Snappers & Groupers Biting Great on our $40 Drift Fishing Trips
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
May 17, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
This is a great month for bottom fishing the reefs of Fort Lauderdale. Snappers and groupers are biting excellent on our drift fishing trips. We're catching muttons in 80-100ft of water using ballyhoo and sardines. They are biting using a long leader and a ballyhoo or sardine plug bait. They are pretty aggressive this month, especially with the full moon spawn going on. The night bite is the best but they are biting pretty good on the day trips as well. At night, we anchor and chum, so it gives you the best chances at catching a bunch of snappers.
Our sportfishing boats are catching them too, around the wrecks and even sometimes trolling. Bottom fishing is always best. You can catch snappers on our sportfishing charters either by dropping live baits for the bigger snappers or even by dropping chicken rigs and catching the vermillion snappers 2 or 3 at a time. There's a lot of options for catching those delicious red fish on the bottom they call snapper.
Groupers are the other fish we are targeting on our drift fishing trips. We're catching them on the reef and around wrecks. Squid is hands down the best bait to use for grouper, although live baits can work well too. Grouper season just opened up earlier this month following a 4 month closure. This gives groupers a chance to spawn and recover in numbers. This week we've been catching reds, blacks and strawberry groupers on the reefs.
The bottom fishing is very good this month. Lots of action and lots of variety. Summertime is the best season of the year for snappers and grouper fishing. Daytime and night trips are equally good, although anchor fishing which is what we are doing on our night trips, is specific to targeting bottom fish. Good luck to everyone fishing this month. May the fish be with you.
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
mutton snapper, mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper, red grouper, black grouper, strawberry grouper
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