My name is Andrew Roydhouse. I run deep sea fishing charters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for over 20yrs. Weather affects every aspect of my job/life.
By: FishingHQ , 10:21 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
It's been an extremely mild winter for us here in South Florida. I know in the north, they are having one of the coldest winters in a while. This is very good for us here as it drives a lot of tourists down to Fort Lauderdale and Miami to escape the brutal cold. I speak to a lot of people in the northern United States and tell them that I'm wearing t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops and they can't believe it.
For fishing, this is as good as it gets. The ocean this week has been like a lake, no waves to speak of except for a passing boat wake that comes by on an otherwise completely flat sea. While the conditions are not ideal for kite fishing (a fishing technique that involves flying a kite and suspending live baits that are dangled and left splashing on the surface), it is great conditions for deep dropping around our local shipwrecks and for slow trolling live ballyhoo from the outriggers. Deep dropping around wrecks is yielding groupers, cobia and amberjacks while slow trolling ballyhoo from the outriggers is getting us some nice mahi-mahi and the occasional sailfish.
As we get into March, the ocean will start to pick back up and get choppy again. Look for south Florida fishing conditions to become 2-3ft seas most days, with some days getting up to 3-5ft seas. While still fishable, the rocking of the boat in these seas can make someone susceptible to seasickness ill. Take precautions on choppy days by taking Dramamine or Bonine and hour or 2 before your trip. There's no worse feeling than being seasick. To those that want to see photos of the choppiness of the seas, refer to my blog where you can see photos of the ocean in the background of our fishing photos. This will give you a more visual illustration of what the seas are like, rather than listening to the news tell you how high the waves are. It's always better to see it in a photo of someone who is on the ocean. You can check out my blog at www.fishheadquarters.com/blog. Tight Lines and I'll sea you on the ocean!
Capt. Andy Roydhouse
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