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   Website: 





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About The Author: Captain Tom Zsak

Company: Happy Day Today

Area Reporting: Fort LauderdaleFl.

Bio: owner Capt Tom Zsak, Happy Day Today Charter boat in Fort Lauderdale Fl.started in 1980 caption for 35 years

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