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Great Bite on our Night Snapper Fishing Trips

Capt. Paul Roydhouse
July 1, 2016
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

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The night anchor fishing for snappers is going off. Mangrove snappers the past few nights are biting unusually well. We caught over 80 mangrove snappers last night and the past few nights before that have had similar catches. The summer months are when the snappers bite best. The calm summer waters and cooler temperatures make it a pleasure to fish at night, rather than the heat of the day. Most of the mangroves we're catching are in the 1-2 pound range but a select few have been monsters in the 3-5 pound class. Mangroves are cautious fish are can be tricky to hook. They commonly grab the bait, chew it once and spit it back out. By the time you've felt a small tap on your line, they've already spit the bait. Keep letting them play with it until you get a bite with some weight behind it. That's the time to set the hook. Chunks of squid, ballyhoo or sardines all make great baits for mangrove snappers.

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Yellowtails and mutton snappers feed on the same baits and they have been biting as well, to a lesser extent. While the mangroves are biting better than average, yellowtails are not biting as good as normal. It's been kind of a slow summer season so far for the yellowtails. They will show up soon in much stronger numbers. Mutton snappers are biting a bit. We usually pick at a couple bigger muttons per night. All in all, I'm very happy with the snapper action lately and its been our best trip for catching the good eating reef fish. Day trips are catching some snappers, but the bonitos are pretty solid so we end up catching a lot more bonitos on our daytime trips. This is a good time of year to come on our night fishing trips. $40 includes everything and you have a good chance to come home with a dinner or two. Let's go fishing!

Capt. Paul Roydhouse

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Come fishing with us on one of our 3 daily trips aboard the 85ft Catch My Drift for only $40 per person. Drift fish the reefs for kingfish, tuna, snapper and grouper. Also, Sportfishing charters with Capt Paul Roydhouse catch some of the biggest fish in the ocean. Capt Paul is a Ft Lauderdale native fisherman, with over 43 years of local, full-time fishing experience. We also run All Day Fishing trips for only $100 per person aboard the Mary B III. Sportfishing/drift fishing combo trip.

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