Grouper Season Open- Groupers biting good in Ft Lauderdale

2015-05-06 12:01:04
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale

The grouper season started up this week on May 1 and there are some good catches of groupers already hitting the dock in Fort Lauderdale. Reds, blacks and gag groupers are biting on the reefs and wrecks, just a mile off our coast. We're catching them mostly on our drift fishing trips and night anchor fishing trips, both trips which concentrate on bottom fishing. Squid chunks work well, as do sardines and ballyhoo. May and June are traditionally 2 of the best months for grouper action. And while grouper fishing, you're also in prime area for mangrove and mutton snappers. Our night anchor trips have been crushing the snappers this week. Yellowtail snapper are biting excellent and there's good numbers of mangroves and muttons too.

On our sportfishing charters, we're actually catching groupers well on the troll. Wreck fishing is traditionally the best method to catch groupers, but trolling is working well these days as you can cover a lot of ground on the troll. And trolling the reef also gives you a good shot at catching kingfish, bonitos, blackfin tuna and mahi-mahi, all of which are biting now. And let's not forget our biggest gamefish out there to be caught... sharks. This is our best time of the year for catching big game sharks. Several sharks over 200 pound were caught this week. If you want to go out there and try to catch a fish bigger than you are, shark fishing is for you. This is perhaps the best month of the year to fish Fort Lauderdale as just about everything is biting. This great fishing should continue through May and June, when a new batch of summer fish start showing up. Good luck out there fishing this week. I'll sea ya on the water.

Fishing Headquarters


Capt. Andrew Roydhouse

Fish Species: black grouper, red grouper, gag grouper
Bait Used: ballyhoo
Tackle Used: Shimano TLD 25
Method Used: Drift fishing
Water Depth: 120ft
Water Temperature: 78
Wind Direction: east
Wind Speed: 10
Big red grouper caught on our drift fishing trip
Big red grouper caught on our drift fishing trip

Big black grouper caught on our drift fishing trip
Big black grouper caught on our drift fishing trip

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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