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Fishing Forum Shark, grouper, lots of lanes & lots of rains!



Winds and seas have been erratic, and the NOAA forecast has often been unreliable recently. I canceled a trip based on a small craft caution and 4-foot seas prediction on Tuesday, 5/1/18, and I believe it would have been quite calm offshore, from what I saw of the wind action that day. On Thursday, 5/3, seas were predicted to be calm, but they were choppy when I headed out with Dave Carey, George Siambones, and Steve Wanner. We stopped at the near-shore reefs first, hoping for some action there so we would not have to venture into choppier waters, but there was little to no action there. We ventured out to about 6 miles and caught one short mangrove snapper and one short lane snapper. After releasing those, we headed out to 12 miles, where we caught three keeper lanes. Our final destination, 15 miles west of New Pass, yielded a couple more keeper lanes to 13 inches, along with four nice-sized grunts. So the guys ended up with enough food-fish. As for thrills, they battled and released two sharks: one five-foot hammerhead and one 35-inch sharpnose.

Jayne Muschett and friend, Neil, fished 23 miles west of New Pass with me on Friday morning, 5/4. They used cut-bait and squid to catch thirteen keeper lane snapper to 13 inches, and they kept two 13-inch grunts of the nine grunts that they caught. They also released thirty-two red grouper shorts.

Vince Rosetti and his son, Mike, fished 19 miles west of New Pass with me on Friday, 5/11, and did well using frozen squid for lane snapper. They boxed 26 keeper lanes to 14 inches, along with a half-dozen 13-14-inch grunts. They released a dozen red grouper shorts, along with a 4-foot blacknose shark.


Lots of rain moved into the area over Sunday and Monday, 5/13 and 5/14 and, though the rain is desperately needed, it did cause my offshore trip to cancel on Monday.

Tuesday, 5/15, remained unsettled, and Wednesday began with rain, but had some clearing mid-morning. So, on Wednesday morning, 5/16, Tom Maby and his girlfriend, Allison Smith weighed their options for fishing offshore versus inshore, and decided to give the gulf a try, near-shore. The couple used squid and cut-bait to catch and release four sharpnose sharks to 40 inches, along with 22 red grouper shorts. They boxed six Spanish mackerel to 24 inches, along with five of the fifteen grunts they caught.


Tom Maby decided to fish again on Thursday, 5/17. Allison had her fill of choppy seas the day before, so Tom went on his own this trip. We dodged rainstorms a good part of the morning, and got out to 22 miles from New Pass, where we used squid and cut-bait to box fifteen keeper lane snapper and a half dozen grunts. Tom released a few red grouper shorts to 17 inches.

After several days of rain and stormy weather, I got back out fishing on Wednesday, 5/23, when I headed offshore 21 miles with Phil Marcianati and Reid Wisniewski. The guys used squid and cut bait to land a dozen keeper lane snapper to 17 inches. They released two dozen red grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with five 14-inch triggerfish and a 36-inch sharpnose shark.

John Teichgraeber and his mom, Heidi, fished the backwaters of southern Estero Bay with me on Friday morning, 5/25. They used live shrimp to box a 21-inch redfish, three keeper mangrove snapper, and a 13-inch sheepshead. They released four short sheeps.

After another couple of rainy days, I got back out offshore on Thursday, 5/31, when I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with Fred Gettelem, Jerry Wolper, and their friend, Chip. The guys used cut-bait and squid to box twenty-four keeper lane snapper to 16 inches. They released eighteen red grouper shorts and a 35-inch sharpnose shark.

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Fishing Forum Charter Fishing Ft. Lauderdale Topsh0tfishing Happy Day Today Shark


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

Chad, Randy, Pete, Ramon, Anthony and Tyler from South Carolina, 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 morning trolling the reefs with three surface lines and two deep lines. We had nice conditions with light easterly winds but there was a lot of sea weed. It was a little difficult to fish because of the large weed clusters.

We started working the reef from shallow to deep waters searching for fish from 100 feet of water to 300 feet of water. We got our first bite on the deep plainer line. As we were bringing in the fish, something larger got the Tuna and we only brought in a Tuna head. We will never know what got a hold of it, but it was probably a Shark or Barracuda.

We continued trolling, and got a nice bite on the plainer rod in 150 ft. of water, which turned out to be a Bonito. Lines went back in the water, and we worked the reef going over wrecks and rock structures off of Fort Lauderdale. The deep plainer rod went off again, and we got another Bonito.

The guys wanted to try some Shark fishing, so we brought in our trolling spread and went out to deeper waters. I rigged three baits and set them out in different depths – surface, midrange and bottom. All of a sudden, drag started ripping out of the bottom rod, and a Shark was on. Chad was the angler and started fighting the Hammerhead Shark. After an awesome fight, Chad got the Shark to the side of the boat – we took the hooks out and released the Hammerhead. Great job on catching that Shark, Chad!

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 Whopper Plopper Lure vs a Hungry Bird!


Whopper Plopper Lure vs a Hungry Bird!

Years ago i had a seabird pull my tuna jig out of the water behind my boat but he dropped it back. Today a large Heron type of bird dive-bombed my River2Sea Whopper Plopper 90 surface plug and got stuck on it. Luckily a father & son was fishing off to my left and it took all 3 of us to safely release this angry fowl. He even came back to either stare me down or thank me.

It was a weird day for birds. I took my sandwich out for lunch and a bunch of ducks attacked me, biting my feet & toes. Then a goose chased me as well. I was whipping/spin casting this canal that my buddy Mark Gates showed me this month. Earlier i found a sandy beach that had sardine schools being chased by predators but decided to return in the evening because nothing was hitting.

I left home at dark, returned at dark. No fish or “fish stories”, only tall bird “tails”. Lol! When i returned to the area where the sardines were, there was no activity. The 2 guys next to me did catch a Trevally & a Barracuda. My legs are sore from walking through the sand at night to parking aways from this area as well. Also hungry as i gave half of my food to a homeless guy.

Not one of my better days but it was nice to be outside.

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Fishing Forum POP “Pacific Ocean Producers” Marine Expo 2018!


POP Kicking Off National Safe Boating Week!

What a way to kick off 2018 by attending POP’s “Pacific Ocean Producers” Marine Expo 2018 in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! Inside the massive store had sales going on. Outside had local & international vendors showing this year’s newest items before it hits the shelves. So what companies were present?

APPAREL
AFTCO/Guy Harvey, Anetik, Costa, Finn Addict, Grundens, Hawaiian Style, Helly Hansen, Hinano, Local Motion, Pelagic, Peter Grimm, POP, Salty Crew, Sunlines Eyewear, & Xtrastuff.

FISHING
AQA, Ande, Berkley, Black Bart, Cousins Tackle, Cressi, Daiwa, Fenwick, Fin-Nor, Mustad, Nitro, Okuma, OPI, POP, Penn, & Shimano.

BOAT CARE
ACF-50, Blue Sea Systems, Corrosion Block, Dutton Lainson, Interlux, Jabsco, Nautical Paint, New England Rope, Polyform, Racor, Rule, Salt Away, Seasense, Sikkens Paint, Starbrite, & Volvo.

OTHER COMPANIES
Aussie Box, Big Green Egg, Bradley Smoker, Dexter Russell, RH Forschner, Kershaw Knives, Kiawe Hawaii, Liferaft & Marine, Leatherman, Pelican, Smith Sharpeners, Texsport, Worksharp, & Yeti.

(Also 50 More Misc Vendors & Products)

For the kids there was a snow pool of powdered ice. Fishing games. Free hot dogs & bottled water for all. Beautiful breezy trade wind weather all day made this Expo a big hit! Also you had Uncles Fish Market & Grill & Nicos Pier 38 across the driveway for lunch.

The best part of the show for me was meeting Mr Jeff Robles of Okuma Fishing. Jeff explained the NEW releases of the “Hawaiian Custom Rods” coming out this year to meet the demands of Hawaiian anglers! The 2 new Ulua GT 13′ casting rods (Heavy & Med Heavy) & the 3 new Menpachi rods at 10’7″/12’/13′! Can’t wait to try them out.

A huge “thanks” goes out to the staff of POP “Pacific Ocean Producers” for hosting this popular event. A special thanks goes out to Danford Hong & Sukil Suh for taking time off their busy day to educate me on the Expo.
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Fishing Forum Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today Sailfish


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

The Gregg Family, Jack and Roni, along with their children, Ashleigh, Austin, and friend, Matt, 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 by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started off trolling with two #8 plainers down – one with a pink and blue sea witch in front of a double hooked Bonito strip, the other was a white and blue sea witch in front of a double hooked Mullet strip. For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips.

We trolled the reefs ranging from 80 ft. of water out pass the drop off to 190 ft. There was a sporty east wind blowing which pushed the deep blue water all the way into the second reef. There are three reefs before the drop off in Fort Lauderdale. Our first strike came on one of the plainers – Matt was our angler and reeled in a Kingfish. Thereafter, Ashleigh caught a couple of Bonitos and Austin caught a 3 ft. Remora.

We kept trolling in and out over the reefs. I could see some birds working the area a little deeper, so we headed over to that spot. A couple of Mahi Mahi’s popped up – Austin and Ron were our anglers and they reeled in a couple of Mahi Mahi’s. Our plainer rod tripped, line started screaming out as the Sailfish jumped out of the water – hooked up. Jack was our angler and after a tug of war, he brought the Sailfish to the side of the boat for picture taking. Alex, our mate, removed the hook, and released the Sailfish to swim away.

With a total of two Mahi Mahi’s, one Kingfish, two Bonitos, one Remora and one 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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Fishing Forum FISHING MOTHER’S DAY IN HAWAII!


Taking A Visiting CA Angler Mark Gates Out Fishing Today!

Today it was a light tackle day spin casting (known as whipping in Hawaii) off Oahu’s Southern coastline. Mark Gates is a visiting angler from California who wants to learn how to “whip” for nearshore Hawaiian reef fish.

Mark was impressed with the orange colored Completely Hooked Lures soft grub called “Oh Baby”. I love it because at night it puts out a strong glow. During the day it attracts many reef species, mostly Bluefin Trevally.

It seems Mark doesn’t need any advise because he knows how to cast. It was a pleasure fishing with him. I still need to go see Mom though. Hardly anyone was at the beaches today. I’m sure the malls & every restaurant was packed. I enjoy catching fish, even the smaller ones. Good C&R practice for bagging some big boys.

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Saltwater Fishing Forum: Saltwater Fishing General: Some Days You Catch:) Some Days You Don’t:(


A Day Spent Fishing Is Always A Good Day!

Today i took out my California buddy Mark Gates for a day of spin casting, locally regarded as “whipping”. Long day starting from the West Coast of Oahu to Waikiki, to the Eastern Shore, then the South Shore before heading back to Waikiki. I did “snag” a small cuda but shook it off the treble hook of my Whopper Plopper lure. This is just a nice vid showing some of Hawaii’s coastlines for those that wonder if we local Hawaiians still live in huts next to a erupting volcano.

Today i used a 11′ Daiwa Coastal Surf with a Shimano SW 5000 Twin Powers. I first used CHL Herring grubs before trying the River To Sea’s Whopper Plopper surface plugs. No fish today but fishing in beautiful Hawaii is it’s own reward.

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Fishing Forum Sport Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


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

Eric Woodke, Craig Brown and Kyle & Chris Krzewina were down from Wisconsin on a working vacation when they decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep-sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Erik and his friends were looking for eatable fish to have a fish fry and also some fish to take back to Green Bay, Wisconsin, so our objective was targeting eating fish.

We headed out the inlet and started trolling by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore at 120 ft. of water. If you venture off another quarter of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water due to our extreme drop off.

We put out two #8 plainers – one with a blue and pink sea witch in front of a Bonito strip and for the long plainer rod, we put out a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon. For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips. I trolled from one artificial wreck to the other, which consists of barges, sailboats, oil rigs, freighters, etc., ranging in 80 ft. of water out to 540 ft. – we have approximately 34 artificial wrecks in Fort Lauderdale.

As the action started, all the anglers took turns bringing in their catches, as well as taking pictures and recording their angling and fishing abilities, while the cheering on and razing occurred. We would up with a total of 13 Bonitos, four Black Fin Tunas, one Skip Jack Tuna and two Kingfish. Plenty of fish for the grill tonight and to take back home to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

It was time to get 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, David, our mate, fillet out the fish for the anglers.

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 Deep Sea Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today Sailfish


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

Darrell and Charmaigne Pullen from Kentucky changed their flight to stay one more day here in Fort Lauderdale to go fishing on the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep-sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As the anglers boarded the boat, I asked Darrell what type of fishing he was interested in, and his response was, “I would love to catch a Sailfish or Shark”.

We headed out the inlet and started trolling by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore at 120 ft. of water. If you venture off another quarter of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water due to our extreme drop off.

We put out two #8 plainers with sea witches and doubled hooked Bonito strips. For surface baits we went with 4 Ballyhoos. We trolled the reefs ranging from 70 ft. of water out to 180 ft. of water, zig zagging in and out. We kept trolling to the north and headed towards some of our 34 artificial wrecks here in Fort Lauderdale. We started catching Kingfish around one wreck that sits in 150 ft. of water. The anglers took turns bringing in their catches and wound up with 6 Kingfish – one weighing in at 13 lbs.

The water was looking right to fly the kite, so we put out the kite with two live baits. We also put out Shark baits – one on the surface, one midrange and one on the bottom in 250 ft. of water. Sailfish on the short kite bait! The Sailfish came right out of the water jumping – what a site! Darrell was the angler, and did a great job bringing the Sailfish to the side of the boat. Dave, the mate, grabbed the bill for picture taking – it was a big Sailfish weighing 65 lb. Good job Darrell!

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 Off Shore Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


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

Blake Jaeton, Jim Glover and Mike chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep-sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As the anglers the boarded the boat, I asked Blake what type of fishing he was interested in, and his response was that any fish will do.

We headed out the inlet and started trolling by the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore at 120 ft. of water. If you venture off another quarter of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water due to our extreme drop off.

We put out one #8 plainer and one #6 with sea witches and doubled hooked Bonito strips. For surface baits we went with 3 Ballyhoos and one strip bait. We trolled the reefs ranging from 80 ft. of water out to 220 ft. of water, zig zagging in and out. We kept trolling off of Fort Lauderdale and headed towards some of our 34 artificial wrecks here in Fort Lauderdale. We started catching Kingfish around one wreck that sits in 104 ft. of water. The anglers took turns bringing in their Kingfish.

Then, I set out 2 kites with 2 live Goggle Eyes from each kite in 180 feet of water off of north Fort Lauderdale looking for a Sailfish. We caught one more Kingfish, for a total of 9 Kingfish, then went back to trolling.

As we trolled back to the sea buoy in Ft. Lauderdale, we caught three other Bonitos. 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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