Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak
Mr. & Mrs. Guarieri from Italy arrived in the USA to attend the Fort Lauderdale 35th Annual International Boat Show. While in town, they decided to charter the “Happy Day Today” charter boat for a four hour fishing trip with the Topshotfishing team aboard our 46’ Hatteras.
We left the dock and weaved our way out of Bahia Mar where the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is held, there are numerous exhibit boats from the International Boat Show and in passing boats from 40 ft. to a 185 ft. yacht, which is a show in itself.
Twenty minutes later we cleared the inlet and were at the sea buoy off in 120 ft. of water. Water conditions did not look favorable at this depth, whenever the water color is green and there is not a rip current to fish, typically we head North/South of offshore to find clean water (gin clear blue water) to fish. So we headed offshore of Fort Lauderdale to find an area to fish. Typically we are looking for water that has weedlines, birds working the area (diving and circling the area) and any floating debris.
I could see a color change that was in 650 ft. of water about two miles from where we started fishing, so we started to head to the clean water and away from a cloudy water. Always a great sign as mentioned before, to the South of the color change we could spot birds working the line and again is a great indication of good fishing.
Two minutes trolling on the edge with teasers just set on the third wave back, both the right and left long rigger Ballyhoo’s were struck by the first school of Mahi Mahi’s. With just Mr. & Mrs. Guarieri as anglers on the “Happy Day Today” and having four of the fishing lines pulled out of the outriggers at the same time with Mahi Mahi’s exiting the water and doing summersault was thrilling. With one fish jumping over the other fishing line, it was controlled cockpit chaos. Mitch our first mate kept busy by making sure the lines stated tight and untangling the lines in needed. We put four Mahi Mahi’s in the fish box and went back to the same area for more action. This time a Bull Mahi Mahi swam out from underneath the seaweed line and ate a Ballyhoo from the rigger. Mrs. Guarieri fought the fish for 18 minutes and was rewarded with a 21 lb. Bull Mahi Mahi. We kept trolling the weed line south of Fort Lauderdale FL, picking away at the Mahi Mahi’s, and some Tunas, giving us a total catch of 13 Mahi Mahi’s and two Black Fin Tunas.
With a good catch of fish on the charter boat Happy Day Today and the Topshotfishing team, it was time to start heading back from our offshore trip.
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