Author: Reel Smooth Fishing Team
Summer Fishing In Fort Lauderdale From Land
I decided to take a quick trip to one of my favorite spots in Fort Lauderdale as this would be one of my last times fishing for the summer before I had to head across the country. It has been a slow summer for me in terms of nothing too special being caught, so I wanted to change that. I rigged up the Stradic setup with a Gulp and the Saragosa 10k with a 2+ oz Sebile lure that has yet to be tried in hopes of a tarpon or huge snook, both spooled with Bullbuster braid, 20 lb and 65 lb respectively. The tide was very low and it wasnâ€™t dark out yet, so my hopes werenâ€™t set too high. I was alternating which rod I was using. Ten minutes into fishing, I take a cast with the Stradic, and I feel that notorious light tap, followed by a nice smooth run and a thrash on the surface. Reeled him in, took a quick picture, and tried to revive him, but I guess he was still very green and chomped on my thumb to leave a nice little mark and tell me he was ready to go.
I saw a couple splashes out deep so I took the Saragosa to where the spot I was fishing gets deepest. Two casts in and something slams the lure, shoves the rod butt right into my chest from the force of the run, screams for 5 seconds while skimming through the top of the water, and heâ€™s off. My guess would be Tarpon or very big Cuda from the way he darted through the water, but weâ€™ll never know. Itâ€™s getting dark and I need to get back for dinner, so I decide to take my last cast with the Stradic. Good thing I did. I was reeling and suddenly felt dead weight. I thought it was the ugly looking stargazer that tends to grab your bait and bury itself in the sand, but it started running. Ended up reeling in a little snook, and there was no better way to end the day. I might not have gotten my trophy fish, but two snook on artificials in an hour of fishing always makes me happy.
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