Like fishing for compliments, fishing for fish requires the right bait, the right line, and a friend who is willing to exaggerate. Reel it in with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a four-hour drift-fishing trip from Fishing Headquarters (up to a $35 value). Trips depart at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day and 7:30 p.m. Sunday–Friday.
A seasoned captain and professional mates launch the 85-foot, crimson-trimmed Catch My Drift liner into the big blue from Fishing Headquarters as cheers rise from visiting seafarers. Passengers armed with included fishing licenses cross the gangplank to a sun-soaked upper deck or air-conditioned cabin for the four-hour drift-fishing trip. Patrons schlep their own drinks to chill in the crew's coolers or starboard wine cellars before threading provided tackle and live bait plucked from an on-board tank onto supplied rods and reels. The Gulf Stream gushes around barges anchored about a mile from shore, carrying king fish, bonito, snappers, and groupers in its frothy fists. The ship's sonar hones in on bustling hotspots where patrons cast sinkers for aquatic entrees. Staffers fillet catches for tips or use them as puppets for singing sea shanties at no extra cost. Wheelchair-bound passengers are welcome aboard Catch My Drift.
Though Fishing Headquarters sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Just a mile into the waters off Fort Lauderdale Beach, the currents churn with migrating kingfish, tuna, marlin, sharks, and other fauna. With 40 years of experience on this crowded expanse of slate blue, Paul Roydhouse knows how to catch them. Aboard their 85-foot boat, he and his crew lead trip groups in drift fishing, a method that entails letting the boat float with the wind and current like a depressed seagull. They load up the drift-fishing vessel or a 48-foot sport-fishing boat with everything from bait and tackle to licenses and rods. Passengers cast lines from fighting chairs, buckling themselves in to battle mahi-mahi and sailfish in jeweled veils of spray. On the Mary B III, up to 50 patrons sprawl in the sunshine, clicking together beers brought from home; chartered vessels also can slip through the water toward the Bahamas. During nighttime swordfish cruises, Paul and his crew shut off the engines, letting lines baited with squid and glow sticks hang in the dark until the massive fish grab them and thrash through the water.
301 Seabreeze Blvd.
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