The heavy east winds we’re getting are making the seas rough and the fish snap! Dolphin are all over the reefs in 80-150 feet of water. We are catching scattered dolphin on almost every trip this week. Mostly schoolies, but a few of these dolphin have been big bulls. The all day fishing trip and the sportfishing trips are getting good action trolling. It’s a great way to cover a lot of ground and find some schools of fish. Trolling, we’re catching dolphin, small blackfin tunas, a few wahoo and some sailfish. Sailfish are all over the place. Captain Al caught 6 sailfish on yesterday’s all day sportfishing charter. The strong east winds are making the fish hungry. Kite fishing is by far the most effective way to catch sailfish, especially multiple sailfish. The sailfish action should remain really strong through to the end of January. I love the Fort Lauderdale sailfish season!
The Catch My Drift is doing good drift fishing this same area and catching quite a few dolphin of their own. Drift fishing has been slow for kingfish, just one or two per trip, so we’re concentrating on bottom fishing. The snappers are biting on the bottom pretty good, along with a few keeper groupers. Always be ready for anything out there, several trips this week were ambushed by dolphin schools while they were snapper fishing. The snappers lately have been big, a couple muttons between 15 and 18 pounds were caught this week. Big mangrove snappers are biting too, mostly on the night trips. On the night anchor trips, we’re getting some big mangroves, big muttons and a lot small yellowtail snappers. They are keeper size, but they’re small.
There’s also a lot of small Atlantic sharpnose sharks around on the night fishing trips. We catch a few here and there and then we get slammed and every rod hooks into one of them. There are so many of them, we have to move when they start biting. A couple nights ago we caught over 50 of them they were so thick. The fishing is good. There’s a lot of action on all the trips and we’re catching a lot of fish. Good luck fishing everybody. Sea ya on the water.