Making a day out of wreck and deep dropping can be an action-packed way to fish off Fort Lauderdale. Seeing the fish strike and the rod bending over with line peeling off the reel will certainly excite any angler. Uncertain of which fish might come up from the deep. Each fish has a signature style of fighting. Some will want to dig in and swim towards the structure while others will make horizontal and vertical runs. This is where skilled angling techniques will land your prized trophy.
We have an abundance of wrecks, structures and deep dropping spots off Fort Lauderdale. The best conditions are north current with an easterly wind. The conditions are important and affect how the bait is presented and how the fish will feed. Done properly with the right tackle, angling and boat handling can produce a great catch such as grouper, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, tilefish and sharks.
Catching fresh live bait does increase the chances when wreck fishing. We do have success jigging lures but I prefer live bait.
When targeting amberjack and grouper, we use a monofilament leader with a large circle hook bridled to the live bait which has proven to be a successful rig. Sometimes using lighter mono or smaller circle hooks pending on the conditions such as light current or clear skies. On the other hand, we also increase the size of the mono and use wire or cable for larger fish. Amberjack can weigh up to 130 pounds and Warsaw groupers can weigh over 400 pounds.
We can fly a couple kites with live bait all while bottom fishing. Maintaining the live baits for any passing sailfish or mahi-mahi, this is a good method for surface and bottom fishing.
Whether deep dropping in 800 feet of water for golden tilefish or using live ballyhoo targeting muttons on a ship wreck, fishing off Fort Lauderdale provides a wide range of opportunity for all anglers.