Here in the Fort Lauderdale area we often do family fishing trips. A private charter is the best way though some opt to fish on the party or drift boat. My group today was from Utah and had literally just been in Fort Lauderdale less than an hour before boarding the boat! I consider that a high compliment…
With their luggage stored and locked in my truck (see? I told you literally), we were on our way to the ocean for some fishing fun. The radio was mentioning some Bonitos were around and we headed that direction.
After fishing for almost 20 minutes and unable to get a bite, I was becoming frustrated. Our family however were having the time of their life talking to Sean as their 7-year-old Xander was asking 1,000 questions a minute. Finally, we did have that first bite, the most important bite of a trip! It was pulling hard and I was thinking Bonito. The fish gods apparently liked this family from Utah and a nice Mahi-mahi was boated! With the first bite out of the way, a few Bonitos were caught and we opted to try for something bigger.
As we often do, the big baits were deployed and then a bottom rig was used to keep folks entertained. You never know what will bite that rig and immediately we caught a small Tilefish.
Sometimes it will produce Vermilion snapper or Grouper. Maybe some Yelloweyes and other bottom creatures. Today the bottom fishing was slow because the current was running at over a knot. We caught another Tilefish or 2 before the end of our trip. And we never did get that BIG bite.
So even on a slow day, or what I consider slow, our family fishing trip was still a huge success for this family from Utah. I guess they don’t have much deep sea fishing in Utah… LOL