Hello readers! This is my final fishing post of 2014. I just returned from sunny Florida and am excited to share details about my recent trip.
We decided on Ft. Lauderdale for many reasons, especially for its world-class fishing. While most of the country experiences colder weather and grim fishing conditions in December, Florida bucks the trend and remains consistently warm. After looking at TripAdvisor, glancing over Ft. Lauderdale fishing charters, and seeing who catches the most fish, my dad and I opted to go fishing with Fishing Headquarters on their “Catch My Drift” head boat. (FYI: Fort Lauderdale is a neat place to visit. I highly recommend you go!)
The staff aboard “Catch My Drift” were friendly and helpful. Despite fishing lines getting tangled, drift fishing doesn’t deviate from conventional saltwater fishing that much. (“Drift” fishing doesn’t leave a boat anchored, therefore you drift.) Fishing Headquarters’ social media outlets showcased lots of fishing pictures, so we assumed big game fish were actively biting. Despite warm weather and tame wind conditions, our return on fishing wasn’t as fruitful as we had hoped. My dad caught a decent 20-inch filefish (which he later fried) and I sadly ended up with nothing more than a few bites.
Here’s my dad with his 20-inch filefish. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch anything.
One popular saying suggests a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. Fishing is not simply about catching fish–although it would be nice to land some fish. The late president Herbert Hoover once famously opined, “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” Fishing brings one peace of mind, promotes tranquility, and provides quality bonding time with loved ones.
Before going deep-sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale, take the following into account:
1) If you decide to fish on “Catch My Drift,” purchase a half-day ticket priced at $40.00. This price includes bait, tackle, one-day saltwater fishing license, rod, and reel. Trips are offered three times a day all year-round. If you find a Fort Lauderdale coupon book, you can even save $5.00 off your ticket!
2) If you’re prone to motion sickness, have Dramamine on hand. Take it an hour before you board the head boat. It’ll spare you sea sickness!
3) Wear some sunscreen. Florida is a warm, tropical climate–so protect yourself from the powerful rays!
4) Use heavier weights for drift fishing. The lighter the weight, the less likely you’ll feel bites on your rod.
5) Pack a lunch and some water. Your stomach (and wallet) will thank you.
6) Have your camera handy. You never know what fish you’ll catch or sea creatures you’ll encounter!
7) Enjoy time out on the water. Breathe in the salty air, take in your surroundings, and deplug. Trust me, it’s worth it!
As 2014 comes to a close, things are looking up on the fishing front for 2015. I’ll be revisiting some of my favorite local spots here in Virginia and will hopefully explore some new ones too! Stay tuned for some more “Angling Right” posts in the coming months.
Merry Fishmas and Happy New Year!