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

We had repeat customers, Ron and Ray, back for more sport fishing with the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. On this day, we had easterly winds at 15 mph with some clouds and 75 degrees, along with a light north current – the color of the water was deep blue.

We purchased a dozen live Goggle Eyes for baits from the marine store on the way out. Goggle Eyes are great baits, especially when the wind is blowing. Our plan was to do some kite fishing, as well as bottom fishing after we got a few hours of trolling in.

We started trolling the reef in 150 ft of water 1.8 miles from the shore north of Fort Lauderdale with two deep plainers and four surface lines. After trolling, we caught a couple of Bonitos, which are not edible fish, but are good fighting fish – we use the Bonitos for cut strips. I trolled north for an hour and found a good body of water with current and blue waters. At this spot we put out two kites in the air with four live Goggle Eye baits. We drifted with the current to the north passing over good reefs, along with schools of bait fish. A Sailfish showed up and fed on the long bait - we gave him some line, then set up on the fish, and we were hooked into a Sailfish. Ron was the first angler, and using our Shimano TLD 25, he worked the Sailfish up to the boat - we got our catch and then released it.

At this time we got pulled out to deeper waters, so we brought all the gear in, ran back to 120 ft. of water, where the live baits were schooling up. We reset our two kites back out with the four live baits and went back to fishing. Flying fish started showering around the boat with packs of a few dozen at a time. A Sailfish came up to the short bait, swam around the bait several times then swam away. Again, another Sailfish swims up to the short bait, sticks his dorsal out of the water and slowly swam away. Frustrating, but at least we knew we were fishing in the right area. This time the Sailfish crashed the long bait - we gave him some line then set the hooks. Ray was the angler on this second Sailfish. The Sailfish headed off shore, stretching up current and down current. With gains and losses, Ray got this 7 foot Sailfish to the side of the boat and was then released.

Next, we decided to try for Mahi Mahi and trolled out to 700 feet of water until the end of the trip. We had a great day fishing, but now it was 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. We hope to have Ray and Ron back in the near future.

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 Website:

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Owner/ Captain Tom Zsak