Big Wahoo and Lots of Kingfish on the Ft Lauderdale Reef

great catch of kingfish and wahoo

Huge wahoo and a whole rack of kingfish caught sportfishing today.

It was a helluva day at sea today with an awesome catch of kingfish, bonitos and a monster wahoo on our sportfishing charter.  The kingfish and bonitos are all over the reef, every which way we turn we’re hooking into a mulitple fish at a time.  Trolling is the best method of fishing this time of year to catch the most fish possible.  It is a technique where the boat is moving the whole time and we drag a spread of lures behind the boat to look like a school of fish trying to escape.  It allows us to cover a lot of territory on the water and cover the most ground possible.  When you’re trolling, you never know what you’re going to catch.  Bonitos, a 5-10 pound fish in the mackerel family, are biting great!  They are the most aggressive and are out there in the largest numbers.  Kingfish are starting to bite very good too.  Kingfish have been almost non-existent this year and are just starting to show up for us.

Big wahoo caught trolling the reef

Big wahoo caught trolling the reef in Ft Lauderdale

Last year, we had banner numbers of wahoo caught and the season is starting early.  During the past few days, several wahoos have been caught including this monster 37 pounder shown in the photo.  Wahoo were very active off our coast during the months of September through December last year.  It’s good to see them beginning to bite so early.

Big African Pompanos and a big mangrove snapper just caught

Big African Pompanos and a big mangrove snapper just caught drift fishing on the reef

Our drift fishing trips are catching a lot of action out there too.  This weeks catches have consisted of  a lot of yellowtail, mangrove and mutton snappers, some nice kingfish, bonitos, a couple blackfin tunas and several very large African Pompanos.

A bite this good can’t last for long.  This is a great time to come fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  So come out on the water and let’s go fishing!

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse
754-214-7863
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Great Action on our Fort Lauderdale Fishing Trips

Bull Dolphin

Big bull dolphin caught fishing offshore Ft Lauderdale

Summertime fishing is hot in Fort Lauderdale and this year was no exception.  Dolphin are biting pretty good offshore on both our sportfishing charters and on our All Day Dolphin Trip aboard the Mary B III.  Dolphin are biting anywhere from 3-7 miles off Fort Lauderdale and are hanging close to the weedlines that form offshore.  This week, we caught one of the biggest bulls I’ve seen caught in a while.  This bull caught approx 50 pounds and ate a rigged ballyhoo we were trolling about 4 miles offshore.  Excellent catch!  Most of the dolphin we’re seeing are schoolie sized ones with a big bull mixed in here or there.

Sailfish

Sailfish are starting to bite, nice sail caught 120ft deep in Ft Lauderdale

September is the beginning of sailfish season in Fort Lauderdale and the sailfish are showing up early!  We’ve caught several sailfish this week already.  Today’s cooler temperatures and Northeast winds indicate and early fall approaching.  Get ready for some awesome sailfish action this year.  Sailfish are biting mostly on the troll, but if this breezy weather continues we’ll be doing a lot more kite fishing.

bonitos, tunas, snappers and dolphin

Nice catch of dolphins, bonitos, snappers, tunas and more on the All Day Dolphin Trip aboard Mary B III

On the drift fishing trips, kingfish and bonitos are biting excellent.  Bonitos make a huge migration through our waters from July to September every year.  They are coming through in strong numbers and most of our trips are coming in with a lot of them.  Kingfish are also biting strong on the reef, some of them very big ones (Smokers!).  Snappers and groupers are biting on our drift fishing trips too, afternoons have had a little more action than the morning trips lately.

Mangrove and mutton snapper being held up just after landing

Nice mangrove and mutton snapper caught by John on the afternoon drift fishing trip

Night fishing is excellent this month.  Mangroves snappers are doing their annual spawn over the course of the next month and are biting voraciously.  The size of the mangroves we are catching right now is very unusual, some of them 4-5 pounds or even bigger.  Yellowtails are biting good too, but a lot of them are small.  About half of them are keepers and half are throw back.  A few big mutton snappers are being caught at night too, usually at least a few per trip.  Groupers, although a bit more rare, are a definite possibility on the night anchor trip… gag, black, red, strawberry and scamp groupers.

Great catch on the night anchor trip

Great catch of snappers on the night time anchor fishing trip aboard the Catch My Drift

Excellent fishing on our trips this time of year.  This is the season where Ft Lauderdale fishing really shines and there is a lot of action to be had.  Good luck to everyone fishing with us this week, I’ll sea ya on the water!

 

Tight Lines,

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