FISHING – Rent a Boat or Charter an Unforgettable Deep-Sea Adventure
Fort Lauderdale’s salt and fresh water fishing is world-class with hundreds of various, edible fish to catch. Florida’s sunny weather will ensure that you have a good time, whether you’re on a rented boat or an experienced deep sea fishing guide.
Most captains respect ‘catch and release’ styles of fishing, and will help you with catching, releasing, or cleaning+keeping legal-sized fish. Try to plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as possible to ensure a specific date, though boats and chartered fishing vessels will be available if you decide to go fishing on a whim.
Get a guide and hook a mighty Tarpon this winter to really understand what’s meant by, ‘the fish put up a good fight.’ These primitive and beautiful fish will almost always break the surface, flying out of the water acrobatically while trying to shake off a hook! Of course, if you’re looking for edible fish this winter, look for Yellowtail Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Black Fin Tuna and Grouper.
In the springtime – focus on Snook or Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack, and Cobia. Snook are often considered one of the best tasting fish in our waters with a unique flavor and superb texture. Snook are Florida sports fish and cannot be bought legally or in a restaurant. Snook are definitely worth all of the effort involved in fighting and skinning. Try it steamed in a banana leaf with a slice of onion and tomato, a little fresh jalapeno, cilantro and salt. Wrap the leaf, steam and then eat. Yum!
If you’ve arrived in the summer – there’s plenty of exhilaration to be had catching White Marlin, Skipjack Tuna, Blue Marlin and Wahoo. Even Barracuda, which can be caught year-round off of Florida, are bountiful, feisty and electrifying to catch! Bring lots of fluids, a hat and let your quest begin!
Bonita, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Snapper, Kingfish and some sharks are available for the fall season. Catching a shark with an experienced guide is always a memorable thrill! To actually touch a live shark and feel their strength and unique skin, while looking into their catlike eyes will give you a new appreciation for these magnificent, primitive creatures. You’ll thoroughly enjoy catching one and letting it go.
Freshwater Fishing – Year Round
If you’re interested in freshwater fish, there are a tremendous amount of lakes, including the Everglades – Largemouth Bass is our #1 game fish! They can put up a great fight (especially if you use light tackle). They often jump out of the water and they taste great with a white, flaky meat. You may find yourself catching a good 4-pound Bass with just a rubber worm or you may hook onto a 12-pound lunker hunting with live-bait like shiners! Going with a guide or with good local advice always helps!