Great Action this Week in Fort Lauderdale

2016-02-04 15:12:16
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale reef

The action is great on the Fort Lauderdale reef this week. The big kingfish are moving in. We're catching them using live baits in 90-200ft of water. January and February are the months for the big kingfish here in south Florida. While live baiting on the reef, you also have the chance at blackfin tunas, wahoo, sailfish, mahi-mahi and sharks. Lately there have been a lot of small blackfin tunas around. We're getting them to bite small natural feathers that we drag around. Wahoo aren't super common, but they are out there. We catch wahoo when we least expect it and you can almost always tell it is a wahoo when it bites. They hit like a freight train and take a huge run right off the bat. Then, once you get their head turned, they stay straight behind the boat and pull down deep. Wahoo always bite the deepest bait you have set.

Sailfish season is still in full swing. We're catching them on and just outside of the reef. Kite fishing is working best for sailfish, but we do catch them sometimes on the troll or by slow dragging live baits out of the outriggers. We have about 2 more months of good sailfishing until it dies down. Sharks, which hunt in the same waters as sailfish, are just starting to show up for their massive migration down our coastline. Every year, hammerheads, thresher, mako, dusky and bull sharks swim down our coastline along their migratory pattern. In their travels, they end up just 1 mile off our coastline, perfect for us to target them on our half day charters. February through May has some off-the-scale shark fishing. Good luck out there fishing over the next few weeks. The big fish are biting! Sea ya on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse


Fish Species: Sailfish, kingfish, mahi-mahi
Bait Used: ballyhoo, squid, goggle eyes
Tackle Used: Penn 30 International
Method Used: Trolling and kite fishing
Water Depth: 100-300ft
Water Temperature: 77 degrees
Wind Direction: East
Wind Speed: 10 knots
Nice black grouper caught deep dropping
Nice black grouper caught deep dropping

Big kingfish caught live baiting on the reef.
Big kingfish caught live baiting on the reef.

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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