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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Capt. Paul Roydhouse
December 17, 2006
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

With the heavy winds and big seas this week, we spent most of our time this week kite fishing. We've been using mostly live goggle eyes and mullets, setting up on the blue water edge which has been in about 100'-350'. Sailfish have been biting excellent this week. Twice this week we've caught triples, and several doubles as well. When I get the bite, rather than gunning the boat ahead I stay in place and wait for another one to show up. These tactics have been effective in getting me multiple hookups. The best bite has been on monofilament leaders, as the sailfish have seemed to shy away from the wire leaders. While kite fishing we've been jumped by several schools of dolphins as well. Mostly just small ones that have a hard time even eating the bait, but a couple 10-15 pounders. A really awesome fish I caught this week was a 42 lb yellowfin tuna. The first one of those I've caught out of Ft. Lauderdale in a long time. Huge explosion on the long kite bait and an almost 45 minute fight. It was a very unexpected and very awesome fish.

I've seen a lot of schools of small bonitos on the reef in about 120' which is where my drift boat has been catching most of their kingfish. The bite has been deep so if your trolling, slow the boat down and let the planers waaaay back. If drifting, go all the way to the bottom and bring your bait up a few cranks. The drift boat has also caught a lot of lane snappers, fishing with chicken rigs on their 200' bottom spots, right out in front of the inlet. It was too rough to do our Friday night swordfishing trip this week but it looks like we are going to have a good season on them. This year I've seen bigger and more swordfish so far than in years past.

With this blue water so close to shore and the bait on the reef, expect to see some nice schools of dolphin coming through this week in close. Good luck to everyone, I'll see you on the water. Till next week...

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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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301 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 954-525-4665
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