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Mahia Mahia, Sailfish and Hammer Head Shark aboard Hooked Up

Capt. Taco Perez
May 25, 2012
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

Mahia Mahia, Sailfish and Hammer Head Shark aboard Hooked Up
May 11th, 2012
Today we spend the day with Matt, Ryan; Where's the Bucket Tom (I'll get to the bucket Tom later), Billy, Josh and Eric all from Winter Heaven Florida.
Good eating fish was what was on the menu so off shore we went. We trolled all the way out to 11 miles from the inlet.
While we were not setting the world on fire with our catches we did mange to catch a small Mahia Mahia here and another one there when all of a sudden my high line got hit and line started peeling off the reel. By the time I turned around this nice Mahia Mahia was already in the air jumping all over the place.
Ryan jumped in the chair and the fight was on. As Ryan was getting his fish closer to the boat we seen another big Mahia Mahia all over another one of our baits and BAM just like that we were Hooked Up with a double header. 1 min later we had our 4th and 5th Mahia Mahia in the box.
Ok back to trolling and hopping for more Mahia Mahia. So we trolled and trolled and yes still trolling with no bites.
I kind of knew these guys were going to get bored and were going to want to try something else so I started trolling our way back in toward the reef when all of a sudden we found a bucket floating and as we made our first pass by the bucket BAM another Mahia Mahia came out of the blue and all over one of our baits. Once again we were Hooked Up all the time we had Tom up in the tuna tower looking for anything we could find floating. As we were fighting this Mahia Mahia we were getting further and further away from this bucket so I kept yelling up at Tom to keep an eye on the bucket and don't lose it! Just as we got the Mahia Mahia in the box I yelled up at Tom ok where's the bucket? If looks could kill I would have been dead right there Tom never once took his eyes off the bucket BUT I can tell you he was about over me yelling up where's that bucket!! (LOL)
Ok back to trolling and trolling and trolling till Greg and I just could not take it any more this trolling without catching was just driving us crazy.
At this point we only had about an hour left to fish and we could have just trolled around and wound down the clock but we are not out here to just kill time we like to catch fish so we asked the guys how about doing a little kite fishing for the last hour?
At this point I think they had enough of trolling too so in came the trolling gear and out went the kites with 4 live baits suspended from them.
I think it took about 2 min till our first sailfish popped up and Matt jumped in the chair. BAM we were Hooked Up and loving it!! 15 min later Matt had his fish next to the boat for a few pictures and then we released him to fight again another day.

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Ok back to kite fishing and BAM another sail fish but after a couple of jumps he spit the hook and swam off.

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Ok back to kite fishing and BAM a hammerhead shark all over one of our live baits out of the kite. We knew not to let this shark get a hold of the live bait on such light tackle and with a monofilament leader he would bite through the line as if it were hot butter. So every time he would get right up to the live bait Greg would reel the bait up in the air so he could not get to it. All the time Greg was setting out this big shark bait on the big rod. But as luck would have it this shark wanted live bait and nothing else would do.
But the whole last hour Greg and I kept saying what do you think guys should we go back to trolling??? (LOL)
Truth being told here guys off shore trolling for Mahia Mahia is the easiest thing for us as a crew to do. We set out the baits and troll around and hope for the best BUT we really don't get the chance to show you guys our talent and knowledge till we get a bite and that is if we get the bite. So its not that we don't like trolling off shore we just want to give you the most bang for your buck.

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We're here and we are pretty good at this so take advantage of our knowledge and skill WE WANT YOU TO.
Matt thanks again for bring all the guys down and we're looking forward to taking your sons out soon. Thanks again to the rest of the gang too we had a blast fishing with you guys and Tom thanks for not losing the bucket.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344 [email protected]

Fishing with Brett, Juan and Carlos aboard Hooked Up off Ft Lauderdale
May 9th, 2012
Today we had Brett from South Africa and Juan and Carlos from Colombia.
We went right to trolling with 2-planner boards running about 45 feet deep and 3 baits skipping across the surface.
We ended up catching 3 black fin tunas, 1 mackerel and 2 kingfish.
Than the weather got bad and we decided to call it a day BUT as soon as we got inside the weather once again turned and the sun came out so we spent the next hour and a half cursing around the intercostals.
It turned out to be a great day aboard the Hooked Up.

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Thanks again guys you were a blast to spend the day with and we are looking forward to fishing again soon.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344 [email protected]

Catching Black Fin Tunas aboard Hooked Up
May 8th, 2012
Today we fished with Jason, Ken, Guy, Quanta and Balbo from New Jersey.
We started out trolling the reef looking for some kingfish or bonitos but they just were not biting.
So we ventured further off shore and BAM we found fish and the black fin tunas were coming aboard one after another. Don't recall how many we caught but it was more than enough.

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Guy's thanks again for fishing with us aboard the Hooked up off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344 [email protected]
Spending the day fishing with the family from California aboard Hooked Up

May 7th, 2012
Today we spend the day fishing with Mom and Dad Mellissa and Fred and their kids Brain and Justin from California.
We did a little bit of everything today some off shore trolling also trolling on the reef followed up with some deep drops.
By the end of the trip we had one heck of a good catch including 11 kingfish, 20 tile fish, 2 big amber jacks and one nice black fin tuna.
Thanks again to our new friends from California for spending the day fishing with us aboard the Hooked Up.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344 [email protected]

Mahia Mahia in the Morning and Shane's double header Hammerhead in the afternoon off Ft Lauderdale
May 4th, 2012
Today we started out fishing with Maggie and David from New Jersey, Daniel from Holly Wood Florida, Mary from Ft Lauderdale, Carlos from Miami Florida and Mitchell from Conn.
We started out trolling with Mary starting things off with a nice Mahia Mahia followed up with Daniel catching a nice 45 to 50 inch barracuda.
Soon after that Maggie also landed a Mahia Mahia than Daniel once again landing another Mahia Mahia.
I believe we ended up with 4 Mahia Mahia for dinner and one nice barracuda.

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Thanks again guys for taking the time to fish with us aboard the Hooked up.
As we got back to the dock we had a big surprise in store for this guy named Shane.
As it turned out it was his birthday and his girlfriend Julie had set up this surprise birthday fishing trip for him. They were down from Charlotte North Carolina to do a little celebrating.
BIG FISH that's what Julie had told me and we knew it was going to be BIG or ZIP.
O right out to 350 feet of water we went with our kites flying with live and dead baits suspended from them along with a couple of shark baits down deep.
Ok the trap was set and the wait was on. We waited and waited and yes still waiting.
To be honest here I rally did not like the conditionings and I really did not think we were going to get the bite when all of a sudden here comes this nice 5 to 6 foot hammerhead shark all over one of our live baits. But we had the live bait connected to a small reel with 20 pound test so we knew the odds of catching this shark with a 8 inch peace of wire to 20 pound test was probably not going to happen.
So every time the shark would get right up to the bait Greg would reel the bait up in the air all the time we were trying to get a shark bait on a bigger rod to him.
BUT this shark would have nothing to do with it he wanted this little live bait and since we had not seen a fish yet we figured what the heck and just like that we were Hooked Up.
Shane jumped in the chair and we were in for what I figured would be a short fight thinking the shark's tail would hit and break the line.
Thats the small rod to the left and he's fighting with the big rod in photo.

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But with a little couching from Greg Shane kept the line tight and we were fighting this shark for a good 20 min when out of the corner of my eye I seen a much bigger hammerhead shark heading right for the shark bait we had out there.
BAM we were now connected to 2 hammerhead sharks at the same time.
We just left the bigger shark that was on the right stuff in the rod holder while Shane continued to fight the one on the smaller rod. I be dammed 10 kin later Greg got a hold of the leader and Shane had caught this 5 to 6 foot shark on 20 pound test and was now ready for the second shark.

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10 min later he had caught the second shark.

WOW what else can I say!! GREAT JOB Shane and Happy Birthday.
Julie and Shane thanks again you guys really were a blast to fish with and for the first couple hours without a bite you guys never once made us feel pressured and I really think that helped give us this great luck.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344 [email protected]

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Hi my name is Taco and I run one of the best charter fishing boats down here in South Florida. WHY? Because Iíve been fishing the waters down here since 1969 and I started at the bottom and worked my way up the ladder. I know what it is like to read a web site and than once you get to boat things are not as you thought they would be. Not here I say it like it is. No surprises. Iíve got a 45 foot Hatteras with a big cock pit. Fully aircondishened and refrigerated. Big comfortable platform.

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