Things are heating up in Fort Lauderdale. March is the start of the spring fishing, and the fish are already biting off the chain. Mahi-mahi are showing up in large numbers and even coming in close to the reef. Wahoo are around if you take some time to fish for them. Big amberjacks and groupers are biting atop the shipwrecks off our coast. The kingfish are showing up on the reefs with a blackfin tuna or two. We’re having some awesome deep sea fishing out there and we still have April and May ahead of us. It’s going to be some off the scale fishing coming up.
We’ve waited for quite a while for the mahi-mahi to start showing up again for us, and finally they have returned. Our Wednesday All day fishing trip has been caught some good size ones this week, and even the half day drift trips on the reef have run into a few schools of dolphin this week. The big game sportfishing boats are catching the bigger dolphins though. Wahoo, usually caught fishing offshore for mahi-mahi, are showing up pretty good. On yesterday’s morning sportfishing charter, we went trolling offshore for mahi-mahi. Adam caught a few small mahi-mahi, but we threw them back because they were pretty tiny. We see a couple boats offshore of us, sitting in one spot for a while so we trolled over toward them. They were fishing next to a floating piece of bamboo. It looked like they were live baiting, so we kept our trolling spread out and trolled near the board. On every pass we hooked into and caught a nice wahoo.
The wreck fishing has been exceptionally good for us lately as well. Amberjacks are on the wrecks in force and the spring always brings up the big ones. If you’ve never fought an amberjack before, a 40-50 pounder will pull your arm off (at least it will feel like it). Our sport fishing boat, the Big Game is pulling up monster amberjacks daily on the 200-250’ shipwrecks. Occasionally a big grouper will bite also. This photo shows the biggest grouper we’ve caught in a while. Very nice fish guys! All in all, there’s a lot of variety of fish biting out there right now and some monster fish to be caught. Sea ya on the water.