The Mary B III drift fishing boat has caught some monster kingfish this week. Today, Johnny caught a 54 pound kingfish on the afternoon drift trip. All week, we have been catching monster kingfish. Several days this week we have caught kingfish over 30 pounds, and many regular sized kingfish in the 8-10 pound range are being caught. May is always a hot month for large migratory pelagic fish on the reef. Blackfin tunas are also being caught here and there. Last month, there were schools of the small 3-5 pound blackfins. This month, the big 35 pound solo blackfins are are around. Also a few nice big wahoos are hitting the docks, being caught drift fishing and trolling.
There are some big bottom fish being caught this month as well. Mutton snapper, mangrove snappers and yellowtails are biting in good numbers. Grouper season opened up on May 1. We never catch a lot of groupers, but finally the groupers that we do catch we can bring in. We caught a 26 pound black grouper on grouper season opening day. A few cobias are also being caught on the drift and anchor fishing trips. Cobias travel solo or in small schools and like to follow slow moving marine mammals. Whenever you see a big sea turtle or sting ray in the ocean, always look for a following school of cobias and pitch a bait out to them quick. Cody Lawson caught this monster cobia which is just about as big as he is. He was drift fishing on the Catch My Drift using a whole sardine as bait. He had a little bit of help controlling the rod, but he fought it all the way in by himself. Good job and nice fish!
The shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale is going off! In just the past few days, our sportfishing charter boats have caught 3 hammerhead sharks over 9 feet, our second big-eye thresher shark of the season and a 6 foot tiger shark. Sharks are moving through and are chomping at the boat. Our shared sportfishing charters are catching big sharks, sailfish, bull dolphin and blackfin tuna by kite fishing on the edge of the gulfstream current, just 2 miles offshore of Fort Lauderdale. May is the month for big game fishing. Wreck fishing is also very good for quick action on big game fish. Amberjacks are stacked up on the local shipwrecks, some groupers too and even a cobia now and then. The bite on the wrecks is very solid this month. The fishing in Fort Lauderdale is red hot. Good luck to everyone fishing this week. Sea ya on the water.