Fishing out of Port Everglades out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has remained consistent with a decent bite of Mahi-Mahi, Waho (offshore) and inshore we are catching Sailfish, Cobia and King Mackerel.
The weather has ideal for offshore charters, the seas have been 2' to 4' and the wind has remained a consistent 8 to 12 mph out of the Easterly direction. We are seeing good bait schooling up at the sea bouy, the anchored ships and even offshore we are marking bait fish offshore of Ft. Lauderdale. The bait are an excellent resource for fishermen as they obviously attract the predatory fish as well as any recreational fisherman or charter boat can catch the baits off the bouy/ anchored ship.
The palegic species like Mahi, Sailfish, Cobia have been feeding on the bait fish (Tinker Mackerels, Goggleye & Blue Runners). When heading offshore, we are looking at all the conditions, wind direction, current (North or South), also is there a weed line offshore and or floating debris we target Mahi- Mahi typically on the surface and by tolling a skirted ballyhoo deep we are seeing some Wahoo.
When inshore, there have been we have been catching and seeing pods of Sailfish coming through, they are concentrated around 00 feet of water and out to 200 feet of water depending on the day, current, wind and tides.
When deciding what to target, we discuss with the charter what they would like to target (edible fish or game fish) and we then make a game plan.
If fishing for Sailfish, we are fishing with two kites, 4 baits out of each of the kites with two rigger baits. Fishing for Cobia, we are using live bait on the wrecks and also targeting Amberjack which have been biting good when the current picks up. Inshore trolling for King Mackerel, Barracudas and Bonito and Black Fin Tuna we are fishing in 120 feet of water around structure (sunken ships and reef/ structure).
Charter fishing out of Ft. Lauderdale or any South Flordia area for that matter changes daily and staying on top of the bite is how we try to consistently be a productive fishing charter boat. With Captain Tom and Capt. Rick both who have been fishing these waters for over 25+years, you have a very good chance to have a good day on the water. I am lucky to have learned from my both Captain Tom and Captain Rick on the charter boat “Happy Day Today”.
If you are interested in booking a fishing charter, please contact us. We can are happy to discuss the catch, what’s been biting, charter pricing and the tackle of the charter boat "Happy Day Today", don’t hesitate to call with any questions.
Capt D. Zsak
46' Hatteras S/F