Huge Mako Shark Caught on Our Fort Lauderdale Shark Fishing Trip
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
July 12, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
The sharks are snapping off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Shark fishing season is traditionally March through May here in Ft Lauderdale, when literally hundreds of thousands of big game sharks migrate through our waters. June through August, although not prime shark fishing season, still boasts good catches of big game sharks. With all the available food on the reefs in the summer months, why wouldn't sharks be here. There are tons of bonitos and kingfish all over the reefs right now. These fish are the main diet of most of these big game sharks. When the bonitos and kingfish are biting, that's what I like to use for bait. Always use the baits that the fish are most likely to find naturally as this is what they have their nose 'tuned' in to find and you're more likely to get a good bite.
Mako sharks are biting better this year that I have ever seeen them bite in my entire life. We've caught 7 or 8 makos over the past few months. That's extremely rare for us here in Fort Lauderdale. Mako sharks are more of a northern shark and are more commonly caught up in New England waters than in our's. Someone must have stirred up the mako nest because I have never seen so many caught in a season here in Lauderdale. 1 or 2 a year is the average most years. Well, I'm not complaining. Mako sharks are one of the best eating fish in the ocean. They are the only shark that we kill for meat, all others are strictly catch and release. This mako was caught a mile and half offshore of Ft Lauderdale and it ate a 10 pound bonito that we had set as the bait.
We're still in the midst of one of the best shark fishing years I have seen in over 20 years of fishing Fort Lauderdale. So far we've caught mako sharks, hammerheads, thresher sharks, bulls, lemons, nurse sharks, duskys, black tips and even a couple tiger sharks. It's an epic shark fishing year for us and here at New Lattitude Sportfishing, we specialize in big game shark, sailfish and swordfish trips. The excellent shark fishing should continue through late August and maybe even September so there is still time to get out there and catch your sea monster. Good luck to everyone fishing over the next few weeks. Tight Lines and Good Fishing!
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
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