Charter Fishing Fort Lauderdale Aboard The Happy Day Today with Captain Tom Zsak
Charter fishing in Fort Lauderdale is a year round fishery. The weather conditions are favorable throughout the year. From when we leave the dock to the time it takes to reach the fishing grounds is about 20 minutes. Within one and a half mile of passing the jetties, we are in 110 feet of water. The general rule is for every mile and half offshore it gets about a 100 feet deeper. Charter fishing Fort Lauderdale has the best fishing between the depths of 100 to 400 feet of water. The weather during the winter is in the lower to mid 70’s and 80’s and during the summer months, it gets hotter with mid 80’ and 90 degree weather.
The frequency of rain showers is common in the months of May through September and typically are short in duration. The rain lasts 15minutes to an hour at the most. The winds are commonly from the Easterly direction and blows 5 to 15 mph pretty commonly through the year. Each day the sea conditions are slightly different. On an average day we have some current, wind and crystal clear water which makes Ft. Lauderdale a very productive area to fish which is why charter fishing Fort Lauderdale is one of the most desired fishing areas in the country.
The deciding factors on what species we target and methods used are based on multiple factors. Such as the water current, bait concentration, wind direction, rip currents and water color. For example, if it’s early March and the wind is blowing 12 mph out of the East, we would use live bait. It would be a good call to head out to a productive are that has good bottom (reef and or wreck structure) and set up in a depth of water from 130 feet to 200 feet of water that holds the cleanest blue water. With 6 live baits on the surface and one or two deep, there is a good chance to catch a Sailfish. Our Sailfish are caught year round, but the very best time to target Sails are January through April which is why charter fishing Fort Lauderdale is again a popular destination.
A decision to head offshore would be based on a few factors such as weed lines, debris, birds and even rip currents. For example if the wind has been blowing consistently for a couple days, strong currents form offshore which creates a weedline. The two bodies of water hold any floating debris (weed) and will ultimately be a home for bait, this would be a prime target for Mahi-Mahi and Wahoo. Charter fishing Fort Lauderdale for Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna can range from 4 to 8 miles offshore. The depth of water we fish offshore is from 600 feet of water to 800. The better months for charter fishing Fort Lauderdale for Mahi are May through August.
The most common types of species while fishing inshore are King Mackerel, Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, and Barracuda. A Seawitch with a belly strip make for excellent deep baits. They are best used on a downrigger or on a planner rod trolling 6 knots. On the surface we troll naked and skirted Ballyhoo. The bite can be very consistent and is fun action catching Smoker Kings (what we call 30lb or bigger King Mackerel) and Bomber Bonito. The best part about inshore fishing is that the fishing is close to the port and the consistent action is a great way to start the trip.
Depending on what species you are looking to target while charter fishing Fort Lauderdale, we will make sure to try to accommodate to your group and what everyone is looking to catch. Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions you may have about the current bite, the weather conditions and or availability. Our goal is make sure your group has a fun time catching fish. Whether you are looking to target a big fish like a Shark or edible fish like Mahi, we will certainly work hard during your charter.