Currently I am in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, visiting with my in-laws, working remotely on the computer and fishing in between.
I came here with no big expectations fishing-wise, but after having some success this afternoon, I am feeling much more inspired and motivated to fish the surf.
My first-ever Florida surfcasting adventure began today at 3PM, when I walked out of our AirBnB house, crossed a highway and walked several hundred more yards to Fort Lauderdale beach.
The first thing that struck me was the high-rise hotels and large homes that bordered the ocean. You certainly won't find hotels like this back home on Cape Cod!
It actually reminded me of this past November when I attempted to surfcast Myrtle Beach.
The beach here looked promising though, with terns and seagulls working bait in the waves. The water was warm and I decided to get my feet wet in an effort to increase my casting distance.
Despite the three or four birds working bait above the waves, I was honestly not expecting much as I made my second cast of the trip. However, fish always seem to bite when you are least expecting it.
Suddenly I felt a solid thud on the end of my line, and to my disbelief, 30 pound braid began peeling off my Van Staal VR150. Not only had I hooked a fish, but it was a decent one at that!
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!