Category Archives: Fishing Report
Fort Lauderdale Charter Fishing in May has been nothing short of spectacular. Starting off with one of the best runs of Mahi Mahi I’ve seen in a long time. Plenty of “gaffers” in the 8-12 lb range and more than our share of “slammers” fish over 20 lb!! Both eat great and both are eager biters with lots of hard runs and big jumps and probably one of the prettiest fish in the ocean. While mahi fishing in Fort Lauderdale has been great, lets not forget about the wahoos, blackfin tunas and big smoker kings! We’ve been catching alot of these fish on the troll but the big kings and the wahoos have been falling victem to small live bonitas or goggle eyes. We normally run three of these frisky live baits up top and at least one deep on the down rigger. Now the majority of these big king and wahoo bites come on the down rigger but we get plenty of shots up top out of the rigger as well and when we do they are awesome. The bait starts freaking, full knowing its doom, trying its futile escape due to its leash (your fishing line) and then it comes a full air born assault we call “skyrocketing”. You watch in amazement as a 30 pound king or wahoo flies into the air 12-15 feet whith your bait in its mouth!! That never gets old. Hammerheads have also been out in force and also in numbers greater than the last two years. These great beasts we release unharmed to fight another day. Swordfishing has been incredible for the boats doing it, we havent had a sword trip this month, so lets go people!!!! Your missing it!! They are big and they are biting!!
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters in April are great! Just about every fish that we catch of our Fort Lauderdale coast are present and biting in April. Everything from bonitos to kingfish, black fin tunas, mahi mahi, Sword fish, sailfish, wahoo, amberjacks and more. The weather is still mild and the wind and seas are too. Fishing takes place within 2 miles of the beach so a 1/2 day charter is all you need to experience all the fish listed above. We catch them kite fishing, trolling, deep dropping on wrecks or whatever else it takes to make them bite. Kite fishing remains extremely productive now through May and helps target the bigger fish regardless of species, meaning we will catch plenty of mahi mahi and tuna trolling but we catch the bigger ones live baiting from the kites. For a full detail on how kite fishing works check out kite fishing article page on our website fishlocalknowledge.com. We will aslso be catching plenty of big sharks this month and next as many of you know there was a great white caught here just about a week ago!! While not very common several Great White sharks in Fort Lauderdale have been spotted and hooked in the last 5 years or so. We hoked one last year and fought it for 5 hours before losing it when the handle tore off the reel! More commom in our waters are hammerhead sharks, mako sharks, thresher and bull sharks. So if youre looking to catch just about anything and everything, from food for the table to trophy fish April and May cant be beat!!
Shark fishing Fort Lauderdale
Its that time of year again! Sharks are here and they are hungry. Sandbar sharks, hammerheads, bull sharks, some threshers and the occassional Mako make up the cast of carnivores patrolling just off of fort lauderdale beaches. Less than 2 miles from shore we deploy big bloody baits in search of big sharks. If youve ever dreamed about catching one of these sea monsters, now through June is the time to do it. We are also experiencing a late run of sailfish due to the mild winter as well as an early start to some great mahi mahi fishing. Throw in some big kings, some bonitos and a wahoo here and there and youve got some great fishing.
Fort Lauderdale Fishing charters in February have been real good. We’ve caught swordfish on all our sword trips except two but we ended up with some good by catch in the forms of tuna and sharks. Sailfishing has not been red hot by any means but if you put the time in there are still a few around willing to take your bait.
Pass The Soy and WASABII!!!!
Blackfin tuna fishing has been off the chain and while they are not huge they are tasty. We are catching lots of “football” tunas in the 10-12 pound range, lots of fun on the light tackle sticks. Kingfish are starting to bite and we are finally seeing some nice mahi mahi. The occassional wahoo still makes its presence and grey tilefish are biting good for you bottom fisherman. Hammer head sharks are becoming more abundant if youre ready to catch that fish of a lifetime and test your endurance.
Look Forward to Fishing with you soon,
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters overall have been great this month. We’ve seen great action with sailfish, some nice mahi mahi and a more wahoos than ive seen in a long time. We had some slow days too though. We just arent getting the cold fronts we need to really get these fish moving our way. The good news is, its going to happen, cold fronts or not they have to come by us to get to their spawning grounds. They are just running a little late. Daytime swordfishing has been great weve caught three swords this month out of four trips. The one trip we didnt catch one we caught our limit of wahoo and some nice dolphin so it was still a great day. Most of our wahoos are caught in and around the reef and while weve been catching some trolling dead baits, the real ticket has been slow trolling live baby (bullet) bonitas, with at least one on the down rigger. Wahoos dont eat little bonitas cause they want to they eat em cause they HAVE to, theyre irrestiable and they cant say no! We also catch mahi mahi, big smoker kings and sailfish on the little bonitas as well. Hammerhead sharks have been milling around a little bit this month and their numbers will grow in February.
December proves to be one of our best months for sailfish and mahi mahi. A fish so nice they named it twice! THe mild weather means fish bite in the morning and afternoon trips, so if youre down here on vacation you dont have to get up at the crack of dawn just to catch fish. In fact I sometimes prefer the afternoon over the morning for the sailfish bite. December is already producing some great catches on wahoo as well, up to 60#’s. Theyre have been some big “smoker” kings as well as some hammerhead sharks. The best part about Fishing Fort Lauderdale is youre catching all of these fish within 3 miles of the beach. Our “Deep Sea Fishing” starts at only 1 mile from shore and generally a half day of fishing is plenty to fill the cooler. Our preferred method of fishing right now is still kite fishing. Its exciting, it produces and its tough for even the first time angler to miss seeing the bite, when a seven foot sailfish decides to eat. Once that sailfish is on you’ll jump in the fighting chair for the big show, as the sailfish burns off line and shreds the oceans surface to try and give you the slip, just keep cranking, keep the line tight and get em to the boat for a quick photo before release. When the sailfish are really pouring through catching up to 4 or 5 is not uncommon during a half day trip.
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Thanks and God Bless,
Fishing Fort Lauderdale in October was great. We had an un seasonable late run of nice sized mahi mahi. We found the mahi anywhere from right on the reef all the way out to 1000ft of water. Floating debris and weedlines were the ticket to finding these fish. In on the reef and just outside it the black fin tunas were out in force along with plenty of bonitas and kings with a few wahoos as well. The big news and what everyone has been waiting for are the sailfish. They are here already our best day we were 4-7. Kite fishing proved to be the best method as usual to get the bite from the sails, although we caught quite a few on the troll. Hurricane Sandy sidelined us for a little bit but we are back at it and ready to go. November will bring more cold fronts and with them more sailfish. Our numbers for sailfish are racking up quick and we are looking at a banner year. Lets Go Fishing!!
September has proved to be a great month for sword fishing so far. Great friends James “Mango” and his wife Whitney chartered the Local Knowledge for a Daytime swordfish trip on the 4th. There were quite a few mahi mahi around the previous two days so we were looking to fill up on those on the way out. The mahi proved to be elusive and we prepared to conquer our intended quarry. Upon arriving at the sword grounds my deckhand Brendan coached Whitney on the dynamics of swordfishing. On the first drop we had a bite but pulled the fish shortly after hook up. The next drop Whitney dropped back perfectly on the bite and hooked another sword and after a little while she put her first Sword in the boat a nice 60 pound fish. Good ice breaker, steaks for the grill and the trip was already a success. Next drop nothing! One drop after that and Whitney pulled through again on a monster bite and we were TIGHT!!!!. The fish stayed down and nasty for the first 20 minutes or so then it shot for the surface and aired it out 400 feet behind the boat. The fish was big and beautiful. We got the fish close to the boat and missed a harpoon shot, (not easy stuff) the fish went down and we had to battle it out for another 45 minutes before we got to the boat for a great harpoon and gaff shot. WHitney just caught her second sword of the day!! We pulled the 300# plus fish in the boat took lots of pictures and ran home. Oh yeah we also caught a Blackfin tuna outside the reef when we saw some baits getting crashed on the way in.
Swords are Snappin!! Lets Go!!!
Fort Lauderdale fishing trips were extremely productive this August. The fishing was much the same as july with lots of bonitas and kings, mixed in with plenty of blackfin tunas, the occassional wahoo and some sailfish. Most fish fell victem to strip baits fished behind small skirts and seawitches on planers and fished up top out of the outriggers. Daytime swordfishing proved to be productive for us as well with fish in the 100-200 pound range. September will be very similar as well and if we have as much action as August we will be very happy. Some trips to mention are Cody and Dianne who captured a beautiful 40″ mahi mahi on the 7th.Sean, Henry, Mark and Nick from Quebec banged up the bonitas and kings on the 8th. John, Jean and Jenna from North Carolina caught two exceptional kings, some bonitas and a big barracuda on the 9th. On the 10th Gary, Greg, Andy and Chris from Clearwater and Ft Lauderdale caught a nice mahi, a blackfin tuna, 5 bonitas, 6 kings and two sharks! great trip guys. The 11th Bernie, Hunter, Hoyt Nicki and Kelly all caught their share of bonitas and some kings, lots of happy faces. On the 15th Chuck, his Daughter Adriana, Stephen, Maria and Jacquleun all caught kings and bonitas for a great time. However Adriana caught a huge sailfish all by her self, incredible! Fishing coninued to be great the rest of the month as it was for Gary and Rick from Jersey who both caught their limit of kings on the 17th and for Patrick, Gary, Bill and Rachel from Pittsburgh on the 18th who caught a load of bonitas, some kings and a blackfin tuna. Charlie, Nick and Wayne did great on the 23rd with their box of kings and bonitas. On the 24th Mike, Rachel and Mike from NY caught a huge Hammerhead shark along with 7 bonitas. Awesome job guys! Rounding out the end of the month with a productive day was Ernest and Ernest Jr from Maryland with some nice tilefish, a couple of kings, 1 blackfin tuna and 5 bonitas.