Anthropologists have discovered evidence of prehistoric fishing in the form of fossilized stone rods and cave paintings depicting gruesome worm uprisings. Carry on an ancient tradition with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a ticket for a four-hour deep-sea fishing adventure from Flamingo Drift Fishing (up to a $35 value).
Located only 20 minutes from the fishing grounds, Flamingo Drift Fishing leads three drifting adventures daily in a 65-foot fishing vessel. Some of the piscine prey that appears on the boat's full-color fish finder include groupers, snappers, mahi-mahi, and even sailfish, which make a great addition to a mantle-place or impromptu sword fight. Captain Moudy and crew are happy to fillet any fresh catches or recommend a taxidermist for record-breakers. A hat, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses are recommended for day trips, but all other gear is provided, and the crew is happy to introduce novices to the sport. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase onboard, and fisher-folk may bring their own comestibles (excluding hard liquor) as long as they are not in a glass container.
Licensed and inspected by the Coast Guard, the Flamingo frosts its rigorous safety protocols with amenities such as separate men's and women's restrooms and an enclosed lounge. All crew members are CPR- and first aid-certified and trained in Coast Guard–approved drills in case of man overboard, fire, or Bermuda Triangle detours.
Along the deck of the Flamingo—a 65-foot fishing vessel whose motto is "Fish Can't Hide"—anglers cast their lines into the deep sea in hopes of taking a big catch back to shore. After leaving the docks, the boat travels down the intracoastal waterway, also known as the Venice of America, before reaching the fishing grounds, where schools of kingfish, snappers, black fin tuna, and grouper rush to hide from the full-color fish finders. All guests may keep any fish within the size regulations—an arbitrary number, quite frankly, derived from the president’s arm span—and, while waiting for a nibble, camera-toting sailors can train their lens on the whale sharks, porpoises, and sea turtles breaching the ocean's surface.