Our daily drift fishing trips aboard the Catch My Drift are catching good action on the Fort Lauderdale reefs. Snappers are biting exceedingly well. Yellowtails, mangroves and a few mutton snappers are making up the majority of the catch. A few other kinds of snappers such as lane snapper, dogtooth snapper and mahogany snappers are also biting a bit. We’re catching most of our action fishing the bottom in about 85-120ft of water, just outside and just inside the reef. There isn’t a whole lot of current, so 2-3 ounces of lead will get you to the bottom. Cigar minnows or chunk squid are getting the best bite as bait. Besides snappers, we’re also catching a lot of Porgies, small groupers, triggerfish, grunts and jacks. African Pompano are also biting for us good this winter fishing season. They are usually a very rare catch, but this year, they are biting quite often. Probably because there is so much more available bait with the lack of kingfish around.
Night anchor fishing for snappers is also going well. Some nice size mutton snappers are biting good on our night anchor trips as well as some big mangrove snappers. There are yellowtails biting at night too, but many of the night yellowtails have been small (throwbacks). A few small groupers (hinds and strawberries) are biting on the bottom as well as the usual culprits… jacks, blue runners, Cuban night sharks, porgies, grunts and triggers. All in all the night trips have been getting some pretty consistent action out there. Good luck if you’re drift fishing this week. Catch ’em up!