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Great Day Deep Sea Fishing

Capt. David Zsak
August 21, 2021
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

We had a great day deep sea fishing with the Vanover Automotive Group from Virginia.

The guys were down in Fort Lauderdale on vacation and wanted to catch some fish and have fun.

We left Bahia Mar and started heading to the fishing grounds located just a few miles off the beach. Nice conditions for the day with 12 mph of Easterly wind and a light North current which is ideal for fishing.

The trolling spread consisted of two deep planner lines with sea witch lures and a strip bait. The surface rigger lines all swimming Ballyhoos and we started trolling over the drop off which is located in 150' of water.

We had early success hooking and catching King Mackerel and Bonita trolling the reef. Soon as the planner got hit the guys started reeling until the planner came up to the surface then we removed the planner and gaffed the fish and right into the fish box. I worked out to deeper water finding some Black Fin Tunas. They will school up and sometimes get two or more on at once. We are fishing a spread of lures that will also attract Sailfish and Wahoo.

I continued working the reef heading North from shallower water to deeper water keeping the guys busy. They were taking turns bringing the fish in and having a great time.

Next we decided to put out a kite spread. I'll stop the boat and position the bow into the current. We put two kites up in the air with live baits. Also put a bottom rod down with a dead bait in hopes to hook anything hunting on the bottom.

We didn't have to wait too long before a Hammerhead shark showed up to one of the surface kite baits. The shark fed and the angler was ready to set the hook. He ran off a lot of drag and after a good fight we were able to bring the shark alongside the boat, remove the hook and successfully release the hammerhead.

We went back to kite fishing with the same spread of baits and it didn't take long until another Hammerhead about the same size came up and fed on one of the live goggle eyes. The angler fed the fish and again coming tight and hooking the shark. This fight was a little bit longer as we were fighting the fish on lighter tackle. Once alongside the boat we removed the hook and released the Hammerhead Shark.

We cleared out the kite gear and started trolling in deeper water at a faster speed hoping to hook a Wahoo, they will hang on the deeper side of the drop off. We got a couple planner bites which turned out to be Bonita and Tuna. Now it was time to head back to the dock, the guys did a great job on the days fishing. When we arrived back to the marina at the filet table we cut the Tuna and King Mackerel for the guys to enjoy for dinner.

To book your Fort Lauderdale fishing charter contact Capt. Dave Zsak at 954-439-8106

Tight lines,

Capt. Dave Zsak

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Fishing on the charter boat "Happy Day Today" a 46' Hatteras sport fish. Everything is included in the charter (all tackle, licensing, ice, coolers, air condition salon and bait) We are a locally based charter boat fishing out of Bahia Mar and have done so since 1980. Offering half day, 3/4 and full day charters. See website at: www.topshotfishing.com

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33060
Phone: 954-439-8106
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