- Join Date
- Apr 2013
Off and On Fishing in Fort Lauderdale this week. Tunas are biting
A line from one of my favorite books, ďIt was the best of times, it was the worst of timesĒ pretty much sums up the fishing this week in Fort Lauderdale. We had some awesome trips where we hit wahoo, mahi-mahi or some big fish off the wrecks and we had some trips where we couldnít get a bite no matter what we tried. The good news is that the fish are out there, they just arenít making it easy on us. Dolphin are showing up offshore, in approx 500-600ft of water. Thatís only a couple miles off our coast, so you donít need to go super far offshore to find them. Itís best to go trolling for them as you can cover a lot more ground on the move with your lures out. Our trip yesterday was trolling and found some frigate birds flying overhead. They hit a nice school of mahi-mahi and ended up with a great catch. A few big wahoo were also caught this week. We catch them trolling as well, usually on our deep planer baits. Wahoo love deep trolled lures. This is a good month for wahoo in South Florida, as you can catch them at just about any place and at any time. You just need to run over them.
Tunas are also biting very good. They are mostly the small to medium sized tunas, but sometimes a big one takes the bait. They are all keepers though and excellent eating size. We had a fishing charter on our higher capacity vessel, the Mary B III and they caught a ton of blackfin tunas, one big blackfin tuna and about 20 big, fat vermillion snappers. Not a bad catch! Tunas are popping up on the reefs, especially in the afternoons. We find them busting small baitfish on the surface and you can see a field of splashes on the top of the water where they are feeding. We troll around these fields of tuna with some natural feathers and small, streamline lures for the best results, and we can usually catch a nice bunch of them before we spook the school and they disappear.
Wrecks are holding some nice fish too. Some big amberjacks are showing up on our 200-300ft deep shipwrecks as they always do this time of year. This is the month of the amberjackís migration through south Florida as they congregate around the wrecks to feed on the abundance of small fish that also congregate on the wrecks. Iím not sure where they go after they move through our waters, but they will be here through the end of June and then disappear. Groupers, cobia, snapper and tilefish are also biting good around these shipwrecks. When we canít find anything trolling, hitting the wrecks is a good, high-percentage way to put fish in the boat. To sum it all up, there is some good fishing out there but the fish are not making it easy on us. You just have to fish hard and put in the time. Good luck to everyone fishing this week with us. Iíll sea ya on the water.
Capt. Andy Roydhouse
- Join Date
- Jun 2016
I'm really curious how as big as tuna can be caught. I heard it too that its also biting. Well, I presume , you are using a good method to have a good catch. Good luck to everyone fishing though.
- Join Date
- Jul 2014
Definitely. Larger specimens are notorious for putting up a fight while hooked, and have been known to injure people who try to catch them, as well as damage their equipment.