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Great Week of Fishing in Ft Lauderdale

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Nice sailfish just caught

Jay with a big sailfish just caught on a Ft Lauderdale sportfish charter.

It’s been one helluva great week of fishing in Fort Lauderdale.  The dolphin are biting excellent, some sailfish are around and biting, big groupers and other big bottom fish are biting… lots of activity out there on the reefs.  The cold snap we just had over the weekend has really gotten the sailfish frisky.  And with the stiff winds, it’s the perfect conditions for kite fishing.  Sailfish are concentrated in 100-200ft of water, a line of water about a mile off our coast affectionally called ‘Sailfish Alley’.  This is the area just outside the reef and inside edge of the Gulfstream, a perfect zone with a lot of available food for pelagic predators.

dolphin and wahoo catch

Nice dolphin and wahoo catch on our drift boat, the Catch My Drift

The dolphin fishing is really getting good too.  We’re getting them on our drift fishing trips and our sportfishing charters.  Sportfishing charters have the definite advantage in dolphin fishing because they go trolling.  But savvy anglers are hooking into them on the drift too.  Most dolphin have been schoolie sized, with a few bigger ones mixed into the bunch.  Wahoo are out there in good numbers too, also being caught on the troll.

wahoo

Nice wahoo caught on the troll, a mile off the Fort Lauderdale coast

Wahoo are argued to be the fastest fish in the ocean.  When a wahoo hits your line, there is little doubt of it being anything but a wahoo.  Drag screams off the reel like you just snagged a nuclear submarine.  It’s obvious that a fish shaped like a torpedo is built for speed.  One of the best eating fish out there, wahoo are always a prized fish.  We’ve been catching an inordinate amount of wahoo this week.  February is one of the hottest months for wahoo.

big wahoo

Another big wahoo caught high speed trolling off Fort Lauderdale

This great fishing is just the prelude to our best season on the year… March, April and May.  The best 3 months of big game fishing off our coast is getting rolling now.  This is the start of our big game fishing season in Fort Lauderdale and all evidence points to this being a banner year for us.  We don’t crush them on every single trip, but the fish are definitely out there and waiting to be caught.  Good luck to everyone fishing with us in the coming weeks.  Have fun and catch’em up!

sailfish

Nice sailfish caught on a cold, windy day in Ft Lauderdale

The Dolphin Bite is on in Ft Lauderdale

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Monster bull dolphin

Huge bull dolphin caught sportfishing in Ft Lauderdale

It’s been a great couple weeks of dolphin fishing in Ft Lauderdale.  The dolphin are coming in pretty close, almost into the reefs.  The best bite is happening in 200-400ft of water.  Most dolphins have been schoolie sized, with quite a few gaffers mixed in.  The other day, Capt. Rod caught a humongous bull dolphin, a 50 pounder.  This is the season of big fish in Ft Lauderdale.

Nice blackfin tuna at the dock

Mick with a big blackfin tuna caught trolling in Ft Lauderdale

Blackfin tunas are also abundant on the reefs this time of year.  They school up into large pods of fish and you can see them “busting baits” on the surface.  Most of these are football sized fish with the occasional really big one.  They are all keeper sized though and excellent eating.  When trolling, along with the blackfin tunas, we’re catching a few kingfish and sometimes a big wahoo.

nice sailfish just caught

Nice sailfish just caught on our Ft Lauderdale sportfishing charter

Sailfish are biting too!  We’re into the last leg of our awesome sailfish season too.   Sailfish bite throughout the year here in Ft Lauderdale, but the winter months have the highest concentration of them.  We’re catching sailfish consistently using the kite fishing technique and sometimes by trolling.  Sailfish are approximately 7ft in length and are one of the most sought after gamefish in the ocean.  They are one of the most fun fish to catch, with their leaping and somersaults high into the air.  The chilly weather really gets them frisky and the coldest days (cold for Lauderdale is like 65-70 degrees) are when we catch the highest numbers of them.

tilefish caught deep droppin

Nice tilefish we caught fishing one of our secret wrecks off the coast of Ft Lauderdale

Wreck fishing is best during the Spring but the bottom fish are already starting to move in and take their places around our local deep shipwrecks.  Big amberjacks are beginning to bite, a few groupers and an occasional cobia.  You can also catch barracuda, sharks or just about any top predator fish around these underwater structures.  The fishing is getting good, so come on out and wet a line.  You can’t catch them unless you go out there and give it a go.  Sea ya on the water.