What Only Experienced Captains can tell you about Fort Lauderdale Fishing

Fort Lauderdale is increasingly one of the most popular fishing spots on the Florida coast. Every year, anglers arrive from all over the world to experience the warm climate, the lively nightlife, and of course, some of the most exciting fishing available in the United States.

Those that head out to the ocean find themselves grappling massive Groupers and Dolphin fish, while those who head inland into the Everglades get to try their patience and will against snapper, sea trout and bass.

No matter which way you’re going, the quality of your experience is going to depend heavily on who you choose to take you there. Many hobbyists and recently-arriving retirees with boats have begun to offer charter fishing services in response to rising demand.

However, they can’t tell you what an experienced captain can about navigating the fishing in the area. Go with experienced captains, because they can tell you…

Not Just Where You’re Going to Find Exotic Fish, But When

The ocean around Florida is always alive, but you need to time your trip carefully if you have a special fish in mind. You can find many basic guides online with estimates of when certain fish are the most active, but those estimates aren’t going to mean much if you’re traveling with a captain who doesn’t know the area very well.

Fort Lauderdale in particular has experienced some rapid changes in the last few years. Warming trends, over-fishing and migrating predators are changing the behaviors of many fish, including the times of day that they can find their prey, or when it’s safe for them to be active.

Experienced captains who have traveled the same spots for years note when fish are moving territories or changing habits. This makes their experience more valuable than any basic guide you could find into the behavior of a fish.

Choosing experience means you’ll be able to help you find the time and place for your catch, which is particularly important when you only have a few days for your vacation.

The Baits that the Local Fish Love the Most

Baits are another area where the guides you can find everywhere online just aren’t going to do the trick. The ocean fish around Fort Lauderdale are taken mostly using a combination of trolling, live bait drifting, kite fishing and bottom fishing.

Any of these can use any combination of baits, but the most successful combination will be that recommended to you by an experienced captain.

Charter captain with experience catching both sport fish and bait fish can help you choose bait fish that are in the local food chain of the fish that you are targeting. It’s important to understand that the fish around Fort Lauderdale are wary of fishing boats and bait because to the frequent fishing in the area.

It can often take a special effort to get tempt them to go for bait. However, even the cleverest fish won’t be a problem if you go with a captain who knows what they eat naturally.

That the Freshwater Experience can be as exciting as the Ocean Fishing

So many people come to Florida to fish in the ocean, but most of them miss the majesty of the Everglades. It’s not only the scenery and the untamed wilderness that’s worth experiencing; it’s also the awesome fishing.

Florida has some of the feistiest freshwater fish that can be found in the United States. After all, they’d have to be to share the water with gators! If you only have a few days for a fishing vacation in Florida, you should spend at least one day tangling with the fish in the swamp. It’s an angling experience unlike any you’ll find.

If a swamp doesn’t sound like your idea of a great freshwater fishing experience, remember that Florida is home to thousands of lakes, including lakes that play host to international fishing competitions.

No doubt, any charter captain you ask will have strong opinions about the best “lesser known” lakes.

How to Find a Great Time after a Long Day of Fishing!

So many people come to Florida to fish in the ocean, but most of them miss the majesty of the Everglades. It’s not only the scenery and the untamed wilderness that’s worth experiencing; it’s also the awesome fishing.

Florida has some of the feistiest freshwater fish that can be found in the United States. After all, they’d have to be to share the water with gators! If you only have a few days for a fishing vacation in Florida, you should spend at least one day tangling with the fish in the swamp. It’s an angling experience unlike any you’ll find.

If a swamp doesn’t sound like your idea of a great freshwater fishing experience, remember that Florida is home to thousands of lakes, including lakes that play host to international fishing competitions. No doubt, any charter captain you ask will have strong opinions about the best “lesser known” lakes.

The best thing about choosing an experienced captain to take you out on a charter boat is that they have the local know-how to help you choose your next destination after a great day of fishing. The first advice you want from them is on the best restaurants to cook up your catch.

There are many eateries in Fort Lauderdale that are happy to take the messy cleaning out of the catch-to-table equation by taking your fresh whole fish and returning them to you basted, battered or grilled.

An experienced captain will always be able to help you find the experience you want better than a novice. Make sure you ask one about the right baits, the right times and the pleasure of the freshwater fishing.

Author Bio:

Steven Seigel is the owner of Ultimate Fishing Charters in Miami. He has been providing clients access to the highest quality luxury fishing charters nationwide, and has a love for travel. He went from specializing only in day charters, to higher-end multi-day charters in a number of exotic locations and offers the most exclusive fishing & diving packages available around the world. Steven love to share his travel advice and stories with the novice and more advanced adventure seeker, and hope to continue doing it for many years to come.

Kevin Miller
 

Hi! I am Kevin Miller. Stepping into 42. This site is about my experience, ideas and in some cases suggestions. Wanna fly to see the world!!! Just get the ground to zoom around.

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