Fishing for sharks in Fort Lauderdale is one of the most thrilling adventures imaginable, but fishing for them at night adds a whole new level of excitement to the experience. Your senses are heightened when your vision suffers limitations. Believe me, the sound of a huge shark thrashing near the boat is unforgettable; especially when it gets close enough for you to finally see how gigantic it is.
Where do Sharks hide during the dark off the coast of Fort Lauderdale?
Sharks are caught in depths ranging between 100ft and 500ft of water. For some reason, 350ft seems to be the depth where we catch most of them. They are possibly the most adept predators in the ocean and are found hunting near large populations of prey fish. The coast of Fort Lauderdale is littered with coral reefs and shipwrecks that are home to thriving numbers of smaller fish.
What baits do you use to catch sharks at night?
Sharks do not have the best eyesight, especially when it is dark. They rely on their strong sense of smell, as well as noise and their ability to detect movement from a distance. Big, bloody baits such as bonita and kingfish are used with the best results. If they are alive, every shark within miles will smell and hear them.
What tackle works best for catching sharks in Fort Lauderdale?
Sharks are enormous and you never how big they are going to be before they bite. In order to avoid disappointment from tackle that is unable to handle the strain, we prefer to use heavier gear. 100lb test is wise, while 50lb test is leaning toward the light side.
What are the regulations governing sharks in Fort Lauderdale?
Most sharks are protected off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. We strictly practice catch and release to ensure the highest chance of their survival.
What is your scariest shark experience?
I was once forced to enter the water after a 650lb Mako shark had been harpooned. It was one very angry animal. The fishing line had snagged on a piece of the boat and was threatening to break, so I had to climb onto a small running board at the water line to free it. I had big gloves on that were obstructing my ability to climb back into the boat. I had to let go and swim around to the tuna door. The buoys from the harpoon line were bobbing right next to me. Yes, it was terrifying.