Fort Lauderdale Deep Sea Fishing
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
December 29, 2016
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
We've had some pretty good fishing trips this week. We've had some pretty tough fishing trips this week too. Fish on the reef have moved to being hit or miss. Actually, the kingfish bite has been pretty solid over the last few days. But other fish such as wahoo, tuna and mahi-mahi have been hit or miss. This happens almost every Christmas as there are so many boats out there fishing the spots and pounding the reefs, it creates a lot of pressure on the fish. So fish like wahoo, mahi and tuna become fewer and more far between. Fortunately for our sportfishing charters, the kingfish bite has been pretty solid this week. An occasional wahoo was also caught although not nearly as many as we were catching a week ago, and the same for tunas. Not to worry! Fish are always moving. In a few days, a whole new batch of fish will be moving through our waters and we'll be loading up on our usual catches of wahoo and tuna.
Sailfish have slowed down a bit as well. We've caught a couple this week but there is a lot of competition for sailfish this week, so not as many as a week ago. The weather reports indicate that tomorrow (Friday) and the next day (Saturday), the temperatures are going to touch down into the 50's!!! That's not Florida weather! While these chilly temperatures may not be friendly to us warm-blooded Floridians, the sailfish absolutely LOVE the cold weather. Chilly weather makes the sailfish SNAP! It's going to be interesting to see if the sailfish bite really goes off this weekend as this will be the chilliest weather we've had all winter long so far. I bet they bite really good on Friday and Saturday, maybe Sunday too.
The one bright stroke of fishing we've had this week has been bottom fishing. The wrecks have saved us on a couple of our slow trips this week. We have a lot of secret spots out here in Ft Lauderdale. Most don't mark up with the depth finder as they underwater hole and show up with very little profile on the fish finder. We know them because we fish every single day and know the Ft Lauderdale sea bottom like the backs of our hand. Around these spots, that aren't hit every day by every boat in the land, we've caught some great bottom fish catches (snappers, triggers, jacks and groupers). It's nice to be the old dog on the street and to know where all the bones are buried. Some really big amberjacks are starting to bite too, a bit early for them, but I'm not complaining. Great to see amberjacks this early in the season.
All in all, you have to really work for your fish these days. They just aren't jumping in the boat. But with a little effort and perseverance, the fish can be found and you can actually come home with a good catch. Never give up, keep fishing to the last second! Good luck to everyone fishing with us this week. I'll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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