Fort Lauderdale Offshore and Reef Fishing Report

2009-04-17 12:04:57
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale
Andrew Roydhouse

The fishing off Fort Lauderdale this month has been phenomenal. It's April and we're in the middle of the Spring fishing season and in South Florida that means there are some big game fish offshore. 7-9 miles offshore, there has been a beautiful weed line formation, littered with flying fish and other important baitfish. A few hours spent trolling offshore can be rewarding though, when it all comes together. The months of April, May and June bring with them the big game fish… Bull Dolphin, Tunas, Wahoo, Sharks, Sailfish and even Marlin. This is the season when you can go out there and catch that once in a lifetime fish. The Big Game has been catching some monster sized bull dolphins out there, scatter with some schoolie dolphin, blackfin tuna and the less common wahoo. Offshore fishing has been a pretty sure bet for us lately.

In on the reef, there is some nice action as well. The local wrecks are holding heavy this season. Many of the deep wrecks off the coast of Fort Lauderdale are laden with amberjack, grouper, snapper and sporadic cobia. Amberjacks are especially prevalent this season and can commonly reach 50 pounds or more. With so much activity going on the big game sharks are here for their piece of the pie as well. Hammerheads, threshers, makos, bulls and tigers are some of the sharks we will be catching in the weeks to come. There are some really big fish swimming off our coast. Let's get out there and catch some of them. Sea ya on the water…

Fish Species: Dolphin, Sailfish, tuna, kingfish, bonitos
Bait Used: Rigged trolling baits and live baits
Tackle Used: Penn Internationals 20-80
Method Used: Trolling, kite fishing, bottom fishing
Water Depth: 60'-1000'
Water Temperature: 90's
Wind Direction: North East
Wind Speed: 10 knots
41 pound bull dolphin with 27 pound cow
41 pound bull dolphin with 27 pound cow

30 pound black grouper
30 pound black grouper

Andrew Roydhouse

About The Author: Captain Andrew Roydhouse

Company: Fishing Headquarters

Area Reporting: Fort Lauderdale South Florida

Bio: I am a 3rd generation fisherman out here off Ft. Lauderdale and have been fishing proffessionally all my life. My company, Fishing Headquarters, runs daily drift fishing trips, sportfishing privae and shared charters, night time swordfishing trips, and any other type of fishing you would like to try.

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