Mixed Bag Biting on our Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
January 6, 2019
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Dolphin, tuna, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish and bonitos are some of the fish that are biting on our Fort Lauderdale fishing charters this month. January is a month when there is a little bit of everything biting out there. When it's like this, trolling tends to be the best, all-around fishing technique because it keeps us versatile to cover different depths, fishing spots and zones easily. And you can catch just about any fish in the ocean when trolling. Some fish bite surface lures and others prefer deep baits. Trolling allows you to cover all the different water columns simultaneously.
This week, the kingfish action is outstanding. Bigger kingfish in the 10-20 pound range are hitting with regularity, with the usual numbers of the small ones too. Small to medium sized tunas are also biting good. We haven't had any yellowfin tunas yet but the past few years there were several giant yellowfin tunas caught right off the Ft Lauderdale beaches. We don't catch yellowfins very often, but when we do, it sure is exciting. If you're fishing in January, bring some wasabi because you never know what you might catch out there.
Sailfish is the most sought after gamefish in the ocean and January is your best bet at hooking into one. We don't catch them every day, but some days we even catch multiples. January is the peak of sailfish season in south Florida and these cold fronts we're getting right now will really get them chewing. This week we've already caught more than a dozen among our several charter boats. Sailfish love the winter months and January is the absolute best.
All around pretty good fishing on both our drift fishing and sportfishing charters. Groupers are biting good and even though they are out of season, they are still a helluva lot of fun to catch and take pictures with. Snappers are snapping on the day and night trips and they can still be kept. Kingfish and tunas sometimes even get caught on our drift fishing rigs, you never know. Anything can happen this month, you just have to head out there and wet a line. Good luck to everyone fishing over the next couple weeks. I'll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
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