This morning in South Florida Ft. Lauderdale winds were out of the east at 12 mph - seas were running 3-4 ft., blue indigo waters pushed into the Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Steve Myrvold and his two sons, Zackary -10 years old - and Tyler – 16 years old – from Minnesota had a father and son fishing charter to do some salt water deep sea fishing in South Florida, Ft. Lauderdale.
Our targets were Sailfish and Sharks, so with that request we visited Bud the baitman to purchase a dozen Goggle Eyes for bait. As we got to the sea buoy off of Ft. Lauderdale that sits in 120 ft. of water, I told Mitch, our mate, to put up the kites and go into live baiting. We put two kites out and four Goggle Eyes, two from each kite and one from the rigger with a spin-on lead. Not to long after, a Mahi Mahi attacked our short bait kite. After bringing the Mahi Mahi to the boat, a King Fish sky rocketed on our left long kite bait, and was brought in by Steve.
It was time for our Sailfish or Shark to make their appearance. I yelled down to Zachary to call out the fish so that he can catch them. “How do I call them,” inquired Zachary. “Here fishy fishy”. I said. It worked because their came a Sailfish on the right short. As the fish popped up to feed on the live Goggle Eye, Mitch free spooled the bait to the fish. Not to much longer, the Sailfish came out jumping - the morning sun shined on the beautiful body of the Atlantic Sailfish showing us his mighty power, tail-walking on the water. It was Tyler’s turn to catch the Sailfish, and he did a fantastic job reeling in the Sailfish to the boat. We took pictures of the catch and released the beautiful Sailfish.
While fighting the fish, we traveled off the wreck of Ft. Lauderdale, so we headed back to the wreck to get set up again. After getting set up, we saw a dorsal fin of a Shark cruising on the surface of the water. Everybody could see the Shark as plain as day. The 6 ˝ foot Dusky Shark was just cruising along until he picked up the scent from the live Goggle Eye kite bait. To see a Shark free swimming in the water trying to eat the bait from the kite is an exciting sight. Zackary got ready, the Shark ate the bait, and we strapped Zackary into the fighting chair as we were hooked up on the Shark. This Shark kept swimming the surface, not realizing he was hooked. As Zachary wound the Shark in, he kept swimming closer and closer to the boat off of Ft. Lauderdale, until the Shark realized something was wrong and he made his initial run – then the fun started. Zackary had a tug of war with the Shark, finally subduing it. After this battle, Zackary was ready to rest.
It was time to start heading back to the dock at Bahia Mar, Fort Lauderdale. This ends another successful and adventurous fishing excursion on the Happy Day Today with Captain Zsak.
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