The wreck fishing in Fort Lauderdale is really getting good. Groupers are biting like mad around all the wrecks. Some groupers, such as blacks, reds and gags are out of season, but warsaw grouper, snowy grouper and yellow-edge groupers are all still in-season. The groupers we can still keep are the deep water groupers, which we catch on the bottom around shipwrecks sunk in 350-400 feet of water.
These wrecks are also holding some big game fish. Amberjacks and almaco jacks are stacking up around these wrecks, as they do every Spring. They are only just arriving, but are already making their presence known. These big Jack fish are intensly strong and very aggressive. As soon as a bait comes within sight or sense of these fish, they gobble it down instantly. To catch them, we use some of our heaviest tackle and as soon as they bite, we power the boat away from the wreck to try to “pull” them far enough away from the wreck that they can’t get back into their hole and wrap you around a rock. Pound for pound, these fish are the hardest fighting fish in the ocean and one of the most fun fish to catch deep sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale.
Wahoo are biting in close, on the inside edge of the reef. They are biting best on the incoming tide, in as shallow as 80 feet of water. Fast trolling spoons or weighted lures is working good, and so is slow trolling live baits. A few sailfish are also still biting, as we reach the tail end of sailfish season. There will be scattered sailfish caught here and there during spring and summer, but the big numbers of sailfish are gone until next October. But good news, the best deep sea fishing time of the year is here- March, April and May. The are the all around best 3 months of the year for Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing, when you can catch just about anything. Wrecks are holding monster fish, trolling is action packed for wahoo, tuna and mahi-mahi, there are still some sailfish here and there, and the big game shark migration is going on where we’ll catch sharks up to 10 feet long or bigger. It’s a great time for fishing in Fort Lauderdale. Good Luck and Sea you on the water!