One of the great things about Fort Lauderdale fishing is the variety of fish that can be caught just a few miles from shore. The fish can range from just a few inches, which serve some of our younger anglers well, to the large sharks and Swordfish and everything in between. While the Swords are usually caught further off the coast, I have seen and caught them in close to shore, there is no reason they can’t be there.
This week Fort Lauderdale fishing slowed a bit. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still catching fish, we just have to work at it a bit more. The Bonitos we depend on for action and strip baits have been coming in waves, one day here the next; they are not in any numbers. Being “covered up” with one of these on all the lines out can be a blast, unless you only have 1 or 2 anglers. Then it is a sort of Chinese fire drill…
Kingfish fishing is getting better with some nice sized Kings being found in deeper than usual waters. Normally in 80 to 150’, we’ve been catching 10-15 lbs. in 180 to 300’. Perhaps they are trying to escape the heat? Small Blackfin Tuna have also been caught in these depths.
Today we had young Colin here on board, 11 I think. It had been his birthday and his aunt, Kalie, brought him fishing. He was thrilled with the Barracuda and those teeth! Always an impressive catch, there have been lots of Barracudas around while trolling. Most have been small and somewhat of a nuisance as they destroy a rigged bait when they hit. As they get bigger, they often jump when hooked. It is always a thrill when a fish does that.
He also had the pleasure, maybe not the best word to describe his hard work, of catching large Amberjack. He is all smiles in the picture after but lots of grunting was heard as he handled one of the big reels and rods.
So while Fort Lauderdale fishing hasn’t been great, we are still providing smiles for our guests. We’ll see how we do tonight on the Swordfish trip. At least it will be cool…