Capt. Vinnie Sacks
January 6, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Today we had a great group of guys from Finland that charted the YB Normal for an all day adventure. Most of our charters are 4 hours, I enjoy 8 hour trips as a captain because of the huge variety of fish that you can target and the amount of different types of fishing you can do.
We headed out the inlet at 8:15 AM straight to the north were there were anchored ships awaiting clearance into the port these anchorage ships are good places to fish they attract many different types of baitfish and behind the baitfish are predators. We started out fishing for surface Baits and 2 planners down. Right off the bat we caught two nice size mahi-mahi or dolphinfish next to the anchor ships. We continue to troll around the area also catching a few bonito and king fish
After a fair bit of trolling we made our way offshore to around 500 feet of water to bottom fish in this depth of water there are many fish that are great table fair. We baited up a chicken rig which is a multiple hook rig that allows you to catch multiple fish at one time. We also use a power assist or electric fishing reel to reach these deaths, we had to use 4lbs of weight to hit the bottom, once reaching the bottom the action was immediate, we started catching grey tilefish. These fish are very tasty and almost look like a mix of a fish and an eel. After about 45 min of deep dropping we managed 8 nice size tilefish. And shortly after we started trolling to end out the day.
Trolling back towards home we caught a variety of tuna blackfin tuna and skipjack tuna both are very good to eat and are great fighters. To slowly end out our day we saw a surface bait get blown up on and immediately as the rigger clip popped open it was tight with a nice Atlantic sailfish, with a 30 min battle and a great angler we landed the fish boatside and released him to fight another day. With a great trip in the books the YB Normal headed back to the dock. Everyone had a memorie that would last a lifetime.
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