Unbelievable Number of Huge Sharks Being Caught On Our Charters
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
April 28, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
There's an unbelievable number of sharks being caught on our shark fishing charters out of Fort Lauderdale this year. April through May is the time that we have a huge migration of big game sharks that come through our waters and this year is no exception. Hammerheads are coming through in record numbers this year, I have never seen so many. They are big too, some of the 10-12 feet and many over 300-400 pounds. These big game sharks fight like trucks and require the heaviest of tackle and a big game fighting chair to land them. A big hammerhead can take over 2-3 hours to land using a 130 Penn International reel strung with 130 pound test. We use #19 wire steel leaders with 11/0 hooks and a 300 pound test shock cord. That's some heavy duty gear.
Hammerheads are coming through in record numbers but they aren't the only shark that's swimming around the waters of Fort Lauderdale. Mako sharks are extra-active this year with some true monsters caught recently. I've probably caught more mako sharks this year than I have in the past 10 years combined. And big eye thresher sharks! Where are they all coming from? They are one of the rarest sharks in the world and we've caught over a dozen this year between our 3 sportfishing boats. What a year for shark fishing in Fort Lauderdale! We have another month of the hammerhead migration coming through and then the sand bar and spinner sharks start their migration. It's a banner year for our shark fishing charters. Although shark fishing is never a guarantee that you'll catch one, it sure is high percentage this year.
Most of the big game sharks we're catching are out in 300-400ft of water, right on the edge of the Gulfstream current. The sharks like to swim right along that current edge because there is a slight temperature gradient and they can sense it. So can a lot of the prey they are after as they congregate along the same edge in search of even smaller prey. It's a start of the food chain thing... actually more like the top of the food chain! At New Lattitude Sportfishing, we specialize in fishing for big game sharks, sailfish, swordfish and all the other big game fish Fort Lauderdale has to offer. If you want to catch a sea monster, give us a call and let us take you on an adventure you will remember for the rest of your life. Tight lines,
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
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