Grouper Season Opens Up With a Bang!

2014-05-04 15:30:23
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale Shipwrecks

Grouper season opened up on May 1 and it started off with a bang. We caught this 60 pound warsaw grouper deep dropping on a wreck in 275ft of water. The fish ate a live blue runner we dropped as bait. Groupers have been completely un-harassed the past 5 months with no one fishing for them. This period of no one fishing for them has helped the groupers repopulate the wrecks making them more plentiful and easier to catch. They are open now, so if you catch a grouper, you can finally keep him.

Blacks, gags, reds, warsaw and snowy groupers are all biting good on the bottom, especially around the shipwrecks that have been sunk to act as artificial reefs. These underwater structures act as excellent habitats for groupers, amberjacks, cobia, barracuda, sharks and multitudes of smaller fish. They also make great spots to fish on top of to get quick action on big game fish. May is one of the best months of the year for bottom fishing around the wrecks. Amberjacks are stacked up on these spots in record numbers. Amberjacks are big fish, sometimes 40-60 pounds and they put up a hellacious fight. These powerhouse fish are very aggressive and usually take the bait the second it hits the bottom.

This is a great time of year for bottom fishing in Fort Lauderdale and it makes for supremely fun action. You will usually come home with some pretty big fish and you can effectively hit quite a few wrecks in just a half day fishing trip. If you're looking for good action on strong fighting and big fish, a wreck fishing charter is for you. Let's go fishing!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Andy Roydhouse


Fish Species: Warsaw grouper, cobia, amberjacks
Bait Used: live blue runners
Tackle Used: Penn 80 International
Method Used: Deep Dropping
Water Depth: 275ft
Water Temperature: 74 degrees
Wind Direction: southeast
Wind Speed: 10mph
Giant Warsaw grouper caught deep dropping
Giant Warsaw grouper caught deep dropping

Nice amberjack just caugth dropping in 200ft of water
Nice amberjack just caugth dropping in 200ft of water

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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