Fort Lauderdale Deep Sea Fishing

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3 guys kneeling next to their mixed bag of fish they came back in with on a charter

Nice mixed bag of fish caught on a half day sportfishing charter

The reef action lights up this month with lots of bonitos, kingfish, barracuda and blackfin tunas biting.  We’re catching them trolling, the best technique of sportfishing during the summer months.  Trolling is a technique of dragging lures and rigged baits, up and down the reefs and along the edge of the Gulfstream to try to catch whatever we come across.  Its the best technique in the summer months because the fish are all scattered over the reefs and moving around, so it takes some traveling and looking around for them to find ’em.   Action in the summer is great.  While you are trolling, you will periodically hit little flurries of action on bonitos, kingfish, blackfin tunas.  Sometimes a big barracuda, wahoo or even sailfish jumps on the line.  You never know what you might catch when you are trolling.

Teenager holding a blackfin tuna on the gaff freshly brought out of the water.

Nice blackfin tuna just gaffed and brought into the boat on our deep sea fishing charter.

Drift fishing is awesome in the summers months.  On our day trips, we’re drifting over the reefs so you can bottom fish with a chicken rig or fish for muttons with a longer leader.  On the day trips you can also float a kingfish line out there in hopes of a big kingfish bite.  You never know what you’ll catch drift fishing in the summertime.  June is a month for mutton snappers, big mangroves, kingfish and red groupers.  Night fishing is just as good.  Snappers are biting really good.  June is the mangrove snapper spawn.  They bite really good at night, sometime off-the-scale-good.  Mangroves usually have a few nights in the summer when they snap!  They do their annual spawning along the reefs, and then throw caution to the wind and eat everything they come across.  It’s a great snapper fishing event and we have some epic snapper catches this month on our night anchor fishing trips.

Kyle holding a big mutton snapper next to the lady angler who caught it, aboard the Catch My Drift.

Nice mutton snapper caught on our deep sea drift fishing trip by this fisher gal.

Wreck fishing is quite good in the early part of the summer.  The amberjacks from the Spring months were late this year and are still biting strong on most of the wrecks over 200ft of water.  Almaco jacks too are biting very good.  Groupers are a bit more elusive but they are there if you fish for them.  I like to fish a bit deeper for grouper 300+ feet of water for the snowy groupers.  We’re catching them on some of the deep wrecks and on an all day private charter, we can load up on the snowys going from wreck to wreck until we find them biting.  Vermillion snappers are biting too, but with all the action on the reefs, we haven’t been fishing for them much.

3 guys at sea in a boat holding up a big grouper, amberjack and some tilefish.

Nice catch of bottom fish on this deep dropping sportfishing charter out of Fort Lauderdale

Offshore fishing in Fort Lauderdale is more hit or miss.  Outside of 350ft of water, the continental shelf starts to really slope off.  It gets deep very quickly.  2 miles offshore, you are in over 600 feet of water.  Out there in these depths, there are only 2 main targets:  mahi-mahi dolphin and swordfish.  Both require really long trips to target because of the time requirement.  For dolphin, you need to cover some ground out there, the more nautical miles the better.  Every mile of territory you troll over increases your chances of finding dolphin.  Some days you find them in the first 15 minutes.  Much more often, it will be hours and hours before you find your first fish.  The good thing about dolphin is that they are gregarious.  If you find one, you are likely to find a whole school of them out there, sometimes enough to load your entire fish box in shot.  My dad always described dolphin fishing as, “hours and hours of boredom, interrupted by a moment of panic”.  It is really exciting when you do find the dolphin out there and your effort that you did to find them pays off.

Father and son with a boatload of mahi-mahi caught on our sportfishing charter.

Great catch of mahi-mahi on our sportfishing charter on Father’s Day weekend.

Swordfish requires it’s own trip.  You have to go even further offshore, about 15 miles offshore to get to swordfishing territory.  There are 2 ways to fish swordfish.  You can daytime deep drop for them or you can night drift for them.  Night drift is nice because you can use hand crank rods and put 4-5 lines out as you are fishing near the surface.  Daytime deep dropping only allows you to fish one line at a time and it must be an electric reel because of the extreme depths out there.  Check out our YouTube channel (and subscribe!) to see the cool swordfish video I just posted.  Swordfish are truly epic fish, both a world class trophy gamefish and a great eating fish as well.  And they get to be very large.  If you are interested in a swordfish charter, the summer months are excellent for swordfishing.

It should continue to be some great fishing this month for both our drift fishing and our sportfishing charters.  There’s lots of action to be had, you just have to go out and wet a line.  Good luck to everyone fishing with us.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

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

 

Looking down into the fish box, filled with mutton snappers, yellowtail snappers, red grouper, mangrove snappers and grunts.

Nice pile of fish in the fish box during our Ft Lauderdale drift fishing trip.

2 guys on a boat in the ocean holding about a 12 pound blackfin tuna they just caught.

Nice tuna caught on our sportfishing charter out of Fort Lauderdale.

A couple guys holding their catch of a blackfin tuna and 2 nice kingfish, on a boat while out in the ocean.

A nice tuna and a couple kingfish caught on our sportfishing charter.

Kyle holding a mutton snapper next to the kid that caught him aboard the Mary B III drift fishing boat.

Nice mutton snapper caught by this fisher kid on a drift fishing trip out of Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters

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Bobby holding up a big black grouper

Nice black grouper caught shipwreck fishing in Fort Lauderdale

We’re getting some smoker kingfish, mahi-mahi, blackfin tunas and groupers on our Fort Lauderdale fishing charters this week.  The fish are out there, you have to work to catch them but they are there.  Trolling the reef is producing the best action.  Fish tend to congregate in the same depth for hours at a time, so when you notice you keep getting bites when trolling through a specific depth, keep working that area.

Lucky angler holding his nice red grouper on the back of the drift boat.

Nice red grouper caught on our drift boat.

Wreck fishing is producing some good numbers of fish too.  Groupers and amberjacks are biting on 200-300ft shipwrecks.  Grouper season just opened so there are some pretty big fish on those spots still.  Amberjacks are also biting around these same wrecks; the magic number seems to be wrecks in the 200-300ft depth range.  These wrecks hold the best numbers of fish this time of year.

Nice dolphin caught drifting on the Fort Lauderdale reef

Nice dolphin caught drift fishing aboard the Catch My Drift

Sharks, sailfish and mahi-mahi are all the big game fish that are biting on the top of the water.  Kite fishing is effective in catching these surface feeding gamefish.  Kite fishing is done by flying kites and attaching the baits to pressure release clips strung along the kite.  The kite keeps the live baits suspended on the surface and splashing.  This draws the surface predatory fish in like ringing the dinner bell.  The action isn’t as good as trolling, but this is the technique best used to get big bites on big fish on the surface.  I love kite fishing in May, we catch some cool fish.

Ashlee with some big kingfish holding a big one

Ashlee with some big kingfish we caught on our sportfishing charter

Your best bet in May is to stay flexible.  Different fish bite on different days, and there’s a million variables that affect the bite.  Be ready to change tactics if you hear a different tactic working.  The fishing in May is good, so you can usually find some pretty cool fish.  Good luck to everyone fishing over the next few days.  I’ll sea ya on the water.

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

Nice red snapper being held by the girl who caught it.

Big red snapper caught by this fisher gal on our sportfishing charter

April is the Best Month For Deep Sea Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

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Nice bull dolphin caught by this happy angler.

Nice bull dolphin caught on our sportfishing charter out of Fort Lauderdale.

What a great month to go fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  The ocean is alive with fish!  This month, we’re catching sailfish, tuna, wahoo, amberjacks, sharks, barracuda and more.  Pretty much everything is biting off the Fort Lauderdale coastline this time of year.  We have our lulls in fishing throughout the year, but this month makes Fort Lauderdale look like the most epic fishing destination in the world.  With our fishing grounds just a mile offshore, its super convenient to get out to these productive fishing grounds.

Nice dolphin caught by this lucky guy on our drift fishing trip.

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

Dolphin are the billboard fish this week.  They’re biting in 100-200ft of water, just outside the reefs.  They come in close to shore this time of year, getting pushed in with the stronger East winds.  Flying fish, one of the main fish that dolphin chase and eat, get pushed in closer and closer to shore with the East winds.  When flying fish jump out of the water and spread their fins, they get blown the direction the wind is pushing.  If the wind has been blowing out of the East for a few days in a row, the reef gets filled up with flying fish.  This in turn brings the dolphin in with them.  It’s all about the food.  These conditions make April and May the best couple months to fish for big dolphin off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.

Guy holding a blackfin tuna in the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway.

Nice blackfin tuna caught by this guy on our sportfishing charter.

Trolling the reef is red hot action as well.  Blackfin tunas, bonitos, kingfish and barracuda are all biting on the reef this week.  We’re catching them pulling strip baits and rigged ballyhoo on surface trolled baits and on our deep running planer baits.  It’s a great spread of baits that can catch just about anything fishing the Ft Lauderdale reef.  On a rare occasion, we’ll even catch a great big ole’ wahoo or even a sailfish.  You can catch just about anything on the reefs this month.  Yesterday, one of our charters actually caught a blue marlin in only 300ft of water.    That’s incredibly rare for us to catch a blue marlin fishing in Fort Lauderdale, and to catch one in so shallow is quite a feat.  Like I always say, you can catch anything and everything in Fort Lauderdale in the Spring months.

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping

Nice amberjack caught deep dropping over a shipwreck on our sportfishing charter

Wreck fishing is the other golden ticket fishing technique this time of year.  The wrecks are holding some big fish.  Amberjacks are the big dogs of the wrecks and they are aggressive.  They inhale just about anything you drop down to the bottom near the wrecks.  Live baits work great fishing for jacks around the wrecks.  This time of year with the jacks all stacked up around these shipwrecks, we sometimes can’t even get the bait to the bottom without getting a hit.  Besides amberjacks, there are also almaco jacks, grouper, cobia and sharks that can be caught bottom fishing around the wrecks.  It’s a great time of year and there are lots of fish biting, no matter where you go or what you fish for in Fort Lauderdale.

Nice mutton snapper caught deep dropping.

Nice mutton snapper caught by this lucky fisher gal on our sportfishing charter

There’s a lot of action on our fishing trips this month.  Some of the biggest fish of my lifetime have been caught fishing Ft Lauderdale in April and May.  It’s my favorite time of year for fishing and Ft Lauderdale is the best fishing destination in the world this month.  Let’s go fishing!

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

Nice red grouper caught drift fishing by this lucky angler.

Nice red grouper caught on our drift fishing trip aboard the Catch My Drift.