Snappers are Snapping! in Fort Lauderdale
Capt. Paul Roydhouse
March 29, 2019
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
The snappers are biting good on our drift fishing trips this week. Lots of mangroves and some mutton snappers are biting on the day trips, and then the yellowtails come out at night. April is generally the month when the snappers start biting good for us, but they seem to show up a little early this year. Muttons are getting bigger, many of them are keeper size now adays. May and June is when the muttons spawn and all the bigger ones bite for us. Yellowtails too are getting bigger. The Winter months is for the smaller yellowtails and then Spring and Summer are when the bigger ones begin to bite. I've noticed some much improved snapper fishing over the past week and we're not even into April yet. It's looking like it will be a good snapper fishing season for us.
Groupers are biting like mad, or more like they know that it's out of season. I never thought groupers were that smart, but I guess they are. Drift fishing trips are getting into some mackeral, a rare tuna and even an oddball mahi-mahi. That's what I love about Spring-time fishing in Fort Lauderdale... you can catch anything. I mean, all fish are possible this time of year.
Sportfishing boats are getting into some big game fish. Shark season is just getting started, but I'll let my brother, Capt. Rod from New Lattitude Sportfishing, post a report about the shark fishing. Big game that I've been catching lately have been around the wrecks including amberjacks, big groupers, cobia and barracuda. This is the time of year that the monster amberjacks come through and tear up the wrecks. They are super aggressive, so on some days, you can hardly get your bait down to the bottom. The amberjacks are aggressive, but if you get the bait all the way to bottom, you could also catch grouper and cobia. These are the good eating ones. Unfortunately, most groupers are still out of season, but there are a few that you can keep. Cobia is another fish that is elusive, but they show up around the wrecks too and they are a bit more aggressive this time of year because of the competition for food from the Amberjacks. It's a great cycle and the competition is great for us fishermen.
Sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and tuna are all a possible catches for trolling the reefs and the edge of the Gulfstream this time of year. The Gulfstream is kind of like I-95 for all the migrating fish. Sometimes it's rush hour and sometimes it's 3 in the morning traffic. Bottom line is that the fishing is getting good in Fort Lauderdale, so get out there and see what you can catch. I'll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Andy Roydhouse
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