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Learning to fish in South Florida - Input appreciated

Old 05-15-2019, 03:21 PM
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Hello all,

I recently moved to South Florida (FLL) and I want to start saltwater fishing, itís always a hobby Iíve been interested in but never had the means to pursue until now. I did not grow up on the water and have never fished on a boat, I have done some bass and pier fishing but I imagine deep sea fishing is completely different.

Iím wondering what the best way to learn is? I currently donít have any family or friends down here with a boat, nor any coworkers that fish. My plan as of now is to charter a boat a few times and learn from them. Iíve spoken to a few local captains and found one who seems good and is willing to teach me, although it certainly wonít be cheap. In addition to this, is there any other way you guys would recommend to learn? For what itís worth, I plan on buying a boat in the next couple years but would like to learn before then, and get a taste for what to fish, where to fish, and how to fish properly and what equipment is actually necessary.

Any my input is greatly appreciated and I look forward to participating in this great forum.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:18 PM
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thats a tough one, but you are in one fo the best all around fisheries in the world, and so many good captains, depending on where you are, go talk to the tackle shops, I'm sure they have good customers that would be willing to take you out and help you gain experience. There are some exceptional charter boats in SF, and if you want to PM me I cna point you to tackle shops and captains in your area

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Old 05-15-2019, 04:48 PM
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Get up with Brian and Darcy Sizzle. They are on here at times I think. Controlled Chaos charters. All great folks.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Tradition Tim View Post
thats a tough one, but you are in one fo the best all around fisheries in the world, and so many good captains, depending on where you are, go talk to the tackle shops, I'm sure they have good customers that would be willing to take you out and help you gain experience. There are some exceptional charter boats in SF, and if you want to PM me I cna point you to tackle shops and captains in your area

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Old 05-15-2019, 06:29 PM
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Welcome to Ft Lauderdale.
1. Tourists say "deep sea fishing" Locals say offshore (beyond the 3rd reef out to the Bahamas), nearshore (3rd reef to the beach) or inshore (inside the inlets, ICW and up the rivers).
2. Go out on some of our local driftboats, great way to meet and acclimate with local anglers who can give the basics of knots,rigs and techniques at a low cost for nearshore fishing.
3. Be sure to go down to Flamingo or Everglades City, rent a kayak or canoe because inshore fishing/backcountry fishing is highly addictive (mangrove fever) and might cause a major adjustment to your future boat purchase, thus the popularity of bay boat designs.
4. Remember that fishing is supposed to be enjoyable, not a competition. Don't be discouraged if your catch rate seems low initially,keep your eyes and ears open to suggestions and new ideas. And do read the local forums for knowledge of how not to be that guy who fishes too close, trolls over kite lines, clogs the ramp or exhibits any of the other signs of local douchebaggery which will guarantee you a multipage complaint thread on here.
5. Support your local tackle shops, do not be seduced by the mega shops like BPS. In Broward, I recommend T&R Tackle and LMR Tackle, but there are several other dedicated shops which others will recommend. They will give you the best guidance and advice for the most effective gear for what you want to target.
6. We have some awesome freshwater fishing here in the tricounty area, ever caught a peacock bass?

Everything I've written above is from personal experience since I moved down here in 86. Feel free to contact me for any advice I might offer.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:39 PM
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Get on Youtube and search Reel Reports and watch his videos (he is Reel Grimm here on THT). Learn to catch live bait first. The best fisherman Ive met and chartered was John Dudas ( former captain of the L&H out of Key Biscayne) told me this when I asked him how to be a better south florida fisherman MANY moons ago:

"Kid, to be successful at fishing in Miami you need to do 3 things: 1. Learn how to catch live bait and keep them alive and frisky. 2. Learn how to kite fish and 3. Learn how to look for powder blue water on the other side of green water. It's simple but not always easy."
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:59 AM
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^I agree with learning the bait before the fishery,and the good water..Kites are more of an advanced technique, way down the road. Learn to throw a cast net.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by JDubya89 View Post
Hello all,

I recently moved to South Florida (FLL) and I want to start saltwater fishing, itís always a hobby Iíve been interested in but never had the means to pursue until now. I did not grow up on the water and have never fished on a boat, I have done some bass and pier fishing but I imagine deep sea fishing is completely different.

Iím wondering what the best way to learn is? I currently donít have any family or friends down here with a boat, nor any coworkers that fish. My plan as of now is to charter a boat a few times and learn from them. Iíve spoken to a few local captains and found one who seems good and is willing to teach me, although it certainly wonít be cheap. In addition to this, is there any other way you guys would recommend to learn? For what itís worth, I plan on buying a boat in the next couple years but would like to learn before then, and get a taste for what to fish, where to fish, and how to fish properly and what equipment is actually necessary.

Any my input is greatly appreciated and I look forward to participating in this great forum.
You could advertise on CL for what you are looking for. You need an old guy that just wants a fishing friend and willing to share in fuel and bait.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:30 AM
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Also check with Family Jewel charters. He is copoutcastaway on here. Ryan can help get you set up.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:59 AM
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Put a live shrimp below a popping cork and wade the shoreline in the early morning, something will hit it. It's quiet in the early morning hours and you will get a feel for SFL waters as it should be, by 9am head home. Rickenbacker causeway is a good place to start, it has easy access and a bridge you can work.

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Old 05-16-2019, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Tossedabout View Post
Get up with Brian and Darcy Sizzle. They are on here at times I think. Controlled Chaos charters. All great folks.
Thank you that's very nice. I do have a ton of videos fishing all over SoFlo.
Would also 2nd most of the advice here...drift boats and piers are your friend right now.
Jeff Maggio has a lot of online content in your area.
Not sure about the reliance on kite fishing, but anyone can catch a FISH, it's the BAIT that matters and that you can get a good mastery of from shore.
Also, this really should be in the GA and FL section.

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