South Florida Fishing -
Charters Aboard Hooked Up
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what its like to fish with us.)
My name is Taco. Ive been fishing the waters
in South Florida since the mid 70s in the canals and
intercoastal waterways, for snook, tarpon, jacks and whatever
I could get to bite my hook. When I got older, I bought myself
a 25 Open Fisherman and started fishing the waters
off the Ft. Lauderdale coast. As time went on, I started asking
some of the local fishermen questions about South Florida fishing techniques
and different strategies for catching fish and was soon catching
more and more.
Before I knew it I had people asking me questions about sport
fishing. In fact, I started taking more people fishing on
my charter boat, at my expense. Then one day, my wife suggested
I try to get a job on one of the South Florida Sport Fishing Charter Boats.
Well, I got lucky and Captain Lindsey Forde gave me a break.
At the time I thought he was a real demanding hardass. But,
looking back on it now, he got me going in the right direction.
Captain Forde is now a well-respected Captain in the South
Florida community. After a couple of years with Captain Forde,
I started getting more job offers.
So off I went to fish the Bahamas Blue Marlin tournaments
with Captain Paul Roadhouse. After a few fishing tournaments we hit
the jackpot and won one of the Bahamas Bill Fish Tournaments,
and I was hooked! So, I started traveling to St. Thomas, Turk
and Cacaos, Mexico, Venezuela and all through the Bahamas.
It was great and I was catching more and bigger fish than
I ever imagined I would. But it was taking its toll on my
I came back to the Ft.
Lauderdale fishing charter docks and landed a great job
on the Happy Day Today. This job kept me fishing about 400
to 450 half-day trips a year. Another advantage of this job
was Captains Rick Brady and Tommy Zack.
Captains Brady and Zack both did things differently and expected
everyday be fished as though we were fishing a tournament.
I learned a lot about bait presentation and keeping things
organized and staying calm with multiple fish on line. They
both fine-tuned me as both a mate and a captain.
After 7 + years on the Happy Day Today, I knew the time had
come for me to start my own charter business in South Florida, and I am loving
every minute of it. I have combined the experience of over
6 different captains I have the utmost respect for, and my
knowledge and crazy personality to make my charter boat a
huge success. So, you are invited to come aboard the Hooked
Up, but be prepared for a lot of laughs and some great
South Florida sport fishing!
Captain Taco Perez
Captain Mike Johnson joined the Hooked Up
team in December 2003. Mike grew up here in Ft. Lauderdale
fishing with his grandfather and father so he knows all of
the fishing spots. Mike has also fished the BBC and has several
tournament wins and places. But, best of all, Mike is a great
fisherman, he has a super personality and he loves working
on the Hooked Up. After being in the business for so long,
I had started to get burned out but now I can honestly say
Mike has made the business fun again. So come on by and experience
a day on the Hooked Up with us, you will not be disappointed.
Captain Taco Perez