Ultimate Type of Fishing: Southeast Florida

Southeast Florida waters are warm all year. Three naturalcoral reefs run parallel to our shoreline from north to south. The first reefis about 100 yards from shore at and at a depth of about 20 feet. The secondreef is about two-thirds of a mile from shore with depths from 30 - 40 feet.The third reef is about a mile from shore with depths from 50 - 70 feet. Over25 ships and other larger structures off the Broward County coast createartificial reefs in depths from 30 to 300 feet.Neighboring Dade and Palm Beach Counties also havenumerous artificial reefs. The vast natural and artificial reefs create habitatattracting many different species. They provide opportunities to catch manyspecies of fish.The close proximity of the gulfstream also influences ourwaters. Usually less than a mile from the outer reef and less than two miles fromshore, the northern current of the plankton and nutrient rich gulfstream is afreeway for gamefish to migrate.  Thiscontributes to the variety of species commonly caught in the area.Sailfish, marlin, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, dorado,cobia, wahoo, blackfin, yellowfin, amberjack grouper, snappers, hogfish, bluerunners, jacks, triggerfish,  grunts, eels,rays, barracuda, and sharks are just a few of the over 300 species that arehosted along with bait fish and crustaceans.Anchoring the boatto hold near a structure while presenting live bait, dead bait, cut bait, artificialor jigs, is one way to fish the reefs and wrecks. Chumming attracts differenttypes of fish from the reef bringing them close to the boat. This is apreferred method for yellowtail snapper and is effective on other species aswell. Drifting over an area and presenting baits on flat lines or bouncingknocker rigs off the bottom

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