Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak
Winds today were east northeast at 8-14 mph, seas running 3-4 ft., blue waters on the drop off that sits in 120 ft. of water off of Fort Lauderdale FL. Jason Frese and Melissa Bechtel, from Fort Lauderdale FL along with Jason’s father, Joe Frese from Buffalo NY and friends chartered the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team to do some sport fishing here in Fort Lauderdale FL. The group took time off from the Blue Martini Lounge and Restaurant to enjoy the salt air and deep sea fishing with the Topshotfishing team.
We stopped and purchased a dozen Goggle Eyes from T & T Bait and headed out to our drop off which is 1.8 miles from shore to the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale FL. The past couple of days Sailfish have been red hot here in Fort Lauderdale, along with Mahi Mahi’s. The current was very fast moving to the north at 3.1 miles on the color change - indigo blue water on one side and clean green on the other with sargassum weed in the middle. This is where we set out two kites with two Goggle Eyes from each kite and one from the rigger. The settings were perfect for Mahi Mahi and Sailfish.
Five minutes into it, a black shadow appeared on the right short kite bait - Dorsal out of the water and moving very lethargically. I told our mate, Dave, to raise and lower the baits so that the splashing would entice the Sailfish. With no luck, he swam away. The next two sightings were Sailfish and they did the exact same thing. Jason asked why were they not feeding, to which I responded that it was an excellent question. Finally, the next pod of Sailfish appeared - this time they were hungry enough and did not hesitate to eat the bait. Marissa was our first angler to subdue the Sailfish and twenty-five minutes later brought the fish to the boat. Pictures were taken and the Sailfish was released. Our next fish came on the right short, extremely aggressive, chasing the bait from the kite. Finally he grabbed the bait, came out of the water and tail walked towards the boat putting on a fantastic show. The line went slack as the hook pulled out of the Sailfish and he swam away.
We reset a little bit south of the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale FL. Right long – Sailfish!!! Right short – Sailfish – a double header – two on at the same time. Now the Chinese fire drill began with both fish heading south, jumping over each other’s line and the left kite bait. What a mess!! With a bit of ingenuity, Dave, our mate untangled the lines as the father and son team, Jason and Joe, fought the Sailfish. Both anglers successfully brought their Sailfish to the side of the boat – pictures were taken and the Sailfish were released. Even though Jason wanted to catch some Mahi Mahi for dinner, he was not disappointed and quite thrilled with today’s catch.
It was time to head back. For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in South Florida for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at www.topshotfishing.com.