Fort Lauderdale Fishing Report
April 23, 2012
This year has been a weird weather year but the fishing has continued to be red hot. We just had a rare late-April cold front move through Fort Lauderdale and the sailfish started to bite again. We caught four nice fish the day before and three more today. I heard of some boats landing six or more fish, depending on how long they stayed out. That’s spectacular sailfishing for the end of April! We are using live goggleyes and kite’s for the sailfish, and the bite has been in 100 – 140 feet of water with a very strong north current.
We have also been trolling for, and catching bonitos and kingfish, along with mahi-mahi. They have been hitting sea witch feathers tipped with bonito strips, pulled behind planer boards. We are using planers that dive 50-75 feet under the surface. We are also hooking up a few wahoo and blackfin tuna on these planers.
The past few days we have been catching plenty of v-liner (snappers), grunts, and kingfish. We have also had a few blackfin tunas, and bonitos. These fish are being raised on ballyhoo chunks and sardines.
The nighttime snapper trips continue to be very productive. The past few weeks we have been catching lots of gray snappers, yellowtails, muttons, and vermillion snappers. We are landing some nice groupers with the snappers, but unfortunately they are strictly catch and release until May 1. On our nighttime snapper trips we anchor up in depths ranging from 45 to 90 feet of water on our reef system. We run out a nice meaty chum slick with the current and the action heats up in no time! Come on out and have some fun!