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Fishing Report for Ft. Lauderdale & Port Everglades

Capt. Cary Hanna
August 28, 2003
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

Find the Structure, find the Dolphin.

Fishing experiences have been great with the exception of the sobig worm virus. This virus is so nasty it will get into your email adress book and screw over all your email recipients and then do the same to their address book.

On the reef inside of 225 feet the Kingfish are consistent eating all kinds of live bait. Goggle eye is still the choice of bait, but they will also hit on the Blue runners and speedos which have been pretty easy to find but still challenging at times. In the previous weeks we had Shark attacks on every rod. Wouldn't it be nice to just take your time and reel in your catch? Not the case if Sharks are around. One of my clients was trying to handle a nice Kingfish to boatside but she took a little too long and a bull shark came and stripped the entire fish off the leader, head and all. On another occasion we had an enormous fish eat a free lined Goggle eye and strip almost 400 yards of line off the TLD20. I reeled in the kite and the other rods and then started the boat to chase the fish to put some line back on the reel. Within just a few minutes the fish rubbed his way through my 50 pound leader and the line parted. We knew we had a large shark by the way the fish stayed deep and chaffed the line so quickly.

Fishing for the Swords has been like a dream this past month. The seas have been like glass during the evening making for full throttles back and forth. On our way out on Saturday night for the Swordlords tournament, we found a wooden pallet floating so we decided to stop and fool around for awhile. We only had our Swordfish gear and our light bait rods. So we thrue some small jigs around it and found a large school of 6-8 pound Dolphin swimming slow all over. I had to cut up some Swordy squids for bait to get them to bite. Then another school of 20 plus pounders came up and I knew we couldn't take them on with our 8 pound set up, so I grabbed a Sword rod and stuck one of our Blue runner baits with a 10/0 hook and sent him on his way, you guessed it, the rod doubled over hard and we muscled in a 25 pound, to be exact, bull Dolphin. We had Dolphin everywhere on the boat and the mess to go with it. The tournament went very well. Congradulations to Jeff of 1st Performance Marina for putting on his 3rd annual, well organized tournament. Over 30 Swordfish were caught that night out of 38 boats. Take advantage of an awsome Swordfish fishery and book a trip soon! Till Next Tide, Captain Cary Hanna

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Captain Cary Hanna invites you aboard the New Lattitude. A 32' center console powered with twin Mercury's. We are located in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale only minutes from the ocean.

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New Lattitude Sportfishing
11201 nw 27th street
plantation, FL 33323
Phone: 954-907-0967
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