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Yellowtail Snapper Fishing in Fort Lauderdale, A How To Guide
When most people think of fishing in Fort Lauderdale, the first things that come to mind are dolphin fish (mahimahi) and fighting sailfish, but truth be told, what most anglers opt for when they get on the water are Yellowtail snapper.
When most people think of fishing in Fort Lauderdale, the
first things that come to mind are dolphin fish (mahimahi) and fighting
sailfish, but truth be told, what most anglers opt for when they get on the
water are Yellowtail snapper.
Yellowtail snapper are most often found on reefs, so
utilizing a good Fort Lauderdale fishing chart combined with an onboard
chartplotter and fishfinder is critical.
Believe it or not, good Yellowtail days are those with strong currents
and cloudy/ murky water.
"If there's no current, there's probably not going to be any
yellowtails, " says Captain Steve Seigel of Fort Lauderdale Fishing
Charters. "It's absolutely critical"
Once you've found your spot, anchor along the deep edge of
the reef up current and throw some chum in the water. Some fishermen make their
own chum, but the frozen blocks sold at nearly all tackle shops are clean and
easy. You'll need at least a couple of blocks for every hour you fish. Chum is
critical because you want to get the fish going after all the little pieces of
food flowing past them. For this reason, it's a good idea to wait fifteen
minutes or more before throwing your lines in the water - a perfect amount of
time for your first beer or cocktail.
You can bait your hook with just about anything: shrimp,
squid, minnows, silversides. The type of hook is not critical, we've seen
success with circular
hooks, and shank hooks, but you'll probably want to utilize smaller hooks,
even if you're going after larger snapper.
Somehow these guys can spot all but well disguised hooks.
The objective with your lines is to let them drift back over
the reef along with the flow of chum.
Drop your line in the water and keep the spool open so that it drifts
naturally. Most likely this will mean holding the rod with one hand and using
your other hand to let out the line. You want to keep the bait in motion.
An alternative strategy, which is generally less successful
and probably will wind up in you catching grunts and other reef fish is to drop
your line down to the bottom and then put a few turns on the rod so the bait is
just above the reef. In this scenario, live shrimp seems to work well. But
again, you're going to end up wasting bait on things you don't want. Still,
this strategy is a lot easier to implement and to explain to young or
Trick of the trade: cloud your bait in rolled oats. That's
right, most kids most dreaded breakfast food is a delight for yellowtails. Pour
some of the oats into the water each time you cast your bait.
Keep your hand firmly on the line so you can monitor it for
bites. When you do get a fish on, fight it hard and get it up to the boat fast.
Keep in mind that these Yellowtail are a meal of choice for many large fish and
if they lock on to one straying from the school or the reef there's a good
chance they're going to try to steal your lunch.
Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters (www.fortlauderdalefishingcharter.com)
1005 Seabreeze Blvd
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