Monster Game Sharks Are Biting On Our Shark Fishing Charters
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
March 12, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report
Shark fishing season is here! Hammerheads, makos, threshers and more are making their way through the waters offshore Fort Lauderdale. Every year like clockwork, the big sharks start biting. We call it the "shark train". Sharks get stacked up off our coast, feeding on the plethora of kingfish, tunas and other pelagics that are slow or wounded in 200-400 ft deep of water. This week alone, we've had several monster sharks, over 300 pounds caught on our charters. A lot of big game fishermen come down every year to fish with us and catch some of the biggest fish of their lives. This is the time of year that all the trophy hunters come down to fish. At New Lattitude Sportfishing, we specialize in big game fishing charters for sharks, swordfish and sailfish. This is the time of the year that we really shine.
The most common shark that we catch in Fort Lauderdale is the black tip reef shark. We catch these all year long and they average about 4 ft in length. They are really fun to catch, especially on a light tackle spinning reel. The first shark I ever caught, I still have it on my wall, is a black tip shark. I caught it fishing with my dad when he let me come out on one of his fishing charters as a kid. I still remember the day. The captain thought it was a cobia (my dad was just a mate then) but as it got closer to the boat, we realized it was a black tip shark. When I was a kid, I thought that was the biggest fish in the whole ocean. Fond memories.
Hammerhead sharks are the most easily identified and one of the coolest looking shark species around. We catch the scalloped hammerhead specie, which us locals call the Golden Hammerhead. We call them this because of their brilliant golden sheen on their back when they are all lit up, chasing a kite bait on the surface of the water. Hammerheads are really big, some of them over 300 pounds. We're catching them regularly this time of year in 300+ feet of water. Hammerheads are an excellent trophy gameshark and will provide a world class fight.
Thresher sharks are biting now too. We've caught several big thresher sharks over the past 2 weeks. Thresher sharks are quite rare and most professional fishermen even have not caught one. We get them on the bottom baits from time to time and they put up a hellacious fight. With their extremely long tail, that they use to hunt their prey, the have a powerful engine behind them giving them supreme strength underwater. We caught this big thresher yesterday on a big bloody bonito. Thresher sharks are an awesome catch and we love to get them.
Duskys, Bull Sharks, Sand Bar and Spinner sharks are also biting with regularity this time of year. We catch these game sharks around the shipwrecks and underwater structures like rock piles and patch reefs. They are big fighters and can put a hurting on your lower back after an hour in the fighting chair. All kinds of sharks are biting off the coast of Fort Lauderdale this week. If you're looking for a big game shark fishing charter, give us a call and let us show you why we are known as the best shark fishermen in Ft Lauderdale. Tight Lines!
Capt. Rod Roydhouse
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