Great Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
April 22, 2019
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
We had a great fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale yesterday. Just about everything was biting. We got some dolphin, some snappers, some kingfish and bonitos and to top it all off, a sailfish. This time of year can be just plain ole' awesome fishing. It's the time of year when the Fort Lauderdale fishing grounds just really shine. Most of the year, Fort Lauderdale fishing is mediocre on average and a great trip here or there. This time of year, great fishing is the norm and we hit a slow trip here or there.
We still have our slow trips from time to time, it's not always this good. But today, we went out there and we could do no wrong. We started off trolling the reef and hit a nice mess of bonitos and kingfish. The action was steady for more than an hour. The customers wanted to get some better table fare though so we went and tried our luck at the wrecks. We caught a couple nice vermillion snappers and then our ballyhoo bait on the bottom got nailed by a nice mutton snapper.
The bottom fish weren't snapping, so we decided to go back on the troll a little deeper to 300ft of water, just a few hundred more yards offshore. We hooked into a nice pair of mahi-mahi, both of them big. We caught those and we had dinner in the box. Of course we trolled for a while longer, seeing if any more dolphin were around (we ended up catching 3 total). But the dolphin bite stopped so we decided to go put the kites up to try to catch something big.
The kites were up for just a few minutes when we had a sailfish window shopping our baits. He hit the left short bait, right was we were letting it out. Nothing beats a fresh live bait. We powered the boat ahead to hook the fish and get the slack out of the line and the sailfish came up jumping. After a 20 minute fight we had caught our sailfish and our fishing trip was done. There was plenty of action, plenty of eating fish and a lot of fun had by all.
This is a great month for fishing in Fort Lauderdale. There's a great variety of fish out here to be caught and just about anything is possible. We have this epic fishing off our coast through the end of May, so get out there soon to get in on the action. Summer months have their own batch of fish moving through, but the next month and a half is hard to beat. Good luck fishing out there everyone. I'll sea you on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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