The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a new state regulation at it’s Nov. 20 meeting in Key Largo that lowers the red grouper recreational bag limit from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state waters, excluding Monroe County. Earlier this year, the recreational red grouper season was closed in federal waters because of the recreational catch limit being exceeded in 2013. Florida anglers and for-hire captains requested the change in the bag limit hoping it will increase the length of the recreational red grouper season in federal waters. The changes also make state regulations consistent with pending regulations in Gulf federal waters. As long as the two-fish federal regulation is approved, the new state regulation will go into effect on January 1, 2015.
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charter Report
Fort Lauderdale fishing charters have been a little slow the last few days but what we have lacked in quantity has been made up in the quality of the fish we have caught.
Dave and Lisa went on a fishing charter with us on Friday. We caught some bait and headed offshore to troll the Gulf Stream. The big schools of bonito were not around but we did managed to catch a kingfish a skipjack and a bonito.
When things get slow you can often find fish hanging out over bottom structure so we decided to troll over top of some of the offshore wrecks. This turned out to be a good decision when a nice wahoo hit a bait on a planer as we trolled over a wreck. After a few blistering runs we managed to put the 25 pound wahoo in the ice box.
Dave and Lisa wanted to try catching a shark so we headed to a different wreck and dropped some baits to the bottom. It wasn’t long before one of the rods, with half of a kingfish on it for bait, went off. We knew we had a nice fish on and after a good fight we brought a 50 lb Warsaw grouper into the boat.
We had 2 trips on Saturday but fishing was slow. We got a couple bonito in the morning. Then got a couple mahi a kingfish and a skipjack in the afternoon.
As the fish transition from summer to fall we will have a few slow days mixed in with the good days. Fall is one of the best times of year to fish Fort Lauderdale so as the days grow shorter the fishing will continue to get better and better.
Give us a call at the number below or fill in the form on the left hand side of this page to set up your Fort Lauderdale fishing charter!
Reel Work Sport Fishing Charters
301 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will implement a rebuilding plan for red grouper in the South Atlantic. Red grouper have been determined to be overfished and continue to undergo overfishing. The plan is intended to end overfishing immediately and increase overfished stock to a sustainable level. Annual Catch Limits (in pounds or numbers of fish) and Accountability Measures will be established for both recreational and commercial sectors of the red grouper fishery.
Ft Lauderdale Fishing Charters
It has been a good week of fishing when we have been getting out. Thursday and Friday the kingfish and bonita were biting pretty good. We got another big grouper on Friday as well. I wasn’t as big as the last one but 46 pounds is still big. Saturday fishing slowed down a little and Sunday/Monday were both bad weather days so we didn’t get out. Tuesday we had another group of regulars that fish with us every year. We started the trip fishing for vermilion snapper and they were definitely biting good. We got our 3 person limit of 15 fish in about an hour as well as 3 yellow eye snapper, 1 red porgy, and an almaco jack. While we were snapper fishing I heard some of the other boats catching some kingfish and bonita so we went trolling for them. The bite had slowed down and we didn’t get any kingfish but there were still some bonita biting and we got a nice blackfin tuna as well. That’s all for now, hope to hear from you soon.
We picked up 4 people on a shared charter this morning. We started off catching some baitfish to use later. After baitfishing we went trolling. We caught one kingfish within 5 minutes then went a little while before catching 2 kingfish at the same time. After that we decided to try a baitfish on one of the many artificial reefs that are out there. The first wreck we tried didn’t produce more than a nervous bait. We wound the bait up to try the next spot. On our way there I talked to one of the other boats and he told me that he got a bite on that wreck but hadn’t got the fish up yet. We set up on the next wreck but didn’t get a bite right away. We drifted slowly over the structure and when we were almost past the wreck the rod tip bounced pretty hard. The rod didn’t bend over right away so we didn’t think that the fish was still there. As we pulled away from the wreck the rod started bending and we were on. After about a 30 minute fight the fish finally “popped” to the surface. It was a large grouper. My deckhand Brian could hardly handle his excitement, this was his first “big” grouper. He has been fishing out here for a long time and never caught a grouper over about 15 pounds. Well, needless to say, everybody on the boat was pretty happy with our day so we headed back to the dock. When we got in we tried to weigh the fish on our scale but it was too heavy for a 50 pound scale. We borrowed a scale from one of the other boats and hung the fish from it. It weighed 65 pounds. Well, that’s all for now. Hope to take you fishing soon.