Dolphin and Wahoo Galore Fishing in Fort Lauderdale
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
April 13, 2018
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
What a great day of dolphin fishing in Fort Lauderdale. The April bite on mahi mahi may be on for the Spring spawn. Every year, for usually a 2 week period in the month of April, the mahi-mahi bite goes off-the-scale while the mahi dolphin fish come in on the reef to do their annual spawn. The dolphin venture onto the reefs into only 100ft of water (sometimes even shallower) and they throw caution to the wind as they eat everything they come across. This is known as the annual mahi-mahi spawn in Fort Lauderdale.
Today, we had a stellar day of Fort Lauderdale dolphin fishing. We trolled the area in 100-200ft of water until we happened upon a floating board. A floating board in the water during dolphin mating season is like an oasis in the middle of the desert. It's a hotspot of fish as they congregate around the floating debris to pounce on any small baitfish species that come along to seek cover and protection from bigger fish. Imagine the small bait fishes' surprise when they find a piece of debris floating to take refuge around and there are a hungry pack of mahi guarding it. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there on the ocean.
Well today, when fishing around the floating board, we found a school of about 20 nice size dolphin fish and a few wahoo also. It was a slaughter fest as we caught every fish around the board, strategically keeping one fish in the water at all times so that the school of fish would stay with the boat. It worked like a charm and we loaded the box with lots of nice dolphin fish. Fort Lauderdale dolphin fishing is best described as, "Hours and hours of boredom, interrupted by a moment of chaos". That's how it was today on the Fort Lauderdale reef. Let's go fishing!
Capt. Andy Roydhouse
Dolphin, mahi-mahi, dorado, dooleys, mahis, schoolies, bulls and cows
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