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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Mark Furr and his son, Logen, from North Carolina along with Robert Bird and his son, Jack, from Colorado chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This was a bonding trip for the two fathers and their sons spending important time with each other – both families were on vacation down in Fort Lauderdale. Bob chose the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for this important fishing trip after reading our 400 reviews posted on Tripadvisor and seeing that we have a 5 star rating.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water due to our extreme drop off. We started trolling with two #8 planners with sea witches and Bonito strips on both. For surface baits we went with two Bonito strips and two Ballyhoos. We trolled the reef drop off to the north of Fort Lauderdale on the color change searching for bait fish and hitting some of our 34 artificial wrecks that sit off of Fort Lauderdale. Our first fish was an 8 lb. Kingfish followed by a couple of Bonitos.

I noticed some birds working the area to the east of Fort Lauderdale, so I headed out to them. Planner rod right side – Planner rod left side – as the two sons, Logen and Jack, had a double header on – both were rewarded with two nice Kingfish. Troy, our mate, gaffed the fish and put them in the fish box. We kept trolling and all the anglers took turns reeling in a total of 10 Kingfish, 3 Barracudas, 3 Bonitos and 1 Tuna. Congratulations, anglers, for a job well done.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock, Troy fillet out their catch for the anglers to enjoy for their evening meal.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Marvin Rodriguez, along with Peggy and Sean Messina chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Today we had nice conditions with light easterly winds and calm seas.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the trip trolling the reef in 100 feet of water with 5 lines total – three surface lines and two deep lines. On the deep lines, we used planners with two sea witch baits.

We started working the reef south of Fort Lauderdale from shallow to deep waters searching for fish from 100 feet of water out to 300 feet of water. We got our first bite on the deep planner line and caught a Kingfish. We continued trolling and got a nice bite on the planner rod in 150 ft. of water, which turned out to be a Bonita. We put lines back in the water and continued working the reefs, going over wrecks and rock structures south of Fort Lauderdale. The deep planner rod went off again, and we caught another Kingfish.

Next, we decided to drop a live bait on a wreck structure which is in 300 feet of water. With a little current and luck, we dropped the live bait down on the up current side of the structure. After a few minutes being on the wreck, the rod bent over, and we had a nice fish on. Sean was the angler, and did a great job fighting this Black Grouper. He brought the Grouper to the side of the boat, and our mate gaffed it and put the Grouper in the fish box on ice. Welcome aboard from the Topshot sportfishing boat team!

Next, we decided to try for a Shark, so we put a few bloody baits on the bottom next to the wreck. We waited until the end of the trip but, unfortunately, never did get the Shark.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fishing was tough Saturday morning, 8/11/18, when I headed out 24 miles west of New Pass with Darren Rachman, his brother, Mark, and a couple of their friends. I fished in spots that had been productive several times this week, but the bite was pretty slow everywhere we went. There were some rain storms around us, but we managed to stay mostly dry. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and red grouper shorts and a lane snapper.

The bite was a little more active on Tuesday, 8/14, when I fished 18 miles west of New Pass with Mark Lenhart, his son, and two of his son’s friends. The group used squid to catch and box ten grunts, all measuring between 12 and 14 inches, and they released red grouper shorts.

After two weeks off the water, with this entire area suffering from red tide, I ventured out Monday, 8/27 to explore the waters and check conditions. Red tide was bad in close-in waters, with dead fish abundant out to five miles. The further I went out, the less dead fish were evident, but red tide was still visible as far out as 26 miles, and fishing was, well, not really fishing at all, since there was absolutely nothing biting. I had hoped for better conditions out that far. All we could do was wait it out, hoping our state and federal officials would do all that is possible to alleviate this problem, or hope for some early cold-fronts to rescue us.

Meanwhile, my wife and I planned a trip to Colorado to visit family, returned, and endured more red tide, until signs that it was starting to dissipate cheered us up and brought us some fishing trips. When Hurricane Michael roared through the panhandle, the winds we got here helped push the remaining red tide away from us. We also realize that our red tide issues were nothing compared with what the residents of Panama City and surrounding area had to deal with.

On Thursday, 10/4, I fished inshore in Estero Bay’s backwaters with Don Lubbehusen, his son, Ben, and friend, Justin Bayer. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release fifteen crevalle jacks to 13 inches, ten mangrove snapper to 11 inches, a 20-inch snook, and four sheepshead to 15 inches. It was good to see clear water and fish biting, at long last.

Saturday, 10/6, I fished in Estero Bay’s backwaters, from the lower bay to Wiggins Pass, with Derek Spradling and his friend, Kurt. The guys used live shrimp to catch two black drum at 14 inches and 17 inches, a dozen mangrove snapper including two keepers at 11 inches, and three keeper sheepshead to 13 inches. The best catch of the day was a 27 ½-inch redfish, which we photographed (see pic included) and released. We also released ten crevalle jacks to 18 inches, a 16-inch snook, and a two-pound stingray.

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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Mark Padgett, Chase Harris and Kyle Maese from the northeast chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. These guys were part of a convention taking place in Fort Lauderdale. After boarding the boat, the anglers said their objective was to have a good time and catch any type of fish.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling with two #8 plainers, one with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon, and the other with a blue sea witch in front of a double hook Bonito strip. For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips.

We trolled the reefs to the north of Fort Lauderdale and ran across a very heaving weed situation – not fishable. So we headed south of Fort Lauderdale towards some of our 34 artificial wrecks (including one Texaco oil rig) located in Fort Lauderdale sitting in 80 ft. of water out to 520 ft. of water. The three anglers took turns bringing in their fish, taking pictures of their actions and enjoying their trip.

With a total of 9 Kingfish, 2 Barracudas and 1 Bonito, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Bruce Allen with his friends from Georgia and Fort Lauderdale chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling using two deep lines with bait strips and 3 surface lines with Ballyhoos. We trolled from 80 feet of water out to 300 feet of water heading north of Fort Lauderdale. At 300 ft. of water we found a color change with debris in the water and birds picking away. As we trolled the color change, we caught two nice Black Fin Tunas.

As we kept heading north of Fort Lauderdale, a black shadow appeared – Sailfish – hooked up! The Sailfish came jumping out of the water showing his fantastic colors. Bruce was the angler, and he jumped into the fighting chair to do battle. After twenty minutes, Troy, our mate, wired the Sailfish – pictures were taken and the Sailfish was released to fight again.

From there I headed to the south of Fort Lauderdale in 120 ft. of water – all the anglers took turns bringing in their catches. With a total of 6 Kingfish, 2 Black Fin Tunas, 1 Barracuda and a Sailfish, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com



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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Ernest and Alyssa Katehis from the northeast were down in Fort Lauderdale on vacation and decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This was the Katehis’ second time fishing with us, and it was good to have them back.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the morning using two deep lines with bait strips and 3 surface lines with Ballyhoos. We trolled from 100 feet of water out to 300 feet of water heading to the south and offshore. There was a lot of seaweed, and we were keeping out of the major areas of weed. We fished up the current edge and back over the reef avoiding the scattered weeds as best as we could while looking for birds and baitfish.

We got our first bite, a 10 lb. Kingfish, in 130 ft. of water, and kept on trolling catching another 9 lb Kingfish. The next two fish we caught were Bonitos, which we got on the 3 inch drone spoon. We were trolling over wrecks and rock piles along the reef line – the best area with the most action was in 150 ft. of water. Next, we got a bite on the surface rigger line which was a Black Fin Tuna. We totaled 4 Bonitos, 4 Kingfish and 2 Black Fin Tunas.

Ernest wanted something big, so we tried going for a Shark. We put out two baits, one midrange and one on the bottom. The first depth we attempted was in 350 feet of water – we tried for an hour, and did not get a Shark bite. We were a little frustrated, but we kept on going. Since I was close to a wreck, we dropped a live bait down, targeting an Amberjack or Grouper. After a few drifts with no luck, we moved on to another wreck. Using a live bait, we tried again, but we didn’t get a bite. We decided to try for a Shark again, and this time I set up close to a wreck in 150 feet of water with two baits close to the bottom right up current of the ship. While we were Shark fishing, we also had a Snapper rod working and caught two Yellowtail Snappers. All of a sudden, we got a huge bottom bite. The rod bent over with drag zipping out. Fish on! Ernest was the angler – he got on the rod and started fighting this giant Shark. After a solid battle, we had this Bull Shark up along side of the boat. Joe, our mate, removed the circle hook and released this awesome Shark.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Luis Spencer and Sherwin Ramos chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the trip trolling with 4 surface lines and two deep planner lines. The fish have been swimming anywhere from 100 out to 300 feet of water. We started along the reef in 110 feet of water, and the anglers caught 3 Bonitos within the first15 minutes of the trip. The Bonitos all fed on the sea witch with strip baits. Next, we headed to a wreck and the anglers caught another few Bonitos.

The next fish we hooked was a Sailfish, and Luis was the angler. He had a good battle with the Sailfish, as the fish pulled a lot of drag and jumped many times. After a solid battle, Luis got the Sailfish along the side the boat. Joe, our mate, got the hook out, a quick photo was taken, and the Sailfish was released back into the ocean. We continued to troll the same area where I could see a lot of baitfish. While circling the baitfish, we hooked and caught a nice Black Fin Tuna, which was put in the fish box on ice. I continued working the area of baitfish and had another Sailfish up in the spread with his bill out of the water chasing the Ballyhoo. Sherwin was the angler this time, and he started reeling in the Sailfish. Another good battle started, and he cranked on the Sailfish with gains and losses. A few more jumps, and he finally got the Sailfish to the boat. We removed the hooks and safely released the Sailfish back into the water. We went back to trolling, and we got another Bonito and Black Fin Tuna.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Randall Duppe, along with his wife and two daughters from Texas chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. When the Duppe’s boarded the boat, they requested to catch Mahi Mahi’s or any eating fish. I informed them that in the past few days, Mahi fishing had been very slow, but Kingfish and Tunas have been feeding.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling with two planners with sea witches on both planners in front of a double hooked Bonito strips, along with four surface baits. As we trolled the reefs ranging from 80 ft. of water out past the drop off to 180 ft. The whole family took turns catching five Kingfish, four Bonitos and two Barracudas.

At this point, Randall requested to look for Mahi Mahi’s – even being slow for the past two days, I listened to the anglers request and went off shore. I trolled out and hit the depth of 850 ft. of water, but not luck. I did not come across any weed lines, birds, rips or floating debris that would hold the Mahi Mahi’s, but no luck. On the way in, a black shadow appeared on the right long. Sailfish! The bill came out of the water, swatting at the Ballyhoo bait. A swing and a miss and he faded off. There he is again on the center rigger! We tried to entice him to bite, but no luck.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock the fish, our mate, Dave, filet the fish for the anglers to take home for dinner.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Randall Duppe, along with his wife and two daughters from Texas chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. When the Duppe’s boarded the boat, they requested to catch Mahi Mahi’s or any eating fish. I informed them that in the past few days, Mahi fishing had been very slow, but Kingfish and Tunas have been feeding.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling with two planners with sea witches on both planners in front of a double hooked Bonito strips, along with four surface baits. As we trolled the reefs ranging from 80 ft. of water out past the drop off to 180 ft. The whole family took turns catching five Kingfish, four Bonitos and two Barracudas.

At this point, Randall requested to look for Mahi Mahi’s – even being slow for the past two days, I listened to the anglers request and went off shore. I trolled out and hit the depth of 850 ft. of water, but not luck. I did not come across any weed lines, birds, rips or floating debris that would hold the Mahi Mahi’s, but no luck. On the way in, a black shadow appeared on the right long. Sailfish! The bill came out of the water, swatting at the Ballyhoo bait. A swing and a miss and he faded off. There he is again on the center rigger! We tried to entice him to bite, but no luck.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock the fish, our mate, Dave, filet the fish for the anglers to take home for dinner.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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