Dolphin are Biting Right in on the Reef of Fort Lauderdale
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
March 7, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
The dolphin bite is improving immensely this week with some mahi-mahi dolphin biting right in on the reef. Today we caught a couple mahi-mahi on our drift fishing boat, the Catch My Drift. That almost never happens. Every Spring, usually in March or April, whenever we get a hard East wind that lasts for a couple days, the mahi-mahi dolphin fish get pushed right in on the reefs. They are spawning and looking for food and with the seaweed getting blown in close to shore, the dolphin follow the food. The dolphin we catch this time of year are much larger than average, most of them 12-20 pound with some bigger ones here and there. That is much larger than our average dolphins. March through May is my favorite time of year to fish Fort Lauderdale because of the plethora of big game species available to catch. Just about everything is biting.
Tunas are also biting. We're catching tons of them out there. Blackfin tunas, bonitos and skipjack tunas are all in the mix. Most of the blackfin tunas are the small ones, 2-5 pound with an occasional big one, up to 30 pounds. There's no size limit on tunas, so bring the wasabi and soy and try some of the freshest sushi you've ever had. Tunas are biting on the troll in 80-150ft of water, on and just outside the reefs. You can see them busting baits on the surface of the water or look for birds circling low to the water. They're all over the place out there. Tunas like to eat small, streamline baits trolled on the surface, so just go pull some natural feathers around and you will load the box. A lucky angler now and then might even catch a wahoo while trolling around the schools of tuna.
Good luck to everyone fishing out there today. The weather is supposed to get really nice for us for the next few days so I expect there will be a lot of boats out there this weekend. Book your trips quick, it's Spring Break and the fish are biting!
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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