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Fort Lauderdale’s salt and fresh water fishing is world-class with hundreds of various kinds of edible fish to catch. Florida sunshine and sunny weather will ensure that you have a good time while fishing on a rented boat or joining experienced deep sea fishing boats and guides that are located within a short drive from Winterset Hotel
Almost all captains respect ‘catch and release’ styles of fishing or will help you with catching, keeping or cleaning legal-sized fish. Try to plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as possible to ensure a specific date, though boats and chartered fishing vessels should be available if you were to decide to go fishing on a whim.
Get a guide and hook a mighty Tarpon this winter and really understand what’s meant when it’s said, ‘the fish put up a good fight.’ These primitive and beautiful fish will almost always break the surface, flying out of the water acrobatically trying to shake off a hook! Of course, if you’re looking for edible fish this winter, look for Yellowtail Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Black Fin Tuna and Grouper.
In the springtime – focus on Snook like a local or Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack and Cobia. Snook is often considered one of the best tasting fish in our waters with a unique flavor and superb texture. Snook is a Florida sports fish and cannot be bought legally or in a restaurant. Snook is definitely worth all of the fishing fun though and skinning (because Snook must be skinned or it tastes soapy). Try it steamed in a banana leaf with a slice of onion and tomato, a little fresh jalapeno, cilantro and salt. Wrap the leaf, steam and then eat. Yum!
If you’ve arrived in the summer – there’s plenty of exhilaration to be had catching White Marlin, Skipjack Tuna, Blue Marlin and Wahoo. Even Barracuda, which can be caught year-round off of Florida, are bountiful, feisty and electrifying to catch! Bring lots of fluids, a hat and let your quest begin!
Bonita, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Snapper, Kingfish and some sharks are decent for the fall season. Catching a shark with an experienced guide is always a memorable thrill! To actually touch a live shark and feel their strength and unique skin and to look into their catlike eyes will give you a new appreciation for these magnificent, primeval creatures. You’ll thoroughly enjoy catching one and letting it go.
If you’re interested in freshwater fish found in various lakes and the Everglades – Largemouth Bass is our #1 game fish! They can put up a decent fight (especially if you use light tackle). They often jump out of the water and they taste great with a white, flaky meat. You may find yourself catching a good 4-pound Bass with just a rubber worm or you may hook onto a 12-pound lunker hunting with live-bait like shiners! Going with a guide or with good local advice always helps!