Enjoy South Florida’s pure tropical sunshine, remarkable blue skies and warm Caribbean waters are what we’re known for the world over! We’re proud of that natural heritage, but there’s so much more to North Beach Village and Greater Fort Lauderdale for adventurers to marvel at and do! Here’s a quick guide to bookmark with some useful tips, insights and links for an optimal vacation:
FISHING– Rent a Boat or Charter an Unforgettable Deep-Sea Adventure
Fort Lauderdale’s salt and fresh water fishing is world-class with hundreds of various kinds of edible fish to catch. Florida sunshine and sunny weather will ensure that you have a good time while fishing on a rented boat or joining experienced deep sea fishing boats and guides that are located within a short drive from the North Beach Village.
Almost all captains respect ‘catch and release’ styles of fishing or will help you with catching, keeping or cleaning legal-sized fish. Try to plan ahead and make arrangements as soon as possible to ensure a specific date, though boats and chartered fishing vessels should be available if you were to decide to go fishing on a whim.
Get a guide and hook a mighty Tarpon this winter and really understand what’s meant when it’s said, ‘the fish put up a goodfight.’ These primitive and beautiful fish will almost always break the surface, flying out of the water acrobatically trying to shake off a hook! Of course, if you’re looking for edible fish this winter, look for Yellowtail Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Black Fin Tuna and Grouper.
In the springtime – focus on Snook like a local or Mutton Snapper, King Mackerel, Amberjack and Cobia. Snook is often considered one of the best tasting fish in our waters with a unique flavor and superb texture. Snook is a Florida sports fish and cannot be bought legally or in a restaurant. Snook is definitely worth all of the fishing fun though and skinning (because Snook must be skinned or it tastes soapy). Try it steamed in a banana leaf with a slice of onion and tomato, a little fresh jalapeno, cilantro and salt. Wrap the leaf, steam and then eat. Yum!
If you’ve arrived in the summer – there’s plenty of exhilaration to be had catching White Marlin, Skipjack Tuna, Blue Marlin and Wahoo. Even Barracuda, which can be caught year-round off of Florida, are bountiful, feisty and electrifying to catch! Bring lots of fluids, a hat and let your quest begin!
Bonita, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Snapper, Kingfish and some sharks are decent for the fall season. Catching a shark with an experienced guide is always a memorable thrill! To actually touch a live shark and feel their strength and unique skin and to look into their catlike eyes will give you a new appreciation for these magnificent, primeval creatures. You’ll thoroughly enjoy catching one and letting it go.
Freshwater Fishing – Year Round
If you’re interested in freshwater fish found in various lakes and the Everglades – Largemouth Bass is our #1 game fish! They can put up a decent fight (especially if you use light tackle). They often jump out of the water and they taste great with a white, flaky meat. You may find yourself catching a good 4-pound Bass with just a rubber worm or you may hook onto a 12-pound lunker hunting with live-bait like shiners! Going with a guide or with good local advice always helps!