Big Game Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Posted on December 6th, 2009 by Captain

Today sportfishing was awesome.  We started out catching live baits, called speedo mackeral, at the bait buoy.  After 15 minutes of catching live baits, we went out to the edge of the Gulfstream current, in about 400′ of water, and put out the kites to do some kite fishing.  We had a few baits dangled from the kites, a couple deep lines down, and live bait out of the outrigger.  We waited for about 45 minutes, when all hell broke loose.  A big hammerhead came up on the outrigger bait and another one on the kite bait.  We hooked up both of them.  While we were fighting those 2 hammerheads, a third hammerhead shark comes up and eats one of the remaining kite baits.  3 hammerhead sharks on at one time, now that is excitment. 

Nice hammerhead shark

Nice hammerhead shark

During the fight on these fish, one of the hammerheads gets lucky and shakes the hooks.  Sad, but we were still happy because we had 2 other big sharks on the line.  It was a long, hard battle for about 45 minutes.  We were fighting both sharks on only 30 pound test and severly outclassed on tackle for these big fish.  The anglers did a great job and after a tiring fight, we landed both of these trophy gamefish.

Nice Hammerhead Shark

Nice Hammerhead Shark

We pulled them into the boat, got a couple quick photos, took measurements and tagged and released them.  They swam off strong in good condition.  The anglers who landed their fish were Kenny Becher and Drew Weatherford.  I was Drew’s first sportfishing trip, who told me he was not very lucky when it comes to fishing.  It seems he was just saving his luck up for today.  It was a slow day and none of the other charter boats had seen much up to that point.  After we landed those fish, the entire Ft Lauderdale charter boat fleet swarmed to fish where we were just fishing. 

Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead shark

That was an unexpected catch because these big game sharks usually come through much later in the year.  Thanks to the anglers who came fishing with us, I had a great time fishing with you.