Archive for January, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Sportfishing Report for January

Posted on January 7th, 2012 by Captain

Sailfish being caught aboard the Big Game, leaping behind the boat.

Sailfish being caught aboard the Big Game, leaping behind the boat.


The peak of our sailfish season is here and they are snapping! The recent cold fronts and stiff winds are great conditions for kite fishing. The majority of our sailfish are caught on the kite. The reason for this is that with kite fishing you can often hook into multiple sailfish at a time, a double or triple header. On the best days you could potentially catch 6-10 sailfish, when they are really snapping. Kite fishing isn’t just good for sailfish, you can catch all kinds of cool, top water game fish. Dolphin, tuna, cobia, sharks and kingfish are all hunting these same waters and all love these same baits. Mahi-mahi dolphin bite especially well during the winter, this past month has been outstanding. Any day with an east wind has good potential for dolphin.

Sailfish and dolphin biting on Fort Lauderdale Sportfishing boats

Sailfish and dolphin biting on Fort Lauderdale Sportfishing boats

A few miles further offshore offers different species of game fish. There are some giant bull dolphin out there to be caught if you’re willing to invest some hours trolling. In that territory, wahoo are another big game fish you may come across. Last January we boated some monster wahoos. Fish a deep line or a weighted surface lure for wahoo. White and blue marlin are a long shot to catch but it is possible if your fishing in that zone, one may bite. There are always a few caught in Fort Lauderdale during the winter. That same area is also good swordfish grounds if you have some time to make some drops. Some enormous swordfish are being hooked deep dropping for swords. The fish are out there but you have to work for them. A little patience, skill and determination is all it takes to catch fish…and a little luck never hurt anybody. Best of luck on the water guys. Tight lines!

Capt. Rod Roydhouse
Fort Lauderdale Sportfishing Charters
(954)707-2147

Nice sportfishing catch aboard the Big Game

Nice sportfishing catch aboard the Big Game