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Great Dolphin Bite going on in Fort Lauderdale this Week

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Great dolphin catch today

Great catch of dolphins today on the sportfishing boats

There’s a lot of dolphin biting in Fort Lauderdale this week.  Our drift fishing trips and our sportfishing charters are both catching them.  Dolphin come in close to shore when the winds blow and the ocean gets choppy.  We’ve had some strong winds the past couple weeks which has pushed the dolphin in and has gotten them chewing.  Dolphin aren’t picky eaters.  They eat just about any bait you put in front of them, you just have to get a bait in front of their face.  We’re finding dolphin anywhere from 100-400ft of water, just 1-2 miles offshore the Fort Lauderdale beach.  This is the prime fishing area not just for dolphin, but for everything from snappers and groupers, to wahoo, tuna and sailfish.

Nice dolphin just caught on the Catch My Drift

Beautiful dolphin just landed on a drift fishing trip aboard the Catch My Drift

Our drift boat, the Catch My Drift is coming in with some good dolphin fishing catches.  The dolphin are averaging 5-8 pounds, which are nice size schoolie dolphins.  The best method for us this week is to keep a pitch bait ready to go and pitch it out when we see a dolphin or 2 approach the boat.  Dolphin are bright yellow and iridescent blue in the water, turning to a darker green and duller yellow once caught.  This week on the Catch My Drift, we’re averaging anywhere from 3-5 dolphin per trip and sometimes more.  The dolphin bite usually peaks in mid-December, but will continue with scattered fish throughout the winter months.

Nice dolphin catch by kids

Nice catch of dolphin by these young anglers aboard the Catch My Drift


Our sportfishing charter boats have the advantage in catching dolphin because they can go trolling.  Trolling is a very effective method to catch dolphin in Fort Lauderdale because by trolling, you can cover the most ground, increasing your chances immensely for finding a school of them, or at least as many scattered dolphin as possible.  We’re finding a lot of small dolphin schools, made up of 2-3 fish, swimming down the edge of the gulfstream or on the deep side of the reef.  Kite fishing, which we do in these same general fishing grounds, is another very effective way to catch dolphin, especially the big ones.  We’re catching mostly nice size schoolie dolphins, but there are a few big bulls coming through our waters.  All in all, it’s a great season of the year to come fishing and the chances of hitting some dolphin is much greater than average.  The fish are out there, you just have to go out there and put some baits in front of their noses.  Good luck to everyone fishing this week!

Nice pair of dolphin

Nice pair of dolphin caught drift fishing on the Catch My Drift

Another Great Week of Fort Lauderdale Fishing

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Sailfish, dolphin and tunas

Catch and release sailfish, along with some dolphin and a dozen or more tunas

It’s been another excellent week of Fort Lauderdale fishing.  The dolphin and sailfish bite is still going strong with no signs of slowing down.  Kite fishing for sailfish is all but a sure thing this time of year and the Fishing Headquarters boats are slamming the fleet.  We’ve caught over a dozen sailfish in the past 3 days on our sportfishing charters and a couple more on our drift fishing trips.  Dolphin too are biting great, coming right in on the reef and biting in 100-150ft of water.  Again, we’re catching them on the drift fishing trips and the sportfishing charters.  The strong winds are kicking up the fish and making them bite great.


Sailfish caught and released aboard the Out of the Blue.

Sailfish and dolphin are awesome, but they aren’t the only species biting.  We’re also catching a lot of small to medium sized blackfin tunas, some kingfish and some big game sharks.  This big hammerhead was caught and released by Earnest, a lucky angler from Washington D.C..  What a monster!  Also the football sized blackfin tunas are schooling up and biting natural feathers and small lures trolled on the outside edge of the reef.  There’s plenty of action no matter what style of fishing your doing.

Hammerhead Shark

Monster Hammerhead Shark caught and released by Earnest from Washington DC



Off-the-Scale Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale fishing charter

Great trip catching 6 sailfish, 13 mahi-mahi and a 30 pound gag grouper.

Absolutely incredible fishing is going on in Fort Lauderdale this week.  The big winds are kicking up some big fish, and lots of them.  The dolphin bite is off-the-scale this week.  All week, mahi-mahi dolphin are being caught in droves.  Today, we had a Full Day sportfishing charter on the Big Game.  The day started out with a slam!  First thing in the morning, we hooked up into a triple header sailfish and caught all 3 fish.  We put the baits back out and almost immediately hooked up into ANOTHER TRIPLE HEADER!!!  Once again, they landed all 3 sailfish and released them.  And then it gets even better…

Monster gag grouper caught deep dropping

Monster gag grouper caught deep dropping in Ft Lauderdale

We caught our fill of sailfish, so we decided to go offshore and troll for some dolphin.  The dolphin bite this week has been outstanding, so we had good confidence that we could find some.  We didn’t need to go too far offshore to find the dolphin.  They were everywhere.  We picked at them one or two at a time for a couple hours, trolling along any weedline we found and chasing down birds that looked like they were following fish.  After a few hours of dolphin fishing, we had 13 dolphin in the box, released a few others that were too small, and missed a couple nicer ones.  Wow.  And then it gets even better…

sailfish jumping

Nice shot of a sailfish jumping near the boat

We had plenty of dolphin in the box and time was starting to run short.  We were straight offshore of a good wreck that I like to fish, so we made a short run to do a drop on top of the wreck.  We baited up a live blue runner and sent him down.  The bait wasn’t down long before the rod doubled over and the mate yelled up, “Go Cap’t… GO!!”.  We put the boat in forward and throttled up.  This is an attempt to pull the fish clear of the wreck, of which he will try to pull you into and wrap the line around a rock, in order to get free.  These fish are very well trained, especially the big ones.  After a grueling fight, we got the fish to the surface.  When the fish surfaced from the depths, we heard a loud release of gas from the fishes belly, like someone letting the air out of a car tire.  It was a monster gag grouper, approximately a 30 pounder, as big as we ever catch them.  This was the perfect topping to an awesome day of fishing.

sailfish, grouper and dolphin

6 Sailfish, 13 dolphin and a monster gag grouper caught sportfishing

Gag groupers typically school up, and where there’s one, there is usually more.  We tried a few more drops on the same wreck but no more bites.  This fish was solo.  With a fine catch in the box, we reeled everything in and headed for home.  The fishing this week in Fort Lauderdale has been world class with the sailfish and dolphin bite off the chain.  November is an excellent month for fishing Fort Lauderdale, where you can catch literally anything.  Don’t let the rough waters scare you, this is the time when the fishing is best.  Rough waters means that less boats are out there fishing, so more fish for you.  And activity on the top of the water gets the fish active and biting.  Good luck to everyone fishing this and have fun with the awesome fishing!!