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

Matt Gasparro from Phoenix, AZ was down in Fort Lauderdale on a business convention held by Cisco, along with Todd, Chris, Kim and Dave and decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fifteen/twenty minutes after leaving the dock, we were fishing by the sea buoy north of Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started off trolling with two plainers down, one with a pink and blue sea witch and the other with a blue and white sea witch, both had double hooked Bonito strips. For surface baits we went with two Mullet strips and two Bonito strips. As we trolled the reefs, ranging from 80 ft. out to 200 ft. of water, we got a couple of short Kingfish bites and caught a couple of Bonitos.

From there we decided to do some Shark fishing and headed out to 300 ft. of water. In the past few days, we have caught three Thresher Sharks out here, and now we were hoping to catch #4. We put out one surface, midrange and bottom Shark baits. It did not take too long before a dorsal fin popped up by the surface bait – hooked up. The Shark peeled off the line from the 80 International Reel. Matt was our angler and he jumped into the fighting to do battle. After a 45 minute battle, Mark, our mate, grabbed a hold of the leader and wired in the Hammerhead Shark. Pictures were taken, hooks were removed and the Shark was set free to fight again. Congratulations Matt on 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, 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

JP Fyans, his wife, Kristin, and sons, 9 year old Jackson and 5 year old Chuck, were down in Fort Lauderdale from Illinois on a work/ vacation trip and decided to charter the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The boys were pumped up to get their first salt water fish – whenever we have junior anglers, we use light tackle spinners

We started fishing by the sea buoy in 110 ft. of water, 1.8 miles from shore north of Fort Lauderdale, using a chum bag and cut bait. Both Jackson and Chuck started catching Blue Runners, Rainbow Runners and File Fish. One after another, they took turns on the spinning tackle.

After the boys caught a bunch of fish, we then moved off to deeper waters looking for larger prey. We set out one live Goggle Eye bait and one dead bait on the kite and two deep baits, which were set at 200 ft. and 300 ft. We had a shark come up to the surface bait and attempt to eat the bait more than 5 times. He would charge the bait, then turn away and disappear. The Shark finally fed, and we set the hooks just for a short period before pulling the Shark off.

We reset our baits and waited for another opportunity. Along comes another nice Shark. This time he fed properly, and we got hooked up on the Shark. Our mate cleared out the rest of the lines, and JP started angling the Shark, with a lot of big runs, diving deep and from side to side – this Shark wanted nothing to do with us. JP brought the Shark to the side of the boat where we removed the hooks and took a quick photo. This awesome Shark was released 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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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Walter, Victor, Ryan and Andy were down from Buffalo, NY to do some sport fishing 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 started out the fishing trip targeting large fish and went right out to the deeper waters where the Sailfish and the Sharks have been traveling. We put out two kites with two live Goggle Eyes for baits from each kite as well as one deeper Shark bait. From there we went to the drop off, and put out three baits, two baits were for Sharks – one bait on the surface and one bait 200 ft. deep. Within an hour, a Shark came swimming around the surface bait and made a few turns searching for the bait. The Shark found the bait, ate it and the Shark was on. The Shark dumped a few hundred yards of line, screaming out drag. The angler battled the Shark for over an hour with some gains and losses before the Shark finally came close enough to grab the leader line – it was a 250 lb Hammerhead Shark. Pictures were taken and the Shark was released to fight another day.

Next, we came into shallower water and put out a full live bait spread with two Goggle Eye baits on the left and right kites. After an hour of keeping the baits in their positions, a White Marlin came up to the left short bait. He slashed at the bait a few times missing it until his final attempt, engulfing it. The White Marlin swam and fed for 60 seconds, then came up jumping out of the water a few times. Ryan was the angler – we strapped him into the fighting chair and he started fighting the White Marlin. Ryan had him on for 30 minutes but the White Marlin ended up breaking the leader. An exciting time was had on this fishing trip.

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

Louis, Alexandra, Jeremy and Bree 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 out trolling in 150 feet of water north of Fort Lauderdale looking to target Blackfin Tuna. The fishing spread we used was: four surface lines with Tuna feathers and 2 deep lines with Ballyhoo’s. I worked from 100 feet out to 400 feet of water, zigzagging back and forth. These fish will move to different depths depending on the water and temperature. After working a reef structure and narrowing down the best conditions, we got a double header of Mahi Mahi bites. The anglers fought the Mahi Mahi’s, bringing both to the side of the boat. Matt, our mate, put them on ice.

We continued trolling north of Fort Lauderdale when the deep Ballyhoo line ripped off drag – we had a nice Black Fin Tuna on the line. After catching the Tuna we decided to try for something larger. The trolling lines came in, and we set out one kite with two live Goggle Eyes as baits. We also put out two Shark baits – one on the surface and one deep down. Once set up, we kept the live baits on the surface and the Shark baits in line. All of sudden, we had a huge bite on the surface bait, and the line ripped out. Jeremy was the angler and started fighting the Shark. After a good battle, Jeremy got the Shark to the side of the boat – it was a Hammerhead. We were able to get the hooks out, snapped a few photos and released 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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