The Fort Lauderdale fishing has been off the hook this week with the arrival of sailfish in good numbers. As of the last two weeks, we are seeing one a day and some days two. On Saturday the charter boat was one for one on Sailfish which means we caught the only one that hit the baits. The fall season is when the Sailfish migration starts to move through the Ft Lauderdale fishing grounds.
On most of our Fort Lauderdale charters fishing we like to include one to three hours of targeting the sailfish. On a four hour fishing charter, we can target Mahi, snapper, kingfish and wahoo. Depending on the group, we can fish for two hours off a wreck off Fort Lauderdale or we can fish more time, depending on what the fishing is like that day.
South Florida has a nice migration of fish that head into the current. What causes the fish to move is the northern cold fronts. This cold snap and or drop in pressure makes the fish move. Typically in November we start seeing fish, however this was an early bite and hopefully a good indicaiton of what the season will bring. The better months for Fort Lauderdale charter fishing are December through March and April & May have proven over the last 30 years to be very productive as well.
The Ft Lauderdale charter boat Happy Day Today is skippered by Captain Tommy Zsak and Captain Rick Brady who have been targeting sailfish for many years. My father is Captain Tom and watching these seasoned captains who have fished the waters off Fort Lauderdale for so many years is a true art.
An experienced captain can read the water, he can know where the current and best depth to fish are, and he will know what baits to use (Goggleye, Ballyhoo, Runners, Herring or Sardines) - all being good baits that we catch off Fort Lauerdale. Additionally knowing what structure is good. Meaning where there is a rock pile, a 200' sunken wreck, or a drop off will keep a pocket of bait which in turn will produce a good Fort Lauderdale fishing bite.
Check out the old 1980 and early 1990 photos of the boat and the fish caught. Back in the day, we did keep most Sails for smoking the meat. Today and within the last 10 years, we conserve and let the Sailfish go to be caught another day.