Just About Everything Is Biting Right Now In Fort Lauderdale
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
March 10, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
It's a great month to fish the waters of Fort Lauderdale. March is the beginning of our best fishing season of the year... Spring. The mahi-mahi are starting to show up on the reefs, tunas are biting all over the place and the big fish are beginning to show up thick on our wrecks. This is the time of year when everything is happening from small tunas to 500 pound sharks.
Trolling is a great method to fish this time of year to cover a lot of territory with your baits. You can cover more territory in an hour of trolling than you can in 8 hours of drifting of live baiting. This makes trolling an excellent way to find the fish as you are mobile and you can try different depths and zones. Always keep your ears peeled on the VHF radio because the other captains like to talk (and brag) about what they are catching. An experienced captain knows who to believe and who not to. But you can use all that information you gather during the day to help guide you to where the fish are biting.
Wreck fishing gets really good this month. Every Spring, the big fish stack up around the wrecks. We get a large influx of small baitfish, many of which end up hanging around our deep shipwrecks in search of food and protection. This attracts the big predator fish to come in and look for an easy meal. Amberjacks are one of these big game fish that gathers around the deep wrecks. Amberjacks are highly aggressive so they inhale the bait as soon as they happen across it. The more numerous and aggressive the jacks get just increases the aggression among the school. You have to eat the available bait before another fish grabs it, so they just keep getting more and more aggressive to feed. In another month or so, when the amberjacks just flat out take over the shipwrecks, it will be difficult if not impossible to get your bait to the bottom without a bite.
This all makes for one helluva fishing season and our catches this time of year make the rest of the year pale in comparison. This is time of the year to get your 'fish on'. Good luck to everyone fishing this month. I'll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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