We’ve had a very cool week of fishing here in Fort Lauderdale these past few days. The drift fishing had been very slow during the week after Christmas, but the fishing has gotten much better this past week. Yesterday and today, we actually had a couple really good trips. I saw the party boat catch a bunch of yellowtail snappers and some nicer mutton snappers too. Among the snappers were some very nice kingfish caught as well. Kingfish have been all but extinct for us these past 3 weeks. We caught a few here and a few there, but for the most part, not many were caught. This week though, the kings were biting almost every day.
On yesterday’s afternoon trip, we had a real good catch. One of the guys on the boat, Ed McGee from West Islip, NY caught a 20 + pound kingfish. He was using a rod and reel combo that he brought down to use from his tackle store, Saltwaters Tackle Inc. He caught the biggest fish of the trip that day and won the pool. Pretty work on your kingfish Ed, it was a very nice one. Garcia, one our regulars, got to catch 2 real nice mutton snappers. He was fishing the bottom obviously. The other guys on the boat caught stuff too. I saw a nice pile of yellowtail snappers caught and some bigger bonitos. Its good to see some nice fish being brought in.
There were a couple of really nice fish caught this week on the Sportfishing boats as well. Capt. Adam caught a huge hammerhead shark on one of his Ft. Lauderdale shark fishing charters. He went out to his favorite shark spot, about 2 miles offshore and chummed the water up with some very bloody baits. It didn’t take long to get the bite and they ended up catching a huge hammerhead shark out there. Its good to see hammerheads showing up so early in the season this year. There are also some other nice gamefish biting off Fort Lauderdale. Around the shipwrecks especially, there have been big amberjacks, barracuda and even a few big groupers. On the reef, we’ve been catching some kingfish and mahi mahi. Yes, the fishing has been productive for us lately.
The fishing will continue to get better and better for us as we go from winter fishing to the transition of spring. The mahi mahi will keep biting better as will the big game sharks, wahoo and groupers. Sailfish will still be biting for the next couple months, but they will eventually start to bite slower as we get out of the prime winter sailfishing season. I think that the swordfishing will be good the next couple weeks. We still have a few spots for the Friday night swordfishing trip this Friday night, if anyone wants to come. Beautiful weather, good fishing and excellent big fish catching…. I love South Florida.