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Hook Me Up Charters specializes in offshore live baiting & kite fishing. This is a very exciting and extremely productive fishing technique. Live baits are drifted off of one side of the boat, while a kite or two is flown off the other side of the boat. Attached to the kite, through clips, are more live baits attached to your fishing line. Basically, you now have live baits all around the boat. This kind of fishing is very effective for sailfish, dolphin, kingfish, tuna, wahoo, cobia, as well as many other types of offshore species.
When you want to maintain a certain depth the use of a sea anchor is deployed at the bow. Two kites with three baits each are deployed of the stern, and a deep rod and flatline are fished off the bow. This technique not only holds your depth silently, but also the wave action is absorbed by the bow while you are comfortable at the stern of the boat.
Your Hillsboro Inlet fishing charter will include ice, tackle, equipment, professional captain and mate, tournament-rigged boat for up to five guest anglers. You will have the option to fish for live bait, or, purchase prior to the trip. Bahamas fishing charters may also include overnight accomodations if requested. Whether it's a weekend fishing charter to the Bahamas, or a local run off-shore to fish off Hillsboro Inlet, we go the extra mile to give you the fishing excursion of a lifetime.
Daytime swordfishing is the hottest fishery in South Florida. This technique, originally pioneered in South Florida, involves the use of heavy duty electric reels and up to 15lbs of weight to fish baits at depths of 1600′-1800′. Swordfish are powerful, relentless predators which fight to the death and grow to sizes over 1000lbs. Unlike kitefishing in South Florida – crews fishing for swordfish during the day aim to catch one to three fish over the course of the day. The average swordfish caught in Florida waters during the daytime ranges from 100lbs to 200lbs, with a few weighing well over 350lbs.
Reef Fishing and deep dropping
We fish the reef year round in the South Florida, but the offshore charter boats primarily focus on it from October – April. The reef line runs parallel with South Florida and is an average distance of 2 miles off shore. The reef drops from an average depth of 60’ on top to 90’ on the bottom. We use all sorts of fishing techniques while on the reef, so don’t think it’s strictly bottom fishing! Methods include bottom fishing, trolling, kite fishing, drift fishing, and sight fishing. Common reef fish are sailfish, snapper, grouper, barracuda, cobia, mackerel, shark, African pompano, wahoo, etc. We also catch the occasional mahi and tuna while fishing with live baits, so you have to be ready for everything! Usually they are further offshore but they can be a nice surprise. Many of the fish we catch while reef fishing make good table fare too! So whether you bring some home or just take a bag of fresh fish to a local restaurant, you’ll enjoy your catch! There’s also quite a few “wrecks” just out side the reef which we fish around too. They’re anywhere from 100′ – 200′ of water and we can visit some well known ones as well as some secret ones! Wreck fishing is grouped under our “reef fishing” category and many days fishing the wrecks are the way to go!
The Bahamas are a beautiful chain of islands and a Bimini fishing charter is as close as 60 miles from the South Florida coast. Bahamas sport fishing is extremely productive, being that there are very few local boats that fish the area. One of the best ways to go sportfishing in the Bahamas islands is to book a local Fort Lauderdale fishing charter and go by boat to fish the hottest Bahamas fishing grounds like Bimini for one.
This has become a very popular trip for our customers. Bahamas trips are not cheap but they are very exciting and well worth the cost. Our minimum trip is a 2 day trip to Bimini, the shortest trip that gives us a good amount of fishing time over there.
Bimini Island fishing is only about 60 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale which amounts to about 3 hours of riding time to get there. Usually on a 2 day Bimini trip, we like to get going around 12 noon the day before (we give you this time on us to assure you a full two day trip). The exact waters you cross over when headed to Bimini are perfect grounds for mahi mahi, marlin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna and more. We will get to Bimini at about 4 PM and we’ll clear customs and get checked into our hotels, at that time you can enjoy a few drinks if you like and have a wonderful dinner. Then it’s off to a good night sleep (if you like) and the next day we leave the docks at 7AM for a full 10 hours of fishing.
Bottom dropping or deep drop fishing for golden amberjacks, groupers, giant deep water snappers, trolling for wahoo, tuna and dolphin, anchor fishing for giant grouper and mutton snapper, whatever kind of fishing you would like to do, the Bahamas will be our playground when we’re over there. When we get back in, its drinks and dinner again, hopefully toasting to a great day of Bimini sport fishing. If it’s only a 2 day trip, then the next day we check out after an early breakfast. We get fishing early and fish for whatever you want to target. Around 3 in the afternoon, we should be about 50 miles off Fort Lauderdale, where we just might hit one last big school of mahi mahi before we get back to Port Everglades inlet.