Great Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Posted on December 16th, 2012 by Captain

Monster cobia caught sportfishing with New Lattitude

Monster cobia caught sportfishing with New Lattitude

Had a great trip today with a repeat customer who fished with us last year. He and his wife took a private charter for a full day of fishing. We had an unbelievable catch. The target was sailfish and that was what we started out fishing for. We went directly 1 mile straight out of the inlet and launched the kites in 130ft of water. It wasn’t long before the captain spotted a shark eating the left long bait. It was some kind of brown shark by the look of him, we couldn’t really tell what kind. We fought the fish for 20 minutes and it was fighting very strangely for a shark. When the fish finally came into range of the boat, the mate yelled “Cobia” and scrambled for the gaff. It was about a 45 pound cobia, awesome start to our fishing trip. Coulda sworn it was a shark in the distance. We set the baits again and waited about fifteen minutes until we had our next bite. Again, it was a shark of some kind, at least we thought. We fought this fish for 15 minutes or so before getting him to the boat. Turned out to be a shark alright, but not one we ever catch here in Fort Lauderdale. It was about a 48 inch tiger shark, beauty of a fish. Not a full grown one, but they are such a cool shark and we never get to catch them. We took a quick photo and turned him loose.

Sailfish caught in Fort Lauderdale with New Lattitude Sportfishing

Sailfish caught in Fort Lauderdale with New Lattitude Sportfishing

We set the baits again, but after 25 minutes of no action, we switched to some wreck fishing. We went to a deep spot in 400ft of water. First drop, we catch about a 10 pound snowy grouper. Next drop we get a giant snapper. We must of caught the scout, because after those fish got caught, we didn’t get any more bites. We moved to a shallow wreck I like to fish and did a few more drops. We caught a really big black grouper, a good 20-25 pounder. Time was running down and we still hadn’t caught a sailfish. We decided to give kite fishing another shot.

Tiger shark, rare in Fort Lauderdale caught shark fishing

Tiger shark, rare in Fort Lauderdale caught shark fishing

We heard of a few sailfish seen in 250ft of water that day, listening to the radio and talking to the other fishermen. We set up in 250 and waited. No action for almost an hour and we were ready to about call it a day when we finally see the dorsal fish pop up right next to our left short bait. The bite was textbook, fish circled twice and got the bait in his mouth, we freespooled and let him eat it for 20-30 seconds. We put the rod into strike and I put the boat ahead full throttle. The angler reeled like mad as we took up the big belly in the line and came tight on the fish. The line popped crisply from the kite clip, making even more slack to take up. The fish had felt us by now and surged away. Just as we came tight to the fish and the rod finally bent over, the sailfish leaped from the water shaking his head side to side in a violent attempt to throw the bait. We were HOOKED UP!!! Sailfish fight with more veracity than any other fish I know. I think they spend more time fighting in the air than in the water. After a 30 minute fight, both the angler and the fish were tired. We snapped a quick photo and released him. It was a great day of fishing and we ended it right by catching the coolest gamefish in the ocean.

Black grouper caught bottom fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Black grouper caught bottom fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Nice sportfishing catch with New Lattitude Sport Fishing

Nice sportfishing catch with New Lattitude Sport Fishing