Ft. Lauderdale Drift Fishing – August 2020

Nice black grouper caught aboard the Catch My Drift.
Nice black grouper caught aboard the Catch My Drift.

It’s been a hot month for fishing on the Fort Lauderdale drift fishing boats. The kingfish are biting really good on the reefs in 80 to 140 feet of water. Kingfish seem to be biting really good in the mornings and then slowing way down in the afternoons. Fortunately for us, the mutton snappers are biting really well on the afternoon trips. Bonito, a nonedible species of tuna, are also biting voraciously on the Fort Lauderdale reefs. Bonito migrate through our waters every summer in massive schools. Even though they aren’t much for eating, they give any angler who hooks into one a great fight. Bonito migrate in such large schools that we can often catch 40 or 50 of them in a single trip. Now that’s a nonstop action fishing trip.

Night fishing is great this month too. Mangrove snappers are biting excellent. On our 6 hour snapper trip this week, we caught 214 mangrove snappers. All month, the snapper action has been hot. Yellowtails are biting great on the night trips as well. The current in the summer is usually very conducive to yellowtailing. We’re also catching some mutton snapper and grouper on the night anchor trips. I love night fishing in the summer because it’s so hot during the day. The ocean really cools off nicely once it gets dark. August is an excellent month for fishing, so grab a rod and soak a bait because you are bound to catch something.

Good luck fishing everyone. Sea ya on the water.

Capt. Paul Roydhouse
Fishing Headquarters
(754) 214-7863