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Offshore Fishing with Hank Barner


Offshore Fishing with Hank Barner
Offshore Fishing with Hank Barner

This morning in South Florida Ft. Lauderdale winds were out of the east at 15 mph - seas were running 5-8 ft., blue indigo waters pushed into the Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Hank Barner and close friend Randy chartered the Happy Day Today to do some deep sea salt water fishing in South Florida, Ft. Lauderdale. Hank wanted to target Mahi Mahi's, so we bought a dozen live Goggle Eyes from Bud the baitman for kite fishing.

We started off our deep sea fishing trip by trolling by the sea buoy in Ft. Lauderdale. Five minutes into trolling to the south, all five lines came down, each with a Mahi Mahi. With only two anglers, Hank and Randy, on the boat, they were kept busy reeling each Mahi Mahi in, one after the other. We continued to keep trolling south to a wreck that sits off of Ft. Lauderdale in 140 feet of water. On the way to the wreck, we kept hooking up Mahi Mahi's. Once we got to the wreck, we set up two kites with two Goggle Eyes on each kite. On the right short popped up a Sailfish. Mitch, our mate, handed the rod to Hank - five minutes into the battle, the Sailfish jumped off. As we reset the kites, waiting for our next attack, a Dolphin was hooked up on the left long. Randy was the angler on this one, he reeled in a nice 6 lb. Mahi Mahi to the boat.

We got attacked by King Fish and Barracudas, so I decided to go back to trolling for now. We kept trolling off of Ft. Lauderdale, catching more and more Mahi Mahi's, most of them in the 5-10 lb class. We ran across a weed line and decided to change from trolling to live baiting from two kites. As soon as we had both kites set up, with the closest bait to the boat approximately 50 feet away, a Sailfish swam around this left short bait with his dorsal fin out of the water making him easy to see. The Sailfish decided to feed on the Goggle Eye bait - it was now Randy's turn to be the angler. Immediately the Sailfish leaped out of the water, tailwalking towards the boat. Moving the boat ahead to get out of the way of the Sailfish, enabled us to take pictures of this magnificent spectacle. After 20 minutes into the battle, Randy subdued the Sailfish, Mitch leaned over the side, grabbed the bill of the Sailfish and brought him into the boat for more picture taking. We released the Sailfish and set up again - Twenty minutes later another Sailfish got hooked up on the right short. Hank was the angler on this second Sailfish - another fantastic acrobatic arial show was put on by this Sailfish. After bringing in the Sailfish, Mitch again grabbed the bill of this Sailfish and brought him into boat - pictures were taken.

It seems that all that was feeding off of Ft. Lauderdale were Sailfish - and with that, another Sailfish popped up. Hank wanted Randy to bring the Sailfish in and Randy told Hank to bring it in - they were both exhausted from their previous catches so they told Mitch he was the angler; therefore, Mitch fought, brought the Sailfish to the boat and released it. Congratulations to the angler and mate!!!

Not a bad day of fishing in South Florida, Ft. Lauderdale - 3 for 5 Sailfish plus 13 Mahi Mahi's and three King Fish!!!

For a successful and adventurous deep sea salt water fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today in sunny South Florida Ft. Lauderdale, contact Captain Zsak. - 954-439-8106

Date Added: 2011-03-16
Type of Fishing: Offshore Fishing
Charter Service Name: Top Shot Fishing
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Captain: Dave Zsak
Region You Fish: Offshore Fort Lauderdale Waters
Biz Phone: 1-954-439-8106

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