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Tiger sharks Hammer Head sharks and more Hooked Up

Capt. Taco Perez
March 15, 2010
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

March 4
This afternoon we set out on our fishing trip with Michael from Saratoga rings New York, Charlie from Merrimack, Mark from Santiago Ca, Matt from Pa, and Mitch from Golden Colorado.
We started out trolling the reef with 2 planner board running deep with bonito strips behind them a good 60 feet and 3 more bonito strips skipping across the surface. We had little to no current today and the just seemed to have lock jaw. We just could not seem to get a bite. Captain J.J. sudjested we try a few deep drops on a ship wreck. So in came the trolling gear and down went our live bait 210 feet down. At first we just waited without a bite but as I said earlier we had little to no current so even though the bait was 210 feet down I was able to slowly move around and drag our live bait all around the wreck. Just as I got to the south side of the wreck BAM we were Hooked Up.
Mitch jumped in the chair and everyone started giving him a hard time about not letting this one get away it was the only bite we had up to this point. Mitch ended up winning the back and forth tug a war and landed a 35 pound amber jack.
Ok we were on a roll now one in a row (LOL) and everyone was riding the high of finally putting a nice fish in the boat. This time we could not wait to get live bait down on the wreck only this time I made sure we dropped him right in the same spot where Mitch had caught his fish from. The second we got the bait down BAM we were Hooked Up again. This time Mark jumped in the chair and the fight was on.
As we were all cheering Mark on one of the other charter boat not even 100 yards away from us had let me know about a tiger shark they had seen swimming around. Mark ended up catching a 12 pound mutton snapper.

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But we just had to see about this tiger shark we had heard about and sure enough before we knew it we had Michael in the chair and fighting this tiger shark.
It was a good 20 min back and forth war but at last Michael got his catch to the boat and we were one happy boat.
Guys I've got to say that with a fishing trip that started out so slow we sure ended it with a bang.

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Thanks again guys and hope to fish you guys again next year.
Captain Taco (9545) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344
March 5
Today we had our regular customer/friend the one and only Pete Pillone and his mom Barbra out for a few hours' of deep sea fishing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.
Our target was some good eating fish so we started out trolling the reef with 3 surface baits and baits and 2 baits down deep on planner boards. The reef was just not producing any fish so we headed out off shore in deeper water trying to see if maybe there were some dolphin fish around but once again no luck. Ok time to try some deep drops looking for some tile fish and RATS once again they were just not biting.
Time to go back to basics we set out our kites with live baits suspended from them and a shark bait down on the bottom. Before we knew it our deep rod bent over and we were Hooked Up. Pete who knows the drill well jumped in the chair and the fight was on. It was a big back and forth tug a war for a good 20 min but Pete finally got this big hammer head shark to the side of the boat. We got a few pictures of his catch got 2 of the 3 hooks out of him and watched him swam away in great shape.

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Thanks again Pete and I'm sure we'll be seeing you soon.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344
March 6
Today we had Tom from New Port Beach, Jeff from Austin Texas and John from San Antonio Texas out for a morning of deep sea fishing.
We went right out to 350 feet of water set out both our kites with 3 live baits suspended from them and one dead bonito also suspended from the kite. We also set another dead bonito about 150 feet down and last Today we had Tom from New Port Jeff from Austin Texas and John from San Antonio Texas all out for a but not least another dead bonito down on the bottom.
From there if did take long before we got our first bite. A dolphin fish was chasing our left long kite bait all over the place and finally caught it.
Tom jumped in the chair and the fight was on. Just as we were about to gaff his fish another dolphin jumped on our right long kite bait. A few min later we had 2 dolphin fish resting comfortably in the box.
What a great way to start off our trip. We set the baits right back out there and BAM another dolphin jumped on and before we knew it we had caught all three of them a dolphin and things were looking good.

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Once again we set the baits right back out there and then all of a sudden our deep rod bent over and line started peeling off the reel. This time John jumped in the chair and he was in for the fight of his life. It was a back and forth tug a war for over 30 min but at last John won the battle and we had his monster hammer head shark to the side of the boat. We got all 3 hooks out of him and after a couple of pictures we watched him swim away in great shape.
Thanks again guys for a fun morning off deep sea fishing.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344
March 7
Today we started out with our morning trip fishing with Vince and Angela from North Carolina. They were just looking to bend the rod with whatever we could get to bite. So we figured we'd go right to trolling the reef to up our odds of catching as many fish as we could for them.
I've got to say that we had no idea the surprisingly big fish we were about to catch trolling the reef.
Our first bite turned out to be a bonito and shortly thereafter we had a nice dolphin fish than another bonito. Things were looking pretty good when all of a sudden we got a bite on our left planner and line started screaming off the reel. Due to the light leaders we were using we babied it along and ended up boating a 30 pound smoker king fish.
At the end of the trip we ended up with a 30 pound king, a 15 pound king, a 6 pound dolphin fish and a few bonitos. Not a bad trip for just trolling the reef for a couple of hours.
We had a fun trip and we were looking forward to our afternoon trip. And once we got back to the dock we had Mark and Lori from South Dakota waiting for us. We figured that since the morning trolling the reef had worked out so well for us we'd just go right back to the same spot and see if we could do it again.
And sure enough thing started out pretty much the same with us throwing a couple of bonitos in the box. Than all of a sudden once again we got a big bite on one of our planner rods. And once again we babied it in but once we got the fish to the boat much to our surprise this one was not a king fish but it was a nice Wahoo. Way to go guys we never seen that one coming.
After another hour or so of trolling the reef without a bite we decided to try some deep drops on a ship wreck. And once we got a live bait down on the bottom BAM the rod bent over and we were Hooked Up. Mark ended up pulling up a monster amber jack. Well if Mark can do it Lori figured she could so down we went with another live bait and once again the second it hit the bottom BAM we were Hooked Up. It was a big back and forth tug a war for Lori for over 20 min but at last she landed het monster amber jack.
Thanks again to all of our anglers today and we aboard the Hooked Up are looking forward to fishing you guys again soon.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344
March 8
Today we had Igor from the Ukraine and the rest of his family witch I am not even going to attempt to spell their names on board for a morning of hunting for big game fish.
We went out to 350 feet of water set out both kites with live and dead baits suspended from them and also sent down a couple of big shark baits.
We ended up catching a nice dolphin fish out of the kite and also a big bonito but neither one of those fish compared to the fight we were just about to get into when our bottom bait got hit.
I've got to say that the line was screaming off the reel as if there was a freight train connected to the other end. It was a 40 min and three anglers later till we finally got to see this monster hammer head shark next to the boat.
Thanks again Igor and we look forward to fishing with you again soon.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344
March 10
This morning we started out fishing with Monica and Eric from Pittsburg and Art and Bob from Grand Rapids Michigan.
We went right to trolling the reef with 3 baits skipping across the surface and 2 baits down deep on planner boards. Things stated out pretty much normal as usual with Eric catching a bonito and than Bob jumping in the chair and caught a little black fin tuna and then Art jumped in the chair and he also caught a bonito. If you look at the beginning of this report you'll notice that yes there was one girl aboard but I guess these guys never heard of lady's first and I made sure to let them know about it. But it was all in good fun and I assured them that Monica would properly be the one to catch the biggest fish.
I had no idea about what was just about to happen!!We got a good bite on our right planner and yes they finally let Monica get a shot at reeling one in. BUT this one did not want to come in and it took quite some time before J.J. could get to the leader. Once J.J. got started on this 60 foot long leader he yelled up at me to pay attention because this fish felt very heavy to him.
Well this is pretty hard to believe but we got the pictures to prove it a 56 pound Wahoo. That's right guys how about that for ladies last (LOL)

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Monica you arte the bomb way to guy. Guys thanks again for all the laughs and a great time.

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As we got back to the dock we had Bob and Donna from Buffalo New York, Sid and Kyra also from Buffalo, Kevin also from Buffalo and Deanna from Jupiter Florida waiting and ready to try their luck at a big one.
I,ve got to say that we went to the same spot we had been fishing this morning and we trolled and trolled without a bite.(RATS( time to try something new. We set out our kites with some live and some dead baits out there and we also set down to the bottom a couple of shark baits.
Ok the trap was set and we needed a bite badly. It took some waiting but all of a sudden BAM our deep rod bent over and the fight was on. Bob got in the chair and it was a back and forth tug a war for over 20 min. But at last bob got his catch to the side of the boat a nice bull shark about 6 feet long.
Thanks again to all of our anglers today for a fun filled day of sport fishing off the coast of Ft Lauderdale.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344
March 13
Today we had a batcher party/ fishing trip for Leo the batcher and his close friends Paul, Pedro and Jason all from Florida.
These guys were looking for eating fish so we started out trolling the reef looking for some king fish or maybe a Wahoo or two but all the reef had for us were bonitos and I mean plenty of them. So we decided to head off shore looking for some dolphin fish. The water had a bad green color to it so we figured we would have to go way off shore to find some clean water. As we were heading further off shore we did manage to catch one 6 pound dolphin but that was all we were able to find off shore.
Ok so now our trip went from trying to find good eating fish to just finding fish. So we went in to about 350 feet of water set out both kites with both live and dead baits suspended from them and we also set 2 shark baits down deep.
After a good hour of waiting our deep line got hit and we were finally Hooked Up. It seemed only fitting to put our batcher Leo in the chair and the fight was on. It took a good 30 min till finally Leo got his Bull Shark to the surface. We did the best we could to get a few pictures but this shark went nuts next to the boat. So we did the best we could and cut him loose before he hurt himself.
Leo best of luck to you and your new bride and to the rest of you guys thanks again.
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free (877) SEA-4344

Target Species:

Sharks Dolphin Fish King Fish Amberjack and more

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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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