Captain
Paul Roydhouse

Member since March 2015 Fort Lauderdale, United States
Background
I am a 3rd generation fisherman in Fort Lauderdale. I started in 1967 as a mate on one of the local drift boats. I fished with my dad who also worked the boat and taught me how to fish. When I was old enough, I began working as a mate on the sportfishing boats. As the years passed, I got my captain's license. I took a private sportfishing captain's job for about 8 years where the owner of the boat and I fished the Bahamas Billfish Championship tournaments, all through the Bahamas, Caribbean and south Florida. In 1994, I took out a $30,000 loan to buy a charter boat and start my own business, for me and my sons. A couple years later, we bought a drift boat, the Catch My Drift and we've been drift fishing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale every day since. The Catch My Drift is Fort Lauderdale's largest and only air-conditioned drift boat. We run 3 trips every day and nobody fishes more than we do. There are several captains of the boat: me, my sons Rod and Andy, and Stu and Bill.
Techniques
We drift fish on the reefs during the day, bottom fishing with chunks of squid, ballyhoo and sardines. We fish mainly for snappers, groupers and the whole array of small bottom fish that are good eating. On the day trips, you can also jig (no braided line allowed aboard) or you can flat-line. The mate will rig you up however you ask him to.

Hey, I'm Captain Paul Roydhouse

Fort Lauderdale, United States
Background
I am a 3rd generation fisherman in Fort Lauderdale. I started in 1967 as a mate on one of the local drift boats. I fished with my dad who also worked the boat and taught me how to fish. When I was old enough, I began working as a mate on the sportfishing boats. As the years passed, I got my captain's license. I took a private sportfishing captain's job for about 8 years where the owner of the boat and I fished the Bahamas Billfish Championship tournaments, all through the Bahamas, Caribbean and south Florida. In 1994, I took out a $30,000 loan to buy a charter boat and start my own business, for me and my sons. A couple years later, we bought a drift boat, the Catch My Drift and we've been drift fishing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale every day since. The Catch My Drift is Fort Lauderdale's largest and only air-conditioned drift boat. We run 3 trips every day and nobody fishes more than we do. There are several captains of the boat: me, my sons Rod and Andy, and Stu and Bill.
Techniques
We drift fish on the reefs during the day, bottom fishing with chunks of squid, ballyhoo and sardines. We fish mainly for snappers, groupers and the whole array of small bottom fish that are good eating. On the day trips, you can also jig (no braided line allowed aboard) or you can flat-line. The mate will rig you up however you ask him to.
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Good Snapper Fishing

September 22, 2019

The snapper bite is hot in our waters this month. Mutton snappers especially are biting good. Morningand afternoon trips have been the best. Rough waters but good fishing. I’ll see you out there Capt Andy Read Full Report →


The Snappers Are Biting Good

September 18, 2019

Great snapper fishing this week on our morning and afternoon trips. Mutton snappers, the largest snappers that we catch here in south Florida, are biting good. September is always a favorite month here for the larger snappers and we… Read Full Report →


Night Snapper Fishing Is Excellent This

July 19, 2019

It looks like the mangrove snappers are spawning off the coast of Fort Lauderdale this week. Last night we caught over 100 mangrove snappers, plus some other snapper species mixed in. The mangrove snappers bite this good when they… Read Full Report →


Great Snapper Fishing On Our Party Boat

May 28, 2019

We're getting into the snappers really good this month. Tons of yelloweye snappers, which I haven't seen hardly any of in the past few years are biting. It's a great sign of improving snapper fishing and I love it… Read Full Report →


Yellowtail Fishing At Night

April 08, 2019

Great yellowtail snapper bite this week on our night anchor trips. This is our trip that departs at 7:30pm. It's been our best producing trip this month with a pretty steady yellowtail and mangrove snapper bite. Action has been… Read Full Report →


Some nicer fish starting to show up for

March 23, 2019

We're starting to get into our best drift fishing season of the year. Technically it is May through August, but we start doing better and better as we get into late March. Mutton snappers are showing up for us… Read Full Report →


Snappers are starting to bite good

March 01, 2019

The snapper fishing is beginning to improve immensely. It's much better than it was a week ago and more consistent too. Each day it's getting a little bit better. Deepwater snappers such as vermillions are biting on chicken rigs.… Read Full Report →


Great Snapper Fishing Action

November 25, 2018

We're getting a good amount of snappers on our drift fishing trips this week. Lots of yellowtails, mangroves, muttons and lane snappers are biting out there. Our best bite lately is north of the inlet in 40-60ft of water,… Read Full Report →


Daytime Action on the Party Boat- Small

August 29, 2018

Good action on our deep sea fishing trips this week. We're doing great on yellowtail and mangrove snappers. These aren't the biggest fish in the ocean, but they are fun to catch and they are great eating. We're getting… Read Full Report →


Good snapper fishing, especially at nigh

May 30, 2018

Our party boat fishing trips are catching a lot of snappers lately, especially on the night trips. Mangroves, yellowtails and mutton snappers are all biting pretty good out there. We're getting the biggest and the most snappers on our… Read Full Report →


Slow Daytime Fishing But Great Night Fis

January 30, 2018

It's been kind of a slow month for our drift fishing trips. It normally gets a little slow in the winter months. We're picking at the fish on the day trips... some kingfish, blackfin tuna, grouper, snapper etc. You… Read Full Report →


Decent Snapper & Grouper Bite This Week

May 21, 2017

There's a good snapper bite happening in Fort Lauderdale this month. The yellowtail and mangrove snappers are hitting in 40-90ft of water. A few mutton snappers are mixed in as well. We've been concentrating on bottom fishing over the… Read Full Report →


Off and On Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

May 26, 2015

A line from one of my favorite books, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” pretty much sums up the fishing this week in Fort Lauderdale. We had some awesome trips where we hit… Read Full Report →


Snappers biting on Drift & Anchor Trips

April 30, 2015

The snappers are biting great in Fort Lauderdale this week. Our best trips have been either in the afternoons (drift fishing) or on our night trips (anchor fishing). Yellowtail snappers are biting better and better every day. Mutton snappers… Read Full Report →


Great fishing this week in Ft Lauderdale

March 11, 2015

It’s been one helluva great week of fishing in Fort Lauderdale. The dolphin are biting excellent, some sailfish are around and biting, big groupers and other big bottom fish are biting… lots of activity out there on the reefs.… Read Full Report →

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4.49
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Good experience
87%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
53%
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8:30 AM with Captain’s Bobby and Mick

VERIFIED   August 7, 2020
We went on the a shared private charter with Captain Booby at the helm and Captain Mick helping us on the deck! They were fun...
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Bishopville, MD
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Best trip ever

VERIFIED   August 27, 2020
Captain Scot was awesome. His mates were just as great. Especially Nick. They took off all the fish rerigged broken lines...
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Highland Beach, FL
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VERIFIED   July 10, 2020
This trip was my son’s first fishing experience. The captain and crew took the time to help him with everything from baiting...
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VERIFIED   July 1, 2020
I didn’t catch anything, my friend caught 2 little snappers, but we had a really nice time.  The captain was very...
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Charles K.
Miami, FL
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Crew was great.  Everyone caught fish (guy next to me caught 12).  I was feeling like the worst fisherman on the...
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