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Fishing report for the Happy Day Today


Fishing report for the Happy Day Today
Fishing report for the Happy Day Today

Winds out of the east southeast 10-12 mph 20% chance of rain seas 3-4 ft here in Fort Lauderdale FL the 19th - the 21st.

Mary Hadley and 7 year old daughter Jane from Oklahoma chartered the Happy Day Today fishing boat to do some offshore salt water Sailfishing. As we left the dock with mother and daughter, 15 minutes later lines were in the water we are fishing at our local sea buoy which is in 110' of water. The sea bouy is a excellent resource for bait, predatory fish and local Fort Lauderdale Fishing like Sailfish, Shark and King Mackerel.

Our surface baits consisted of two plainers, one #6 and the other a #8, and two blue reflector spoons, one 3 and the other 3, four Bonitos strips with sea witches in front and a ounce jap feather. The deep plainers get about 40 to 50' depending on what number plainer is used in the application, for example in Fort Lauderdale, we fish for Grouper on the reef. We would want to use a higher number plainer which in turn would bring the Ballyhoo closer to the reef and digs 70 to 80'. When using a #6 plainer, we are trolling for multiple species off Fort Lauderdae.

Mother and daughter sat in the fighting chair aboard the Happy Day Today Topshot Fishing talking about the Disney World trip they just had. All of a sudden the right rigger line snapped out and the Shimmano started ripping off drag ( we set our drags anywhere from 5 pounds to 10 pounds which depends on the fish and size we are targeting off Miami, North Miami to Ft Lauderdale.

Jane our 7 year old angle was cheered on by her mother while she brought her first catch to the boat, a 18 lb. Bonito. There is no food value to Bonitos, but they are very valuable as Bonito strip baits for catching all species of fish. The anglers took turns back and forth catching Bonitos, Black Fin Tunas and King Fish. We headed towards one of our artificial wrecks sitting in 220 ft. of water. Mitch our mate rigged up a live bait to put on the bottom. With rod bent over and Mary being the angler, 20 minutes later a 40 lb Amberjack was brought to the boat and released. Amberjack live in and around the wrecks in Ft Lauderdale. The bite is best when the is a little currnet and the proper bait presentation.

With two happy anglers and a good variety of fish on board the charter boat Happy Day Today Topshot Fishing, it was time to start heading back from our deep sea fishing to the dock at Bahia Mar. This ends another successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter on the Happy Day Today/Topshot Fishing in Fort Lauderdale FL with Captain Tommy Zsak.

For a successful and adventurous Fort Lauderdale FL deep sea fishing charter for Salfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper and Grouper. The "Happy Day Today" is a 46' Hatteras with everything inclded. Please contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106 or email us at

Thanks and tight lines,
Capt. Tommy

Date Added: 2011-10-17
Type of Fishing: Offshore Fishing
Charter Service Name: Top Shot Fishing
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Captain: Dave Zsak
Region You Fish: Inshore Fort Lauderdale Waters
Biz Phone: 1-954-439-8106

Any questions or booking information? Please contact Capt. Zsak at (954) 309-7457