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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Fishing Reports

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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4.38
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Good experience
88%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
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Family Fun Affordable Fishing in Ft. Lauderdale

VERIFIED   January 1, 2019
Fishing 1/2 day trip on with Captain Andy and Crew was a blast for all of us!  The crew had everything ready and prepped...
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Fishing with Paul

VERIFIED   April 24, 2018
Awesome trip! Worth the money, the captain was clear and worked hard to move us to find fish. It was a slow fishing day but...
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Boat Trip with Captain Andy

VERIFIED   December 11, 2018
Booked this trip for me and my brother when I came down to Florida to visit. The boat is very spacious, and the crew does a...
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Patisha S.
Miami, Florida
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Beautiful day

VERIFIED   NEW  February 20, 2019
I enjoyed my time on the water. The captain and crew were very informative and helpful.. They did everything they could to...
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Keana Y.
Boca Raton, FL
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  March 9, 2019
great day out on the water! my family and i had sooo much fun and the crew was so friendly and helpful. we’ll be back!!
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