Fort Lauderdale Mackerel Fishing

Jess KContributor IIISeptember 23, 2010

Mackerel Fishing
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One of the most coveted fish in all of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and particularly the Fort Lauderdale area is the King Mackerel. Not many people are aware that these prized fish are also part of the tuna family.

Regarded as a regal and great deep sea species, the King Mackerel is a streamlined and slender looking fish that is incredibly agile and fast beneath the water. These fish are commonly located both near the shore as well as offshore. They are rather commonly found anywhere from North Carolina all the way to Brazil. It is a good idea to catch up on your deep sea fishing tips before heading out to pursue this species.

King Mackerel are migrating and schooling fish that spend the colder winter months in Southern Florida. During the summer and spring months, the fish migrate towards more northern waters.

These carnivores are constantly feeding as they are rather skilled in catching their prey at lightening fast speeds and using their powerful jaws and razor sharp teeth to attack. The live bait that you would typically want to use when fishing for King Mackerel are Ribbon Fish, Blue Runner, Hard Tail, Goggleye, and Herring.

The range for Kings when trolling is usually depths between 70 and 200 feet. However, the ideal depth for a charter fishing boat on the look out for Mackerel is between 100 and 120 feet.

Artificial bait that is effective in catching these monsters is what is called a sea witch combined with a Bonito strip. The use of a planer and a 40 foot long shot cord will also be rather successful when fishing the waters of Southern Florida. On days when you can not make it out to sea, try some great free fishing games to stay sharp on your skills and knowledge.

A Fort Lauderdale deep sea fishing expedition using live bait will ensure your best possible chance of catching many different kinds of species of fish. You could be reeling in anything from Mahi-Mahi to Wahoo to Sailfish and Cobia in addition to Mackerel. A seven foot leader is always best to use when fishing with live bait. The sharp teeth of the mackerel will not be able to bite through this wire. Even so, an extra stinger rig or wire is necessary in order to attach to the lead hook and secure the back of the bait.

Kingfish caught off of the shores of Ft. Lauderdale are known for chopping the live bait they are feeding off right in half. The stinger rig will increase your chances of hooking the Mackerel in this situation. A great place to begin your hunt for King Mackerel is near any structure in the water, as structures tend to be homes to all kinds of baitfish.