Fish Are Biting Strong in Fort Lauderdale This Week
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
February 1, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
We're still seeing a strong bite on the Ft Lauderdale reefs. Today we took out a family and did some trolling on the reefs. The bontios were biting very good so we did it throughout the trip. The bonitos were biting every few minutes so we got action throughout the trip, keeping everyone interested with fish consistently coming over the rail. We had a sailfish come up and take down our long bait. We had him on for a few seconds, he did a jump and shook the hooks. That's sailfishing for ya. There are some sailfish biting right now, they love the cold weather. Towards the end of the trip, we were about to break off and do some bottom fishing, but just as we were talking about switching over to different techniques, we got a huge bite on our planer bait. It ended up being a big wahoo. That was the daymaker right there. With a big wahoo in the box, we had our dinner and headed back home. Not a bad catch for a half day sportfish charter.
In the afternoon, we did some trolling again and picked at the bonitos. We also got a nice kingfish. The customers wanted to do something different other than trolling so we went and hit the shipwrecks. The shipwrecks weren't that productive until we went to a really deep spot we know and dropped a chicken rig. We caught 4 snowy groupers on the same rig at the same time. That's a rarity. Snowy groupers are one of the only groupers that are still in season off Florida this time of year. Almost every other grouper is out of season. That wasn't even the most amazing thing about the trip. When we were deep dropping over the wreck, a huge hammerhead shark came up alongside the boat, investigating what we were doing. We pitched a big slab of bonito bait to him and he swam right over to it and inhaled it. We fought him for almost 45 minutes until we caught him, probably an 8 footer. This is the beginning of shark fishing season out of Fort Lauderdale. It starts now and goes on through to the end of May/early June. There are some good fish biting off the Ft Lauderdale coast this month. Let's go fishing!
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
kingfish, bonitos, sailfish, wahoo, sharks
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