Author: Reel Smooth Fishing Team
Landbased Night Fishing In Ft. Lauderdale
The team all got back home for winter break, so we decided to make a quick run and fish Port Everglades. It was huge full moon and nice and chilly, so we hoped to prioritize on a nice inshore bite. We brought 20 lb Bullbuster braided light tackle setups with 3 feet of 20 lb fluorocarbon leader. We bought a dozen live pilchards in hopes of catching a snook, tarpon, hell even a jack (you donâ€™t know what 4 months without fishing does to you).
Tony throws the first line in the water. Twenty seconds and one big pop later (sounded like a snook), and the pilchard is gone. Letâ€™s try it again. Another twenty seconds, and Tony is hooked up. We pull it up and itâ€™s a 5 POUND Mangrove Snapper. Who woulda thought. As the night progressed we slowly picked off a couple snapper and jacks.
Munoz brought his shark setup (Penn Senator 14/0) loaded with 125 lb Bullbuster monofilament fishing line. We decided to drift out a small live jack that we had caught on a pilchard. After about an hour, the tide starts screaming, and so does the 14/0. It ran, it stopped, it ran, it stopped, we cranked the drag but no fish. We reeled up, and found only half a jack left. The shark missed the hook by less than an inch. From the size of the bait and the area we were fishing, my guess would be a chunky 8 foot bull.
Later on in the night we miraculously caught a goggle eye on an X-Rap (since when do gogs eat X-Raps?). and casted him out live in hopes of a large jack or a tarpon. After about 20 minutes, the rod is bent over, line screaming off, this time Noah took the reel. We brought the fish in to find out we caught a huge stingray estimated to be about 40 lbs (since when do stingrays eat live gogs?). Iâ€™m not sure if the full moon is making me or the fish crazy, but either way, it sure was an interesting night to get back together with the boys.
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