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Springtime Action In Fort Lauderdale With Sailfish And Tuna

Capt. Eric Bartlett
May 6, 2022
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

The summer fishing season started early this year in Fort Lauderdale, and we've already started catching a wide variety of species that are usually caught in the summer. And while catches have been really good in the last few weeks, we can expect them to get even better as we head into June.

During April the first Blackfin Tuna north of 25 pounds were caught, and these muscle packed fish put up one heck of a fight before you can claim victory. The best way to target them is with trolling, and we can expect the numbers of Blackfin Tuna to go up over the next month.

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In addition to Tuna, Sailfish have started to make an appearance around Fort Lauderdale, and several boats have reported catching more than one Sailfish at the same time, which is quite an exciting event to witness.

Wahoo, which are a regular catch in Fort Lauderdale waters, continue to show up, although they are not as plentiful in spring as in other parts of the year. When fishing close to reefs, one of the main catches are kingfish, which are targeted by trolling with planer boards.

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Anchoring close to the reef, yellowtail snappers are one of the prize catches, which can be attracted with chum. They're not only fun to catch on light tackle, but also make for delicious eating. And while groupers have also been caught, they've had to be released since they're out of season at this time.

As we go into the summer months, we can expect increasing numbers of Mahi Mahi to show up more consistently, which makes it worth targeting them specifically. In the past few weeks some Mahi Mahi have been caught, but mostly by accident while targeting other species.

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Target Species:

Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, Snapper

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