Fort Lauderdale Tiger Shark Fishing

October 9, 2012

October 3, 2012

The word for today is spectacular, because that’s how the fishing was. Captain Darin and Captain JJ each had charters today that included some spectacular big game sharkfishing. They started both trips by trolling for food fish and the trolling has been great, knock on wood. Some nice blackfin tunas, kingfish, a few mahi-mahi and some wahoo were landed on both trips today.

After catching enough fish to eat, the crew went sharkfishing. They fished three deeper baits and a live surface bait that got hit by a sailfish as soon as they set up. The sailfish bite was exciting, but after one jump it was off. The crew waited another thirty minutes before the bottom bait, 350 feet down got a hit. Captain JJ gunned the boat ahead and set the hook on what turned out to be another monster tiger shark. I’ve been fishing out here for a long time and only caught one of these sharks and this week we have caught two tigers! These fish are now protected in both state and federal waters, so after some pictures the fish was released.

Tony The Tiger

The action on the afternoon charter was similar to the morning. After catching some food fish they went sharkfishing. This time the bite was on the mid-depth bait, down about 150 feet. Angler Mike and his girlfriend fought this tough shark for over 1 hour. It turned out to be a bigeye thresher shark which was a surprise as these fish normally stay in very deep water during the day. They are some of the hardest fighting fish around because of their long tail that can be almost half their body length. Mike and his girlfriend sure got to experience firsthand how tough these fish are! These fish are also federally protected, so after some great pictures it was released.

Tight Lines,

Capt David Ide


What An Adventure!

I never leave reviews, but we had such a good time, I wanted to share with others. Captain David and his guys are top notch, you can tell as soon as you pull up that you have booked a great trip. We went out with them in April 2015 and we were told this was one of the best months for fishing off South Florida. The captain decided to fly kites (amazing!) to dangle baits so that the fish can’t see the hooks. I have never seen this, but it was amazing to see them do it. Within a few minutes we had a first sailfish on and then another hit. A double header! We landed both fish and the day went on just like that. We were watching the baits dangle on the surface all day.  Other boats in the area were “trolling” and weren’t catching any. David said it was because the water was so clear that it was important to kite fish.  I highly recommend booking them.

Todd Yurke