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Yellowtail Snapper Fishing in Fort Lauderdale, A How To Guide

Fort Myers CraigslistWhen 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

inexperienced anglers.

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.

Contact Information:

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters (www.fortlauderdalefishingcharter.com)

1005 Seabreeze Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

954-376-5397

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