Mahi Mahi Are Biting Awesome This November Fishing Ft Lauderdale
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
November 17, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
The hottest bite on mahi-mahi of the year is going on right now with tons of them biting just outside the reef, just 1-2 miles offshore. November is usually a great month for mahi-mahi but this year is even better than usual. We're catching twice as many as we did last year. And the best thing about the mahi fishing this year is that they are biting so close to shore. They usually are biting much further out and you have to go far and wide to find them. This year they are close to shore, just a little outside of the reefs. Another oddity this year is that they aren't all clumped together in schools of fish. We're catching them scattered all over the place. Normally when you are catching mahi-mahi, the fish and all your action is concentrated into one batch of fish in a brief, often chaotic, period when every rod in your spread gets hit and you catch your entire catch all in one shot. This year, the dolphin fish are much more spread out and we're catching them one fish here, one fish there, throughout the day. I definitely prefer it when the bite is like that because it spreads the excitement throughout the day. Point being, there is a sick bite on mahi-mahi dolphin off the Fort Lauderdale beach.
Besides mahi-mahi, there is also a hot bite on wahoo, tuna, kingfish and some sailfish. Sailfish season has fully begun and I will bet that the next cold front that comes through will really get them biting strong. We've thrown some big wahoos on the dock this week. Wahoo are one of the coolest fish in the ocean because they are so fast, probably the fastest fish in the entire ocean. They have been clocked at pulling drag off a reel at over 88 miles per hour. That's pulling drag! They come out of the water with electric blue and black stripes perpendicular to a long stripe of gold along the length of the fish. They look awesome. Of course, they lose their colors pretty quick after you pull them out of the water. And once they loose their colors, they look very similar to kingfish (I can only tell the difference between wahoo and kingfish once the colors have changed by the shape of the nose). Wahoo have a torpedo shaped nose. Needless to say, they are awesome looking and to make them even better, they are a great eating fish too. Wahoo are one of the few fish that I really like to eat (I'm picky). Tunas are massing up on the reef and we usually catch a handful of them on all our trolling trips. Most of the tunas are 5-10 pounds this time of year with a rare giant one sometimes jumping on the line. All in all, some great fishing on the Fort Lauderdale reef this month.
If you have a few minutes to try it, you can head over to one of the many shipwrecks we have sunk off our coast. Some big amberjacks are still taking up residence on the 200-300 foot deep shipwrecks. It's a great way to invest only a little time to try to catch a quick monster fish. Grouper, cobia and sharks are also possibilities if you drop a live bait on top of one of these wrecks. No matter what you're after, there's a bevy of good fish action to be had on our Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing trips. Good luck to everyone fishing this week. I'll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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