Great White Shark off the Coast of Fort Lauderdale
Holly Cow we never expected a fish like this one and I’m sure our anglers never saw this one coming. Sit down grab a cold one and read this unbelievable fishing trip that happen aboard the World Famous Hooked Up out of Bahia-Mar in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
Today started out normal enough with Linda and her husband Jared from Atlanta Georgia along with their sons Logan and Tanner and their close friends Harry and Josh. As it turned out they were all down for a baseball tournament playing for Dunwoody High school and thought they would take the boys out for a little fishing trip aboard the Hooked Up. Everything started out pretty much like every day. We stopped by the live bait boat to picked up some live baits and headed out to 180 feet of water. Once we got out, we set out our kites with 3 live baits suspended from the kites along with one dead bonito suspended from the kites as well. Ok our trap was set and things were looking good. When all of a sudden, BAM a Mahi Mahi on one line followed up by another Mahi Mahi, then a couple kingfish, and one big bonito. Just when you think things couldn’t get any better a sailfish popped up and again we were Hooked Up.
It was just one of those days where everything we tried just worked. (And we were loving it) Well, then all of a sudden Captain Greg and Captain Paul saw a splash followed by a big tail going back into the water. We WERE HOOKED UP AGAIN!! I can’t recall who got in the chair first but I can tell you that it took all the anglers aboard to muscle this SEA MONSTER to the boat. It was a good hour and a half to 2 hours when Captain Paul got the chance to reach out and grad a the leader. That’s when everything changed!! Now everyone knew what they had been fighting the whole time A Great White Shark! UNREAL but it was true and there he was all 13 feet of this incredible Great White estimated to be a 800 to 1000 pound eating machine. Keep in mind that all this happen just a mile and a quarter from the beach in 180 feet of water. After a few pictures, Captain Paul cut the leader as close as he could as not to leave a long line dragging behind the fish, (which reminds me I need to charge Paul for that hook he never got back), LOL, and we all watched the great white shark swim away. Now I’m not a marine biologist nor do I play one on TV but if you were to ask me why this white shark came down to the warm waters off the coast of Fort Lauderdale I’ve got one answer. Blue Fish! That’s right Blue Fish. Blue fish are normally caught up north where the waters are much colder but for some reason this year over the last week to be exact we’ve seen schools and schools of these blue fish and I would say that’s why we were so fortunate to catch this big white shark.
WOW! What can I say, I have never gotten this much exposure before, ABC, CBS, CNN, Steve Waters of Sun Sentinel, and the list goes on and on not to mention the Paul and Young Ron radio show on 105.9 Pretty cool couple of days.
I’ve got to mention Captain Greg Mccauly, Captain Paul Paolucci, along with all of our anglers today. They were the real stars because all of this never would have happen with out them.
Thanks again to our anglers and to my crew and the media for making this week fishing aboard theHooked Up extra special.
Oh and by the way, the guys that fought this sea monster that were here for a baseball tournament ended up beating MacArthur high school tonight.