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  1. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Michael Beals from <st1:state w:st="on">Wisconsin</st1:state>and Rick Schasse from <st1:state w:st="on">Texas</st1:state>, two hard-core,born-to-fish anglers, chartered the Happy Day Today along with theTopshotfishing team to do some sport fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> We had a northeast wind at 15-20 mph, seasrunning 4-8 ft. (a manly’s ocean) with blue waters pushed in to 60 ft. of wateron the second reef and flying fish (bait fish) being chased - a challenging dayfor fishing but not for these two veteran anglers. <o:p> </o:p> We had one plainer down with a double hook Mullet strip anda pink and blue sea witch in front for a deep line. For surface baits we had 4 Ballyhoos and aBallyhoo teaser. We did not make it outto the sea buoy that sits in 120 ft. of water off of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> when our plainer rod bentover with a fish on. Michael was theangler and he brought in the Kingfish. From there we trolled east and west over the drop off catching moreKingfish and a couple of Barracudas. Icould see some birds working off shore in about 250 ft. of water – as I headedtowards there, we caught some Skipjack Tunas. As I was working the area, I came across a floating plank – a pot ofGold!!! Both anglers became very busycatching 11 Mahi Mahi’s, ranging from 5-16 lbs. <o:p> </o:p> With a fishbox full of Mahi Mahi’s (tonight’s dinner), Tunasand Kingfish, it was time to head back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For an enjoyable and adventurous deep sea fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>aboard the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team for Sailfish, Shark,Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.
  2. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Gary Lacy from <st1:state w:st="on">Arkansas</st1:state> andfriends from all over the country were in <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city><st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state> for a convention, and decided to charterthe Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do some deep seefishing in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Ft. Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> <o:p> </o:p> The weather conditions today was an east northeast wind at10-15 mph, 3-5 ft. seas, 20% chance of rain. Our saying here in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>is: If you do not like the weather, wait5 minutes since it will change. <o:p> </o:p> 1.8 miles from shore, 15 minutes from leaving the dock,fishing lines were in the water at the sea buoy in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> With the ocean looking alive and large schoolsof flying fish exiting the water, it looked like it would be a very productiveday of fishing aboard the Happy Day Today. We had one plainer down with a 3 ½ drone blue reflector spoon, threeBallyhoos and two Bonito strips for surface bait with a Ballyhoo dredgeteaser. As birds were working in thearea, I could see the flying fish coming out of the water – some predator waschasing them. I headed closer to thearea, I could see the green hornets in the water - Mahi Mahi. We caught fiveMahi Mahi’s, all gaffers. From there wetrolled around, and a black shadow appeared behind the dredge teaser –Sailfish!!! Jackson, our mate, droppedthe bait back to the Sailfish – we hooked up the Sailfish. Ten minutes into the battle, the hookdislodged and the Sailfish got away – next one will be ours. All the fishing lines went back into thewaters and we started trolling again. This time the plainer rod bent over – line exiting the reel at a fastrate – rod tip bouncing up and down, as <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jackson</st1:place></st1:city>turned around to look at me, and I confirmed that yes, it will be a Wahoo.Twenty minutes later, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Gary</st1:city></st1:place>reeled in a 38 lb. Wahoo. <o:p> </o:p> With five Mahi Mahi’s, a Black Tip Shark, Kingfish, BlackFin Tunas and a Wahoo in the box, it was time to head back to the dock at BahiaMar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode>. <o:p> </o:p> For an enjoyable and adventurous deep sea fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>aboard the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team for Sailfish, Shark,Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or
  3. Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak Quinn Kirkland with wife, children and friend from Montana chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do some fishing Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our main angler was 7 year old Corbin Kirkland, along with their daughter, Megan. We had blue skies here in Fort Lauderdale, winds out of the east 7-10 mph, seas running 3-4 ft. Fifteen minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in the water at the sea buoy in Ft. Lauderdale FL, since we are located so close to the inlet in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We started off trolling with two plainers down, one with a double hook Mullet strip with a pink and blue sea witch in front and a double hook Bonito strip with a blue and white sea witch in front. For surface baits we had two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips and a Ballyhoo teaser. The blue water was pushed in passed our drop off which is 120 ft. of water in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I trolled in and out criss-crossing the drop off, catching Mackerels. From there I could see some birds working to the east of me, so I headed towards the birds. I could see a slick in the water – 9 out of 10 times the slick is caused from sargassum weed and when you find sargassum weed the Mahi Mahi are not to far away. As I worked the area, I found some wood debris floating, and our charter aboard the Happy Day Today wound up catching 7 Mahi Mahi’s and 3 Tunas. From there, I decided to fly the kite – with little current, it is always a good practice to go to some type of structure which will hold the bait fish and in return the predators. I headed towards one of our 34 artificial wrecks in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where I set up two kites with two baits on each kite. Thirty minutes into flying the kites a large Mahi Mahi attacked the left long kite – he even looked large from a distance while he jumped out of the water. Quinn was our angler on this one – twenty-five minutes later he was rewarded with a 28 lb Bull Mahi Mahi measuring 48 inches. It was time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. For an enjoyable and adventurous deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale FL aboard the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.
  4. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Southeast breeze 5-10 mph, seas running 2-3 ft. with blueskies – beautiful <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>day. <o:p> </o:p> Jessica Backman with husband and friend all from <st1:country-region w:st="on">Sweden</st1:country-region>, who are enjoying the beautiful weatherfor fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>, chartered the Happy Day Todayalong with the Topshotfishing team for some deep sea fishing. <o:p> </o:p> Fifteen minutes after leaving the dock, being located closeto the <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>inlet, lines were in the water at the sea buoy, 1.8 miles from shore on theedge of the drop off 120 ft. deep. Todaythere was very little current – in this situation you want to fish over reefsor artificial wrecks, and we have 34 artificial wrecks for fishing FortLauderdale ranging from 60 ft deep out to 420 ft. When there is little current, the fish willcongregate more so around wrecks or reefs. We had two plainers down, one with a double hook Mullet strip with apink and blue sea witch in front and the other with a double hook Bonito stripwith a blue and white sea witch in front. For surface baits, we had two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips. <o:p> </o:p> I crissed-crossed thereefs and fished over the artificial wrecks as I worked to the north of FortLauderdale catching Bonitos, Black Fin Tunas and a couple of Kingfish. From there I headed towards the artificialwreck known as the Marriott airplane artificial wreck which is a double proppedcargo plane which was sunk in 1991 in 72 ft. of water. As I approached the airplane, I slowed thespeed of the Happy Day Today to let the baits sink down deeper. On my third pass, the plainer rod bent over –I knew it would be a Grouper. Jessicawas our angler and reeled in a Red Grouper. I continued to fish over the wreck, and on our second pass the plainerrod bent over. At first I thought wewere hooked on the airplane as the line went off the reel at a good speed; thenthe line stopped peeling off the reel and our angler, Mr. Backman, keptretrieving the line. 500 ft. behind theboat the Grouper popped up to the surface and Mr. Backman reeled in the BlackGrouper. <o:p> </o:p> With excellent eating fish on board the Happy Day Today, itwas time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  5. Fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Eric Belanger from <st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region>and his grandmother, Pauline Lacroix, from <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city><st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state> chartered the Happy Day Today along withthe Topshotfishing team to do some fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> We had winds out of the east 12-18 mph, 4-6ft. seas and blue skies with a brisk breeze. <o:p> </o:p> Being close to the inlet, 15 minutes after leaving the dock,lines were in the water at 200 ft. of water. We had two kites out, with two live Goggle Eyes from each kite. Eric was telling fish stories of the Pike andBass that he has hanging in his trophy room, along with his Moose head. Today we were looking for a Sailfish. Our first fish to appear was a Sailfish. This one swam around the bait, not interestedin feeding; Jackson, our mate, raised and lowered the live bait, to make itsplash and entice the Sailfish, but no luck. Sailfish are like any other live creaturse – if they are not hungry,they do not feed. By observing the way a fish swims towards the bait, sometimesyou can determine whether it will feed or not. <o:p> </o:p> Forty-five minutes later another Sailfish appeared on theleft short. This Sailfish too swam up tothe bait very slowly, and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Jackson</st1:city></st1:place>repeatedly splashed the bait. The colorof the Sailfish changed to amber-brown, which indicates one thing – he isgetting mad and he attacked the bait. All Billfish kill for a living – if you aggravate a Billfish enough, hewill attack, whether he is hungry or not. As the Sailfish attacked the bait, he got hooked in the bill. The Sailfish came flying out of the water andscreamed the line off the Shimano TLD 25. With experience on Eric’s side, the battle was on, as his grandmotherstarted taking pictures. By the time wecleared all lines, ¾ of the line was off the real. I backed down the boat to retrieve some line,and Eric did a great job bringing in the Sailfish in the rough seas. Pictures were taken of the 92” Sailfish. <o:p> </o:p> It was time to head back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  6. Fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Once is never enough – Dirk Schonenberg, who fished with ustwo days ago, after catching a Sailfish and a couple of Sharks, decided tocharter the Happy Day Today again to do some off shore fishing. Mr. Schonenberg brought his partner andbusiness associate from the Royal Van Lent Flagship Corporation. <o:p> </o:p> We stopped to purchase a dozen live Goggle Eyes from T&TBaits in the <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>inlet. Directly to the drop off we went,sitting in 180 ft. of water, we put two kites out, two live Goggle Eyes fromeach kite and one from the rigger. Withseas running 6-10 ft., 20-25 mph winds from the northeast, made it for asporting fishing day – a manly ocean day. <o:p> </o:p> Our first fish came from our left long kite bait and woundup to be a 12 lb. Mahi Mahi. Form therewe kept picking away at all good gaffers Mahi Mahi’s. As I was focused on the live baits from thekites, a purple shadow appeared, swimming lethargically towards us. I positioned the live bait in front of him,and everyone on the boat could see the 100 lb. Swordfish just swimming 5 ft.from the live Goggle Eye, ignoring it. Other boats that were in the area also noticed him swimming away,uninterested. A splash appeared on theright long kite, lines screamed out and a large Bull Mahi Mahi came out of thewater. We cleared the rest of the linesto work this fish. Sea conditions in theMahi Mahi’s favor, made it more difficult, but Dirk prevailed and brought thefish to the boat – a 26 lb. Mahi Mahi. <o:p> </o:p> It was time to head back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  7. Fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Eva Van Der Veer, Bas Schonenberg and Dirk Schonenberg fromthe <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Netherlands</st1:country-region></st1:place>are here for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to show their lines offlagships from Royal Van Lent. Theychartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do somedeep sea fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> Being close to the Port Everglades inlet, 15minutes after leaving dock we had lines in the water. With the breeze out of the east, northeast,15-20 mph, seas running 3-5, blue waters pushed into the 2nd reef in80 ft. of water. 1.8 miles from shore iswhere our drop off is located sitting in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy offof <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>. <o:p> </o:p> I went directly into kite fishing – flying two kites withtwo live Goggle Eyes from each kite and one from the rigger. While Bas and I discussed fishing in Mauritiusthat sits in the Indian Ocean off of Madagascar, which both of us have fished,a Shark appeared on the right long kite. Dorsal out of the water, circling a frantic Goggle Eye – the Hammerheadate the Goggle Eye and swam off, not realizing he was hooked yet. We cleared the rest of the fishing lines andconcentrated on the Shark. Twentyminutes into the battle, the line went slack – we pulled the hook on theShark. We reset the same set-up – thistime another Hammerhead Shark appeared on the right short. Bas was the angler and he brought the 6 ½ ft.Hammerhead Shark to the boat as pictures were taken, and released to fightagain. We setup our fishing lines again– a black shadow appeared on the left short kite – Sailfish!!! Eva was the angler this time. Dorsal and bill came out of the water as hechased the Goggle Eye around till capturing it. Immediately the Sailfish came out of the water and tail-walked towardsthe boat, which felt like an eternity. From there he did a 360◦ showing off his beautiful neoncolors while the sun glimmered down on the Sailfish. Our mate, Jackson, wired the fish, pictureswere taken and the Sailfish was released to do battle again. Back to setting up again – this time catchinga Black Tip Shark and a 4 ft. Barracuda. <o:p> </o:p> It was time to head back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  8. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is in full swingwith boats ranging from 14’ up to 250’ yachts bringing people from all over theworld to view the new boat and marine products. <o:p> </o:p> Joe Florea from Aruba Construction in <st1:city w:st="on">Pompano Beach</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state>, an old friend andcustomer who has fished with me in the <st1:country-region w:st="on">Bahamas</st1:country-region>,and Rick Muller, a professional angler from <st1:city w:st="on">Miami</st1:city>,chartered the Happy Day Today to do some deep sea sport fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> We had blue skies, winds out of the east at5-7 mph, 1-2 ft. seas – just a typical, beautiful day here in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>to do some fishing. Our target was MahiMahi and Groupers. Twenty minutes afterleaving the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place> Mar, we were fishingin 120 ft. of water, 1.8 miles from shore. We started off by trolling with one plainer down with a blue and whitesea witch and a double hook Mullet strip. For surface baits we had two Ballyhoos, two Bonito strips and one ¼yellow and green jap feather, and a Ballyhoo daisy chain for a teaser. <o:p> </o:p> I headed to the east in search of any type of debrisfloating, such as boards, tree branches, and sargassum weed, and birdsworking. The tell tale signs ofsargassum weeds is to look for a slick – the sargassum weeds will secret oilswhich will give you a sheen on the water. A mile off shore we ran across large patches of sargassum weeds – ourfirst pass produced a 12 lb. Mahi Mahi. From there we kept working one weed patch after the other and wound upwith 6 Mahi Mahi’s. We decided to dosome Grouper fishing on one of 34 artificial wrecks in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placetype w:st="on">Ft.</st1:placetype> <st1:placename w:st="on">Lauderdale</st1:placename></st1:place>that sits in 380 ft. of water. On theway to this wreck, some birds were working the area. I approached the birds and worked the areaand caught 4 Black Fin Tunas. Once wegot to the wreck, I put down one live Blue Runner for bait. After 10 minutes of waiting, nobody washome. From there I tried anotherartificial wreck, south of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>, in 345 ft. of water. Luck was on our side at this wreck; we wouldup catching two Snowy Groupers. Fromthere we went back to trolling and would up with 3 Kingfish and 3 Bonitos. <o:p> </o:p> It was time to head back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>.
  9. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Fishing Fort Lauderdale with our first cold front upon us(haha) with winds out of the north, northeast at 15-20 mph made for a sportingadventure – with seas running 4-6 ft. and blue skies – temperature in the midto low 80’s. <o:p> </o:p> Today we had three professional female anglers – AliciaBudkius from Connecticut who conquered her first Blue Marlin in Hawaii,Christie Kraninger also from Connecticut looking for her first bill fish andJennifer Pearson from Fort Lauderdale whose father, the late Kaye Pearson, wasone of the organizers of the very prestigious invitational Bertram HatterasShootout, along with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which isoccurring on October 25-29, 2012. <o:p> </o:p> On the way out to our fishing grounds, which took 15minutes, Jennifer and I were talking about Mr. Pearson and how well organizedhe ran his tournaments. She noticed Iwas wearing my Shootout Tournament ring, and I told that I won the tournamentwith a 603 lb. Blue Marlin. <o:p> </o:p> 1.8 miles from shore, we were fishing in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place> on the drop off, which is 120ft - from there you venture off another ¼ of a mile and it would put youbetween 650-700 ft. of water. I trolledaround looking for the right fishing spot – an artificial wreck close to acolor change since there was very little current. When there is no current, it is veryproductive to fish around wrecks. Afterfinding the right fishing location, we set up for live bait fishing with twokites. We put two live baits from eachkite, two Mullets and two Blue Runners. As the ladies were sipping on their Mimosas, ten minutes later, a dorsalfin appeared on the right long kite. Thefun started – the Sailfish exposed his unique neon body as he did a 360° jumpout of the water and tailed walked frantically towards the boat, with the sunshimmering off of his magnificent body. Our mate retrieved the other fishing lines and brought in both kites sothat Chris could bring in her fish. Withenthusiasm high and the other anglers cheering on, Chris did an excellent jobbringing in her first bill fish. Pictures were taken and the Sailfish was released to fight again. With mission accomplished, the ladies decidedto head back to the dock early and enjoy the rest of the day on land. <o:p> </o:p> We headed back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  10. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Born to fish, forced to work - Dave Derkatch and friendSteve from <st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region> were herein <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> vacationing. Steve showed me pictures of the Salmon hecatches from a stream running threw his property and Dave showed me a pictureof the 48” Pike he caught back home – obviously, neither of them are amateuranglers. <o:p> </o:p> Dave and Steve chartered the Happy Day Today along with theTopshotfishing team to do some deep sea fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>. With overcast this morning, winds out of theeast at 10-12 mph, temperatures in the mid 80’s, we left the dock and 20minutes later lines were in the water as I approached one of our artificialwrecks in Fort Lauderdale FL. As wetrolled around, both anglers took pictures of each other as they brought intheir catch. <o:p> </o:p> After catching 6 Kingfish, 6 Bonitos, and 3 Barracudas, arip was forming, which was a perfect place to do some live baiting from thekites, a new experience for these seasoned anglers. We put two kites out and four live Mullets asbaits splashing on the surface attracting any predators swimming by on therip. Almost immediately a dorsal finappeared belonging to a Hammerhead Shark on the left long kite. The Shark chased the live bait aroundvigorously, splashing water up in an attempt to eat the Mullet. He finally grabbed the bait and off hewent. After bringing in the rest of thetackle, we started to back down on the Shark to retrieve some line. His tail rubbed the fishing line and in asplit second, the line went slack – the Shark got away. We went back and set up again on the rip,this time a Mahi Mahi appeared on the right short – Dave was the angler on thisone and he brought the Mahi Mahi to the side of the boat – a great fish to eatfor dinner that night. <o:p> </o:p> With a couple of other chop offs and another Kingfish addedto the box, it was time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 SeabreezeBlvd. <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  11. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> this week has been excellent; all speciesof fish including a White Marlin and a Thresher Shark were caught thisweek. <o:p> </o:p> Allison and Tyler Fawber from <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Virginia</st1:place></st1:state> stopped by the charter boat HappyDay Today to get some information about a fishing charter. After boarding the boat and being pleasedwith what they saw, they decided right then to charter the Happy Day Todayalong with the Topshotfishing team for a deep sea sport fishing charter. Withtime on their hands, I suggested they visit the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Holiday</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Park</st1:placetype></st1:place>off of Route 27, 20 minutes from the boat, for air boat rides and to check outthe alligators. The following morningwith blue skies, winds out of the east, southeast 7-10 mph, temperatures in themid 80’s, we left the dock and 20 minutes later we had lines in the water atthe sea buoy which sits at the drop off in 120 ft. of water off of FortLauderdale FL. <o:p> </o:p> Both Tyler and Allison spoke of their air boat rides the daybefore and seeing the beautiful everglades and the wild life, includingalligators. We had two plainers for deeplines down and four surface baits. Iheaded towards our artificial wrecks, which always produces fish. The bait fish congregate around these artificialwrecks and in return the predators are there feeding on them. Allison and Tyler kept taking turns being theangler catching Kingfish and at times two fish on at once. <o:p> </o:p> With a variety of 5 Kingfish, 5 Bonitos, and 4 Barracudas, itwas time to head back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place> Mar<st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  12. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> “Born to Fish, Forced to Work.” Today six anglers from the eastern coast downin <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state>on an insurance convention chartered the Happy Day Today along with theTopshotfishing team for a deep sea sport fishing charter <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>trip. The 6 avid anglers that havefished up and down the eastern coast and off of <st1:state w:st="on">Texas</st1:state>,were very knowledgeable in the different techniques used here fishing in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> <o:p> </o:p> We had two plainers down, one with a 3 ½ blue reflectordrone spoon and the other with a pink sea witch with a double hook Bonito stripin front and five surface baits. Withwinds out of the east southeast at 7-10 mph for the last few days, pushed theblue waters into our drop off, which is 120 ft. deep and 1.8 miles fromshore. With lines in the waters, wezigged zagged in and out over the drop off heading towards one of ourartificial wrecks north of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> The 6 anglers alternated catching fish –Kingfish, Bonitos, Amberjacks and Tunas (these were bled to keep the meatperfect) - with a little business talk thrown in and lots of beer drinking. <o:p> </o:p> With time running out, it was time to head back to the dockat <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place> Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. The anglers discussed having some fresh sushiso as soon as the boat hit the dock, one of the anglers went to purchase somewasabi. Waiting for his return was thejust caught fresh Tuna filet out and ready to be eaten. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  13. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> “Born to fish, forced to work.” Five buddies, three amateur golfers and twocollege students from different parts of the states, got together for a deepsea charter fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> trip aboard the Happy DayToday along with the Topshotfishing team. The fellows were still partying having mimosas for breakfast beforegoing fishing. <o:p> </o:p> As we left the dock, clearing the jetties, large schools ofMullet were in the <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>inlet, with schools of Tarpon and other predators feeding on them. With fall upon us now, the migration of largeschools of Mullets has started migrating down the coast past FortLauderdale. In return our predators,such as Sailfish, Sharks, Cobias, etc. will start their migration southtoo. <o:p> </o:p> The first few fish caught were Bonitos in the 10-15 lbs.class. No food value but fun to catch asthey are in the Tuna family and fight very hard and are excellent for makingBonito strips for bait, which Sailfish love to feed on. The boys kept drinking their beers andfighting the fish at the same time, never letting go of their cans ofbeers. As we trolled in and out over thedrop off in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>, we caught Kingfish,Barracudas and more Bonitos. <o:p> </o:p> With all happy anglers on board the boat telling their warstories of golfing and college parties, it was time to head back to the dock atBahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  14. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Mrs. Jevera Hennessey and Mrs. Celia Pinzi, from <st1:state w:st="on">Connecticut</st1:state>, along with their husbands came down to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>to enjoy our clear blue skies and sunshine. The husbands went off golfing, and the ladies decided that they wantedto charter the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team for a fourhour deep sea fishing <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> trip. With two ladies being our anglers, Jackson,our mate, and I knew that women anglers are the best students in teaching themthe art of fishing due to their patience and style. <o:p> </o:p> Twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in thewaters at the sea buoy in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> thesits in 120 ft. of water, which is the edge of the drop off. If you venture off another ½ a mile, yourdepth recorder would read 650-700 ft. With lady luck on our side, it did not take long before the actionstarted. With two plainers down and foursurface baits, our first encounter was a double header Kingfish on both of theplainer rods. I kept working the areaover one of our 34 artificial wrecks in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> rangingfrom 40 ft. wrecks to 350 ft. freighters. We kept moving from one wreck to the other, catching along the way moreKingfish ranging from 6 lbs to 18 lbs. Jevera and Celia kept taking their turns, back and forth, catching fish,winding up with a total of 14 Kingfish, 2 Barracudas and 4 Bonitos. For amateur anglers, this was a successfuland thrilling fishing charter. <o:p> </o:p> With time running out, it was time to head back to the dockat <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place> Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  15. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Phil Brown and Scott blank and clients from different partson the East Coast chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishingteam out of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> to do some deep sea sport fishing. We had blue skies, winds out of the east,southeast at 10-15 miles an hour, blue waters pushed in on the 2ndreef. <o:p> </o:p> Large schools of migrating Mullets heading south along thecoast of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>FL have been seen from off the shore out to 300 feet. Close to shore Snooks, Tarpons and Sharkshave been feeding on the Mullets. Therewas an incident off of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Pierce</st1:city></st1:place>this week that a surfer got attacked by a Shark. Luckily, he did not lose his leg, and is ingood shape. <o:p> </o:p> We left the dock and twenty minutes later lines were in thewater on the drop off that is 120 ft. deep at the sea buoy in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> We started off trolling with two plainers and5 surface baits, in and out across the drop off from 80 to 250 feet. Everyone had a good time taking turnscatching Kingfish, Bonitos, and Black Fin Tunas. From there we decided to do some Sharkfishing – we headed out to 350 ft. of water and sent out our Shark baits, onesurface bait, one midrange bait and one bait on the bottom. Twenty minutes into Shark fishing, our bottombait got a strike. The line pealed offof our 80 International Reel – I knew it was a good fish from the speed of theline pealing off of the reel. Forty-fiveminutes later, the Shark surfaced, and I could see it was a HammerheadShark. As Phil brought the Shark closerto the boat, pictures were taken and Jackson, our mate, wired the fish to theside of the boat. After measuring theShark, which was 107 inches long, we released the Shark to fight again. Phil decided to make a replica mount of thisgreat Shark. <o:p> </o:p> With time running out, it was time to head back to the dockat <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place> Mar <st1:address w:st="on"><st1:street w:st="on">801 Seabreeze Blvd.</st1:street> <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:postalcode w:st="on">33316</st1:postalcode></st1:address>. <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep seafishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito,Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contactCaptain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  16. Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. ZsakRay Miller from Dallas TX was here in Fort Lauderdale FL on a convention and friend had some spare time before his flight back home, so he chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do some deep sea sport fishing here in Ft. Lauderdale FL. Mr. Miller, accustomed to traveling an hour to the fishing grounds in Texas, was pleased that in 20 minutes he was in Fort Lauderdale’s fishing grounds, 1.8 miles from shore in 120 ft. of water. With the migration of Mullets not too far away, small schools have been trickling down the beach, and all pelagic fish - Sailfish, Sharks, Tarpons, Snook – will be following the migration.We left the dock and 20 minutes later lines were in the water. We had one plainer down with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon, two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips for surface baits and a Ballyhoo dredge. We started catching a mixture of Bonitos and Kingfish. The Bonitos were in the range of 10-15 lbs with the Kingfish ranging from 6-20 lbs. Ray was our only angler on the boat; he bounced back and forth from one fighting chair to the other, using all five of our fighting chairs. After working the artificial wrecks catching these fish, I headed out to another artificial wreck that sits in 450 ft. of water off of Fort Lauderdale FL. I got closer to the artificial wreck and I could see the birds feeding on the bait fish – a good sign that the predators are nearby. As I made my first pass over the wreck, the left long rigger came down along with the plainer rod and the right short rigger – three fish on at the same time with one angler –one by one Ray brought in the three Tunas weighing from 12-22 lbs. It was time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.For an enjoyable and adventurous deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale FL aboard the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net
  17. This fishing report is for early September 2nd, 2012 for the charter boat “Happy Day Today” fishing out of Fort Lauderdale with Al Brake, his son Ethan, wife and friends. We left the dock at 7:45am and headed offshore Fort Lauderdale inlet. The sea conditions were right for Mahi and Wahoo especially with the debris in the water. There was a strong North current in 400 feet of water, rip currents, flying fish and floating debris. Al wanted to target some edible fish and this certainly was the right day for Mahi. We started trolling in 400 feet of water and working a bit offshore to 450 feet and back in to 375 feet of water. Within the first half hour of fishing, we located a half submerged 5 gallon bucket. The first pass we got connected with a double header Mahi. Both fish weighing around 7 pounds and in the box, and the next two passes, the same result, double headers. By 9am, we had 6 decent Mahi in the box and Al’s family was certainly happy. We continued trolling for another hour and produced another 4 Mahi and a Wahoo which were caught just along side a floating board. The Wahoo was on the smaller side, but still worth keeping. The last hour of the trip and AL and family happy with the catch asked to target a Sailfish and we were happy to do so, we headed in a little shallower to 175 feet of water, we set up in front of a couple wrecks which the current would bring us over, and the hour of kite fishing for Sails and no bites. We were fortunate to have this nice catch as well as another 3 boats in the fleet which also found floating debris catching Mahi with some mixed in Wahoo. The storm and hurricane Isaac was the ultimate result of the action. The floating debris was all coming from the South and heading North up the Gulf Stream. I would anticipate and hope this will last another couple days the floating debris and the bite. We like to have a nice catch, but do not want to hammer the population too hard and with our catch it ended up to be a great charter. Please contact Capt. Zsak if interested in an offshore fishing charter aboard the Happy Day Today. We are located out of Bahia Mar Charter Dock. The address is 801 Sea Breeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 or please call us at (954) 309- 7457.Tight lines,Capt. Zsakwww.topshotfishing.com
  18. Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. ZsakBefore Tropical Storm Isaac left South Florida, it deposited between 12-20 inches of rain from Key West to Palm Beach with wind gusts up to 60 mph, leaving havoc and 24,000 residents without power for three days. Brian Fitzgerald from Boston with friends, Mike and Jim, chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team for some deep sea sport fishing here in Fort Lauderdale <acronym title="Florida"><acronym title="Florida">FL</acronym></acronym>. As we left the inlet, the color of the water was not typical – due to the storm, the waters were very murky. We put two plainers down, one with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon and the other with a black and purple sea witch in front of a double hook Bonito strip, and three Ballyhoos for surface baits. As I arrived at the sea buoy that sits off of Fort Lauderdale, the murky water extended far out to the east. I trolled over some of our artificial wrecks with no luck. On the radio one Kingfish was reported being caught in 380 ft. of water, which is very unusual. Normally, Kingfish are caught off of the reefs from 70-200 ft. of water. I headed off shore - two miles east of the sea buoy where I saw a color change in the water going from a greenish brown to a deep blue sitting in 675 ft. of water. As we trolled down the color change, I could see birds in front of me working the edge. Our first bite was a Bonito on one of our surface baits. Finally, we ran across some wood debris floating – here we caught a couple of Mahi Mahi’s. We caught a couple more Bonitos along with some Skip Jacks. As we made a circle to come back on the floating debris, our two plainer rods bent over – immediately we knew what type of fish they were. The rod tips were bouncing up and down, as the fish made their initial run, which is a good indication that at the end of the line would be a Wahoo. The Wahoo, with their streamlined bodies and vertical stripes, are the fastest fish in the ocean clocked at 64 mph. As the plainer came closer to the boat, we could see the colors of the fish – purple, silver and deep blue - and they shook their heads back and forth, causing the rod tip to go up and down. Jackson, our mate, grabbed the leader to wire in the fish, the hook pulled off of the first Wahoo. As the other plainer broke the surface, we could see the Wahoo – this one did not get away - Jackson gaffed this Wahoo and put it in the fish box. With a smile on Brian’s face and plenty of fish for dinner that night, it was time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale <acronym title="Florida"><acronym title="Florida">FL</acronym></acronym> for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457.
  19. Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. ZsakA great day for a fishing trip here in Fort Lauderdale FL aboard the Happy Day Today Topshotfishing team under clear blue skies, winds out of the east at 5 mph, 1-2 ft. seas. Mark D’Annolfo and son, Andrew, with family from Boston went on a deep sea fishing expedition. In celebration of Andrew’s 13th birthday, the family gave him a fishing charter gift aboard the Happy Day Today out of Fort Lauderdale FL. Andrew was eager and excited to get out and do some fishing.Twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in the water at the sea buoy that sits in 120 ft. of water off of Fort Lauderdale FL, which is our drop off. The bottom here goes down very quickly - you will find yourself in 650 ft. of water a ¼ mile to the east of this sea buoy. We had two plainers down, both with Mullet strips and sea witches in front. For surface baits, we had two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips and a Ballyhoo daisy chain for a teaser. The trap was set. I trolled in and out over the drop off from 70 ft to 350 ft. of water heading to the north of Fort Lauderdale FL, and kept busy catching fish – Kingfish, Barracudas, Bonitos, Tunas. My golden rule is you do not leave fish to find fish. We wound up with a total of 18 fish in the four hour charter, with our largest one being a 24 lb. Kingfish, known in the fishing realm as an Anaconda.With a smile on the birthday boy’s face, it was time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.For an enjoyable and adventurous deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale FL aboard the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: Fort Lauderdale Fishing, Deep Sea Charter Fishing Ft Lauderdale.
  20. Fort Lauderdale Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. ZsakThe Sailfish season is around the corner; however, we are catching two to three Sailfish a week here in Fort Lauderdale FL, which held true again for one of our anglers, Richard Pontin from the UK. Mr. Pontin along with friend, John Wesolowych, chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do some deep sea sport fishing off of Fort Lauderdale FL. Both being experience anglers, Richard told me stories about his fishing trips in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where I have also fished a few times. We started fishing at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale FL with one plainer down, with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon. For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos, three Bonito strips and a Ballyhoo dredge teaser. We trolled around one of the 34 artificial wrecks we have here in Fort Lauderdale FL ranging from 35 ft. wrecks to 400 ft. wrecks in length and in 65 ft. of water out to 420 ft. As I trolled over ten different wrecks within a two mile radius, we caught 1 Sailfish, 3 Tunas, 5 Kingfish, 13 Bonitos and 1 Barracuda.With a fish box full of fish in a 6 hour charter, it was time to head back to the dock at Bahia Mar 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.For an enjoyable and adventurous deep sea fishing Fort Lauderdale FL aboard the Happy Day Today with the Topshotfishing team for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: Fort Lauderdale Fishing, Deep Sea Charter Fishing Ft Lauderdale.
  21. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Blue skies with temperature in the mid 80’s, winds out ofthe east 5-10 mph and seas 1-2 ft. – typical gorgeous day in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> The Stubbs family from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Kansas City</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">MO</st1:state></st1:place>,father Matt, wife Emily and two children, Patrick age 9 and Haili age 6,chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team for some deepsea sport fishing. As Patrick hopped onboard the boat, questions were fired one after the other. “Think big”, I said, “I will try to catch youa big fish.” <o:p> </o:p> My first destination was one of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>’s artificial wrecks that sitin 222 ft. of water. With two deep linesdown and five surface baits, I started working the area. Patrick was at bat first and was rewardedwith an 8 lb Bonito. Next angler was hissister, Haili, with a permanent smile on her face – she brought in anotherBonito. Dad was next up, followed by Mom– and we added Mahi Mahi’s, Bonitos and a Barracuda to the fish catch. Patrick was waiting for the big fish toarrive, so I told my mate, Dave, to set up for Shark fishing – one surfacebait, one midrange bait and one bottom bait, as we sat in 350 ft. ofwater. Twenty minutes later, our surfacebait got a strike, as line peeled off the reel, rod bent over – Matt jumpedinto the fighting chair. Matt, with thehelp of Patrick, brought a Golden Hammerhead Shark, approximately 6 ft. longand 80 lbs, to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken and the Shark was released. From there we went back to trolling. Our deep rod bent over, lined screamed off asthe rod tip bounced up and down – a sure sign it was a Wahoo. Matt brought the fish closer to the boat, andI could see the vertical blue and silver neon stripes on the fish – it was aWahoo weighing 26 lbs. Dave gaffed theWahoo and added it to our fish box. Back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar 801 Seabrezee Blvd. 33316 <o:p> </o:p> With our fish box full of fish, we headed back to the dockin <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> As Matt was walking off the Happy DayToday, he remark, “I had high expectations for this fishing charter, but youexceeded my expectations – thank you.” For a successful andadventurous deep sea fishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> for Sailfish,Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Groupercontact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  22. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Our charter today aboard the Happy Day Today with theTopshotfishing team out of Fort Lauderdale FL was Rick Fussell and daughter,Haley, with friend, Courtney, from Tennessee. We had variable winds 5-7 mph, 2 ft. seas - a picturesque sunny day herein <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placetype w:st="on">Ft.</st1:placetype> <st1:placename w:st="on">Lauderdale</st1:placename></st1:place>. Rick’s goal was to catch a large fish, and Isuggested we find some nice large Sharks off of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>. For the past two weeks, Shark action has beenexcellent here in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>. <o:p> </o:p> Off we went – twenty minutes after leaving the dock we werein 350 ft. of water north of the sea buoy off of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>,close to one of my favorite artificial wreck, a 220 ft. freighter that was sunkback in 1981. These wrecks hold varioustypes of bait fish and in return the predators know where to feed. These are the “supermarkets” of theseas. We put out three Shark baits, oneon the surface, one midrange down 150 ft. and a third bait sitting on thebottom. I could see a dorsal finapproaching our surface bait; the fish was not aggressive at all. It swam slowly to the bait but was notinterested and swam past the bait to the south of <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city>. A few minutes later a fishing boat to thenorth of me called on the radio and said he saw a Shark heading my way –hopefully this one would feed. As theShark approached the surface bait, he was very aggressive, and he grabbed theShark bait – the fight was on!!!!! ThisShark was a big one!!! Rick jumped intothe fighting chair, and we secured him and the rod down with safety lines. The tug of war continued, and Rick was doinga fantastic job reeling in the Shark, while support was heard from thegirls. Finally the Shark appeared 50 ft.from the boat – a Golden Hammerhead, and all were amazed by its size. The fight was a long one with losing andgaining lines, but finally Rick subdued him and brought the Shark to theboat. We measured the Shark in thewater, and it was 107” long and approximately 350 lbs. Pictures were taken, the Shark was releasedand Rick decided to do a replica mount. Back to the dock at <st1:place w:st="on">Bahia</st1:place>Mar 801 Seabrezee Blvd, Fort Lauderdale 33316 <o:p> </o:p> With sweat and achy muscles, Rick accomplished his goal, andwas ready to head back to the dock in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> For a successful andadventurous deep sea fishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on">South Florida</st1:place>for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, MahiMahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  23. Fishing <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> An old acquaintance of mine for the past 20 years, MarkArmstrong, and grandson, Lucas, age 7, daughter, Sarah, and friend, ChrisBarber, chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to dosome deep sea sport fishing off of beautiful Fort Lauderdale FL. Young Lucas was a very inquisitive angler,and as he boarded the Happy Day Today, he was full of questions: What type of bait are we using? What kind of fish will I catch? How big with the fish be? and so on and soon…. I answered all his questions as wewere leaving the dock, and he was satisfied and pleased. <o:p> </o:p> We left the dock to do some Fort Lauderdale Fl. fishing with blue skies,winds out of the east at 15 mph, 3-4 ft. seas. Twenty minutes later, lines were in the water north of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place> in 120 ft. of water, which isour drop off. From there a ¼ of a milefurther will put you in 600 ft. of water. <o:p> </o:p> We started off trolling with two plainers down, one with ablue and white double hook Mullet strip and the other with a double hookBallyhoo and a pink sea witch in front. For surface baits we had four Bonito strips and one jap feather. It did not take long before Lucas got his firstfish, a 12 lb. Bonito with Sarah, Lucas’ mom, recording the action. Our nextstrike was a triple header – three fish on at one time. Grandfather, Mark, Grandson, Lucas, and Chrisbrought in the catch: One Tuna and twoBonitos. The action was non-stop – hotand heavy – one fish after another. Then,our plainer rod then bent over and the line screamed off the reel – I knew itwould be a good size fish. Lucas was ourangler, strapped into the fighting chair, and was rewarded with a 22 lb.Kingfish.Back to the dock at Bahi Mar801 Seabreeze Blvd <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:place></st1:city> Fl. 33316 <o:p> </o:p> With 13 Bonitos, 3 Kingfish and 3 Tunas, Lucas’ first saltwater sport fishing charter was a huge success. This experience will be a part of 7 year old Lucas’ childhood memoryforever. For asuccessful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, MahiMahi and Grouper contact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellshouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  24. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> Anthony Ricci, and son, 11 year old PatrickRicci, along with Carol Briggs and Lauren Elias all from <st1:state w:st="on">Pennsylvania</st1:state>chartered the Happy Day Today along with the Topshotfishing team to do somedeep sea sport fishing off of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> We had winds out of the east at 10-15 mph,seas 3 ft. and blue skies.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> We had a short ride out to the fishinggrounds; our fishing lines consisted of one plainer with a 3 ½ blue reflectordrone spoon, and for surface baits two Ballyhoos, two Bonito strips and a blueand white jap feather with a dredge for a teaser. We started trolling off of the sea buoy in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>and headed south towards one of our 34 artificial wrecks. These artificial wrecks in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place>range from 60 out to 450 ft. of water.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> On our way I could see some birds workingan area so I headed towards them. Ourfirst angler was Carol and she caught a 12 lb. Mahi Mahi. Next up was Anthony and he caught anothernice Mahi Mahi weighing 10 lbs. All of asudden a black shadow appeared behind the dredge teaser belonging to aSailfish. Jackson, our mate, reeled inthe Ballyhoo close to the teaser and the Sailfish grabbed the bait – the fightwas on!!! He came jumping out of the watershowing his blue neon colors, as Lauren was our angler, and she did a great jobbringing the Sailfish to the boat. Patrick was our next angler, and he caught a 21 lb. Kingfish, followedby a few more Bonitos. We had a veryproud and happy 11 year angler on board. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep sea sportfishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on">South Florida</st1:place> for Sailfish,Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Groupercontact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net, www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>
  25. <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place>Fishing on Happy Day Today with Capt. Zsak <o:p> </o:p> A customer of mine that has been fishingwith me for the past ten years, Barry Chamberlin, chartered the Happy Day Todayalong with the Topshotfishing team to do some deep sea sport fishing off of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> Barry, his wife, son and friend were our fouranglers.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> We left the dock and twenty minutes laterwe were 1.8 miles from shore which is the drop off sitting in 120 ft. of wateroff of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city> <st1:state w:st="on">FL.</st1:state></st1:place> This is the advantage to fishing in <st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city>because from <st1:city w:st="on">Miami</st1:city>, it is 7 miles to the dropoff and in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Palm Beach</st1:place></st1:city>it is 11 miles. We started off trollingwith two plainers down, one with a double hook Mullet strip with a pink seawitch in front and the other plainer had a double hook Bonito strip with awhite and blue sea witch in front. For surface baits we had four Ballyhoos andone Bonito strip with a ¼ ounce jap feather in front.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> As we trolled north of the sea buoy in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Fort Lauderdale</st1:city></st1:place> to one ofthe artificial wrecks that sits in 220 ft. of water, our first fish was a 12lb. Kingfish on our plainer rod, followed by another 10 lb. Kingfish. As I continued to work the artificial wreckoff of Fort Lauderdale, a dorsal fin popped up on the right shortBallyhoo. Sailfish!!!! The Sailfish took a couple of swipes at theBallyhoo and was unsuccessfully hooked up. The Sailfish was not stung and still looked for food. Then our bonito strip with the jap feathercame out of the outrigger. Our mate,Jackson, teased the Sailfish again, this time we had a good hook up. Mr. Chamberlin was the angler on thisSailfish and successfully brought the Sailfish to the boat. <o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> We wanted to target a Shark so I headedtowards an area where Sharks congregate. One surface Shark bait, one midrange Shark bait and one bottom Sharkbait was our fishing set up. All of asudden, the surface bait screamed the line off of the reel – it was a niceHammerhead Shark. Thirty-five minuteslater we pulled the hook. Back to thesame area with the same set up. Thistime we had two Sharks on at the same time, one from the midrange bait and theother from the surface bait. Fortyminutes later, one Shark was brought to the boat and pictures were taken. Shortly thereafter the hook was pulled on thesecond Shark. Trolling back to the seabuoy we caught another Kingfish weighing 22 lbs.<o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> For a successful and adventurous deep sea sportfishing charter in <st1:place w:st="on">South Florida</st1:place> for Sailfish,Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Groupercontact Captain Zsak. - 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net, www.topshotfishing.com. <o:p></o:p>