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    Saltwater Reports
    03/25/19 01:13 PM
    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

    Bobby and Kaitlen Barnes chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip 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. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale, due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off. The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore.

    We started the morning trolling to the south, and we caught a few Bonitas. Once we found the blue water with bait fish in 150 feet of water, we decided to live bait kite fish with 2 kites and sent out the first kite with two live Goggle Eyes. The second kite had a dead bait and a live bait. As soon as we got the baits in position, a Hammerhead Shark started eating the dead bait. We set the hook and had him on for a minute, and then the hook pulled out of his mouth. We reset the baits, and the Shark showed up again, circling around the baits. After a good show with his dorsal out of the water thrashing on the water, he finally tried us again, but this time the hook was set deep in his mouth and we had him on. The Shark gave a good fight, and after some time of fighting him, the angler got the Hammerhead Shark up along side the boat for a photo and got released.

    We set back up with the same spread of baits. I looked out to the long bait and saw a dorsal fin and yelled down to the mate to get ready. It was a Sailfish, and he ate the Goggle Eye bait – hooked up! The Sailfish’s first run was heading towards the beach. He made some good jumps in the air pulling off lots of drag. After a good fight, we got him to the boat and released the Sailfish to fight another day.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying 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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    Inshore Fishing
    03/23/19 04:24 AM
    March has produced unreliable weather conditions and water levels this month do to full moom have been super high making conditions tough to fish during high tide.

    Rising water temperatures equals great snook action. Snook are just about everywhere you look. Docks, seawalls and flats are teaming with schoolie snook and big female snook. Live baits and DOA artificial lures produce strikes. The average size of the snook have been from 5 to 25 pounds. Sight fishing for snook is a blast and can easily make an angler tremble and knees buckle, as nerves take over, this is what fishing is all about.

    Mangrove shorelines and seawalls have been producing great black drum action. Black drum relies on scent, anglers using shrimp, clams, and crabs have best results, but and flies also work. The key to drum fishing is patients and great vision these fish blend in well with their surroundings. The average size of the drum has been 5 to 20 pounds.

    Freshwater action has been stellar in local lakes and canals. Bridges and channels were water has current produces bass, knife fish and peacock bass. Live baits and DOA terror eyz great baits to get the strike

    Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-437. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, twitter and youtube.
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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    03/22/19 12:02 AM
    Here are some Flexible Blade Arm spinnerbaits for Inshore Saltwater Fishing. They are produced by Redbone Bait Company The one called Gold Rush color scheme was requested by some guys who fish Venice Louisiana and they say it produces fantastic. Check them out at www.redbonebaitcompany.com
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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    03/21/19 11:52 PM
    There is a new spinnerbait to the market. It has a Flexible Blade Arm which is different from regular spinnerbaits with a Rigid Blade Arm. The Flexible Blade Arm allows the blade to spin in a erratic action which the Bass are not used to. You can trow into cover without getting pinned between sticks and diversifies where you can throw it. The Flexible Blade Arm makes it more weedless also. On a Stop and Go retrieve it pulses which entices the fish to Strike. They are sold by Redbone Bait Company
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    Bass Fishing
    03/21/19 11:34 PM
    There is a new kind of spinnerbait to the market, i have been using it and found that it was more productive than a regular spinnerbait. Here are some pics of the catches. It being made by a company called Redbone Bait Company. Check them out.
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    Saltwater Reports
    03/21/19 02:02 PM

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

    Jim Carroccia and his family chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had clear skies with pretty blue waters with some scattered weed.

    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. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale, due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off. The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore.

    We started trolling the reef line drop off north of Fort Lauderdale and started the trip catching bait around an anchored ship in 150 of water. We caught a hand full of Bonita using jig lures. We then started trolling up the reef line trolling over wreck and rock structures. The first bite we got was right on top of a wreck, and we caught a Kingfish. We continued trolling and got double header bites. We fought those fish and got a full grown Bonita. I continued trolling north and caught another few Bonitas.

    We decided to change things up and went into kite fishing. We put a kite up in the air with a couple of live baits and a bait down on the bottom. All of a sudden, I saw a black shadow underneath the live bait, and it was Sailfish. Jacob was our angler, and he started fighting the Sailfish. The Sailfish jumped out of the water, making big runs and came back up jumping again. After a great fight, we got the Sailfish up to the boat, removed the hooks, got a photo and released the Sailfish. We went back to trolling and picked up another few Bonitas.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying 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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    Offshore Fishing
    03/18/19 02:16 PM

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

    Jeff, JT, James and Tony, who are college friends down from Boston, chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL The seas were 2 to 3 foot with easterly winds with a light chop.

    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. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale, due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off. The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore.

    We started the morning catching baits called Bonita at an anchored ship. The ship was anchored in 150 feet of water, and these baits will school around the front and bottom of the hull, which gives them structure. We were using smaller jigs and catching them close to the side of the ship. All the anglers took turns catching the fish, and we ended up catching 10 of them.

    Next, we decided to kite fish. We used two kites, a left and a right kite, with 4 live baits, using a release kite clip so that when a fish strikes the line will fall from the kite. We also put a bait on the bottom with a 1 pound lead, and we were using a king head targeting larger fish. Then a Sailfish came up to feed on the long bait, and I yelled down to the guys – Sailfish! The angler, Jeff, set the hook, started reeling the tight line in. The Sailfish jumped multiple times and made some big runs going deep and back to the surface. After a good battle, the Sailfish came up alongside the boat, we got a measure, snapped a photo, removed the hook then released the Sailfish back into the ocean to be caught another day. The Sailfish swam away good and was in a healthy condition.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying 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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    Bank Fishing
    03/15/19 06:29 PM
    We’ve been having a blast fishing for Peacocks and Bass in Palm Beach County. Fishing moving water preferably on a windward bank has given us a lot more largemouth bites, and the Peas were able to pretty much site fish for throwing gambler fat ace worms and live shiners for the bucket mouths and it has been non stop. I throw a buck tail hair jig to pea cocks I see and beds. Just work it slow and bounce it on the bottom and it’s been very productive. Also bright colored, orange and red crank baits/jerk baits work well for the peas. It’s been a blast!
    Get ya some!

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    Inshore Fishing
    03/15/19 06:14 PM
    Hey y’all been meaning to post more just caught up with work.

    The Trout bite has been real steady and we’ve been catching some quality fish. Throwing all plastics. DOA Bait Busters and CAL jigs, split tail jerk baits and paddle tails. Fishing moving water and finding bait has been key. On the east bank of he IRL we’ve found some good schools of trouts, and jacks. Bigger trout have been in ambush spots....if there is a good drop off from the flat with moving water they wait for that bait to present itself and smack it. Snook have been making an appearance off the docks on the west side. More of my bites have been in the shallower side of the docks not always in the shadow lines. But moving water is key. And when you find bait I always make a few extra casts to ambush points that look fishy. Cal jigs and doa shrimp have been my bait of choice on the west side. I’ve seen a few tarpon roaming the flats and on the docks in the west side as well.

    Have at them!

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    Saltwater Reports
    03/15/19 12:34 PM

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

    Jim Cochrane and his son, John, from St. Augustine chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale, FL - Captain JB was at the helm.

    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. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale, due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off. The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore.

    We started trolling the reef line drop off north of Fort Lauderdale searching for an area favorable to do live bait kite fishing. In our search, I stopped by one of our wrecks in 220 ft. of water and put down a live Goggle Eye for bait. In a short time, the rod bent over, and I went ahead with the boat to avoid the fish going into the wreck. After a twenty minute battle, John and Jim fought the fish, which was a 30 lb. Amberjack, and brought it to the side of the boat, where our mate, Russ, put the fish in the boat for picture taking, removed the hook and the Amberjack was released to fight again. We set up again on top of the wreck with the same set up and another Amberjack was caught and released.

    There was a color change rip forming in 185 ft. of water north of Fort Lauderdale which looked very promising, so I put out two kites with live bait on each of the kites. Everybody was waiting for his appearance – black shadow – right long – bill and dorsal out of the water, as the Sailfish chased the live Goggle Eye bait around until he succeeded – hooked up. The Sailfish came out of the water exposing his beautiful neon colors. After a good battle, the anglers brought the Sailfish to the side of the boat for picture taking. The Sailfish was released to fight another day. Congratulations Jim and John for a job well done.

    It was now time to head back to the dock. The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying 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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    Inshore Fishing
    03/15/19 02:45 AM
    Spring weather has taken over the palm beaches, sunshine, moderate winds and longer days on the water.

    Snook are the main attraction offering anglers plenty of bent rods and memories to take home. Docks, sea walls, flats and mangrove shorelines all areas to find snook ambushing bait schools. Live baits, fly and DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail on a 1/4 ounce jig head common arsenal. Snook are active from sunrise to sunset keeping anglers smiling all day.

    Tarpon are gathering in channels striking live baits free lined with the tide. DOA bait busters another great bait to get hooked up with the silver king. The juvenile tarpon are abundant in the back bays and canals, as the bigvtaron ranging from 60 to 110 are in inlets and deeper channels.

    The big jacks are active striking mullet along sea walls and shallow flats. The jacks are explosive and bigger spinning gear is a must do to the size of the jacks ranging from 15 to 30 pounds.

    Freshwater the water levels are low in lake okeechobee, so most of the fishing has been done in local lake and canals. DOA C.A.L 8” trick worm in watermelon red glitter rigged Texas style the go to bait. Peacock bass and clown knife fish are being caught along sea walls and bridge pilings using live baits.

    Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight
    Lines! PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 5616444371. Visit us on Facebook, instagram and Twitter.
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    Open Freshwater Discussion
    03/12/19 09:02 PM
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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    03/12/19 04:00 PM
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    UNDERSPINS:

    Two new color patterns for Underspins from www.jigs4bass.com

    * Available in weights: 3/8 and ½ oz.
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    The polished nickel willow blade pulsates imitating a distressed bait fish and provides maximum flash. The under-belly premium blade is attached via a premium Crane roller swivel, for maximum flash with zero line twist. A unique addition of a weed guard makes this bait suitable for all cover types.
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    Inshore Fishing
    03/10/19 01:34 PM
    I’m hoping for an early spring here on the Indian River Backcountry and Mosquito Lagoon at New Smyrna Beach, water temperatures still chilly around 60’ F but warm daytime temps up to 80’ as of now in late winter 2019 should raise the water temps soon and bring on spring fishing patterns a little early this year. I’m already seeing schools of Glass Minnow baitfish which is one of the first signs of spring in the Intracoastal Waterway, Mullet, Pilchards, and Sardines should soon follow along with our migratory game fish Bluefish, Pompano, Jack Crevalle, and Ladyfish which should arrive in big schools soon on their northward spring time path making for lots of fun fast action from all these hard pulling surface action fish. Our local resident fish will also become more active as water temps climb, Seatrout, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Redfish, Snook, Mangrove Snapper and more with all the big variety of fish species here in our inshore saltwater lagoon system. Dawn from Maryland out with me recently with a nice winter Black Drum which we CPR’d, catch-photo-release ……………………

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    Winter and early spring is always Sheepshead time, they are a chilly water fish, and eat primarily crustaceans so our shrimp baits are to their liking, Nicky from Maine with a good one ………………….

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    Never know what surprise catches will bite here in the back waters, Liz from California got a big kick with a big battle and photo with a fun Shark …………………….

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    Black Drum are one of the staple backcountry good fish here, fun hard pullers and make for great photos, Longtime regular client Mike from Ohio with another nice one …………………….

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    Linda from Indiana also showing off a good winter Black Drum from a recent trip ………………..

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    Redfish can be more of a challenge now days to catch here, but we still do catch a few, even I get to catch a fish sometimes, me with a fun size Red on artificial lure ………………

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    We do catch a few Snook, since we are in the very northern part of their range since they are a sub tropical fish and can’t handle a freeze during the winter so the numbers are still rebuilding after our last freeze about a year ago, Ray with a fun little Snook on a recent trip ………………..

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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
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    Saltwater Reports
    03/08/19 03:16 PM
    Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak


    Charles Sanderson and friends from Fort Lauderdale chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip 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. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off. The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore.

    We started trolling the reef line drop off north of Fort Lauderdale with 2 planners down, one with a #2 drone spoon and the other with a blue and pink sea witch in front of a double hooked Bonito strip. For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips. As we trolled the reef, our first strike was on the drone spoon on the planner rod, which produced a 12 lb. Kingfish. We worked the reef line ranging from 100 ft. of water out to 200 ft. and continued trolling north of Fort Lauderdale heading towards some of our wrecks in that area. While in this area, the anglers caught another couple of Kingfish, a big Barracuda and a couple of Bonitos.

    The anglers decided they wanted to do some Shark fishing, so we headed towards one of our wrecks located in 165 ft. of water. We put out three Shark baits, one on the bottom, one midrange and one on the surface. As the anglers were enjoying the beautiful Fort Lauderdale weather, the bottom rod bent over – hooked up! The fishing line exited the 80 International Reel. All of the boys took turns reeling in the Shark. Russ, our mate, wired the Shark, and brought to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken and the Shark was released.

    With three Kingfish, one Barracuda, two Bonitos and a Shark, it was now time to head back to the dock. The happy anglers retired into the a/c salon watching the plasma TV and enjoying the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. Russ fillet the fish for the anglers 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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    03/07/19 05:07 PM
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    Inshore Fishing
    03/07/19 01:47 AM
    The weather has been superb, plenty of sunshine, happy fish and smiling anglers.

    Snook fishing is stellar along mangrove shorelines, docks and seawalls. Top water lures, DOA C.A.L. 3” shad and live baits have been the main forage. Anglers have been catching three different species of snook, thee are four species total. The snook are also active along shorelines making for great fly fishing. The bite will stay strong as water temperatures continue to warm.

    Tarpon continue to gather along channel edges and back bays. The main tactic has been live bait but DOA C.A.L. 3” shad tail glow / gold rush belly also trigger strikes. The inlets are holding bigger tarpon, live mullet freelined gets the drag screaming.

    The intercostal waterway is teaming with big jacks, drum, snapper, mackerel, sheepshead and many other species. Jigging or live baits provide bent rods.

    Freshwater action is great for largemouth along drop offs and grassy edges. DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk baits rigged weedless and small top water baits both work great. The clown knife fish and crappie have been teaming along seawalls and bridges.

    Well that is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines!

    PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 5616444371 visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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    Saltwater Reports
    03/02/19 12:44 PM

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


    Jeff Barrack and his son, 10 year old Jack, along with Jeff’s father-in-law all from Pennsylvania chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team for a private deep sea charter boat sport fishing trip 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. If you venture off another ¼ of a mile, you would find yourself in 500 ft. of water, which we exclusively have here in Fort Lauderdale due to Fort Lauderdale’s extreme drop off. The further north you go, the further the drop off swings off shore.

    We started trolling the reef line drop off south of Fort Lauderdale with 2 planners down with sea witches in front of a double hooked Bonito strip. For surface baits we had four Bonito strips. As we trolled the reef, I headed towards one of our 34 artificial wrecks located in 145 ft. of water. With two swings and a misses, we kept trolling the area, but had no luck, so I decided to do some Shark fishing. We set up in 120 ft. of water close to one of the wrecks and put out two Shark baits, one on the bottom and one on the surface, and a live Goggle Eye from the rigger. As we waited for his arrival, the outrigger line snapped out, and a Sailfish appeared. With leaps and bounds and showing his spectacular neon colors, the Sailfish tail-walked away from the boat. After a short while, the Sailfish pulled the hook, however, we did enjoy watching the Sailfish do his acrobatic jumps.

    All of a sudden the bottom rod bent over – hooked up – Shark on – as the father and son team enjoyed the fight with the father-in-law cheering them on. After a forty-five minute battle, Jack brought the Shark to the side of the boat. Rusty, our mate, wired in the Shark. Pictures were taken and the Shark was released to fight again. With a great accomplishment for a 10 year old angler and with shouts of congratulations, Jack had a big smile on his face.

    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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    News & Announcements
    02/28/19 10:11 PM

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    Fishing: Knowledge is Power

    NEW Raymarine Element Sonar/GPS delivers top technologies with speed and simplicity


    Knowledge is power—and the Element™ CHIRP sonar/GPS series from Raymarine gives you the power to make smarter decisions on the water. Built for anglers who want to stay ahead of the game, Element delivers the sharpest view of the underwater world with HyperVision™ 1.2-megahertz super high-resolution sonar technology.



    HyperVision technology takes DownVision, SideVision, and Raymarine RealVision 3D sonar to the next level of precision imaging and fish identification, showing structures, vegetation, and fish with lifelike detail and clarity from a single all-in-one transducer.

    All Element models—7”, 9” and 12”—feature a fast onboard quad-core processor delivering instantaneous chart redraw, smooth RealVision 3D imaging and quick response while underway.

    Simple keypad controls combined with Raymarine’s new LightHouse Sport operating system let anglers spend more time focused on the fish, not the instruction manual. An oversized waypoint key marks favorite fishing spots, while Element’s RealBathy™ personal depth map generator allows anglers to create their own high-definition bathymetric sonar maps in real-time.

    Element is available now from Raymarine dealers and retailers. MSRP starts at $679.99.

    For more information, visit http://www.raymarine.com/element.

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    02/28/19 10:04 PM

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    The Texas Rig, Reimagined for Redfish

    Z-Man’s® free-swinging Texas Eye™ Jighead sheds snags, activates ElaZtech®

    The possibilities make casting arms twitch with confidence: a snag-shedding jighead with built-in articulation and action. Z-Man Fishing, known for its patented ChatterBait® bladed jigs and next-generation ElaZtech softbaits, has in recent years also become a go-to source for smart, versatile jigheads. The new Texas Eye Jighead might be the progressive tackle company’s most innovative design to date. Melding a weedless Texas rig with a free-pivoting jighead, the Texas Eye gives anglers an unbeatable one-two punch..

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    “For fishing through thick grass, the Texas Eye is already the ultimate redfish jig,” says Mark Cowart, an exceptional Florida based angler who claimed 8th and 2nd place finishes at the final two IFA Redfish tournaments of the 2018 season. “The Texas Eye is the only jighead my son (Captain Michael Cowart) and I threw during the last two IFA events. Reasons are simple: the jig’s unbelievably weedless and gives our favorite Z-Man baits a ton of lifelike movement.”

    At the 2016 ICAST show, the Cowarts met Ralph Phillips and Dave Fladd, jig-designing maestros of the original Eye Strike® Jig— a classic inshore jighead. “Mark and Michael explained to us exactly what they wanted in a weedless jighead,” recalls Fladd. “They gave us specific design suggestions that served as a blueprint for building the perfect tournament jigs. The Weedless Eye™ has become a staple in anglers’ arsenals. But the new Texas Eye might be even better.”

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    “The Weedless Eye remains the ideal jig for search-fishing around oyster beds and sparse marsh grass,” notes Cowart. “But for super-demanding presentations—spooky, selective redfish and heavier grass in places like the Louisiana marsh— we needed a tool that took things to the next level.”

    Fladd, an optical engineer, acknowledges that the design goal of the Texas Eye was to build a fresh- and saltwater jig that married the snag-immunity of a Texas rig with the frenetic movements of a free-swinging jighead.

    Phillips, a pioneering saltwater angler and one of the early inshore guides in the Charleston, South Carolina area, built his original jigs to maximize what he calls the “eye factor.” “I learned years ago while fishing offshore that the most productive lures, by far, were those sporting large accentuated eyes,” observed Phillips. “Predator fish of all kinds key on the eyes of their prey like no other anatomical feature.

    “It’s why the Texas Eye Jighead starts with a set of oversized eyeballs.”

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    From there, the team fleshed out the other critical details: an up-angled eyelet for heads-up bait posture during the retrieve; a flat-sided, planing head for stability and a spoon-like swimming motion; a tapered, streamlined angle to the eyelet for natural grass deflection. Rather than affixed permanently to the hook, the Texas Eye Jighead connects loosely to a free-swinging 3/0 VMC® hook for maximum movement of the trailing bait.

    “Unlike other swing-heads,” says Fladd, “our line-tie is positioned above the centerline, presenting the jig’s oversized eyes horizontally and swimming the soft plastic trailer in a natural, heads-up position. At rest on bottom, buoyant ElaZtech baits rise, tail up—a totally natural posture.”

    Molded to the hook, a streamlined “hangnail” bait-keeper pins ElaZtech and other softbaits to the base of the jighead. Fladd and Cowart built it to make rigging quick and easy. Moreover, the black nickel hook is sized to match most Z-Man ElaZtech profiles. Fladd suggests marrying the Texas Eye Jighead with a Swimmin’ Trout Trick, Trout Trick Jerk ShrimpZ, DieZel MinnowZ, 3” MinnowZ or 4” Scented Jerk ShadZ.

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    “The Texas Eye Jighead gives us the flexibility to reach redfish in some super tricky situations,” says Cowart. “We’ve all seen those super-selective redfish, tailing in shallow water. We take a Z-Man Big TRD, trim it down an inch, and put it on the Texas Eye hook. Throw it a few feet in front of a bull red, and just barely move it, deadstick it. The pivoting hook lets the buoyant TRD float tail-up off bottom while the jighead digs into the silt, just like a burrowing shrimp. Big redfish wolf it.”

    The opposite of finesse, the Cowarts also rig a DieZel MinnowZ swimbait on a ¼-ounce Texas Eye jig with baitcasting gear and 60-pound braid, working right through the dense marsh grass. “The shimmying jighead and soft, buoyant bait swim hard and articulate beautifully, even when tied direct to the heavy braid. We’ve even done well punching the bait through holes in matted vegetation, letting it flutter to bottom where redfish race down and crush it. The hook’s stout enough to flip 6-pound redfish right into the boat. We’ve even caught tarpon on it.”

    Matching a wide variety of ElaZtech and other traditional softbaits, new Z-Man Texas Eye Jigheads are available in 1/8-, 3/16- and ¼-ounce weights and five eye-catching colors. For more information visit www.zmanfishing.com.

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    Tournament angler Mark Cowart calls the Texas Eye his ultimate redfish jig.

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    Trading Post - Swap - Classifieds
    02/28/19 08:30 PM
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    Finesse Football Jigs from www.jigbass.com

    Weights: 1/4 , 3/8 & 1/2 oz.

    Mustad Wide Gap black nickle, round bend , 60 degree , Extra Heavy Hook

    weed guard and trailer keeper

    powder painted and baked head

    60 strand high quality silicone skirt

    These jigs are hand tied with wire to eliminate any problems of the skirt slipping down and allows for a harder "cinch" on the skirt to provide more of a bunched appearance

    The skirt count has been increased to provide a more full appearance and "more color" in the water. and I have added a "flair ring" to give the skirt a more full appearance.

    All of this and a great bait for $$3.49 each! You gotta try these!!!! so put some in your box by taking a look at my store at www.jigs4bass.com . Great prices , great turn around , quality baits and we accept credit cards, money order, personal check and cash! Look around and register an account while you are there...... You can't go wrong with these baits. Thanks, Michael
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    News & Announcements
    02/27/19 07:36 PM

    Conquering Lake Conroe


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    Navionics Pro Angler Edwin Evers is crushing it on the 2019 Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. This past weekend he dominated the field on Lake Conroe, Texas, to bring home the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour Stage Two championship title.


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    Evers used his Navionics HotMaps Platinum South map card, updating it right before the event kicked off to ensure he had the latest data available. During practice, he relied on Navionics maps to locate shallow, protected areas where he could escape the wind — and the crowd.

    Evers describes the role of his electronics, "A couple things were key. With my Navionics mapping — I got it updated — you can really see the shallow areas, so you can differentiate between the bulkheads and the natural shoreline, which was really helpful. I was basically in search mode from the start."


    Alone in the canal

    Evers is no stranger to Lake Conroe, but even for a seasoned pro there’s always something new to discover. He scanned his maps and made his way to a canal that he’d never been to before. Oddly enough, he had the area all to himself. Sometimes a little luck goes a long way. Evers recounts, "I found out afterward that the area I fished was closed off due to dredging in practice and I didn't realize it because I didn't try to go in there in practice."

    And that's how he had a spot to himself. With something special lurking in the freshly dredged waters.


    Eight-pounder on the line

    With 10 minutes left on the clock, the final stretch of the competition was about to get interesting for Evers. After consistently pulling in two-pounders throughout the day, he held out hope for a pre-spawn heavyweight and threw a dropshot, a setup he always has rigged and ready on the front deck. He shares the secret sauce:

    4.75" Berkley bottom hopper (junebug), 1/0 straight shank hook, 1/4-oz BPS tungsten weight, 20-lb BPS XPS braid (yellow) to 10-lb XPS fluoro, 6' 9" M Johnny Morris Platinum Spinning Rod and Reel (size 3000) combo.

    The stars aligned, and his strategy, location, and experience paid off — in a big, 8 lb., 1 oz. kind of way. Already at the top of the leaderboard, this final fish was enough to comfortably seal the deal with a 11-4 lead and a final total weight of 51-12.

    We may be a bit biased about where Navionics fits in to the winning equation, but when asked Evers doesn’t hesitate, “Updating your maps is so important and I’ve proven that with this win.”

    Learn more about daily updates and never miss out on the most current maps available. Own a Navionics card? Update your charts for only $49.99 USD through Feb. 28, 2019.
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    Inshore Fishing
    02/26/19 03:25 AM
    The past week offered plenty of sunshine and rod bending action. The water temperatures are on the rise and the bite will continue to stay hot.

    Snook fishing is stellar providing anglers not stop action catching three species of snook. Live baits and DOA C.A.L. 3 “ shad tail baits of choice to get the rod bent. Docks, sea walls and channel edges main areas to target the snook. Fly angler enjoyed great sight fishing action targeting docks lights at night.

    The silver king action is great morning and evening using live baits and DOA Terror Eyz and Baitbusters. The tarpon are cruising channel edges and mangrove shorelines. The average size of the tarpon ranges from 10 to 40 pounds.

    The grass flats and channel edges are teaming with snapper, jacks, ladyfish, drum and sheepshead. Live baits and popping corks best method to get the rods bent.

    Freshwater action for largemouth bass has been great on Lake Okeechobee and local lakes and canals using DOA C.A.L. 4” jerk baits weedless and rigged texas style. Peacock bass and clown knife are abundant in local lakes using live bait and Rapala twitch baits for best success.

    Well that is the fishing report for the past week, hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Visit PhlatsInshoreFishing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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