First Snook Fishing Trip to Fort Lauderdale

First Snook Fishing Trip to Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is an amazing place to travel and visit while spending time in Florida. Beyond Extraordinary my First Snook Fishing Trip to Fort Lauderdale was also one of the best activities you can embark on.

The Florida Fishing expert Captain Brad took us out Night Fishing  for Snook, it was our first Snook fishing trip.

Night Fishing for Snook under the city and port lights of Fort Lauderdale could not be more of an amazing feeling. From catching the mullet or bait to reeling down into a fish of a lifetime, you are sure to have an excellent time catching these monster Snook this time of year.

Fort Lauderdale Inshore Fishing could not get any better and the big fish have been moving in and chasing the mullet. We caught over 10 quality Snook with only 3 in slot range.

One of the last fish of the night was the biggest fish caught by Joe weighing over 20 pounds measuring in at 38 inches. These Snook are incredibly healthy and fight really hard. They will surprise you on how fast and hard they run.

Captain Brett also caught a tarpon that was a kicker fish for the boat. There is nothing like catching the number and quality of fish we caught in Fort Lauderdale where we were at.

Captain Brett is the man when it comes to fishing for Snook in Fort Lauderdale and you do not want to miss out on your adventure today while the fishing is still hot!

Come catch yours with Captain Brett doing some Fort Lauderdale Inshore Fishing.

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King Mackerel Fishing Charter

King Mackerel Fishing Charter

Florida has incredible fishing adventures that can be experience all year round. When traveling down or up the west coast of Florida, experience a King Mackerel Fishing Charter that will leave you wanting more.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a beautiful place to visit. It has many different attractions from its gorgeous sandy beaches to the inshore and offshore fishing adventures.

I had the pleasure of fishing with Kelly and her party that wanted to experience what the waters of Ft Lauderdale, FL had to offer. One of the best parts about fishing here is the endless amounts of opportunity you have to catching the fish you have been after.

While we were slow trolling live bait, we were able to box a 30 pound King Mackerel. They enjoyed the rush and fight from this amazing fish. Aggressive Barracuda also came out to play and we caught a number of those. Not necessarily targeted but very exciting to catch for all ages.

Off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, you can catch a multitude of species of fish. The possibilities are endless. Take a break from the beautiful beaches and enjoy the view from a beautiful boat that trolls the waters in search for all the major game fish.

We look forward to fishing with these wonderful people again in the future and if you want some of this action this summer, do not miss out!

Come Catch Yours Today with Captain Wayne exploring Ft Lauderdale Deep Sea Fishing.

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Florida Snook The Seasonal Treat

Florida Snook The Seasonal Treat

Snook are strictly regulated to protect it from overfishing. Catching them requires a license, permit, they must be within the range of a certain size, the bag limit is one a day, you’re only allowed to keep them in season and they are not allowed to be sold or bought. So your only way of having some is to grab your gear and get out on the water.

Many say its all worth it for an amazing seasonal treat. Snook is a delicious sport fish, ask almost anyone that has tried a bite. They will normally reply that it was one of the best-tasting fish that they have ever had. The meat is white, with medium density and a mild subtle taste. With countless recipes online a quick search will bring up a plethora of options to choose. remember to remove the skin or your gonna have a bad time. Anyways a favorite among many is the deep fried fish method. But which every way you like to prepare them this is definitely a tasty fish unless you don’t take the skin off then its not.

Snook can be found in south and central Florida mostly inshore brackish and coastal waters. they can also be found along man-made structures mangroves, and shorelines and Large schools form in summer for spawning.

Snook Fishing in Florida is a remarkable way to experience the outdoors. Snook is a great eating fish and are one amazing fish to catch. Seasonally they are open for harvest but are just as fun to catch-and-release.

What’s happening in the great outdoors?

What’s happening in the great outdoors- Lauderdale Fishing Charter?

Melbourne’s Tony Ciavarella and Michael Hubbard of Merritt Island weighed in 16.19 pounds of bass to win the Feb. 23 Space Coast Bass Finatics monthly tournament at Lake Cypress on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

Swimbaits over eel grass and soft plastics on the edge of Kissimmee Grass in Lake Toho worked for them.

A close second place went to the father-and-son team of Mark and Sean Burt of Cocoa with 16.02 pounds, including a 6.42-pounder by Sean that was the big bass of the day for the field. They fished 11-inch plastic worms in lily pads in Lake Kissimmee.

Bob Barnett of Port St. John and Dwayne Haga of Sanford went to Toho for their 15.05-pound third-place catch.

For more on the club, call Ciavarella at 321-752-7841.

Spring snook season opens on Gulf Coast

If you are headed to the Florida Gulf Coast, you’re now allowed to keep one snook within the 28- to 33-inch Gulf Coast slot limit. The spring season opened Saturday.

The open season also includes Everglades National Park and Monroe County, which is the Florida Keys.

The season remains open through April 30.

Fort Lauderdale Inshore Fishing Charters are a great place to come catch a Snook. Snook Fishing in Florida is highlighted in Ft Lauderdale. You never know what you will catch with our local experts. Years of experience will have you on fish quickly! We look forward to seeing you during the opening seasons.

Miami sailing week begins Monday

Elite sailors will again be on hand when the fifth annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank is held March 2-8 from the regatta headquarters at Kennedy Park in Coconut Grove.

The six-day racing schedule is headlined by the Star class, which will have 57 boats on the starting line all fighting to win the 87th Bacardi Cup.

On the last four days, the Stars will share the Bay with competitors in the Audi Melges 20, J/70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and VX One classes.

There are 192 boats registered across the six one-design fleets, with competitors from 15 foreign nations battling a host of American sailors.

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OFFSHORE TROLLING OUT OF FT Lauderdale

FT Lauderdale Offshore Trolling

Great weather for fishing. West winds are starting to stack up some weeds offshore, and they proved to be somewhat fishy this trip. NE of the weather buoy some tightly scattered weeds proved to be just what the icebox needed. We started around the perimeter first, and the results came slowly, but good. First fish in was a 15lb Mahi. Like the last few weeks of fishing these anglers had never caught a “Dolphin”, and made it the target species of the trip. No company with this catch, so lines back to work.

Client David Bunch and his friend were traveling from Oklahoma to adventure out on an Ft Lauderdale Offshore Fishing Charter while Fort Lauderdale Fishing. They were in-store for an amazing day of fishing with great fish in the boat. You never know what to expect when Ft Lauderdale Offshore Trolling!

Another half hour, and the line goes off again. It did not seem too big till the angler put some bend in the rod, then a couple hundred yards of line peeled. This fish was not a jumper, but still we waited till we seen the colors to know what we had. It took a while with our Dolphin rigs to finally work it to the boat, but the Blue stripes was a very welcome sight. Wahoo in the boat. This 50lb fish made the day for these guys, and we still had time to fish.

Port Canaveral Offshore Trolling

Another pass around the area with no results, so we decided to cut through the weed field. A little time passed, and a lot of cleaning fouled lines of weed, but another hookup. Another Mahi-Mahi was on the line, dragging weeds with it. As we got it near the boat we saw it had company. The second fish did not take the other lines, so a pitch rod went to work. It looked, it followed, but nada. Other offerings were put in front of it but it turned its nose up at all we offered, and eventually made its way off. We sent
lines back out, working the weed field some more with no more action while Port Canaveral Offshore Trolling.

Finally we headed to 8A to see if we could pick up a King or two to make a Slam. One line down, another out the back, and into slow gear we went. 20 minutes into the run, the downrigger released, and drag went out. This fish came to the surface and went airborne. A nice 20 lb bull Mahi was on the line. We worked it to the boat, and about a foot short of gaff range it decided it no longer wanted to play the game, and unhooked itself. Big smiles were on the anglers faces despite the loss of this fish. With lobster red sun burnt skin, they were ready to return to port and clean fish.

Your Adventure Starts Today while Visiting Lauderdale.

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Burial at Sea

Burial At Sea

Scattering of Ashes.

The desire to spread or scatter the ashes of a loved one in a special place is an ever increasingly popular choice.  It is a dignified and simple alternative to the conventional funeral and iOutdoor can help you make arrangements with a captain and vessel to provide this service.  A funeral at sea is a time honored tradition.  It is less costly than a conventional funeral and in many ways is much more refined. We provide for a private charter to take up to 6 attendees out for the scattering in most major ports in Florida. If you are unable to go out to sea, one of our captains will take the cremated remains offshore and scatter the ashes for you.  Unattended we provide a respectful, dignified sea scattering service locally in most major ports in Florida.  Call iOutdoor and for availability and costs.

Fort Lauderdale and the Deep Sea Fishing Charters can give you access to experience this Burial at Sea. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we can help.

Burial at Sea–Rules and Regulations.

Ocean Scattering…  As no special permitting is required for this in Florida, you may also do the scattering yourself.  There are certain requirements as set forth below for all ocean remains scattering. This is the actual Environmental Protection Agency rule on burial of human remains at sea.

From The Code of Federal Regulations

Sec. 229.1 Burial at sea.

(a) All persons subject to title I of the Act are hereby granted a general permit to transport human remains from the United States and all persons owning or operating a vessel or aircraft registered in the United States or flying the United States flag and all departments, agencies, or instrumentalities of the United States are hereby granted a general permit to transport human remains from any location for the purpose of burial at sea and to bury such remains at sea subject to the following conditions:

(1) Except as herein otherwise provided, human remains shall be prepared for burial at sea and shall be buried in accordance with accepted practices and requirements as may be deemed appropriate and desirable by the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, or civil authority charged with the responsibility for making such arrangements;

(2) Burial at sea of human remains which are not cremated shall take place no closer than 3 nautical miles from land and in water no less than one hundred fathoms (six hundred feet) deep and in no less than three hundred fathoms (eighteen hundred feet) from (i) 27 deg.30’00” to 31 deg.00’00” North Latitude off St. Augustine and Cape Canaveral, Florida; (ii) 82 deg.20’00” to 84 deg.00’00” West Longitude off Dry Tortugas, Florida; and (iii) 87 deg.15’00” to 89 deg.50’00” West Longitude off the Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana, to Pensacola, Florida. All necessary measures shall be taken to ensure that the remains sink to the bottom rapidly and permanently; and

(3) Cremated remains shall be buried in or on ocean waters without regard to the depth limitations specified in paragraph (a)(2) of this section provided that such burial shall take place no closer than 3 nautical miles from land.

(b) For purposes of this section and Secs. 229.2 and 229.3, land means that portion of the baseline from which the territorial sea is measured, as provided for in the Convention on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone, which is in closest proximity to the proposed disposal site.

(c) Flowers and wreaths consisting of materials which are readily decomposable in the marine environment may be disposed of under the general permit set forth in this section at the site at which disposal of human remains is authorized.

(d) All burials conducted under this general permit shall be reported within 30 days to the Regional Administrator of the Region from which the vessel carrying the remains departed.

The following  Notice to EPA is required to be filed within 30 days.

All burials conducted shall be reported within 30 days to the EPA Region in writing. The following information should be included and mailed or faxed to the appropriate Region. You can copy the information below or complete and print the Region 4 burial at sea form (PDF)

NAME OF DECEASED:
DATE OF BURIAL/SCATTER:
TYPES OF REMAINS:Cremated (  )Non-Cremated (  )
LOCATION OF BURIAL/SCATTER
Latitude:
Longitude:
Distance from shore:
(minimum of 3 nautical miles)
Depth of water:
VESSEL NAME:
VESSEL POINT OF CONTACT
Name:
Phone:
PORT OF DEPARTURE:
FOR NON-CREMATED REMAINS
Did the remains appear to rapidly sink to the ocean floor?
Yes (  )      No (  )
DIRECTOR OR PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Name:
Phone:

How to Catch and Prepare Cobia

How to Catch and Prepare Cobia

The Florida State Record for Cobia is 130 lb 1 oz, and was caught near Destin. No wonder Destin is the Cobia Capital of the World!  Imagine a fish of that size!  Cobia are some of the strongest fighting fish because of their beefy muscular make up and their innate tenacity.  The Cobia is a powerful fish and a thrilling catch and is one of the most sought after game fish and once hooked the thrill really begins with line coming off a screaming reel and the angler unable to do anything but hang on!  Cobia are considered an inshore/near shore species and sight fishing is the best method to find these tasty brawlers and works even better if your vessel is equipped with a tower or raised platform.  Cobia can be found in all waters off of the coast of Florida and down into the Keys.

The appearance of the fish in local waters is temperature driven and most Cobia anglers start watching the water around mid March for the fish to show up.  Cobia are generally found in near shore and inshore waters with inlets and bays – the fish like structure and are frequently found around buoys, pilings and wrecks in these areas.  Cobia spawn in spring and early summer and can be found throughout the summer months.  Experienced Cobia anglers will look for turtles, manta ray and floating debris to find Cobia- the fish enjoy the easy pickings from the rays as they dig up the bottom foraging for their own dinner.

Cobia are a versatile game fish caught on fly and spinning tackle both.  They can be found in offshore waters, near shore waters and on the flats. So no matter what your equipment, type of boat or level of experience there is A COBIA IN YOUR FUTURE!

Best bait and tactics for catching Cobia.

The BEST TACTIC for hooking and catching Cobia it to BE PREPARED!  Cobia have a reputation for being extremely finicky when it comes to live baits and lures so have several rods baited and standing by with a variety of offerings.  Cobia frequently travel in at least pairs and sometimes threesomes – have several stout rods rigged and ready to go at the fish opportunity.  Live crabs and small fish are good bait for cobia but eels and live pinfish and a variety of artificial baits work well especially bucktail combinations with plastic tails. My favorite bait for cobia is an artificial eel made of surgical tubing with a lead sinker at the head.  Live baits for cobia include spot, menhaden, mullet, minnows, perch, eels, shrimp, crabs, and clams. These use of these live baits vary with season and location and only experience can tell you what to use and when. Keep bait near the surface or, if cobia are deeper, add just enough weight to get the bait down and still retain its movement. Medium to heavy tackle is generally a good idea to land these fish that average 30 pounds and as every true Cobia hunter knows can easily go over 60 pounds.  Fishing for cobia along pilings with a weighted eel is a favorite tactic of experienced anglers.

How to Catch and Prepare CobiaCast the reel so it drops alongside the pilling and drops down- if you don’t get a strike the first time keep trying until you have covered all angles before moving on.

A word of caution, Cobia are a tough hard fighting fish and large specimens when gaffed and boated have caused anglers to lose equipment, be injured and have damaged boats.  Have a plan when you get that fish over the side- have a fish box open and ready and the decks cleared so you can easily in one coordinated move land the fish and move it to the fish box.

Good recipes for cooking and eating Cobia.

Cobia are excellent table fare and are also great raw for sushi or sashimi. It can also be used as a replacement for fish such as tuna, if people are looking for an environmentally sustainable alternative, as the texture and flavor are quite similar.   Did you know that Cobia grows three times as fast as salmon and has been commercially produced in Asia, particularly in Taiwan where it is stocked in about 80% of ocean cages.  Here are a few good Cobia recipes to try out- but nothing can beat a hot charcoal grill and a little Italian seasoning splashed on top!

Lemon Butter Cobia

Ingredients:
1 lb. cobia steaks
1/2 fresh lemon
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. Old Bay crab seasoning or equivalent

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drain steaks and lay in a casserole dish coated with olive oil.

Squeeze lemon juice over steaks, coat with butter and sprinkle with seasoning.

Bake for 10 minutes or until fish is white on the outside and still slightly pink in the center.

Baked Cobia with Italian Herbs

Ingredients

1 lb. cobia steaks
1 cup crushed bread crumbs
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/2 cup melted butter

Directions:

1. Rinse fillets and allow to drain in a colander. If necessary, blot away excess water with a paper towel.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

3. Dredge fillets in butter and roll in dry season mixture. Place fillets on a greased cookie sheet.

4. Bake at 375-degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes. The fish is cooked when it is white and flakes easily

What Kind of Bait Do You Use to Catch SNAPPER in Ft Lauderdale?

What Kind of Bait Do You Use to Catch SNAPPER?

Use to Catch SNAPPERThe Snapper, particularly Red Snapper, is one of the most prized fish to catch in Fort Lauderdale while Deep Sea Fishing. Not only is it known for its tasty meat but also for its display of strength in the fishing sports world. It thrives in abundance in the Ft Lauderdale due to the favorable warmer climate and rich marine life in the area.

They key to successful Snapper Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean is a wide variety of bait. Remember that just like any game fish, Snappers are very discerning creatures, that one bait may not necessarily be effective the next time.

Of course, you can choose between artificial and live bait. It is observed, however, that Snappers take artificial baits with less vigor compared to natural bait. That is why, when choosing artificial lures, always bring along different kinds and sizes since Snappers to have a range of choices.

Although artificial baits nowadays may have the best in technological advancement, it doesn’t mean that live bait won’t do anymore. In fact, Tarpons respond the most to live baits. Snappers can eat absolutely almost anything although they have developed a preference for small fishes such as sardines and cigar minnow, and crustaceans. In fact, the Red Snapper derives its reddish tint from its diet of mostly shrimps.

In Fort Lauderdale, Snappers can be caught in waters as deep as 30 feet to 300 feet. They tend to cluster at the bottom of the ocean and prefer rocky reefs, ridges and ledges, and artificial refuges such as shipwrecks and oil rigs. Make sure you observe the FWC regulations!

What Kind of Bait Do You Use? to Catch SNAPPER in the Gulf of Mexico.

What is Sea Sickness, Why Does it Happen, and How to Prevent It?

What is Sea Sickness, Why Does it Happen, and How to Prevent It?

Sea sickness is a form of motion sickness and occurs after spending some time on a craft on water. This type of sickness is brought about by the rocking motion of the craft and is characterized by nausea and in extreme cases, vertigo.  Some people are vulnerable to the condition after only a minor stimulus while some are immune, and others immune through exposure.

Causes or Triggers for Sea Sickness

Sea sickness is not a virus and is not infectious. There are some factors that can bring on sea sickness relatively quickly. These include going below deck for extended periods of time, looking through binoculars for long periods, and staring at objects your brain will interpret as stable (reading, needlework, and the like).

Preventing Sea Sickness

There are some methods to help deal with sea sickness without the use of medications. Here are some tips to help prevent sea sickness:

  1. Staying busy and keeping your mind occupied like fishing.
  2. Staying on deck in the fresh air.
  3. Take deep breaths and drink plenty of water.
  4. Don’t cruise on an empty stomach.
  5. Try and sleep off the sickness.
  6. Cruise in relatively calm waters.
  7. Cruise in vessels equipped with stabilizers to help eliminate the rocking motion that causes sea sickness.

All of these tips will help distract your brain from the rocking motion. Keeping occupied is important as it helps trick the brain into believing that you are uncomfortable from the constant rocking motion of the vessel. The fresh air also helps eliminate the sickness rather than staying indoors or in your cabin the whole time. While it may also be best not to cruise on an empty stomach, it should be remembered that fatty and spicy foods are not the best type of food to stock on before going on a cruise as this can trigger sea sickness.