Great Sailfish and Dolphin Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

2015-12-01 13:45:48
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale Reef

It's been a windy and rough week for our fishing boats this week, most days with winds over 20 mph. It was also some of the best fishing we've had in months. Mahi-mahi dolphin are snapping lately in only 100-300ft of water (that's just a mile and a half offshore). The dolphin are mixed in sizes with most of them schoolie sized with a few monsters mixed in. We're catching them trolling the inside edge of the Gulfstream and just outside the reef. November-December is always a good couple months for dolphin fishing but this year has been the best I've seen it in a while. The roughness of the ocean has helped a lot. The worse days for weather are invariably the best days for fishing.

Trolling the waters in 100-300ft is excellent for catching dolphin this week, but that's also prime territory for wahoo, kingfish and blackfin tuna. The moon is ripe for wahoo this week so expect to see some nice ones hit the dock. We're getting a few right now but this upcoming week should be a great wahoo bite. Blackfin tunas are showing up on the reefs too. There's lots and lots of little ones which can be caught easy enough with a small natural feather and a select few really big ones in the 25-35 pound range, caught mostly on natural rigged ballyhoo or live baits. Kingfish are also mixed into our catches and Nov-Dec is a great month for some of the larger kings.

The super strong winds aid in one other thing this time of year, kite fishing. For kite fishing, a stiff, steady wind is a prerequisite. We're deep into sailfish season now and they are active out there. We really haven't had a cold front come through yet this year, but as soon as the first cold spell hits, we will an off-the-scale sailfish bite. It's regular for us to see 1, maybe 2 sailfish on a half day charter this time of year. Every time the weather drops below 70 degrees over the next 2 months, prepare for an epic sailfish bite with lots of sailfish bites all day long.

There's a lot of variety around this time of year. With the great action on the troll and perfect conditions for kite fishing, we don't do a whole lot of bottom fishing. But the bottom fishing around the wrecks is pretty darn good too. Amberjacks, groupers and cobia frequent the wrecks pretty regularly this season, so on the days when the bite slows down for trolling, it's not a bad idea to go fish a wreck.

Sharks come through around the wrecks this time of year too, so if you hook into a nice fish, get him in quick or you'll end up with only half a fish. Sharks are very aggressive around the wrecks this time of year so we offer specialty shark fishing charters where we fish for big game sharks using serious big game shark tackle.

There's a great bite happening over the next couple months off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Good luck to everyone fishing. I'll sea ya on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse


Fish Species: Sailfish, dolphin, amberjack, snapper
Bait Used: live goggle eyes, strips, artificial lures
Tackle Used: Penn 30 International
Method Used: Trolling, live baiting
Water Depth: 100-300ft
Water Temperature: 75 degrees
Wind Direction: East
Wind Speed: 20-25 knots
Kids with a great catch on a rough fishing day
Kids with a great catch on a rough fishing day

Sailfish caught sportfishing in Fort Lauderdale
Sailfish caught sportfishing in Fort Lauderdale

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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