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

We had a group of guys on a bachelor party from Charlotte, North Carolina that chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had hot summertime weather in the high 80’s today, with calm seas and a light easterly wind. As the guys boarded the boat, they told us that they wanted to see action and catch some fish to put on the grill

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 charter trolling the reef in 120 ft. of water using a trolling spoon on one deep planner line and a sea witch on the second deep line. I worked the area from 100 ft. of water out to 200 ft. of water searching for the school of fish. We started getting action early on in the trip with the first bite on the sea witch. The first catch was a 30 lb. Wahoo – line screaming and pulling drag – Matt was the angler, and he did a good job bringing the fish to the side of the boat. The mate reached down, gagged the fish and put the Wahoo on ice. We continued trolling the reef catching Bonitos. They were weighing about 8 to 9 pounds each and getting bites on the spoon and surface rigger lines.

Next, we started catching Kingfish on the sea witch, and they were weighing about 10 pounds each. They were biting in shallower water along with the Bonitos. We continued catching Kingfish, Bonitos and four Barracudas for the better part of the morning. All of the Barracudas were released.

We decided to try deeper waters around a wreck, so we trolled the area and got a nice fish on, rigger line came down and line screaming off the reel. The fish started jumping and, low and behold, we had a Sailfish on. Scott got the reel and started fighting the Sailfish. We got some nice jumps out of the Sailfish, and after a good battle, Scott got the Sailfish to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken, the hook was removed and the Sailfish was released. Lines back in the water, and we went even deeper. I found a nice weed line, and caught a few more Barracudas.

It was now time to head back to the dock in Fort Lauderdale. 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

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

Jim and Madeleine Sharkey were down on vacation from Buffalo, New York and decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep-sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

We headed out the inlet, and as soon as we passed the jetties, we started seeing weed patches stretching out to 500 ft. of water. This can be a good thing, but for the first square mile, there was so much weed, we were unable to fish there. We had to make our way out if it until the weeds cleared up. We were about a mile south and a half mile offshore from the inlet when we were able to start fishing at the drop off, which is in 120 ft. deep, off of Fort Lauderdale.

Our spread of baits were 4 surface Ballyhoos and two deep plainer lines with sea witch and Bonito strips. We headed in and of out the reef structure, working over good areas which held bait. The first strike we had was just on top of a rock pile structure, and it hit the long deep plainer bait 6 times before finally getting hooked. This fish started pulling out a lot of drag, and then, suddenly, a Sailfish came up jumping out of the water. Even with the plainer attached and with a long leader, this fish broke the surface multiple times and jumped. Jim was the angler, and he did a great job fighting the Sailfish and bringing him to the side of the boat. We were able to get the hooks out and safely release the Sailfish.

Next, we put our trolling gear back in the water and started catching Kingfish and Bonitos. The average size Kingfish weighed 8 to 10 pounds and the same with the Bonitos. We reset and tried to catch some Mahi Mahi’s offshore, but never did find any

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

Harry Kuant, Anilda Kuant, Felipe and Kandy Londono and Jorge and Laura Riojas chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had cool weather with 75 degrees, winds blowing from the north – the water was very calm with a teal green color

We started the morning trolling the reefs in 120 ft. of water, 1.8 miles from shore north of Fort Lauderdale. We put out five surface baits rigged with Ballyhoo baits – two long baits and two short baits with one flat line close to the boat and one deep plainer line with a seawitch strip bait 50 feet down. We trolled from 120 ft. deep to 300 ft. of water and found a nice color change in 200 ft. The color change had bait fish hanging around it, and there was a little bit of current in the color change – we concentrated on this area.

We slow trolled the Ballyhoo baits along the edge of the color change. All of a sudden the right rigger came screaming down, and a giant Sailfish came jumping out of the water. Fish on! Jorge was the first angler, and he fought this Sailfish long and hard with gains and losses on the line. The Sailfish swam up and down the seas until it came up along side the boat for a photo and a release.

We continued back to trolling the reef in 200 ft. of water, where the color change was, changing angles and depths. We worked the area looking for another fish, when all of a sudden we got another huge bite. The line came ripping down – we had another big one on!! Felipe was the angler, and he jumped into the fighting chair, pulling back and reeling down on the Sailfish. He lost some line and gained it back until the Sailfish was along the side of the boat for a quick photo.

It was 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 hope to have everyone back 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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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

We had repeat customers, Ron and Ray, back for more sport fishing with the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. On this day, we had easterly winds at 15 mph with some clouds and 75 degrees, along with a light north current – the color of the water was deep blue.

We purchased a dozen live Goggle Eyes for baits from the marine store on the way out. Goggle Eyes are great baits, especially when the wind is blowing. Our plan was to do some kite fishing, as well as bottom fishing after we got a few hours of trolling in.

We started trolling the reef in 150 ft of water 1.8 miles from the shore north of Fort Lauderdale with two deep plainers and four surface lines. After trolling, we caught a couple of Bonitos, which are not edible fish, but are good fighting fish – we use the Bonitos for cut strips. I trolled north for an hour and found a good body of water with current and blue waters. At this spot we put out two kites in the air with four live Goggle Eye baits. We drifted with the current to the north passing over good reefs, along with schools of bait fish. A Sailfish showed up and fed on the long bait – we gave him some line, then set up on the fish, and we were hooked into a Sailfish. Ron was the first angler, and using our Shimano TLD 25, he worked the Sailfish up to the boat – we got our catch and then released it.

At this time we got pulled out to deeper waters, so we brought all the gear in, ran back to 120 ft. of water, where the live baits were schooling up. We reset our two kites back out with the four live baits and went back to fishing. Flying fish started showering around the boat with packs of a few dozen at a time. A Sailfish came up to the short bait, swam around the bait several times then swam away. Again, another Sailfish swims up to the short bait, sticks his dorsal out of the water and slowly swam away. Frustrating, but at least we knew we were fishing in the right area. This time the Sailfish crashed the long bait – we gave him some line then set the hooks. Ray was the angler on this second Sailfish. The Sailfish headed off shore, stretching up current and down current. With gains and losses, Ray got this 7 foot Sailfish to the side of the boat and was then released.

Next, we decided to try for Mahi Mahi and trolled out to 700 feet of water until the end of the trip. We had a great day fishing, but now it was 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 hope to have Ray and Ron back 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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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Dave and Rick from California and Gary and John from Pennsylvania were down in Fort Lauderdale and decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had choppy seas ranging from 3 to 4 feet and the wind was blowing out of the southeast.

As we left the inlet, we headed to the northeast of Fort Lauderdale where a structure lies in 300 feet of water – we started the day fishing in this spot. The water had a deep blue color, as well as some north current going about a nautical knot. We put out two kites – a right kite and a left kite – with two live Goggle Eyes for baits per kite. We had a perfect spread of baits, and I knew a Sailfish would be showing up.

After some time of working the kites, a Sailfish’s dorsal fin popped up on the left kite bait. Matt, our mate fed the Sailfish, and as the Sailfish got hooked, he came jumping out of the water. The Sailfish started ripping drag out and running all over to get away. Dave was the angler, and he did a super job reeling in the Sailfish to the side of the boat. The Sailfish was brought into the boat for photos, and was released into the water to swim away.

We went back to kite fishing and put the same set back out. This time a Mahi Mahi ate the Goggle Eye bait, and it gave us a good fight. The angler brought the Mahi to the side of the boat, where we gaffed him and put him on ice. Mahi’s are good eating fish.

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, Matt filet the Mahi for the anglers to enjoy for tonight’s 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

Brian Matthies, Eric Gilbert and Pat Banks were down in Fort Lauderdale from Baltimore and Chicago and chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

We started the morning catching live bullet Bonitos; we went to a local ship and caught the bait at the bow of the ship. The ship was anchored in 100 ft. of water and the live baits were swimming up current of the anchor chain. Next we trolled up to the north of Fort Lauderdale and fished over a sunken ship wreck. We did not catch anything trolling heading to the wreck, but when we got to the wreck, we sent down a live bait that we caught and hooked up with a large Amberjack.

We went back to the same wreck trying to catch another large Amberjack, but they would not bite a second time. Next, we switched over to kite fishing – flying two kites with four live baits – a right and left kite that flew a couple of hundred feet away from each other. The first Sailfish was caught by Brian, his Sailfish came up on the right short bait. Brian had a long and tough battle before bringing this stud Sailfish in the boat to get the hooks out and for a quick photo. We went right back to kite fishing, and within 30 minutes, we got hooked up with another Sailfish. This time Eric was the angler. This Sailfish ripped off a bunch of drag, and as we were fighting his fish, another Sailfish fed on the opposite side. All of a sudden, we had double header Sailfish. Both Pat and Eric did a great job bringing the Sailfish to the side of the boat. We got one photo and released both Sailfish.

With three Sailfish and one Amberjack, it was now time to head back to the dock. What a great job the anglers did bringing in the Sailfish. 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

Jason, Paul, Niles and Matt from Toronto chartered 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 catches and lots of action, which is what we set out to accomplish. We had clear skies and warm weather, with the days high at 75 degrees.

The best method of fishing has been trolling the reef from 100 ft. to 475 ft. of water. We left the dock and within 15-20 minutes we were in 120 ft. of water, 1.8 miles from shore south of Fort Lauderdale. We set out two plainers, a #8 and a #6, using Bonito strip baits and a sea witch. For surface baits we went with four Ballyhoos.

We zig zagged from 200 to 400 ft. of water heading south of Fort Lauderdale and started getting bites on both the plainer rods and the rigger line. The anglers took turns catching and wiring in the fish and caught one Sailfish, two Wahoos weighing 15 lbs. each and three Bonitos.

The guys wanted to try for a Shark, so next we got three Bonito Shark baits ready and put them out in 300 ft. of water – one on the bottom, one midrange and one on the surface. Shark fishing is a waiting game, and we tried for an hour but unfortunately, did not catch a 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. Matt, our mate, filet the fish for the angler to take home and enjoy.

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

Bill, Matt, David, Mike, Kirk and Dan 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 to have a fun day on the water and catch some fish.

I decided to head down to an area called the Hollywood pump which has treated water pumped out from the city of Hollywood. We started with our trolling spread from Dania Beach down to Hollywood with two deep plainer lines and three surface lines. We trolled the reef from 90′ of water to 200′ of water until we reached the Hollywood pump and worked the area going over and around the bubble.

There were plenty of live bait hanging around the up current side, and the Kingfish were showering the baits. Birds were diving and swooping down to catch the Ballyhoo having their own feeding frenzy. We changed over from our trolling spread to the live bait kite spread. I sent one right and one left kite a few hundred feet behind the boat with 4 live Goggle Eye baits (2 per kite) along with one deep bottom rod with a dead bait. We watched the Ballyhoo get hit on all angles from the Kingfish in the area and patiently waited for our bite. We did have a few nice Kingfish explode on our bait, but the three got away.

All of a sudden a Sailfish came up to the short kite bait, he fed and got hooked up. The Sailfish started jumping out of the water. He made a long run almost spooling the reel. Our first angler reeled like crazy to retrieve the line. All the guys had a turn angling the Sailfish and the 6th angler brought the Sailfish to the side of the boat. We brought the Sailfish into the boat, removed the hooks, got a photo and put the Sailfish back in the water to live another day.

Next we went back to trolling the reef catching two Kingfish. The fish were about 10 pounds each, and they both ate the deep plainer lines.

It was 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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