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

Cindy Iron and her family 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 in 150 feet of water with our best spread of 4 surface lines which included Ballyhoos, strips and chugger baits and two deep plainer lines with spoons and Bonito strips.

We started getting bites around the sea buoy off of Fort Lauderdale. We had a light northerly current, and as we were trolling to the north, we stopped getting bites. So I changed directions and started heading back to the south of Fort Lauderdale at a slower speed – we then started getting more bites, which were Bonitos. What also worked was heading from shallow waters to deep waters diagonally and then back to shallow waters again. This works especially good when we are working a group of fish. We got one Kingfish weighing 8 to 9 lbs. and hooked into Bonitos weighing about the same, 8 to 9 lbs. The best bites we were getting were on the spoon and on the deep plainer lines.

With a total of 1 Kingfish and 9 Bonitos, it was not 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

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

Ken Rosenfield, Michelle Lanno and Chandra Arbuckle from Boston chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After doing her research on Tripadvisor, Michelle contacted us to discuss the type of fishing she wanted to do and when we could accommodate them. So she reserved the boat, and off we went to catch a large Shark.

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 and four surface baits. As we trolled the reefs, we caught a couple of Bonitos and a Black Fin Tuna.

The water was changing and looking very promising for Shark fishing so we set out three Shark baits – one bottom, one midrange and one surface – and set out one kite with two live Goggle Eyes in 400 ft. of water. The wine bottle was opened, and the anglers poured themselves some wine while they relaxed and waited patiently for his arrival. Then it happened – hooked up with the midrange bait. Slowly the fish starts heading towards the east of Fort Lauderdale to deeper waters. Then he picked up speed and the rod tip started bouncing – a good indication that it may be a Thresher Shark as the tail was hitting the leader. Michelle hopped into the fighting chair first – after a good exhausting fight, it was time to change anglers and Ken jumped into the chair. After two hours and twenty minutes, the monster made his appearance – a Thresher Shark measuring 12 ft. long. Mark, our mate, wired the fish and brought it to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken, hooks were removed and the Shark was released and swam away wagging his tail at us.

It was a long and hard fight for the anglers and crew, but well rewarded. Job well done, Michelle, Ken and Mark.

It was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the last of their wine on the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock, Mark filet the Tuna 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

Tony, Bill, Rick, Ryan, Neil and George, a group of guys from the Boston area, 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 nice temperature today, in the mid 70’s, and easterly winds blowing 15 mph. The seas were choppy at 3 to 4 feet.

We started the trip with kite fishing in 150 ft. of water, 1.8 miles from shore north of Fort Lauderdale. We put out two kites with two live Goggle Eyes from each kite. The first couple of baits in the water got attacked right away – within the first 5 minutes – catching one Kingfish and missing another one. We reset our spread of baits back out only to have another couple of Kingfish tear through the spread, cutting our Goggle Eye baits in half with their razor sharp teeth.

We moved out a little deeper to avoid the Kingfish attack, and after some time, we caught a Mahi Mahi, followed by a nice big Barracuda, which gave us a good fight.

With little to no time left in the trip, the dead bait we had put out close to the bottom got hit, and the rod bent over so hard it almost touched the water line. We were hooked up to a real nice Shark. The Shark ripped off a ton of line as he headed offshore. We hooked up the Shark in 350 feet of water, and after an hour fight, it took us out to 500 feet of water. All the guys in the group took turns fighting this Shark until we got him to the side of the boat. The Shark turned out to be a 10 ft. Big Eye Thresher. Pictures were taken and the Shark was released.

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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How To Cast Plugs At Night FromThe Shoreline!

When i go out at night it can be dangerous. Besides not seeing what you’re doing i also don’t want to get stabbed by my hooks to watching my footing on slippery boulders to transversing lava flows. I try to limit what i’m actually carrying & will pre-fabricate everything ahead of time from leaders to lures.

So when i go plug popping i use my smaller lighter lures. I use a universal monofilament leadering system for all my loose plugs to make it easier & safer. And i try to stay away from trebles, i tend to favor single & trailer assist hooks. Why? Try to fight fish at night with sharp trebles to releasing those thrashing fish without stabbing yourself. Not fun. I use trebles for my larger lures & i pinch the barbs in to make them barbless. You may hook fish easier using trebles but with 2 sets of singles the lures “pop” nicer & the fish you C&R have less hook damage.

I use Hammer Bombs as my cast assist delivery. You can use lead heavy to surface “leadless” to glowing & flashing balls for nocturnal use. And as the name implies they can take a hammer blow & still function. I’ll show how i combine the Hammer Bombs to my lures for easy swapping, even at night. I use a AO Insulated Backpack & a fanny pack for my gear, food, ice & personals. My hands only hold my fishing rod (if i use my rod holder on my fanny pack belt i don’t even need my hands).

This system WORKS. If you’re casting plugs, grubs, or baits it’s a proven way to cast at night.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quBBKUKet0I



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