Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report: The fishing has improved this week as our first cold fronts of the year begin to arrive. October is typically a transitional period for charter boats in Fort Lauderdale, as they prepare for sailfish season. After each and every cold front, sailfish will be moving South along the edge of the Gulfstream current, which lies only 2 miles off the Fort Lauderdale coastline. Along with sailfish, dolphin and wahoo will also be biting in 120-250ft of water. Trolling is the best method for locating fish, but deep sea fishing with live bait is the most effective way to get the fish to bite after they are found. Snapper fishing will also be decent for our Fort Lauderdale fishing charters, with mutton snapper often eating our deep baits intended for sailfish. If you are interested in booking one of our Fishing Charters, Fort Lauderdale is only a 20 minute drive from our charter dock. You can book a deep sea fishing trip by calling us at 888-535-5206.
Offshore Fishing: Well, the winds and seas have definitely put a damper on our ability to go fishing last week, but when the weather cleared the fish were biting like crazy on our charters. The main action has been with wahoo, which could have been expected due to the full moon. When the ocean was riled up from the swells of a distant tropical storm, we saw a good migration of baitfish move through. This intensified the wahoo bite and made for some great fishing with king mackerel and mahi mahi as well. These pelagic species tend to feed in the same areas when the baitfish migrate through, so we were having action with all three species at one time on one of our charters. Our best luck fishing for all species has been using ballyhoo or bonito strips for bait while trolling at speeds of 4 to 8 knots. Although trolling has been more productive because of our ability to cover more ground, we still like to switch our fishing up to live bait drifting when we know that there are big fish in the area. The live bait tends to attract larger fish to bite, especially when we use kites to keep the live baits dangling closer to the surface. Anyone who has not experienced kite fishing should definitely consider experiencing this exciting way to fish on one of our charters. On the opposite side of the fishing spectrum, the bottom fishing has been phenomenal for good eating species such as yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, red grouper, and cobia. We usually encounter these species when we are drifting with live baits. While fishing with surface baits at the same time, we like to put out a couple of rods with weights attached to the lines and fish them near the bottom on one of our charters. Dead baits fished right on the bottom are especially effective sometimes, mostly for the mutton snapper and the cobia.
Swordfishing Report: It is no secret that the swordfishing has been on fire down here in South Florida recently. We used to hunt these giant fish during the night time hours only, but recent discoveries of a swordfish fishery near the bottom during the day has led to an explosion in the swordfishing industry. Although we do not catch swordfish on every trip, chances are that at some point in the day we will have a bite if we fish for them hard enough on one of our charters. We offer our anglers the option of battling these swordfish from the deep using an electric or manual reel. The reason for this is the amount of weight that is needed to drop baits 2000 ft down into the gulfstream current usually exceeds 10 lbs, which can be quite a task to reel up manually at the end of the drop. Our swordfishing charters promote catch and release of these beautiful creatures, but those looking to take some home to the dinner table are always welcome to harvest one fish while out swordfishing on one of our charters. If you would like to get out there fishing give me a call and we will set up your dream vacation trip!
Capt. Chris Agardy