Live baiting – also known as live bait fishing in Fort Lauderdale can be one of the most exciting methods to target game fish. Different seasons have new schools of migratory fish moving through South Florida and using live bait greatly increases the chances of having a very successful day charter fishing. Sea conditions and time of the year will determine which style of live baiting will have the most success.
Live Baiting Bullet Bonita
We have many favorite baits that we use, but the favorite bait, is the bullet bonita. Every predator fish under the sun loves them. Ranging from sailfish, wahoo, mahi mahi, king mackerel, barracuda, tuna, amberjack, groupers and sharks. Fishing bullets from the outriggers we use light wire with a treble hook. Wire is a good choice because of how many fish with teeth will feed on bullets and without wire the fish will bite through the line. First, we catch them in shallower water anywhere from 75′ to 100′ of water and they will school up over and around any structure. We’ll send them back out with the stinger wire rig in a good area over a drop off with current and structure. Because of their shape and how fast they swim, a great bait to slow troll into the current and out to deeper water.
Live Baiting Goggle Eyes
Goggle eyes (also known as bigeye scad, or gogs for short) are excellent baits to use when kite fishing off Fort Lauderdale. When the wind is blowing, we will fish two kites and position the boat with the bow facing into the wind, the kites kicked off the right and left with the baits suspended below the kite at the water line. Sewing or bridling the baits allows the hook to be fully exposed increasing the hook up ratio. Best when the gogs are splashing and swimming close to the surface making noise. Adding a flat line or outrigger bait free swimming with another bottom bait is a great kite fishing spread.