Dolphin and Sailfish Biting in Fort Lauderdale

2014-12-18 13:15:48
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale

What a terrible week for weather and what a spectacular week for fishing. Stormy skies and rough seas made the fishing difficult for us this week, but those brave anglers who went out there had some of the best fishing action we've had in Fort Lauderdale for some time. The strong east winds are blowing the dolphin in close, all the way into as shallow as 80ft of water. Even our drift fishing trips are catching them. Lots of nice, gaffer sized dolphins are scattered and biting good on the reef. Lately, it's seemed, the rougher the ocean the better the fishing. Fish get active when the wind starts howling and the waves pick up.

Sailfish action is great too. This is our prime month of fishing for sailfish and these conditions are great for it. Kite fishing, a technique that involves flying kites and dangling live baits from the kite so that the baits are suspended and splashing on the surface, requires a stiff wind. This method, which is spectacular to see because you can watch the entire bite sequence happening on the surface, is the best way to target sailfish, bigger dolphin and other surface feeding gamefish. Our sportfishing charters this week have caught sailfish more often than not, with some charters coming in with multiple sailfish. The next cold front that moves through may be the best sailfish bite we'll have all year.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse


Fish Species: Sailfish and Mahi-Mahi
Bait Used: live goggle eyes
Tackle Used: Penn International 30
Method Used: Kite Fishing
Water Depth: 200ft
Water Temperature: 76
Wind Direction: east
Wind Speed: 10 knots
Nice dolphin caught sportfishing
Nice dolphin caught sportfishing

Sailfish caught in sloppy seas
Sailfish caught in sloppy seas

Andrew Roydhouse

About The Author: Captain Andrew Roydhouse

Company: Fishing Headquarters

Area Reporting: Fort Lauderdale South Florida

Bio: I am a 3rd generation fisherman out here off Ft. Lauderdale and have been fishing proffessionally all my life. My company, Fishing Headquarters, runs daily drift fishing trips, sportfishing privae and shared charters, night time swordfishing trips, and any other type of fishing you would like to try.

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