard (until they get near the surface).

Big warsaw on the deck with his belly sticking out of his mouth.

Huge warsaw on the deck with Capt. Rod lying beside him.  That’s his belly sticking out of his mouth.

There’s a lot biting off the Fort Lauderdale coast this month, especially on the reef.  While some days are slow days and some days are great days, the majority of fishing trips this month should be action packed with some great fish stories.  Good luck everyone.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


500 Pound Swordfish Caught Daytime Swordfishing in Fort Lauderdale

500 pound swordfish caught on our daytime swordfishing trip

Monster swordfish caught on a daytime swordfishing charter in Fort Lauderdale with Fishing Headquarters.

There are some monster fish biting off the Fort Lauderdale coast this week.  Sailfish and sharks have been active, lots of action on the reef and there are some pretty large fish biting around the shipwrecks.  That’s not all though.  Today we had a daytime swordfishing charter and ended up catching an estimated 500 pound swordfish, one of the biggest we’ve ever caught off our dock.  It was an incredibly exciting and equally exhausting catch.  Fishing trips like this don’t happen every day.

Hauling the swordfish into the boat.

Hauling the monster swordfish into the boat.

We had a swordfishing trip today, a daytime trip, which meant fishing with electric reels down on the bottom out in 1500 ft of water.  Up until a few years ago, we would only go swordfishing at night.  Swordfish are nocturnal feeders.  During the day, they stay down on the bottom at average depths of 1500ft deep.  At night, swordfish rise to within a few hundred feet of the surface to actively feed and look for food.  It only made sense to us to only go out to fish for them at night.  We never fished for them during the day because we didn’t think they would bite. In the past few years, we’ve found out how wrong we were.  Swordfish feed during the daytime too, they just stay down deep in the cooler waters during the daylight hours.

Happy crew with their monster catch!

Capt. Rod and Mick with their monster catch!

On our daytime swordfishing charters, we usually troll out to the fishing grounds which are about 20 miles offshore.  This is through prime mahi-mahi territory.  Mahi-mahi are actually more of a high-percentage catch for us on swordfishing charters than swordfish are.  On the troll offshore, you can hit mahi-mahi, blackfin tuna, barracuda, wahoo and even the rare and elusive blue marlin.  Today though, we didn’t get a single bite on the way out to swordfishing grounds.

pulling the swordfish up onto the dock

Swordfish being pulled up onto the dock

We made 4 drops before we finally hooked the fish.  Each drop is pretty time consuming.  At those depths, it takes 10-15 minutes just to drop your bait all the way to the bottom.  With the Gulfstream current, its hard to keep the bait on the bottom without letting it drift up higher.  The scope of the line and the current are constantly pulling it.  Anyway, on a single swordfish drop, you get about 15-20 minutes of bottom time with the bait in the zone.  After that, it has drifted up too high so we reel it in and start again.  It takes 15-20 minutes for the electric reel to wind in all that line, without a fish on it.

Mick posing with the swordfish on the dock

Big swordfish on the dock after a daytime swordfishing charter.

On the 4th drop, we finally got a hookup and it was BIG.  The fish smoked drag off the reef for the longest time.  We must have had almost a mile of line off the reel.  We slowly gained it back in, inch by inch.  After two hours, we finally got sight of the fish and could see how big it was.  The last hundred feet of line took the longest and the fish appeared bigger and bigger and we brought him up closer to the surface.  When we had the fish about 20 feet away, Mick, the first mate on the trip, threw the harpoon which impaled the fish through it’s shoulder.  The fish was caught!

Hauling the fish into the boat was more than a small task.  It took everyone aboard to get this fish into the boat.  High fives all around!  There was no beating the catch we just got so we throttled up and ran the 20 miles back to Fort Lauderdale to take pictures with the fish.  We used a block and tackle to lift the fish onto the dock.  We took pictures with the fish over the course of the next hour and half.  After the photos were done, we cut the fish up and gave the meat away to friends and customers, feeding over a hundred different people.  Catches of swordfish this size don’t happen often.

The big fish are biting off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.  Swordfish, sharks, sailfish, marlin, barracuda and amberjacks are all big game fish that are in season now and lurking off our coast.  Let’s go fishing.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
FishHeadquarters.com


Fishing Picking Up in Fort Lauderdale- Hot Reef Action

Nice dolphin and wahoo catch in Ft Lauderdale

Nice catch of dolphin and wahoo on our sportfishing charter

The fishing is picking up this week in Fort Lauderdale.  The drift boats are catching lots of yellowtail and mangrove snappers.  Sportfishing boats are catching a mix of tunas, bonitos, kingfish, mahi-mahi and wahoo.  Some big fish are showing up around the wrecks too including big groupers and amberjacks.  Our fishing action is heating up as fast as the south Florida weather.

Nice snapper catch on the drift boat

Nice catch of snappers caught drift fishing on the Catch My Drift.

First off, the drift boat trips are catching a lot of snappers.  Yellowtails and mangroves are biting great on all 3 trips (morning, afternoon and night).  Almost all of them are keeper size and we’re catching good numbers of them.  A few of our mangrove snappers have been humongous lately.  Lots of grunts, porgies, toro, jacks and other small bottom fish are biting.  A few kingfish are starting to bite on the drift boat, with a couple bonitos mixed in.  Our night anchor fishing trip is slamming a lot of snappers, mostly yellowtails and mangroves but a few muttons mixed in.  Groupers are biting too, but not in abundance.  A few red groupers, a rare black and quite a few hinds/coneys.

Nice pile of fish on the dock after a trip

Nice catch of yellowtails, muttons and lots of action on the drift boat.

Sportfishing boats are doing well trolling the reef.  Action is good with some bonitos, small blackfin tunas, kingfish keeping the action steady throughout the trip and every now and then something unexpected jumps on there.  Odd ball catches on the reef this season are larger sized blackfin tunas, barracuda, sailfish, wahoo and sometimes even jacks or pompano.  Wrecks are holding some good fish.  Amberjacks are here and biting on all the wrecks over 200ft deep.  Some big groupers have hit the dock this week too.  You never know what you might catch live baiting around the shipwrecks.

 

Blackfin tuna off Ft Lauderdale

Nice blackfin tuna caught trolling the reef.

There’s good action on the troll with the possibility of catching something bigger.  If you troll a little further offshore, some dolphin are showing up about 8-10 miles offshore.  They are mostly schoolies, schooled up so if you find a school, you can sit on it and catch a bunch of them.  Watch for floating debris, weedlines, birds or anything out of the ordinary to find fish.  When you get one on the line, keep it in the water for a minute or two to see if a school shows up.

Nice dolphin just boated

24 pound dolphin just caught trolling in Fort Lauderdale

There’s plenty to keep you busy this month fishing the waters of Fort Lauderdale.  Good luck to everyone fishing over the next couple weeks.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping

Amberjack caught deep dropping on a shipwreck offshore Ft Lauderdale

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
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