While not always this way, the Mahi-Mahi fishing has taken off in Fort Lauderdale’s off shore area. The last week has been exceptional for these highly sought after fish. Light winds and calm seas have had Sargassum weed everywhere and with this sea weed comes the food Dolphin love to eat. Small brine shrimp, Sargassum fish and other small inhabitants attract small bait fish and the Mahi-Mahi, Dolphin, El Dorado, whatever you wish to call them are flocking to these weed beds migrating south.
This is the time of year we mostly troll for fish and Mahi’s are one of our favorite to catch. Even the small ones put up a great fight, especially if we can drop down the size of our tackle. Many “peanuts”, the ones not big enough to keep, are released but keepers are with them and some large ones as well.
Most of this action has been out in 750’ of water, about 4 to 5 miles from the shoreline. Closer to shore, the Bonitos and Kingfish have been biting well. People enjoy the Bonitos because they fight hard but after a bit in the Florida sun and heat? They are happy to take a break and go look for the mahi-Mahi that have been off shore.
While this has been plenty of action for us, we’ve also had a number of sharks being caught. There was a lull a few weeks ago and sharks became rare to find but that hasn’t been the case as of late. Some Hammerheads, Sandbar, Bull and even a Dusky have been caught recently. So if a big fish is your wish, it’s happening right now!
Fort Lauderdale fishing has been exceptional this week. Get them while they’re here!!!
Keep em tight… Keep em on.