Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fort Lauderdale Fishing in June

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing

Fort Lauderdale fishing trip aboard the Mary B III

Summer is here!  The weather is heating up and so is the action on the reef.  June is the beginning of the bonito run down our coastline.  As we know from the movie “Stepbrothers”, bonito are a gamefish and are very big, averaging 10-20 pounds and sometimes larger.  Bonitos take over the reef during the summer months from June to September, moving through in huge schools the size of football fields and eating everything they come across.  On the drift boat, it livens the action up to incredible proportions.  20 anglers on the boat, fighting 20 bonitos simultaneously.  It would make a good movie!  It’s fast paced and fun action and everyone catches a lot of nice fish.  Bonitos are definitely the dominant force, but kingfish, blackfin tuna, wahoo, barracuda and sailfish all travel amongst the schools of bonitos and bite just as aggressively as the bonitos do.  Kingfish are much larger this time of the year, some up to 40 pounds but average size fish are the solid 10 pounders.

Nice snapper catch in Fort Lauderdale

Nice snapper catch fishing in Fort Lauderdale

Snapper fishing gets good this month too.  The full moon in June is the mutton spawn where the muttons congregate in specific spots off our coast and do their annual spawning.  About 2 days before the full moon and 4-5 days after the full moon is the best mutton snapper fishing of the whole year.  For the best bite on muttons, pick up some fluorocarbon leader material at the tackle store.  It’s expensive, but totally invisible and it can get the bite on the shy fish.  Yellowtailing in June is also good.  Crusher jigs, yellow or white ones work great for yellowtails, baited with a silverside or small piece of kingfish belly. Some nice mangroves bite good on the bottom this month, usually a strong late night bite on them starting after 11pm.  Night snapper fishing is exciting this month, there’s a lot going on out there.  Great month for fishing, so get out there and tire your arms out on some bonitos, kingfish and mutton snappers!  Sea ya on the water.

Deep sea fishing

Great tilefish catch caugth deep sea fishing in Ft Lauderdale

Shark Fishing in Fort Lauderdale

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Hammerhead Shark

8 foot hammerhead shark caught by Erik sportfishing in Ft Lauderdale

Shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale

What an awesome weekend of shark fishing we’re having in Fort Lauderdale.  Monster hammerheads and big Dusky sharks are biting excellent in 350ft of water off of Fort Lauderdale.  Yesterday’s trip, we had Erik out fishing.  Erik is a repeat customer of ours who comes down from Canada every year and does a few charters with us.  On yesterday’s sportfishing charter, the fishing was slow, so we decided to go out to 350-400ft of water and go deep dropping for tilefish.  There was no current at all, so we could just sit on top of the spot and drop down without moving.  The perfect conditions for deep dropping.   Shark fishing lately has been good, so in addition to our tilefish drop rods, we also put down a couple big shark baits on the bottom and we floated one out on top.  The tilefish rods were going off.  Every drop, we caught 1 or 2 tilefish.  A half hour of catching tilefish later, the deep shark bait gets hit and starts peeling off drag.  Fish on!! and it was a big one.  Not many fish can pull drag off of a 130 Penn International, especially with such force.  Erik started off the fight. Erik is in a wheelchair and has engineered and attached a fighting gimble to his wheelchair to fight the fish from, and a steel rod with shoulder straps to keep his back upright during the fight.  From his wheelchair, he fought the monster fish on the 130 International for over 20 minutes, at which time his sons both tag teamed the fish until we caught him.  It took all 3 anglers to catch this sea monster.  It was a monster hammerhead shark, an 8+ footer and almost 250 pounds.  We pullled the shark into the boat for a quick photo and then we released him.  Erik has been fishing with me a couple trips a year for a few years now.  So far he’s caught multiple sailfish, wahoo, tuna, dolphin, kingfish, amberjacks, groupers and more… but this was his first shark ever and his biggest fish of all-time.  Great fish Erik, Tim and Edward.  Oh yeah, we also caught about 20 tilefish while we were deep dropping and a 15 pound kingfish trolling on the way in.

Shark fishing from wheelchair

Erik, Tim and Edward fighting a big hammerhead shark in Ft Lauderdale