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

The Davis family, Ed, Linette, Harrison and Reese, from Philadelphia chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Davis’ were looking forward to getting out there and having a fun fishing trip.

We started trolling by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale in 120 ft of water 1.8 miles from shore. We put out two kites with two live Goggle Eyes from each kite. We also put a dead Bonita bait 100 ft. down and another 200 ft. down on the bottom. Our target species were Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Shark and Grouper.

Shortly after setting out the kite baits, a Mahi Mahi fed and we had one on. The Mahi Mahi jumped out of the water 4 to 5 times. Harrison was the angler, and he fought this Mahi very well. He ended up catching a 12 pounder – Mark, our mate, gaffed the Mahi Mahi and put him in the fish box on ice.

We set back up and went back to fishing our spread of baits, when all of a sudden we got a huge hit. The rod bent over and drag started ripping out. Ed hopped in the fighting chair and started battling this fish. I maneuvered the boat, constantly keeping the fish behind the boat, as he would make big runs to the surface then sound. Ed angled the fish up and it turned out to be an 8 and a half foot Hammerhead Shark. We got the fish up onto the boat, removed the hooks, got a few quick photos and released the Shark to fight another day.

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 Forum Cheap Thumb Casting Guards!


Cheap Thumb Casting Guards For Conventional Reels!

If you cast using braid & you’re using big reels & rods, chances are either you may need to “power down” your casting distance or go to a lighter weight so your thumb won’t get line burned. Casting with monofilament is safer for your thumb but you won’t get the distance compared with braid.

Back in the day we used cut rubber rings from bicycle inner tubes as thumb protectors. What i’ve used for years are leather thumb protectors. Learned about these while i was in archery to protect your digits from skin damage. For years i’ve told this to many anglers but nobody took me seriously, until recently.

Using these leather guards will help your casting abilities. Casting farther may put that bait in the “right” area. Be sure to keep pressure on the spool. The line needs to be kept taunt, if it loosens up knotting will occur. I prefer braid over mono. More yardage for those long runs. You can put a mono top-shot to braid backing, many slide baiters often employ this line feature.

(Good to wet the line & thumb guard pad so no line damage during the cast).

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Fishing Forum The CORRECT Way To Replace A Rod Tip! Yes I Said The CORRECT Way!


The “Myth” Of Using A Lighter To Replace A Rod Tip Is Explained!

Last week i took a fall fighting a fish. The mainline snapped putting me on my back. That fall dislodged the rod tip insert. To get me by the following day i decided to temporarily super glue the insert back in. Some of my rod building friends like Mark Gonsalves cautioned me that this is a temporary fix, which it was. Today i went to visit Hawaii’s best known rod builder/instructor/teacher/expert Brian Kimata, owner of Brian’s Fishing Supply. Brian even gives free classes on rod building so he knows his stuff.

Before leaving i researched how to repair my rod tip on YouTube. Virtually everyone gave the same lecture on using a lighter to heat & melt the epoxy glue holding the rod tip to the blank’s tip. Then pull it off. Sounds simple, right? Well i found out it’s a half-true myth. If the rod is a custom rod, yes you can pull the rod tip off by using a lighter. This is because a rod builder will use a thermo plastic adhesive to attach the rod tip. The melting point of this adhesive is lower then the melting point of the rod’s blank so the tip can be removed safely.

But if the rod is a factory rod, which over 90% are, the factory epoxy glue has a much higher melting point then the rod’s blank so the actual rod itself will droop & melt way before the epoxy does. I was told maybe 1 out of 15 factory rods “might” be lucky enough to be fixed this way. This same info was shared with me today by not only seasoned rod builders but also by a rod building instructor.

I’m so glad that my friend Brian Kimata took the time today to properly explain & show me how to do my own repairs. My other fishing buddy & master rod builder Mark Gonsalves kindly offered to do it for me but i really wanted to learn this on my own. Always good to have great buds to back you up!

With Brian’s permission i’m going to share his knowledge with everyone watching this video. Even a slow guy like me did this under 8 minutes on my first rod tip repair. If i can do it, anyone can. LOL!

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Fishing Forum Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today Wahoo


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

Harrison Lattimer and Todd Schad from North Carolina chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had sporty winds blowing out of the east and the seas were 4 to 5 feet high.

Heading out of the inlet we decided to target Mahi Mahi offshore. An east wind is good for Mahi fishing, as it schools up the bait and lines up the weed pushing it closer to shore. The bait selection was Ballyhoo, and we fished four surface baits and one deep plainer line.

We started trolling by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale in 120 ft of water 1.8 miles from shore. From there we headed offshore in 300 ft. of water looking for weed lines, birds and schools of flying fish. Our first bite was in 600 ft. of water, and it was a keeper Mahi Mahi, which ate the swimming Ballyhoo. We continued heading offshore searching for more birds and weed lines and caught another Mahi Mahi in 650 ft. of water, approximately 2.5 miles from shore. The 3rd bite was on the rigger with Ballyhoo bait, and it was another Mahi. The 4th fish hit the deep plainer line, and a Mahi Mahi ate the white sea witch – this was in 700 ft. of water – we were about to gaff him but he pulled the hook on the leader. The last catch for this trip was a really nice Wahoo, which was also caught on the deeper sea witch line. The angler brought the Wahoo to the side of the boat. Our mate, Ian, gaffed the Wahoo, brought it inside the boat and put the Wahoo in the fish box with ice.

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 Forum : Saltwater Fishing Forum: Saltwater Fishing General: CONTOUR


The Best Action Camera For Capturing Videos For The Sportsman!

When i first started sharing my videos on mostly fishing i asked fellow YouTuber Joe Olivas “WWJ” of Kauai which unit he uses since i had issues with my GoPro at that time. Joe steered me into using Contour & since then i’ve been a loyal user. For a guy like me who isn’t “tech” savvy to use a action camera with no problems is a miracle!

Months ago Contour announced the soon to be release Contour 4K.
Stats-
4k Ultra HD @ 30 fps
1080 HD @ 120fps
Waterproof up to 30 ft/10m
150 wide angle lens
12 MP photos in JPEG
270 Rotating Lens
Laser Leveler
Internal Battery – 60 minutes of continuous in 4k
Internal Microphone
Built in wi fi and companion ios and Android App
Compatible with all Contour Mounts
Universal Mount Adaptor

To be released soon. Also the CONTOUR4K APP for IOS-
Remote Control with Live Preview
Control Camera Settings
Bluetooth and Wifi
Download and share photos and videos through your smartphone

I contacted Contour to confirm this released & if i’m still under sponsorship to receive a Beta unit for testing. Not only am i still on the list but Contour sent me 2 brand new units to help tide me over by replacing my current Roam 2 & 3. I was having audio glitches but performed the Contour Firmware free Updates available at-
http://help.contour.com/customer/port…

Years back i did an unboxing & reviews on these units.
Contour Roam2-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBQYn…
Contour Roam3-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alaJL…
And additional updates at_
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivdnP…

It doesn’t matter that i’m sponsored by Contour, what matters is i’d still be using Contour Action Cameras over over brands like GoPro because for what i do it’s the correct unit for me. If you are using another type of video styled camera & are happy with it, stick with it. As long as your unit satisfies your needs there’s no reason to change. But when you do decide for another look at other units please consider Contour Action Cameras. The new Contour4 should be out soon & i’ll be putting out a video on it’s unboxing.

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Fishing Forum Epic Advantages Of Ball Bearing Swivels! Great For Kastmaster Spoons!


Rotating Ball Bearing Swivels Over Regular Swivels!

When i buy swivels i always thought they spin & rotate. Boy, was i wrong! This simple display at a local tackle shop showed me that using single or double ball bearing swivels will spoil me forever. Yes, it is costly but i feel the long-term benefits will justify the higher price.

You can use spoons like Kastmaster to plugging lures by attaching a split ring to the lure then add on the rotation swivel. No tangled lines. Every facet of fishing from live baiting to bottom jigging & trolling can benefit from rotating ball bearing swivels. No twisted lines or tangled rigs.

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Fishing Forum Deep Sea Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today Wahoo


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

Mark Brigger, Tyson Marlor, John Todd, Marcus Thalman and Jeff Antry decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The guys were looking for good fishing action, and that is what we set to accomplish.

We left the marina, and once we got out past the jetties, I made a right heading to the south of Fort Lauderdale and offshore where there has been some decent fishing action. We got about 4 miles to the southeast and started the day fishing with our best spread of four surface lines, which included three Ballyhoos, one surface chugger bait and two deep lines. We fished a 3 inch blue spoon and a seawitch with a Bonito strip.

As we were trolling south, I moved out deeper and back to shallower water looking for a current edge, color change and, of course, bait. Flying fish and schools of Ballyhoos are what we look for. Once we marked the bait on the sounder, I started getting bites around the 200 ft. depth. All the guys took turns catching Bonitos, one after another, biting on all the baits, from the swimming Ballyhoos on the surface to the deep line with the spoon and the seawitch. The best bite and fish of the trip was a really nice Wahoo that Mark caught on the plainer rod.

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. We had a great trip with solid action and hope the guys return for some more fishing action in the near future.

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 Forum Vintage 1-Piece 13′ Kimura Ulua GT Casting Rod!


Strong Vintage 1pc Glass Rod With SS Butt Cap!

This video was made to preserve a old vintage piece of history. A Kimura rod. Back in the day we used Kimura & Saber rods to cast & slide live/dead baits for the almighty Ulua (Giant Trevally). Nowadays the lighter rods are made of graphite but the stronger ones have a mixture of glass with graphite for strength.

Then Jeff Andrews shocked everyone with his Boron mixed rods that you could drive over & they didn’t break. Other notable rods that GT anglers used were Talons & Sliders, all still popular today & in demand with true shoreline connoisseurs of today.

My personal favorite casting custom rods? IRW. Started around i think in the late 80’s by Bill Batson’s dad Bob Batson with Kenny Kimura. This was the beginning of the classic 13ft 1pc fiberglass rods. Heavy vintage pieces! The newer 2pc IRW has the telltale metal ferrules.

Since then science & innovation has seen the development of Graphite (thanks to the research team at NASA). Also for 2-3 piece rods the use of extra glass to double threads, beveled angles & deeper ferrule depths have made sectional rods popular. I still remember using cloth strips to tie 11′ & 13′ 1-piece Saber rods to one side of the car on the outside. Those were the days.

If YouTube is still around in say a 1,000yrs from now future anglers will view this video & comment “they really used rods like that”?

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Fishing Forum How To Repair A Rod Tip Insert!


How To Repair A Rod Tip Insert!

I took a fall with my rod in hand and the resulting fall dislodged the black insert from the tip. I will show how to inspect the metal rod tip for damages & will repair the tip by using super glue to re-attach the insert. I’ll also explain your options if the rod tip was cracked. If you don’t re-attach the insert you can damage your line & will have to re-spool your reel. Always inspect your equipment regularly to ensure proper usage & care.

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Fishing Forum Big game and tablefare


Long-time customers, Jim McGrath and Bill Crockett, fished 19 to 23 miles west of New Pass with me on Monday, 3/19. They used squid and cut-bait to box fourteen keeper lane snapper and three 12-inch grunts. They released seventeen smaller grunts and sixteen red grouper shorts.

Tom Butts, Sr, his son, Tom Jr, and his grandson, Tommy, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on Tuesday, 3/20, with live shrimp for bait. The guys caught six sheepshead, including one 15-inch keeper, eight mangrove snapper, including one 11-inch keeper, and a keeper redfish at almost 20 inches.

On a very windy Wednesday morning, 3/21, Keith Strum and his son, Luke, fished southern Estero Bay with me on a catch-and-release trip, using live shrimp for bait. The guys released seven black drum, ten mangrove snapper, and a half-dozen sheepshead.

Thursday, 3/22, I spent another windy morning in southern Estero Bay on a catch-and-release trip with the Griffin family—Bill and Michelle and their three children, Billy, Alex, and Avery. The family used live shrimp to catch and release twenty mangrove snapper, one sheepshead, and one black drum. We spotted some dolphin, and the family got to video four dolphins that escorted the boat as we headed in.

With seas still too rough to head offshore on Friday, 3/23, Steve Stroupe, Larry Pflederer, and their friend, Lou, fished the backwaters in the southern end of Estero Bay with me, using live shrimp. The tide was lower than it had been the past couple of days, but the guys caught quite a few fish, including twenty sheepshead, of which four were keepers to 17 inches. They also released eight short mangrove snapper.

Saturday’s seas were predicted to be two feet offshore but, after a week on high winds and seas, the gulf must have needed a little more time to calm down. It was choppy heading out to 19 miles west of New Pass on 3/24 with Lee Larsen and friends. The red grouper were biting, but none were keeper-size, so the group released a dozen of those, and they boxed some grunts to take home to eat. The dolphin invaded us a couple of times and, though fun to watch, they don’t help with the fishing!

Monday, 3/26, was supposed to be the only calmest day offshore this week, but Walt Barney and family faced some three-to-four-foot seas with me when we headed out 20 miles from New Pass. We stayed out a little longer to allow for a little calming of the seas for our trip back in. Fishing was a little slow too, but the family boxed a dozen keeper lane snapper, five 12-inch porgies, and a dozen grunts, all caught on squid and cut-bait. Two of the larger fish hooked were pursued and eaten by either a shark or a goliath grouper before we could boat them.

James Feres and his friend, Matt, fished southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with me on another windy morning Tuesday, 3/27. They used live shrimp to land four keeper sheepshead to 16 inches and a 14–inch whiting. They released seven smaller sheepshead, along with twenty mangrove snapper shorts.

Fishing inshore again in southern Estero Bay on Wednesday morning, 3/28, this time with Tom Gartland, his daughter, Erin Vollmer, and his three grandchildren, Buzz, Gus and Eloise Vollmer, we used live shrimp to catch and release three black drum, fifteen sheepshead shorts, and twenty-five mangrove snapper shorts. Buzz also landed a nice, 17-inch pompano (see photo below.)

Winds were strong again on Thursday, 3/29, when I fished a catch-and-release trip in southern Estero Bay’s backwaters with Angelo Difeo, his son, Justin, his brother-in-law, Bill, and his nephew, Landon. The boys used live shrimp to catch a dozen sheepshead to 14 inches, along with two dozen mangrove snapper shorts and a three-pound stingray.

Seas were slightly calmer than they had been for many days, but still far from calm, when I headed out 24 miles west of New Pass with three dads and three sons on Friday, 3/30. Long-time customer, Rusty Hook, was joined by his son, Jeremy, and two of his brothers-in-law, Ryan and Matt, with their sons, Russ and Emmett, respectively. Cut-bait and squid worked well to lure the lane snappers, and the guys boxed eighteen keepers. They added three grunts to the box, and they released a dozen red grouper shorts to 18 inches.

Seas were just a little calmer on Saturday, 3/31, when I fished 19 to 22 miles offshore with Brett Wacker and family members, Jerry, Scott, Jack, Thomas, and Tripp. The guys used squid and cut-bait to box two dozen keeper lane snapper and grunts, and they released a dozen red grouper shorts, along with a 14-inch triggerfish.

Calm seas—what a treat and a novelty! Monday, 4/2, I headed offshore 22 miles west of New Pass with Bob Bockhorst and Don, Kevin and Kristen Leesman. The family used squid and cut-bait to land twenty nice keeper lane snapper to 15 inches, and a few 13-to-14-inch grunts. They released a 14-inch triggerfish and 27 red grouper shorts to 18 inches.

Seas were still calm on Tuesday, 4/3, when I headed out 35 miles with Paul Russell, Jeff Hoffman Sr., and Jeff’s sons, Jeff Hoffman Jr. and Dylan. Using squid, cut-bait and bait-fish, the guys did great with snapper, boxing fifteen lane snapper to 16 inches, a 13-inch mangrove snapper, and two dozen vermillion snapper. They added to the box fifteen keeper porgies, and they released four short mangrove snapper, thirteen yellowtail shorts, five banded rudder fish that were all about 20 inches, and thirty-two red grouper shorts to 18 inches. They also battled a five-foot goliath grouper that they photographed and released boat-side.

Frequent customer, Mike Connealy, and his son, Brett, fished 15 and 19 miles offshore with me on Wednesday, 4/4/18. They wanted to tackle a goliath, so we headed to one of my goliath spots, hooked a blue runner to use as bait on a heavy rig, and reeled in a 90-pound goliath, which we photographed and released boat-side. After leaving that spot, we used squid to catch a 13-inch mangrove snapper and a trio of 14-inch grunts. Mike also caught an unusual snapper—an 11-inch schoolmaster snapper, which we also photographed and released (see photo below.)

Winds and seas increased on Thursday, 4/5, but it was still tolerable for Roy Mittman and his son, Zach. They used cut-bait and squid to catch four keeper lane snapper and15 grunts all about 12 inches. They released two mangrove snapper shorts and a half-dozen red grouper shorts.

On Friday, 4/6, seas were actually a little calmer than predicted, and I was able to get out 22 miles from New Pass with Ashton Lockhart and his young daughter, Barrett, along with David Clayton and his young daughter, Baylee, and another friend, Paul. The group used cut-bait and squid to box twenty-one keeper-sized lanes to 16 inches, along with a couple of grunts, out of the eight they caught. They released twelve red grouper shorts.

Winds picked up dramatically on Saturday, 4/7, and I fished inshore in southern Estero Bay with Aaron Mead and his friend, Brett. They had a plane to catch after their fishing trip, and had no need for keeping fish, so we released two sheepshead measuring 15 inches and 17 inches, along with a half-dozen small mangrove snapper. We had an estimated 40-pound stingray hooked on light tackle, which finally broke the line, after circling the boat four times.

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