Night Snapper Fishing Action Heating Up on our Drift Boat Trips
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
January 26, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
While sportfishing charters over the past 2 days have slowed down a bit, the snapper fishing action on our drift fishing boat, the Catch My Drift has gotten a lot better. Our night trip is always an anchor trip for snappers and the yellowtail are biting very good lately. Mangrove snappers are biting good too. Mutton snappers have been few and far between but there are a few of them here and there. Lots of other bottom fish are biting on the anchor trips as well including grunts, porgies, triggers, bluefish, jacks, sharks and even the rare cobia. Last night was a great night. With calm seas, the fishing conditions were great and we caught over 60 keeper snappers, plus lots of keeper reef fish species. Groupers are biting too, but they must be caught and released until Spring.
Our daytime drift fishing trips are also catching snappers pretty good. Yellowtails are biting both day and night, while the mangroves are biting more so on the night trips. Mutton snappers are biting better on our daytime runs. They just increased the size limit on mutton snappers, so they have to be pretty large to keep them. The likely effect of this rule is that we will have less keeper mutton snappers this year, but in future years we will have more and larger mutton snappers for all the rest of the years to come. We're catching the mutton snappers using a rig with a 3-4ft leader and a ballyhoo plug or sardine as bait. A few throwback groupers during the day too. Kingfish are beginning to bite a bit better. They always bite in the mornings a little better than the afternoons but we catch them throughout the day. You just have to soak a line to have a shot at catching them.
All in all, the drift fishing boats are getting into some pretty good action. Come on out on a drift fishing trip or night anchor trip for some good snapper and bottom fishing action. Sea ya on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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