Our Night Snapper Trip Catching A Lot this Week
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
March 22, 2016
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Our drift fishing trip, only $40 per person has been having some success on the night anchor trips this week. During our day trips, we fish for both snappers on the bottom and kingfish/tuna on the surface and mid depth. Decent action on the day trips lately, one good trip and one slow trip is the average. But our night anchor trips are coming in with very good catches the past few nights on snappers.
At night, snappers come out of the woodwork to feed. They are nocturnal feeders as there is less danger at night than exposing yourself during the daylight hours. We're using chunks of sardines, ballyhoo and squid to catch them. It sometimes takes a little while to get them chummed up... be patient. Once they are chummed up and feeding strong, the bite will turn on. When the bite turns on, you will probably get bites as soon as you hit the bottom. Let the small fish peck at it. Don't try to set the hook on every little twitch. A lot of time, the snappers are cautious and let the little fish peck at it a bit before one of the bigger snappers comes over and steals it away. When you get a bite that has a little 'authority' behind it, that's when you strike!
Snappers are the targeted species, but we catch a lot of stuff at night. Porgies, grunts, toros, triggerfish and small jacks also make up a significant portion of our catches at night and are good eating fish. I like the night trip the best because you generally (not always) get the best action of any of our 3 daily drift boat trips and the variety of fish is also very cool. You can catch anything at night from small grunts to big sharks and everything in between. Once in a blue moon, a cobia will bite. This is a good time of year for them.
Going on the drift boat is a very inexpensive way to get out on the water fishing and our night anchor trips are your best shot at catching multiple fish to take home for dinner. Our day trips are fun too, and on the day trips you have a small chance at catching a big kingfish or mahi-mahi, but you usually have better chances at night when the snappers come out of the woodword to feed. Below is a $5 off coupon if you would like to come out on any of our drift boat trips over the next few weeks. Good luck out there, I'll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
snapper, porgies, grunts, triggerfish, sharks, grouper, cobia
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