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Good Fish Biting on our Ft Lauderdale Charters

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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

September Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

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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