Jeff McClupe and family, wife Lori, son Parker and daughter Morgan, were on their spring break in sunny Fort Lauderdale FL from Michigan. They chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do some deep sea sport fishing.
Winds were out of the east northeast at 7-12 mph, 3 ft. seas – just a typical gorgeous Fort Lauderdale day. The family requested to catch something bigger than the fish they catch back home in Lake Michigan. We cleared the jetties with 1.8 miles to travel to the fishing grounds off of Fort Lauderdale FL putting us in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy. We put two plainers down, one with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon and the other with a black and purple sea witch in front of a double hook Bonito strip, which produced a 25 lb. Wahoo yesterday. For surface baits we had two Ballyhoos, two Bonito strips and one ¼ ounce blue and white jap feather.
Our first strike came on the blue reflector spoon – it was an 8 lb. Black Fin Tuna. We trolled towards one of my favorite artificial wrecks located in 220 ft. of water off of Fort Lauderdale FL. As I got close to the artificial wreck, two surface baits snapped out of the riggers. Each line had a Bonito in the 10 lb class. We kept trolling around from one artificial wreck to another sitting north of Fort Lauderdale FL, and kept catching more Bonitos. With birds working off to the distance, I knew there might be some Mahi Mahi in the area. As I got closer two more lines snapped out of the outriggers – this time our reward were two Mahi Mahi’s. Jeff remarked that these fish are a lot larger than the ones they catch back home.
With fourteen fish in the box, it was time to head back to the dock. This ends another successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL with the Happy Day Today, the Topshotfishing Team and Captain Zsak - 954-309-7457 – www.topshotfishing.com