Sharks, Sailfish, Tunas, Kingfish, Mahia Mahia aboard Hooked Up

2012-04-24 12:00:38
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Saltwater Fishing Report
Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Luis Perez

Sharks, Sailfish, Tunas, Kingfish, Mahia Mahia and boat load of Fun Aboard Hooked Up

April 15th, 2012

Today we started out fishing with Mike, Tahoe, Daizy, and Morgan from Miami Florida and Sang from Wyoming.

Good eating fish is what we were looking for so we started out trolling the reef looking for kingfish but they just were not biting. That all but one was not biting we did end up catching one and he was a NICE 30 pounder. Well I guess that makes up for the ones that did not want to bite!!

Ok so the king bite was slow so we headed out for a little deeper water and found 4 nice Mahia Mahia fish. While these king fish are edible fish they are a bit fishy but as for the Mahia Mahia well just take a look at just about any sea food restaurant menu and you'll find them their. (Yummy)

As we got back to the dock we had Ben, Matt, Stephen and James ready to give their luck a shot at some deep-sea fishing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale aboard the Hooked Up.

We started out trolling looking to throw a few fish in the box before we went for the big one.

While trolling we did catch 1 kingfish, 3 Mahia Mahia and 2 small black fin tunas.

Ok skunk out of the box so in came all the trolling gear and out went the kites with live and dead bait suspended from them along with a couple shark baits set down deep.

The trap was set now we just needed a bite. And a bite was just what we got when one of the big shark rods bent over line started peeling off the reel and we were Hooked Up.

Matt jumped in the chair and the fight was on. At first all Matt could do was to hang on as all the line was being peeled off the reel at a very fast pace. But after a few min the line slowed and Matt started to gain a little. Than back out it went then he would gain a little more back and forth we went.

Than all of a sudden we had a bite on one of the kite baits that were still out there. Line started walking off the reel while Matt was still doing battle with this sea monster he had on. Than all at once J.J. locked up the reel as Captain Greg went ahead with the boat and just like that a big sailfish came out of the water and jumping all over the place.

Now as Stephen jumped in the chair we had our hands full with 2 big game fish on at the same time.

Finally after what seemed forever Stephan got his first ever sailfish to the boat.

Way to go Stephan.

Ok back to Matt's fight and after another 10 to 15 min later Matt had this BIG hammerhead shark to the boat.

Aboard the Hooked Up we have invented this big loop made out of plastic coated cable that we just slide over the sharks head so we can handle the shark without sticking a gaff into him so we can try to get the hooks out and get a quick measurement and a few pictures and release him in great shape.

Well that's what we did with the big hammerhead but I am sorry to say that while we were fighting the sailfish he got wrapped up in the leader and came in backwards and he did not make it.

However we did have the meat smoked and passed all the smoked meat out so it did not go to waist.

Guys WHAT A BLAST thanks again for fishing with us aboard the Hooked Up.

Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344

Fish Species: many
Bait Used: Live & Dead
Tackle Used: Rod & Reels
Method Used: Trolling & Kite Fishing
Water Depth: 100' to 350'
Water Temperature: 71
Wind Direction: South East
Wind Speed: 10 knots
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344
Captain Taco (954) 764-4344 or toll free @ (877) SEA-4344

Luis Perez

About The Author: Captain Luis Perez

Company: Taco's Hooked Up Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Bio: My name is Taco and I run the best Fort Lauderdale fishing charter in South Florida! Heck, you won't have a better time on any fishing boat from West Palm to Miami. Why, because you get a sport fishing captain who has fished the waters of Fort Lauderdale for over 20 years. I know where to fish and how to fish for sailfish, marlin, tuna, dolphin, barracuda and just about anything that has gills.

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