Huge, Unique Fish to Catch in Fort Lauderdale
Greater Amberjack (Seriola Dumerili) are usually caught as the Flamingo drifts over reefs, debris, and wrecks while deep sea fishing off shore Fort Lauderdale. This is a pelagic fish with habits similar to the kingfish. They are silver-blue with a golden side line and a brown band crossing over the eye area. The Amberjack will deliver on intense action once hooked. It is a big game fish and quite powerful. Amberjack is listed as excellent eating. They are caught year-round and their spawning season is in the spring.
Barracudas are a popular catch on board the Flamingo because of their fearsome appearance. They are not a quality fish for eating but provide a good fight. They are opportunistic feeders and will target any fish you've already hooked, and are winding in. Barracudas are found offshore in Fort Lauderdale and are caught fishing the reefs. They will bite on any bait presented, and any shiny lure will be an added attraction.
These are part of the tuna family. Bonitos are medium-sized, predatory fish around offshore Fort Lauderdale just about all year. They really show up in numbers during the summer months. Bonitos are more prized for the fun of the fight they put up when hooked, then for food value. A very bloody fleshed fish, most anglers choose to release or if they have a tuna loving cat will use the fish for cat food.
Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) action off shore Fort Lauderdale starts in the early spring and usually improves through summer into the fall. They have spindle shaped bodies with broad, flattened heads, and their coloration is dark brown grading to white on the belly. These fish like to swim with a cover like the rays and whale sharks, and can also be found hanging near area wrecks or swimming on the reef looking for food. Keeper cobia must measure at least 33 inches according to the Florida fishing regulations.The high quality of the flesh makes cobia a sought after marine fish to catch and consume. A chartreuse bucktail rigged with a ballyhoo will improve your odds while drift fishing on the Flamingo.
Groupers are opportunistic feeders. They are top predators of the reef community, feeding on squid, fish, and crustaceans. Anglers can catch several different kinds deep sea fishing on the Flamingo. Reds are probably the most common, found along the reefs, rocky shoals and shallow seas. Black Grouper are solitary and feed on the same food as Reds. They are also found in the same areas but in deeper depth. Gag Grouper, another bottom feeder, are found in areas of hard substrate, making use of ledges, rocks and artificial reefs like sunken barges and wrecks. All reef groupers have a closed fishing season which is January 1st to May 1st of each year. This is to allow them to come into shallow waters and spawn without fishing pressure.
King Mackerel - A migratory species of western Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico. It is an important fish to the recreational fishing industry. Medium sized fish typically encountered @ 5 to 30 lbs. They are voracious opportunistic carnivores, favoring squid, menhaden. and other sardine like bait. Kings are one of the most sought after game fish, known for their blistering runs, matching it’s distant relative the Wahoo in speed. Flamingo anglers often up their chances by using jigs, popular color being red and white. these fish have great plate value, can be cooked in many ways, and the larger king mackerel are delicious smoked. Our customers also catch Spanish and Cero mackerel.
Dolphin; aka Mahi-Mahi, or Dorado. (Coryphaenidae) These are surface fishes that are distinguished by dazzling colors, of bright blues, greens, and yellows, with dots of iridescent red. Dolphins are among the fastest growing fish in the ocean, spawning within 4 months of birth. Delicious to eat, they are a sought after catch, deep sea fishing on board the Flamingo. They are fast, flashy, and aerobatic when hooked. When we luck into a school of dolphin, the trick is to keep one fish in the water while catching another. This method keeps the school around the boat and gives all the anglers a chance to take home this prized table fare. Their food value is highly rated. Bigger dolphin are more solitary; found around floating debris and are most often caught on the troll. Any lure in the colors of yellow/green/blue will be an added attraction. Dolphin are also around just about all year with the schools moving thru spring and fall.
Mutton is a highly prized fish by saltwater anglers. It is caught offshore of Fort Lauderdale on a variety of baits. Large muttons tend to be solitary fish, unlike other species of snappers in that school. Some of our regular fishermen on board the Flamingo target these bottom dwellers fishing a "long leader". (15 to sometimes 30 feet) using a triple hook setup with a whole ballyhoo or sardine. These fish are excellent table fare and can be prepared in a variety of ways, i.e., grilled, fried and baked.
This acrobatic fish is like a ballet dancer. It never fails to excite and delight the anglers on board the Flamingo. When hooked it will tail walk, jump, and leap into the air trying to spit the hook. Sailfish are found offshore of Fort Lauderdale all year-round. That is why we have the distinction of being the "sailfish capital of the world". They are generally found in 100 -200 ft. of water. The way to target a sailfish while fishing on the Flamingo is by fishing a flatline. Sailfish are surface feeders so top water baits are the attraction. Check out our posted sailfish record.
Sharks;(Selachimorpha) We catch many different kinds, but we do not target them. Sharks are sometimes hooked on the Flamingo while feasting on a fish already caught while the angler is trying to wind up. Armed with several sets of replaceable teeth they are apex predators always cruising for that free meal. Just about any species of shark is around offshore of Fort Lauderdale all year. One species that is popular to catch is the hammerhead (also known as the t-head) just because of it's looks. Not valued in the U.S. for its fillets, it is on the no-no list for their high mercury content. We do offer private sport fishing trips that will specially target the type of shark that you want to catch. The gear is a BIG hook, big reel, heavy lb. test line, bait that is oily or smelly such as a bonito or a whole mackerel.
Yellowtail is an abundant species of snapper in southern Florida waters. They are typically in 30 to 120 ft. of water on reefs and around structures. The best way to catch yellowtail snapper on the flamingo is to try one of our anchor trips, where we chum the water. This creates a slick in the water and keeps the school near the boat for extended periods of time. Light tackle is generally best to use. Bait used is silversides, squid, chunks of bonito and ballyhoo.
Deep water snappers off shore Fort Lauderdale, are vermilion's, yellow-eye (also called silky) and black-fins. These snappers generally stay well beyond the depths of anchoring in 180ft. out to 350ft. and out of these three snappers the vermilion's are the most abundant. They congregate in small holes or areas, the conditions such as light to no wind or current have to be in play in order to have a successful catch. Targeting them while fishing on the Flamingo means being consistent with winding up and reintroducing your bait. They are "work" for the fisherman.Using regular cut bait again, works well.
Blackfin Tuna are the most common tuna's caught offshore of Fort Lauderdale while deep sea fishing on the Flamingo. They are a short-lived, fast growing species. Blackfin's will bite on just about any bait presented, ballyhoo, sardines, or herring. Most often caught on the troll or a faster drift, a jig along with the boat rig is an added advantage.
Is a prize game fish known for its speed. Wahoo are highly regarded by gourmets for it’s high quality flesh. They tend to be solitary, sometimes in groups of 3-4. Sportsmen target them for the strength and speed of the first run when hooked. They like squid, other fish, and using a jig is an edge with the favored colors being red and black.