Fort Lauderdale fishing May 2009
Capt. Rick Brady
June 14, 2009
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Offshore fishing has been very productive for the month of May. The best dolphin fishing has been consistently in the areas of 750 to1100 feet of water. Numerous fish in the 20# range and many into the 30# plus class along with the usual schoolies have been taken here towards the end of the month. Occasionally these fish are found closer to shore but it is typically better in those deeper depths. This is also the time for these fish to be seen even further out in the deep as we get into the summer offshore trends. This is a great time to encounter the Dorado while doing a daytime Swordfish trip. And the Swordies are there.
Closer to shore the Kingfish have been quite plentiful and very easy on most days to catch your limit. Some really nice sized Kings are on the reefs now. Don't hesitate to look inside of 70' of water if you have trouble locating a school. Good sized Blackfin Tunas are on many days just outside of the reefline. Hard to beat a frisky live bait for the biggest ones. Smaller ones can be taken with some regularity by trolling with small lures and light leaders.
Shallow water wrecks are holding keeper sized Mutton Snapper and mostly smaller Amberjacks.
Lots of Sardines moving through the area are a strong argument for the success of our Fort Lauderdale charter fishing trips this month. Virtually every species we catch on or near the reefs has a stomach full of these little guys.
Shark Fishing has been strong and Hammerheads are still being caught but as we get into June, the Sharks will begin to retreat from the deeper depths moving north. For Shark fishing, we will soon be fishing shallow waters in close to the schools of Kingfish and Bonito for our resident predators. As always, almost all Sharks caught on the Marlin My Darlin are released alive to protect our ever declining Shark Fisheries.
Tight lines and good fishing
Capt's Rick and Steve
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Forecast:
We expect Kingfish and Bonito to be strong for the next few months.
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