Big Mako Shark Caught off Ft Lauderdale
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
November 17, 2016
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
The fishing is getting better and better this month on our big game fishing charters. The sailfish bite has been picking up steadily over the past few weeks. As soon as a little cooler weather moves in, the sailfish bite will get awesome. The big tidal swings this week have been great for the wahoo bite as well. Lots of big wahoo are hitting the docks. We're catching them in 120-200ft of water, trolling or high-speed trolling up and down the coastline. Wahoo love to bite on the tide change and with the big moon this week, we're having extra big and extra low tides. It's producing a great wahoo bite as well as some blackfin tunas, kingfish and a few mahi-mahi.
We're coming up into shark fishing season so yesterday, we decided to do a little shark fishing. Our baits weren't out very long before we were hooked up to a monster shark. Most of the sharks we catch off the coast of Ft Lauderdale are bull or hammerhead sharks. When the fish got close to the boat, we saw the streamline shape of the fish and electric blue. Mako sharks are actually quite rare in south Florida. They are a cold water shark and prefer the cooler waters of the New England area. Sharks can go wherever they please though so every now and then one wanders down our way. They are not a fish we catch every day so we get very excited to catch them.
Well this fish put up a massive fight, especially when he got close to the boat. We had to harpoon the fish to get him safely aboard. Mako sharks are a true apex predator. They have some of the gnarliest sets of teeth I have ever seen on a shark. I wouldn't mind swimming with most sharks, but there is absolutely NO WAY I would ever go in the water with a mako. Their snaggly teeth and super fast speeds make them a shark you don't want to be in the water with. They are also highly maneuverable and are one of the only sharks that will jump out of the water while on the line. This is the season when some of the largest gamefish of the year are caught. I look forward to some great big game fishing over the next few weeks. Tight Lines,
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
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