Christmas Week Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Big amberjack

Big amberjack caught drift fishing over a wreck.

The fishing is good this week in Fort Lauderdale.  Kingfish are biting good on the morning and afternoon drift fishing trips.  They kingfish are staying pretty deep this year, out in 150-160 foot of water.  We are catching most of them on ballyhoo and sardines.  A few blackfin tuna and bonitos are also mixed in with them.  If you’re really lucky, there are even a few wahoos around and biting.  Mangrove snappers are showing up and biting really good in the afternoons.  Other bottom fish like mutton snapper, red grouper and amberjacks are also biting sporadically while bottom fishing.  There’s a good variety of fish biting on the top and the bottom.

nice wahoo

Nice wahoo caught by Ira on the drift fishing trip

A lot of mahi-mahi are also biting on the reef. Every trip this week we’ve caught at least a few mahi-mahis.  The big bull in the picture below weighed 37 pounds.  It was caught earlier in the week on our drift trip aboard the Catch My Drift.  While most of the dolphin we’re catching are 3-6 pounds, a few monster dolphin have tipped the scales at 35 lbs. +.  Winter is the season for big fish.  Good luck to everyone fishing over the Christmas holiday.  Sea ya on the water.