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Fresh Ocean Air - Exactly what we Needed

Capt. David Zsak
April 29, 2020
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

Our first trip back since the end of March and the shut down due to Covid-19. It was badly needed after being indoors for 4 weeks. The fresh air and open ocean was exactly what was needed. Our trip was a successful one before we even left the dock and catching fish was a huge bonus.

We fished Harrison and Stephanie Joss with family from Pompano Beach Florida. They picked a day fishing out of Fort Lauderdale that couldn't have been better with clear skies and calm seas. A half day fishing trip aboard the Happy Day Today and Top Shot Fishing.

We started out the day trolling in 150' of water with two deep planners and four surface lines. The deep planners get the baits down 50 feet and will release when a fish is on. We also fished Ballyhoo and Seawitch strip baits on the surface, two long and two short.

We started getting bites right away on both the short and long planner lines. Harrison and Stephanie took turns getting behind the planner rods catching King Mackerel. Once they reeled in the fish to the planner there is another 70 feet of leader to wire in and when the fish has reached the transom the first mate reaches out with a gaff and brings the fish in the boat. We ended of catching 10 King Mackerel and one Bonita. We then decided to try for Snappers and a Shark. The first mate rigged a bait tossed it in the water and sent the bait down to the bottom. Before he could set the bait back away from the boat the rod bent over and we had a big one on. Harrison and his wife took turns fighting the fish. After a some good runs and hard fighting the fish came up and it was a Golden Hammerhead. We wired the shark to the back of the boat, snapped a few photos, removed the hooks and released this awesome fish.

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Lastly we tried to catch Snappers and sent down a rig with multiple hooks and cut bait. Once the rod jerked rapidly they were on the line and we nailed some fresh Snappers for the grill. Threw them on ice and now it was time to head home back to our dock in Fort Lauderdale at the Bahia Mar. It was a great day on the water with some good friends starting to feel somewhat normal again.

We are open for charter and please call Capt. Dave Zsak at 954-439-8106 with fishing questions and or to book a deep sea fishing charter.

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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Topshotfishing Charters
801 Sea Breeze Blvd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33060
Phone: 954-439-8106
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