We had a great week bottom fishing in Fort Lauderdale. The Snapper fishing turned on and we had good run of Mutton Snappers. It all started out for me when I was shallow water trolling over a rock structure. The planner rod with a baited sea witch got a big strike and hooked and caught a 30” Mutton. We circled back over the structure and the depth sounder was lit up. Fish were marking up off the bottom with a lot of activity. We sent down a live bait and it didn’t take long before we had a bite. Drag ripped off and we hauled in another 30” Mutton Snapper. Bottom fishing with both live and dead bait works the best.
Over the course of the week we continued to bottom fish and have good success with the Mutton Snapper bite. These fish were up and down the reef in depths from 75 feet of water out to 150 feet of water. Fishing in and around bottom structures as well as open bottom. In addition to the Mutton Snappers we also were catching Yellow eye snappers and Vermillion Snappers which were located on some of the deeper spots.
Also catching some bigger Almaco and Amberjacks. Using live bait with the boat positioned over the wreck and getting bites on fish ranging from 30 pounds to 60 pounds. First catching live bait then using the baits with a circle hook to a 24′ leader. Sometimes making multiple drifts over the spot, but if the fish are there and they feed it’s a pretty awesome fight.