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Fishing report out of Ft. Lauderdale


Fishing report out of Ft. Lauderdale
Fishing report out of Ft. Lauderdale

Deep Sea Sportfishing in South Florida Ft.Lauderdale on Happy Day Today/Capt. Zsak

It was a cold day in Sunny South Florida in Ft. Lauderdale. The temperature was 54 degrees this morning with the possibility of rising into the low 70’s by noon. Winds were out of the north, northwest 10-15 mph, seas 2-3 ft high – a little chilly out on the bridge, but today looks like a Sailfish day.

Mr. Dave Mittel and his three boys from Pennsylvania chartered the Happy Day Today to do some deep sea sport fishing in South Florida off of Ft. Lauderdale. The three boys, Michael, Sean and Zack, the youngest, were geared up to do so deep sea sport fishing. This was Mr. Mittlel’s 3rd charter with the Happy Day Today and me as the Captain in the past year, so he knew the operation we run.

We started off by flying two kites in 140 ft. of water on top of one of the artificial wrecks, a 210 ft. freighter, which was laid to rest here in 1963 off of Ft. Lauderdale. The artificial wreck holds bait fish and a variety of different species of fish, including the pelagic Sailfish. With the cold front that was pushing thru, we knew it would be good Sailfishing, so we purchased a dozen Goggle Eyes from Bud, the baitman.

The first hook up was a double header Sailfish, one eating the left long kite bait and the other eating the right long kite bait. Just my luck that the Sailfish decided to go on the opposite directions!! “Well, Mitch, which one is the closest to the boat,” I asked. Mitch looked at the amount of line left on the reel and decided that the one on the portside was the closest, so away we went, chasing down the fish on the portside. The two youngest boys, Sean and Zack, were the anglers. As Sean reeled in his Sailfish to the boat, I could see that there was not too much line left on Zack’s reel. We have to release this Sailfish quickly, so pictures were quickly taken in order to concentrate on bringing in Zack’s Sailfish. After releasing Sean’s Sailfish, we gave attention to Zach’s Sailfish, which he now was able to reel in. As he brought the Sailfish onto the boat, Mitch grabbed a hold of the bill and lifted the Sailfish out of the water. The Sailfish was like a movie star as all the cameras went flashing off, taking in the beautiful neon colors. As we released the Sailfish, he swam away like nothing happened.

As the morning progressed, with other fish being hooked up (Shark, Mahi Mahi, Bonitas), the next two hooked up Sailfish did not make it to the boat – both of them spit the hook out – but the show they put on was spectacular and the boys were amazed. We were almost out of time so I told Mitch to pull the trap door up and release a couple of more Sailfish . As the joking words left my mouth, two more Sailfish appeared and we hooked up another double header. After a twenty minute battle, one of them threw the hook but the other one was hooked up and reeled in by Michael. Again, cameras were flashing, and I was pleased that all three boys caught a Sailfish.

It was time to wrap up our deep sea sport fishing so Mitch brought in the rest of the tackle. We headed back from our 4 hour deep sea sport fishing charter trip to the dock at Bahia Mar, in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale. As we came into the dock, I took a picture of the three boys with the three Sailfish flags and the one Shark flag; the entire family was beaming.

This ends another successful and adventurous sport fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today with Captain Zsak. Join us and enjoy a once-in-a-life-time experience – 954-439-8106 –

Date Added: 2011-01-19
Type of Fishing: Bottom 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