Archive for June, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Offshore Dolphin Fishing

Posted on June 21st, 2012 by Captain

Big dusky shark caught shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Big dusky shark caught shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale

June is the month for dolphin fishing offshore.  The big dolphin of the spring are starting to fade away, but the new schools of mahi-mahi are forming up offshore and making their way up our coast.  The June dolphin are the smaller sized dolphin, 3-5 pound fish or “schoolies” as we call them.  They don’t last too long out there swimming around by themselves, so they school up into big congregations of fish, sometimes as many as hundreds of fish in a single school.  They can be tough to find out there, as they are always moving around and it is a very big ocean.  The majority of the fish this time of year are 10-14 miles offshore.  I like to run out there about 10 miles offshore and start trolling.  For dolphin, you just have to put in your miles ’till you find something.  Keep a constant eye out for weedlines, current edges, slicks (which could indicate blood and fish oils rising to the top from fish feeding), flying fish getting chased up by something other than the boat, any kind of birds especially frigate birds, and any kind of debris you find floating.  Finding something to fish to, and covering a lot of ground is the key to finding dolphin schools. Find one school, and you can load the box with fish!  When you find your school of fish, pull out the 20 pound spinning tackle and bail them.  Keep one dolphin fish hooked up and in the water out there, and the whole school of fish will stay nearby so that you can bail them on the light gear. 

Clay and his family with a big almaco jack just caught off a shipwreck

Clay and his family with a big almaco jack just caught off a shipwreck

Dolphin fishing is fun in the summer months, especially June, but you do need a full day 8 hour charter to give it a real shot at dolphin fishing.  If you’ve only got a half day to go fishing, stay in on the reef and go trolling for bonitos and kingfish.  They action is great trolling the reef, you’ll hardly ever not be hooked up.  To catch the bigger kingfish, blackfin tuna and wahoo on the reef, slow trolling live baits is very effective, especially from the downrigger.  The biggest fish seem to stay deeper in the summertime, perhaps to stay in the cooler water column.  The downrigger can put a live bait right in front of their face, an offer they can’t refuse.  Wreck fishing can also be fun this month.  Black groupers are biting good on the 80-260ft deep shipwrecks.  Also barracuda, jacks, mutton snappers and sometimes cobia bite good this month live baiting around the wrecks.  Good luck out there fishing everyone.  Tight Lines and Good Fishing!

Capt Rod Roydhouse
Fort Lauderdale Fishing
(954)707-2147

Best shot I have of an estimated 900 lb tiger shark caught this week in Ft Lauderdale

Best shot I have of an estimated 900 lb tiger shark caught this week in Ft Lauderdale with Capt Adam

 

Big barracuda caught sport fishing Fort Lauderdale

Big barracuda caught sport fishing Fort Lauderdale

Monster hammerhead sharks caught by these 2 anglers on a Ft Lauderdale sportfishing charter

Monster hammerhead sharks caught by these 2 anglers on a Ft Lauderdale sportfishing charter

Shark Fishing Charter in Fort Lauderdale

Posted on June 8th, 2012 by Captain

Big hammerhead shark caught shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Big hammerhead shark caught shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale

 

The sharks are just plain snappin’ this week in Fort Lauderdale.  Every trip we’ve put out the shark baits, a big hammerhead or giant dusky shark jumped on the bait.  This week, we’re at 6 hammerhead sharks and 3 dusky sharks in the past 7 days, and they are still biting!   The excellent shark fishing is definitely related to the big bonito run that is happening off the Fort Lauderdale coast right now.  Bonitos are a gamefish in the tuna family.  They average 10-20 pounds and they make a major run down the Ft Lauderdale coastline every year for the 3 months of summer. 

A huge hammerhead caught shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale!

A huge hammerhead caught shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale!

The bonitos are here!  They showed up about 2 weeks ago, when the shark fishing really turned on.  They will be here for another 3 months, as will the big game sharks that like to eat them.  Bonitos  themselves are fun to catch.  They are very bloody fish, just like tuna.  Composed of almost pure muscle, these bonitos are one of the strongest fighting fish, pound-for-pound, more so than almost any other fish.  In the summer months, now through the beginning of September, the bonitos are covering the reefs almost everywhere.  They light up the action trolling the reef, and bring with them some of the biggest gamefish in the Carribean.  Marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and all the big game sharks… hammerhead, mako, thresher, bull, dusky, sand bar and spinner sharks all follow the bonito schools.

Hammerhead sharks are snapping in Ft Lauderdale this week

Hammerhead sharks are snapping in Ft Lauderdale this week

Offshore action is spotty, but there are some dolphin offshore with the patience to go out there and put in the miles of trolling.  The schools of the schoolie dolphin are beginning to form up offshore, usually with a big bull dolphin leading the pack.  A few weehoo and wahoos are offshore too.  A double hook ballyhoo trolled on a deep bait is hard for a wahoo to resist.  Always be ready for and have a bait out for a blue marlin to eat.  They are uncommon but you never know when one may hit.  Cool stuff happens in June!  Good luck out there fishing everyone and TIGHT LINES!

Capt. Rod Roydhouse
(954)707-2147
Shark fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale

Nice 20 pound dolphin caught sportfishing in Ft Lauderdale

Nice 20 pound dolphin caught sportfishing in Ft Lauderdale