Fort Lauderdale Deep Sea Fishing
Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing charters are world famous for the variety, quantity and quality of fish we catch. Some of these fish are only available seasonably, but thankfully many of them are here year round. The time of year, current fishing conditions and the type of fish our clients want to catch dictate what we fish for on any given deep sea fishing trip. We may troll the edge of the Gulf Stream for sailfish or marlin, drift weed lines for dolphin, anchor over any of the many wrecks or reefs for snapper and grouper or fish deep water at night for swordfish.
Fort Lauderdale Sport Fishing
Although there are many different species of fish we target on Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing charters, there are two main kinds of fish we target.
Pelagic Game Fish – Pelagic game fish swim in the water column and include dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), sailfish, amberjack, marlin, swordfish, sharks and several species of mackerel.
Bottom Fish – Bottom fish can be found around ship wrecks, reefs and other bottom structure. Bottom fish we target include amberjack, baracuda, grouper, scamp and several species of snapper.
Preserving And Protecting Fish We Catch
Although there will usually be some fish on the dock at the end of the day, we are trying to preserve the species of fish we catch as best as possible. With the advances in marine taxidermy, it is no longer necessary to kill a fish to have a high quality trophy made to remember your trip. Below is a list of some of the more popular fish that are available on a regular basis.
The Sailfish are probably the most sought after game fish in South Florida. They put on one of the most acrobatic, aerial fights with long hard runs and numerous jumps. Sailfish can weigh 100 pounds and swim 60 mph. There drag screaming runs, acrobatic tail walking and unpredictable behavior make them one of the most memorable fish you can catch off of Ft. Lauderdale. Sailfish are found offshore of Fort Lauderdale from November to May with peak season starting after the first of the year and lasting into April. Fort Lauderdale sport fishing charters us a variety of techniques to catch sailfish including kite fishing and trolling.
The swordfish is, quite possibly, the hardest fighting game fish in the ocean. They are fished for primarily at night, and usually on heavier tackle. With their sword-like bill and purple coloration, they are a highly desired prize.
Although not as numerous as Sailfish or Swordfish, Marlin are sometimes caught by a lucky angler. Because of their tendency to be where the Dolphin fish are, Marlin are usually hooked on lighter tackle which makes for a much more challenging fight.
There are many types of Sharks in the waters off of South Florida. Some of the more frequently caught are the Hammerhead, Big Eyed Thresher, Mako, as well as some in the Requim Shark family, which includes the Bull, Black tip, Dusky, Silky, Spinner, and Sandbar sharks.
The Barracuda is an excellent light tackle game fish, known for their large sharp teeth. They have no food quality, but are one of the more popular fish to have mounted.
The Amberjack has a brown back and white belly with a golden colored stripe in the middle. It also has a brown strip around its eyes and head. It is known for its hard, long lasting fighting ability.
The dolphin (fish) is one of the most colorful pelagic fish swimming in the ocean. The head and back are chartreuse green fading to gold side and belly splattered with blue spots.The males, called bulls can grow to 70 lb’s and are easily recognized by there tall blunt head. Fort Lauderdale fishing charters use a variety of tactics to catch dolphin including trolling for bigger fish and spin casting to ‘chicken’ dolphin along floating debris. All dolphin are delicious to eat and larger dolphin make great trophies.
The three types of Mackerel that are caught in South Florida are Cero, Spanish, and King. The Kingfish is the largest of species, usually over ten pounds, while the Cero and Spanish range from one to about five pounds.
SNAPPER and GROUPER
There are far too many varieties of these fish to name them all, that aside, most of them are good to eat.