Awesome Bottom Fishing on our Drift & Sport Fishing Charters
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
December 22, 2016
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
What a great week of fishing, the week before the Christmas holiday. All sorts of nice fish fish are biting in the deep. Yesterday was a banner day. We caught 2 monster red snappers, a big black grouper, an amberjack and a bunch of vermillion and smaller snappers. We normally don't get red snappers this far south. They are traditionally caught way north of us or down in the southern Florida Keys. They are also caught all over the place in the Gulf of Mexico. But for some reason they just don't get caught often in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Pompano. Well, yesterday was a break from the norm. Our drift boat had caught some undersized red snappers earlier in the week which is a good sign. So we decided to go to some of our secret snapper holes to see if any were home. They were and they were big ones. Our fishing charter caught 2 red snappers over 20 pound each. We pulled the hooks on a couple other nice sized bottom fish that could have been big reds, we'll never know. We also hooked into and caught a monster black grouper, plus a nice pile of the small vermillion snappers. It was a fun trip. Not bad for a half day charter off Fort Lauderdale beach.
Our $40 drift fishing trips are catching the bottom fish this week good too. We're catching lots of yellowtail snappers, mangrove snappers, some nice mutton snappers, porgies, grunts, triggers and even a few groupers. The morning trips are hooking into a few kingfish and sometimes a tuna or two as well. Yesterday's afternoon drift fishing trip caught 104 fish in total (counting all the keepers and throw backs). That's higher than our average catches of 50-60 fish per trip. While the drift fishing trips we run don't often catch the big game fish that we land on our sportfishing charters, they do crush the sportfishing charters in terms of numbers of fish caught.
There are some nice fish biting while fishing off Fort Lauderdale beach. This time of year you can catch just about anything, from odd-ball cobia and African Pompano, to big mahi-mahi and Wahoo. We're having one heckuva month this year and we're throwing some awesome big game fish on the docks. Last Christmas holiday had some great fishing for us with lots of snappers, groupers, sailfish and a few mahi-mahi being caught. Good luck to everyone fishing this week and let's go fishing!
Capt. Andy Roydhouse
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