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Family Fishing

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kids holding mahi mahi

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

Capt. Steve

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Family Fishing Fun

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This time of year, once the kids get out of school, we get a lot of requests for some family fishing fun on the water water. It just so happens that when it comes to action? Summertime is the best!

Whether you are a resident hoping to escape the heat for a bit or someone from out of town. In either case, the fish are biting and giving the kids something to scream about… Excitement that is.

Bonitos, while prolific, are not very good to eat. I call them the survivor fish, from the show survivor. On day 28 you’ll still turn it down for food. Day 29? Ok, let’s give it a try… LOL

While not very tasty, they are fierce fighters. They can make for a great day of winding and bending the rod. There are times we must remove some of the ice in the fish box just to make room for the catch! And this is just one species!

At the top of the food chain comes the most popular Mahi-mahi, Dolphin, El Dorado, whatever you wish to call it. Usually found further from shore, they can run in schools and often if you find one, more are close by. This time of year, they are small, in some cases too small to keep. But there’s always a chance of a nice one and even the little guys are a blast to catch.

Back closer to the reef Kingfish will be found. The smaller the better for eating and eaten fresh is the best way. Some don’t care for Kings but I can tell you, they are fun to catch and they eat just fine.

So, whether your family is just 2 or like the crowd in the picture. Summertime IS the time for family fishing fun!

Capt. Steve

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Family Fishing Fun Fort Lauderdale

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Family Fishing FunJust another typical day here in south Florida as dad Joe, with his two kids, Spencer and Christian, and dad Michael with Megan and Brice showed up ready to go fishing. Fort Lauderdale has been fairly consistent in both weather and fishing as of late. Calm seas and light breezes in the mornings make for almost lake conditions as we headed out to see what could be done to keep this crew occupied.

One thing about kids, they like action and today the Bonitos were cooperating. One rod, then another would sing out, the kids grabbing rods in their turn which had been pre-determined. Megan went first and they kind of rotated after that. I honestly lost count of the Bonitos we caught, a few Kingfish mixed in for good measure but we had a blast putting them in the box.

Well, both dad’s had been kind of slighted to this point so Adam rigged a shark bait and we stuck it out there hoping for something big. Shark, Grouper, whatever came along. As always, while we wait, we might as well fish, right? So we set the kids up with some bottom gear to see if any Snappers were around. Our first two bites were Triggerfish, not exactly the targeted species. But the kids got better with the rods and soon we were catching Mutton Snappers.

All in all we let 5 or 6 go and kept 6 legal Snappers to add to our bounty. I believe a Tuna was caught as well, but no big bite for either dad today. I know they were a little disappointed, I could tell by the way they kept trying to get the rods from the kids…

But we had plenty of action and lots of family fun here in Fort Lauderdale. And a pile of fish for this stellar crew.

Keep em tight… Keep em on.

Captain Steve


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